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Australian Jockey Munce Sentenced to 30 Months in Hong Kong Jail

According to published reports, Australian jockey Chris Munce was sentenced to 30 months in jail March 1 by a Hong Kong court. Munce, 37, was found guilty of conspiring to trade race tips in return for bets and was taken into custody pending an appeal by his legal team. He is the first jockey to be sentenced for such an offense in Hong Kong.

Takeover Target Has Taken His Owner/Trainer from Obscurity to the Top

When they line up for Hong Kong's International Day of racing Dec. 10, Australian trainer Joe Janiak will not be wearing a top hat and tails. He did of course do just that when in England earlier this year with his potential movie star horse Takeover Target. After Takeover Target won the King's Stand (Eng-II) Stakes at Ascot, people wanted to know who these unlikely stars were.

Phar Lap Redux

By Morton Cathro - News reports from Australia alleging that the country's legendary wonder horse, Phar Lap, died not of colic but of deliberate arsenic poisoning, has thrust affluent Atherton, a secluded enclave on the San Francisco peninsula, into the limelight once again.

Honor in War Completes Preparations for Cox Plate

Honor in War completed his final preparation by working six furlongs and galloping out a mile over the Arlington Park turf course Tuesday morning before departing to become the first-ever American horse to compete Australia's storied Spring Carnival and the nation's most prestigious race, the group I, US$2.3 Million Tattersall's Cox Plate on Oct. 28

Elusive Quality Tops Australian Shuttle Group

Elusive Quality, who topped last year's shuttle group from North America to Australia, boasts this year's highest fee among the 15 stallions making the trip. His southbound fee of $100,000 is the equivalent of about $75,000 in U.S. funds. Elusive Quality's Southern Hemisphere fee in 2005 also was $100,000.

Makybe Diva Named Australia's Horse of Year

Makybe Diva was named Australia's Horse of the Year for the second time in a row in a landslide and the 7-year-old mare also secured two divisional honors in ceremonies Aug 2.

Continued Upswing at Magic Millions Sale

The end of the tunnel is in sight. Not that those who run Magic Millions want it to be. As day three of the broodmare section of the 14-day long Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast wound down, new heights were reached yet again.

Man of Illusion Gets Clean Trip and Win

This time Man of Illusion had a clean trip. In his first start in this country, the Australian-bred horse had tons of trouble and still was beaten only two lengths in Keeneland's Shakertown (gr. IIIT). Friday, he had clear sailing and won the $116,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

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