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Horse racing is much more than an excuse for gambling. It is a love for the beauty, grace and speed of the horse. It can also be an intellectual battle of examining competing facts and trying to formulate the future from results of the past. In some ways it is an investigation, as performed by an eager detective. And in other ways it can be the thrill of a crossword puzzle, with multiple possible responses, but ultimately only one correct answer. It is a thing of beauty as much as it is a matter of commerce. I have been involved with horse racing in both practical and intellectual ways. From time spent as an apprentice jockey, to later the research of bloodlines in the multimillion dollar world of thoroughbred breeding and sales. And for the past seventeen years I have provided speedrating information to the racing industry and public through my company: Speedratings - Leonard Marlborough.

Linked in Song

July 31st 2015 05:44
Linked in Song.

words by Leonard Marlborough
photography by Neil Murray




For the music lover, two of the winners from the 8 event program at Cranbourne this week were rich reminders of the music scene from the 70’s & 80’s.

Race 1 was won by the Jason Warren trained, Parallel Lines, a 2yo chestnut filly, ridden by Jake Noonan.

Parallel Lines was the name of the breakthrough 3rd Blondie album, released in 1978, featuring the enduring classic songs: Heart of Glass; Hanging on the Telephone; One Way or Another; and Picture This. Truly, a classic album.




Parallel Lines

Race 6 was won by the Robert Smerdon trained, Hucknall, a 4yo chestnut gelding by Snippetson out of Red To Riches, who won the 3000 metre marathon with Dean Yendall aboard. The clue to the naming of Hucknall seems to derive from the name of his dam - Red To Riches - as Mick Hucknall was the eponymous 'Red' and lead singer of the English soul & pop group of the 80’s, Simply Red.




Hucknall

The name Simply Red came about when the manager of a local venue was confused about the band's name and Hucknall replied that it was "Red, simply Red". The resulting misnomer was printed on publicity posters as "Simply Red", and the name stuck. - Mick Hucknall (top 10 most frequently asked questions about Simply Red)


Yes - these names are tenuous links to the music scene, no doubt - but being immersed in the memories and sounds from the time, it was the first thing that I thought of. Naturally, this says more about me than anything else.

For anyone unfamiliar with the music - a reminder:





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Mallyon Milestone

July 28th 2015 03:59
Mallyon Milestone

words by Leonard Marlborough

photography by Neil Murray







The spotlight of attention for the Caulfield race meeting last Saturday was the Jockeys’ Premiership battle being fought out between Damien Oliver and Craig Williams.



Damien Oliver would ride a winner at the meeting, Volcanic Ash, providing him at the end of the day with a 2 win buffer over Craig Williams - which Oliver then held on the final day of the season the following day when metropolitan racing was held at Geelong. That secured for Damien Oliver a 10th Melbourne Jockeys’ Premiership - placing him just one premiership victory behind the record holders, Roy Higgins and Bill Duncan.


While all this was taking place the jockey ‘story’ of the day belonged to apprentice jockey Katelyn Mallyon who rode her first metropolitan treble, placing her in a position where she now has the opportunity to ‘outride her claim’ by the time her apprenticeship is complete in August.





Katelyn Mallyon winning race 4 on Japhils for trainer John Sadler



Katelyn Mallyon winning race 5 on Forgeress for trainer Quinton Scott



Katelyn Mallyon winning race 9 on Miss Rose De Lago for trainer Danny O’Brien
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Moor wins Mauritius Derby

July 20th 2015 06:08
Australian jockey Daniel Moor has turned down several opportunities to ride in Mauritius in the past, but this winter he took up the option to ride for trainer Shrish Narang. With his wife on maternity leave and his eldest child yet to start school, this was the perfect time for the hard working Victorian-based jockey to try his luck in Mauritius, where horse racing is a very popular sport.

This winter sojourn in sunny Mauritius has turned out exceptionally well for Moor when he was successful yesterday in the G1 Mauritius Derby Cup (1850 metres) on Roman Manner.


Daniel Moor tweeted:

Great to win the Mauritius Derby for the Gujadhur Stable. It says G1 in the book so I'll take that!


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Let's Be Frank

July 18th 2015 01:46
Let's Be Frank

words by Leonard Marlborough


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Dunn's Premiership Aspirations in Peril

words by Leonard Marlborough

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Lord Of The Sky

July 3rd 2015 01:32
Lord Of The Sky

words & photography by Leonard Marlborough

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The Flying Whip

June 23rd 2015 04:52
The Flying Whip

words by Leonard Marlborough


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The five days of Royal Ascot 2015 produced some brilliant performances, with Ryan Moore’s post-war record of nine winners gaining most attention. But let's direct our attention to the horses and some of the best performances over the carnival.

As part of a requirement to assess international horses who come for the lucrative carnivals in Australia - or those who are sold to start a career in a new stable here - I do a ‘speedfigure profile’ on their past performances to see how they match up with their (fellow international and) Australian rivals. Over the years my speedfigures and pars have discovered many winners in Australia based on their European speedfigures, like Adelaide in the 2014 Cox Plate; Gordon Lord Byron and It’s Somewhat at big odds; and most recently, Rockalong at Rosehill. Today I look back at the five days of Royal Ascot and nominate the best speed performance (best speedfigure) from each day. Hopefully these rankings may be a helpful resource for you historically, and moving forward into future races


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Hong Kong Dominance Continues in Singapore

(Words and photos by Neil Murray reporting from Singapore for RacingWrite and Speedratings, 18 May 2015


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Rodd’s First Group 1 in Singapore

(Words and photos by Neil Murray reporting from Singapore for RacingWrite and Speedratings, 16 May 2015)

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