Author: Ben Triandafillou

HORSE RACING PICNIC legend Debbie Waymouth is set to have her first ride back at Balnarring on Saturday. The determined 66-year-old jock has gradually increased her workload after suffering a serious fall at Woolamai in January. Waymouth, showing her trademark toughness, makes her return after recovering from nine broken ribs, a fractured sternum, collapsed lung, a hematothrorax (blood on her chest) as well as having had surgery to insert plates into her cheekbone and jaw following the fall. Despite initial doubt about whether she’d return to riding, Waymouth has continued to exceed everyone’s expectations. She returned to riding trackwork last…

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HORSE RACING Head-to-head: Two of Mornington’s best sprinters The Inferno and Brooklyn Hustle are likely to meet each other in the $500,000 The Country Discovery at Sale on April 15. Pictures: Supplied CLIFF Brown’s The Inferno and Jason Warren and Dean Krongold’s Brooklyn Hustle will likely head to Sale on Friday 15 April. The two stable stars for the Mornington-based trainers are set to contest the inaugural running of The Country Discovery (1100m), an open handicap race, worth $500,000. Brown, who had The Inferno ready to go for the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 25, was forced…

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HORSE RACING IN a rarity for the Mornington races, it was looking as though no Mornington-based trainer would get a win at the feature Mornington Cup meeting on Saturday 26 March until the local Tony Noonan stable struck glory in the last. Despite jumping as a $20 outsider in the field, the consistent It’s Tornado Storm flew the flag for the locals swooping around the field to win comfortably by two lengths. In front of a crowd of 5,000, trainer Tony Noonan was ecstatic to get the result on Cup day with his son, Jake Noonan, also riding the winner.…

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HORSE RACING IT was a weekend to remember for the connections of dual-Group 1 winner Streets of Avalon and his full-sister Orlando Grove. The Shane Nichols-trained gelding was brave to place third in the world’s richest mile race, the $5million All-Star Mile, at Flemington on Saturday before his promising full-sister, also trained by Nichols, made a winning return at Yarra Valley on the Sunday. It took two highly talented gallopers in Zaaki and I’m Thunderstruck to beat the tough seven-year-old who picked up $360,000 in prize money for placing third, beaten just over two lengths. Mornington-based trainer Shane Nichols was…

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HORSE RACING JEROME Hunter has trained the biggest winner of his career as Barb Raider dug deep to narrowly win the $300,000 Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday. Hunter, who has been the private trainer for owners Graeme and Barbara Gathercole since 2012, has had stakes success with Warrior Of Fire (2015 Hobart Guineas) and Belwazi (2019 Kensington Stakes) in the last decade but his three-year-old fillies feats have continued to go to another level. Barb Raider, who placed third in last year’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas, has returned unbeaten this preparation for Hunter having also won…

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