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  • A conversation with… Jockey Maggie Collett

    SA-based apprentice jockey Margaret ‘Maggie’ Collett scored her biggest career win recently when the Will Clarken-trained Handsome Return won the 2020 City of Port Augusta Cup. Maggie, who moved to South Australia from Melbourne late last year, is indentured to the David Jolly stable. We asked the 22-year-old about her...

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  • Steph steps down career pathway, via Explorer Cadetship Program

    An Adelaide teenager is making all the right moves – and drawing praise from one of Sydney’s most successful trainers – while tackling a comprehensive program aimed at preparing young people for a career in thoroughbred racing. Stephanie Barrett-Quinn is currently working at the Randwick stables of Gai Waterhouse and...

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  • Alice warms to Darwin riding stint

    A yearning for career development has prompted jockey Alice Lindsay to swap the chilly South Australian winter for the warmer climes of Darwin. This time next week Alice will be in the Top End starting what she hopes will be a year-long riding stint. “I’ve never been to Darwin, so...

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  • From jockey to co-trainer: Krystal ‘at peace’ with retirement decision

    The grind of losing up to 3kg before each meeting – plus a dose of self-reflection after a horror fall last October saw eight metal plates and 47 screws inserted in her head – was enough to convince Krystal Bishop to retire from race riding at the end of the...

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  • Beep tests a boredom-buster for SA-bound Jessica

    Daily beep tests at her Mount Gambier ‘halfway house’ have served dual purposes for Victorian jockey Jessica Eaton, who will ride in South Australia from today. On Thursday, Eaton finished her 14-day self-isolation in a rented cottage, after deciding to break up the long drive from Melbourne to Adelaide with...

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  • Alsvior simply The Ant’s Pants for in-form Jaensch stable

    Four winners in five days, including a double to one horse, plus the promising comeback of a previously retired mare, mean Sue Jaensch is officially on a roll. The Naracoorte trainer is enjoying a purple patch of form, starting with Just Rolling’s win at Murray Bridge last Wednesday and finishing...

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  • New pool and first winner: Aimee’s double celebration

    Just over a week after being on hand for the official opening of Gawler’s new equine pool, local trainer Aimee Bush had another reason to celebrate. The 26-year-old attended this month’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in a formal capacity, as an employee of the Darren Magro Racing stable, and was as pleased...

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  • Kayla’s excited, but mainly grateful about her milestone

    ‘Who to thank’ trumped Kayla Crowther’s feelings of excitement and relief when she achieved the notable feat of outriding her apprentice’s claim at Morphettville last Saturday. Kayla brought up her 80th metropolitan winner on the Phillip Stokes stable’s two-year-old Instant Celebrity, bringing a premature conclusion to her apprenticeship, due to...

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  • Kayla Crowther landed her 80th career metropolitan

    Kayla Crowther was the most successful jockey at Saturday’s meeting at Morphettville – in more ways than one. Most importantly, Crowther landed her 80th career metropolitan win to achieve the impressive and rare feat of outriding her apprentice’s claim. She got the milestone out of the way in race one,...

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  • ‘Tighter’ racing a challenge for South African hoop

    “Tighter” racing and an occasional lack of speed – particularly in staying events – are among the major differences South African jockey Karl Zechner has noted since arriving in Australia six months ago. Zechner rode his first city winner at Morphettville last Saturday, and backed it up with another at...

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  • A conversation with… Trainer John Hickmott

    John Hickmott, 76, once operated a real estate business in Wangaratta and was a hobby trainer before taking on the gig full-time and eventually moving to South Australia 30 years ago, settling in Murray Bridge. Since then he has become a prolific trainer, preparing many winners every year across the...

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  • Nation-first boost to new Equine Welfare Officer role

    TRSA’s recent appointment of a dedicated Equine Welfare Officer has been complemented by an exciting nation-first initiative. The EWO role is part of a $24 million Marshall Liberal Government stimulus package aimed at improving the performance and viability of SA’s thoroughbred racing industry. Respected industry figure John Cornell was subsequently...

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  • Lucky 7: Poon and Chan combine to boost Academy’s reputation

    The reputation of TRSA’s Apprentice Academy was further enhanced last weekend via sparkling performances by two former Adelaide-based jockeys in Hong Kong. Matthew Poon and Alfred Chan won a combined tally of seven of the 10 races decided, momentarily taking the spotlight from the epic premiership battle between Zac Purton...

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  • Eran really does ‘Love the Horse’

    Eran Boyd’s genuine love for horses – especially the two she keeps at home – was beamed out to a wide audience last week. Eran featured on Racing.com’s Love the Horse initiative – a month-long celebration of thoroughbreds that aims to highlight the many unique and important stories that promote...

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  • Jockeys steal the limelight in Adelaide

    Jockeys largely stole the limelight from the thoroughbreds at Saturday’s nine-race Morphettville Parks meeting. Dominic Tourneur, Caitlin Jones, Kayla Crowther and Karl Zechner all had special reasons to be happy with their work at day’s end. Dom Tourneur Tourneur delivered a heady ride to win the opener on Budd Fox....

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  • Little Choccy making a big difference

    For such a little pony, Chocolate makes a big difference to the racehorses around him. Chocolate (or ‘Choccy’) is probably the most well-known ‘companion horse’ in South Australia and his owner, Morphettville trainer Paula Trenwith, says he plays an important role in keeping her horses calm and safe… Q: How...

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  • Kayla two winners away from joining select group

    Adelaide rider Kayla Crowther is poised to join the select band of apprentice jockeys to outride their city claim. Kayla needs just two more winners to notch her 80th metropolitan winner and automatically shed her current 1.5kg city allowance, despite having almost a year remaining on her apprenticeship. The 21-year-old...

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  • Media Release: Maternity scheme introduced for SA jockeys

    Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) is now providing extra support for female participants by introducing a Maternity Leave Payment (MLP) initiative for full-time licensed jockeys. The MLP is available to eligible female riders who are restricted under the Australian Rules of Racing from undertaking their normal duties as a jockey...

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  • Scarlet’s So excited to be chasing her dreams

    Jockey Scarlet So has big dreams – including one day riding alongside Joe Moreira and Zac Purton in her homeland, Hong Kong – but is currently focused on making a success of her second South Australian visit. Scarlet is apprenticed to the Leon Macdonald/Andrew Gluyas yard and comes to Adelaide...

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  • A conversation with… TRSA equine welfare officer John Cornell

    With our new equine welfare officer (EWO), John Cornell, having completed his first month in the role, we thought we would catch up with him to see how he was settling in and ask how he sees this new role working within the South Australian racing industry.  How have you...

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  • Paula’s roller-coaster: High-profile guests & high winds

    Having a few million dollars’ worth of somebody else’s horseflesh in your backyard would heighten most people’s anxiety – but Morphettville trainer Paula Trenwith handled the pressure with aplomb during the 2020 Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival. Paula’s stable acted as home base for a string of high-profile runners from the...

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  • For Hannah, it’s all about the horses

    A simple love of horses – nurtured from an early age – is driving Hannah Matthews’ ambition for a career in the thoroughbred racing industry. Hannah, 19, is a deputy race-day steward with Thoroughbred Racing SA, working two to three days a week at various metropolitan and provincial meetings across...

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  • High five a personal achievement for determined apprentice Lizzie

    Given her “journey”, jockey Lizzie Annells’ fifth ever race win – at Port Lincoln recently – was more significant than most would realise. Lizzie’s win aboard Swing It Sister on Port Lincoln Cup day meant she had finally outridden her 4kg claim (now reduced to 3kg) and she was pumped,...

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  • Sowing the seeds of co-operation between clubs

    A simple gesture to help out a fellow SA racing club is an example of the industry working together in challenging times, a local CEO says. Murray Bridge Racing Club has loaned its disc seeder to the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club, saving the latter a substantial sum of money....

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  • Behind the industry’s new EWO

    The reaction to John Cornell’s appointment as Thoroughbred Racing South Australia’s (TRSA) inaugural equine welfare officer says plenty about the man himself. The recent announcement has been greeted with universal praise from across the industry – even from his former boss, Tony McEvoy, who lamented the stable’s loss, but conceded...

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