Cropp And Hill Dominate Proceedings At Betfair Park

Comeback jockey Lisa Cropp and apprentice Jack Hill dominated Saturday’s metropolitan meeting at Betfair Park (Sandown) landing five of the eight winners between them.

Cropp is the multiple New Zealand premiership-winning jockey who is rebuilding her career in Victoria after completing a nine month disqualification in her homeland.

On Saturday she heralded her arrival as a serious force in Melbourne’s riding ranks with a stunning treble that reminded punters why she was able to pilot 197 winners in one season alone back in 2004-05.

The 38-year-old displayed her trademark strength and vigor to lift the Robbie Laing-trained pair Grand Britannia and Maquina to impressive victories that book-ended the meeting.

The middle leg of her treble came with a runaway five length victory by the Mike Moroney-trained Syndrome in the $70,000 Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1800m).

The hat trick completed a massive 24 hours for Cropp who was victorious at Mornington on Friday afternoon before celebrating the first Moonee Valley winner of her career later that evening.

Hill’s double, the second of his career in metropolitan Melbourne, was full of class.

The 3kg apprentice produced a centimetre perfect front-running ride on the Ciaron Maher-trained Riveted to down hot favourite Overtake in the $70,000 Mirenesse Handicap (1500m).

But it was his ride on the Lloyd Williams-owned, Robert Hickmott-trained Kiwi import Irel that made onlookers sit up and take notice.

The 20-year-old took the initiative and caught his rivals napping in the $70,000 Patinack Farm Handicap (2400m) whipping Irel from last to first in the twinkling of an eye 800 metres from home.

After skipping to a nice lead off the corner, Irel, under hard riding from Hill, withstood the challenge of favourite Robdon Flyer who loomed ominously over the concluding stages.

“The other horse was going to beat me three times up the straight,” Hill said. “But my bloke just fought back and was too tough.”

“I spoke to Mr Williams last night and he asked me to ride the horse quietly and take off at the 600-metre mark,” the talented jockey explained.

“But they were going too slow so I got going early….sometimes as a jockey you need to show some initiative and it paid off.”

Steven King, Michael Rodd and Glen Boss were the other hoops to salute, Rodd reuniting with gallant grey Jungle Ruler for their second victory – over three-and-a-half years since the first.

Click to view Betfair Park (Sandown) results.

Sandown Saturday Selections

Sandown Meeting – Saturday November 27

Race 1 – 2. Fire Of London 3. Grand Britannia 10. Trysta

Race 2 – 3. Overtake (SPECIAL) 5. Riveted 2. Itsamonty

Race 3 – 1. Trudeau 2. Bellissimo 7. Ripa Artois

Race 4 – 3. Tio Rossa 9. Irel 5. Robdon Flyer

Race 5 – 3. Alittlevolcanic (EACH-WAY SPECIAL) 5. Save A Penny 6. Free Spirited

Race 6 – 2. Jungle Ruler 7. Status Symbol 6. Sheedy

Race 7 – 1. Makeadreamcometrue 5. Manila Jewel 2. Syndrome

Race 8 – 4. Shysta 6. Lisas Lago 3. Serenada

Shinn And Robl Cop Big Suspensions Over Betting Saga

Racing NSW Stewards yesterday continued an inquiry opened on the 29th September 2010 at Canterbury Park and continued at the offices of Racing NSW on 19th November 2010 into the operation of a Tabcorp betting account held by Mrs Elaine Robl.

At the inquiry further evidence was taken from licensed jockeys Blake Shinn and Peter Robl, and evidence was taken from licensed stablehands Ms Elaine Robl and Mrs Carol Shinn and from Mr Reece Murphy, riders agent for jockey Blake Shinn. Solicitor at Law, Mr Bob Whyburn, assisted the parties appearing before the inquiry.

Licensed jockey BLAKE SHINN pleaded guilty to charges under AR83(c) of having bets or interests in bets on thoroughbred racing placed between 5 October 2008 and 29 September 2010 on a Tabcorp account held by Mrs Carol Shinn and between 17 July and 29 September 2010 on Tabcorp account held by Mrs Elaine Robl.

Blake Shinn today also pleaded guilty to five further charges under AR160B(3) of having used his mobile phone in the Hawkesbury Race Club Jockeys’ room on 19 August 2010 to contact his manager, Mr Reece Murphy, and to contact Mr Phillip Watson.

After hearing representation on penalty (in camera) from Blake Shinn, Mrs Carol Shinn and Mr Whyburn concerning issues of a personal nature pertaining to Blake Shinn and taking into account his prior good record, co-operation with the inquiry, his remorse, contrition and frankness in giving evidence and guilty plea, the Stewards issued the following penalties:-

Charge 1: Relating to having placed on 17 August 2010 a bet of $2500 on Giresun, which finished 2nd in Race 2 at Randwick on 18 August 2010 when he rode Diamond Jim in the same race.
Penalty – 6 months disqualification

Charges 2 and 3: Relating to placing bets on eight occasions on horses he rode between 14 January 2010 and 2 December 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

Charges 4, 5 and 6: Relating to placing bets on horses on thoroughbred races generally between 5 October 2008 and 30 September 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

Charge 7: Relating to having on 17 September 2010 at the Randwick TAB placed a bet on Olivia Blue in Race 1 at the Canberra Race Club meeting.
Penalty – $400 fine

On the charge under AR160B(3) of having used his phone whilst present in the jockeys’ room at Hawkesbury Racecourse on 19 August 2010 the following penalties were issued:-

Charges 1 and 5: Relating to text messages to manager, Mr Reece Murphy.
Penalty – $500 fine

Charges 2, 3 and 4: Relating to a telephone call to Mr Phillip Watson, who shortly thereafter placed a bet of $500 a win and a place on Miss Savabeel in Race 6 at that meeting.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

All penalties take effect immediately and are to be served cumulatively, which in effect means that Blake Shinn will be eligible to reapply for a jockey’s licence on 26 February 2012.

Licensed jockey PETER ROBL pleaded guilty to charges under AR83(c) of having bets or interests in bets on thoroughbred racing placed between 11 March 2008 and 30 September 2010.

Stewards took into account his guilty plea, his remorse and contrition and his good record over a period of 22 years as a jockey. The Stewards issued the following penalties:-

Charge 1: Relating to placing bets on six occasions on horses he rode between 9 October 2008 to 8 September 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

Charges 2, 3, 4 and 5: Relating to placing bets on horses on thoroughbred races generally between 11 March 2008 and 30 September 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

In respect to the charge under AR175(g) of having given false and misleading evidence at a Stewards’ inquiry on 29 September 2010.
Penalty – 6 months disqualification

All penalties take effect immediately and are to be served cumulatively, which in effect means that Peter Robl will be eligible to reapply for a jockey’s licence on 26 November 2011.

Licensed trackwork rider MRS ELAINE ROBL pleaded guilty to charges under AR175(l) of having, between 11 March 2008 and 20 September 2010, being a party to breaches of AR83(c) by her husband, licensed jockey Mr Peter Robl, and between 18 July 2010 and 20 September 2010 being a party to breaches of AR83(c) by licensed jockey Blake Shinn.

Taking into account Mrs Robl’s prior good record over 16 years as a licensee, her remorse and contrition and her cooperation with the inquiry and guilty plea, Stewards issued the following penalty.
Penalty – $7500 fine

Licensed stablehand MRS CAROL SHINN pleaded guilty to a charge under AR175(l) of having, between 5 October 2008 and 29 September 2010, being a party to breaches of AR83(c) by licensed jockey Mr Blake Shinn in respect of the operation of her Tabcorp betting account and also the Tabcorp betting account held by Mrs Elaine Robl.

Taking into account Mrs Robl’s prior good record, her remorse and contrition, her cooperation with the inquiry and guilty plea, Stewards issued the following penalty.
Penalty – $7500 fine

The inquiry, in determining the appropriate penalties, was satisfied that the outcomes of races bet on by Blake Shinn and Peter Robl were not affected by their betting activities. All parties were notified of their rights of appeal.

Moshe To Light Up The Valley

Moonee Valley Racing Club starts a string of four successive Friday night meetings this week and the Club has been given an early Christmas present with boom youngster Moshe set to showcase his talents.

The brother to Australia’s premier sprinter Black Caviar created his own headlines with a devastating six-length victory on debut at Bendigo a fortnight ago when he clocked 56.5sec over 1000 metres.

The three-year-old lines up over the same distance at the Valley in the $30,000 Mayoral Charity Community Plate which promises to be the highlight of a terrific eight race card.

The 0-72 sprint against older horses shapes as an important stepping stone for the regally-bred colt that appears to have the world at his feet.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said his second-up performance under lights would help shape the short term plans for Moshe.

“Tomorrow night will dictate what happens with the horse. We’re not committing to anything until he gets through this run,” Hawkes explained.

Having prepared greats like Lonhro and Octagonal with his father John, Hawkes Jr knows a special horse and whilst he believes Moshe has the right qualities he’s keen to keep a lid on the hype.

“We know he’s got talent, but I prefer to get carried away after their second start, not their first,” Hawkes said when quizzed about the horse’s burgeoning reputation.

The bad news for his rivals at the Valley is that the son of Bel Esprit has benefitted from his debut victory and has drawn perfectly in barrier three.

“The horse is really good. He came through his first up win in good order and has trained on well,” Hawkes said.

Dwayne Dunn will again be in the saddle aboard the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale graduate who is a commanding $1.45 TAB Fixed Odds favourite for the 9.15pm event.

Elsewhere on the program, the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge continues with the fifth heat over the unique 955-metre trip, this time for the three-year-old fillies.

After the first four of 18 heats in the Challenge, trainer Jarrod McLean currently has his hands on the $55,000 Mazda CX9 from the Essendon Mazda with his horse Waltzes the quickest with thus far.

The five-year-old gelding took out heat three on 29 October in a slick 55.62secs before returning to the Valley for a Saturday metro win last weekend.

With rain falling in Melbourne and only six fillies engaged in Friday’s $55,000 feature, it appears unlikely that Waltzes’ time will be bettered this week, but an intriguing race is assured.

Click to view the Moonee Valley Friday night fields.

My Bentley Wins Ballarat Cup

Brad Rawiller proved the missing ingredient to My Bentley when the top jockey teamed with the Spring Racing Carnival’s Country Cup bridesmaid to win Sunday’s $130,000 Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup.

The talented Mick Kent-trained gelding found one better in both the Cranbourne and Bendigo Cups, but finally got his time in the spotlight when Rawiller steered him to an overdue win.

It was the third time this spring that the Caulfield Cup-winning jockey snared a Country Cup for Kent, having earlier won at Moe and Kyneton aboard Red Buttons, and the heavyweight hoop was thrilled to do so after working hard to get down to My Bentley’s 54kg.

“It gives me great pleasure, obviously I rode 54(kg) in the Melbourne Cup but that was planned for a month, but this was an aftersight and it was virtually only four days ago when I decided, ‘I’m going to do it’,” Rawiller said.

“And it’s great to do it for Mick Kent because he’s been a great supporter and given me great rides in the past and I can only hope it continues in the future.”

Rawiller didn’t do his chances any harm with a gem of a ride in the 2200-metre event that was the final feature of the 2010 Spring Racing Carnival.

He lobbed in an economical spot on the fence from gate five and while he got shuffled back to midfield when there was some chopping and changing up front in the first 1000m, he had plenty left for the straight.

Rawiller got a lovely run through the field rounding the home bend before working his way into the clear at the 250m. Once the split came the six-year-old son of I Conquer quickly put more than a length on his rivals, a margin he maintained to the line.

The $5.50 chance finished 1.3 lengths clear of Kidnapped ($8.50), denying Peter Snowden’s Dubai-bound Group 1 winner a fairytale goodbye, with Bairnsdale Cup winner Allanthus ($26) sticking on well for third, just a half-head away.

Red Colossus, the $4.60 favourite, didn’t come in the straight after travelling midfield but pulled up lame, while the heavily-backed The Hombre ($5) overraced early and dropped out over the final 200m to finish 11th.

Rawiller entered the race confident and he said the run he had only enhanced his belief the race would be his.

“I was really confident so long as I could get that bit of luck at the right time and thankfully we were able to make it and it was a strong win,” he said.

Kent was thrilled to see My Bentley overcame suspensory problems that have plagued him since his previous win at Sandown in January and finally crack it for a Country Cup, indicating that he would have a brief let-up before being set for Cups in Tasmania and Adelaide.

“He’s been moving up (into races) but when the jockey’s dropped him, he just hasn’t been letting go, but we think we’ve worked out why and he did (let go) today,” Kent said.

“We’ll just give him a couple of easy weeks now and get him ready for Tassie and Adelaide.”

Full results from Sunday’s Ballarat Cup card are available here.