Jo McKinnon Column

Against all odds

Amidst all the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) drama on Saturday another chapter in one of racing’s most heartwarming and inspiring stories of the season played out at Randwick.  As Torrens (Adelaide) crossed the line in the City Tattersalls Club Cup (Listed, 2400m), 43-year-old apprentice rider Jenny Duggan stood high in the irons, overcome by... Read More

Breeding To Race: Verry Elleegant

At 83 years young, Don Goodwin has only been at the thoroughbred breeding caper for the past 15 years and in that time has done what most can only ever dream of, producing multiple Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant (Zed) who is a leading contender for tomorrow’s Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) at Moonee Valley. ... Read More

Caulfield’s quiet did not diminish its loud tradition

Caulfield Cup day was crowdless and Randwick was rocking on Saturday. Like many, I watched the whole incredible day of racing unfold on television and the contrast in the ambience of the two race meetings was extreme. James McDonald and the hulking red sprinter Nature Strip (Nicconi) stirred thousands of Sydney siders, who were trackside... Read More

Breeding To Race

In the first piece of a new series on breeding to race, Jo McKinnon looks at the impact of today’s Kosciuszko at Randwick, which features nine homebreds in the $1.3 million contest There can be no greater thrill than winning a race with a horse you own but victory always tastes that little bit sweeter... Read More

‘Racehorse to Ranch’ champ Subbie opens up new pursuits for retired thoroughbreds

While some of the country’s fastest racehorses will attempt to scale The Everest (1200m) on Saturday, a much slower retired thoroughbred from Hong Kong called The Submarine (Acclamation) conquered a mountain of a different kind last week. The four-year-old Irish-bred gelding, beaten a combined 61 and three-quarter lengths in four Hong Kong starts, won the... Read More

The new norm a challenge for race clubs

If there’s one thing the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us, it’s the importance of resilience and finding a way forward despite all the challenges and restrictions the virus has placed on our personal and professional lives for nearly two years. Remarkably, the Australian thoroughbred racing show has been able to go on and keep thousands... Read More