Ric Chapman

Drug Case of New Zealand Jockey Ongoing

During a hearing regarding the drug use of New Zealand jockey Lisa Cropp before the country's Judicial Control Authority, forensic scientist and toxicology expert Dr. Ronald Couch told the panel that Cropp would have been "dead or at least unconscious" if the reported level of methamphetamine in her system recorded by a positive test was accurate.

Aussies Fear EI Outbreak

There is no need to fear or panic...well, maybe just a little need, as the arriving shipment of overseas horses to the now infamous Eastern Creek Quarantine facility in Sydney revealed a health risk Sept. 24.

Top Aussie Sire Represented at Del Mar

Top Aussie Sire Represented at Del Mar

North American audiences are about to see the very first galloper by Australian sire sensation Redoute's Choice race in their own back yard in an allowance contest at Del Mar Aug. 10.

Absolute Glam Wins Winter Stakes

In Australia, all horses turn a year older on Aug. 1. As a result, the racing year ends the day before that. The country's last group I race of the year is historically a seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares run at Eagle farm racecourse called the Winter Stakes. This year the race was run on June 21.

Coolmore's 2008 Fees Set

Coolmore's 2008 Fees Set

It is little wonder the Australian-bred galloper is gaining credibility all over the world. This fact was confirmed yet again by Coolmore announcing its stunning roster of stallions to stand down under in 2008.

Oliver Takes Back-to-Back Group I Wins

Just 40 minutes after breaking a soul-zapping run of group I second placings, Damien Oliver made it two group I wins in a row when he magnificently steered the vastly improved, Sydney based stayer No Wine No Song to victory in the time-honored group I $600,000 Sydney Cup over two miles at Royal Randwick May 3.

Damien Oliver Back on Track

There has been unprecedented media coverage over the past week in Australia about the seemingly incredible amount of bad luck champion jockey Damien Oliver has had in group I races since last November. He has ridden just one group I winner in that time, but has amazingly been placed 19 times 10 of them as the runner-up, with one of them narrowly in the Melbourne Cup.

New Zealand-Breds Score in Aussie Derby

New Zealand-Breds Score in Aussie Derby

The introduction of shuttlers and the vast improvement in the breeding industry in New Zealand over the past 10 years are starting to pay big dividends for the Kiwis now. This was showcased on a heavy turf track at Royal Randwick in Sydney April 26, when two Kiwi-bred and -trained horses ran first and second in the Aus$1.8 million (U.S $1.7 million) group I David Jones AJC Australian Derby.

Shamardal Colt Shines in Australia

In spite of the pouring rain that just would not stop, business on the brand new "Day 4" of the William Inglis & Son Easter yearling sale in Australia was better than most expected, with an average price of Aust$83,134 and a gross of Aust$9,643,000 for the 116 horses sold.

'Redoute's' Colt Is An Easter Star

'Redoute's' Colt  Is An Easter Star

Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager John Ferguson and Bob Ingham locked horns Tuesday during the third session of the Inglis Easter national yearling sale in Australia, and the battle produced a stunner. Ferguson was the winner, landing a Redoute's Choice colt for Aust$2.5 million (approximately $2.1 million in U.S. funds).

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