CHAMPION jumper Black And Bent will begin his 2012 jumping campaign in the $100,000 Galleywood Hurdle (3200 metres) on the middle day of the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival which kicks off on Tuesday, May 1.

Black And Bent, which won the champion jumper of the year title for a second time last year, will have possibly three flat trials and two hurdle trials before trying to win his second Galleywood Hurdle.

The classy jumper won the 2010 Galleywood Hurdle but missed last year’s event as he was recovering from a tendon injury.

Wins in the Jim Houlahan Hurdle and the Grand National Hurdle at the end of last year’s jumping season showed the versatile galloper had made a full recovery from the injury.

Trainer Robert Smerdon said Black And Bent was in tip-top shape to begin his jumping campaign in the Galleywood Hurdle.

“He’s come back into work in great nick,” Smerdon said.

“We had the chance to take him overseas but now we’ve got set weight and penalty races here and excellent prizemoney, we decided to stay at home.

“We’ll just take him along slowly in the flat and hurdle trials before going to Warrnambool. From what I’ve heard this year’s Galleywood Hurdle looks like having a top field. The extra prizemoney has meant more owners are keen to have jumping horses.”

The astute trainer said top jumps jockey Steven Pateman was keen to ride Black And Bent in the Galleywood.

Black And Bent has won 10 of his 16 jumps starts. He also has four minor placings to his credit over hurdles.

His efforts in jumping races have earned more than $540,000 in stakemoney for his connections.

Purcell sells Samsation

WARRNAMBOOL trainer Aaron Purcell sold Samsation only hours after he scored an impressive win in a 2000-metre high weight race at Warrnambool last Monday. Purcell said the offer from Esperance in Western Australia was too good to refuse.

“We had the horse on the market,” he said.

“His win in the high weight was a good bonus. I’m confident that the horse will be competitive in races around Esperance. He ran some good races for us. He won last Monday and he was sold on Tuesday so that’s a good result for everyone.”

Meanwhile, Purcell said Streaky Fella which ran third in last year’s Warrnambool Cup was a new addition to his stable.

“The owners decided to send the horse to us because we do a lot of beach work with our horses — he’s got bad legs,” Purcell said. “We aim to set the horse for races like the Stawell, Hamilton and Warrnambool cups.”

From America for first win

FOUR-year-old mare Brideshead travelled from America to Hamilton to win her first race on Sunday. Brideshead had four starts in America before the Warrnambool training combination of Bill and Symon Wilde took over the training duties more than two months ago.

“Michael and Donard Niall from Coleraine are good clients of ours,” Bill Wilde said.

“They have racing interests in America. Brideshead was one of those before they sent her over to us to train. She had been working well at home and we were quietly confident that she would run well. She only just won today but there is a lot of upside in her. She raced a bit greenly but she will improve. I reckon she will get over a lot more ground than the 1100 metres she ran over today.”

Brideshead was the first leg of a winning double for the Warrnambool stable. Its other winner was Reel’emin in a restricted race over 1400 metres.

Constant Force ran seventh for the Wilde stable in a 2000-metre race at Flemington. Bill Wilde said the gelding would be entered for next Sunday’s Colac Cup.

“I think the horse is better suited to races in the country,” he said. “We’ll see how he pulls up but we’ll probably send him to the Colac Cup.” Constant Force has won six of his 21 starts.

Raffaello retired to stud

RAFFAELLO has been retired to stud by his trainer Patrick Ryan after he stood flat-footed and refused to gallop for a short time in a $70,000 handicap over 1400 metres at Flemington on Saturday. The seven-year-old stallion will stand at Glenormiston Stud, Terang. Ryan said Raffaello had just not wanted to race at his last few runs.

“The owners have decided to send him to Glenormistion Stud. He goes to stud a very well-credentialled stallion,” Ryan said. “He’s group 1 placed over 1400 metres and group 2 placed over 2200 metres. There’s not many stallions who have shown versatility like that.” Raffaello won more than $550,000 in stakemoney from his 53 starts.

Plastic running rail for Colac

THE Colac racecourse is the latest Victorian course to have a plastic running rail installed. Works were completed yesterday at a cost of $80,000 as the club prepares for its cup meeting on Sunday. Over 30 race tracks in Victoria now have plastic running rails.

LOCAL racing lost one of its loyal fans with the passing of Harry Parsons in Warrnambool last week. Parsons held an owners/trainers licence for many years. Two horses he tasted success with were Here Comes Jean and River Deep. Parsons worked with the late Warrnambool trainer Leo Turner for many years when he had the handy galloper Better Artist. Deepest sympathy is extended to the Parsons family at this sad time.

Racing presentation

THE Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna will make a presentation in Warrnambool on Monday, April 23 to create awareness of the role and the responsibilities of the department. Perna will visit other regional cities in Victoria to give an overview of what is in place to ensure the Victoria racing industry operates free from the influence of crime and corruption. The sessions will give the public the chance to ask questions and hear first-hand of the commissioner’s perspectives of integrity in the racing industry. The hour-long Warrnambool session will be held at the Archie Graham Community Centre.

Galloper breaks maiden status

FORMER New Zealand galloper Magical King finally broke his maiden status when he scored an impressive win in a $30,000 restricted race over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley last Friday night. Magical King which is now trained by Ciaron Maher was having his third start for the Warrnambool trainer. The five-year-old ran second for Maher at his first two Australian starts after running minor placings in New Zealand.

“He’s a progressive type of stayer. He was unlucky in his first two starts for us,” Maher said. “He’s still learning about racing. He might be a five-year-old but he’s still a baby.”

Former Geelong footballer Max Rhook and Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson are part-owners of the horse.Magical King has won more than $30,000 in prizemoney.

No jumping for Boss

GLEN Boss has abandoned thoughts of riding over jumps. The triple Melbourne Cup-winning jockey indicated last August that he would like to ride in a couple of hurdle races but a trackwork accident at Flemington last September has ended those plans. Boss shattered his left shoulder and tore ligaments and tendons after Crystal Lily, which he was riding, collapsed and died at trackwork. The injuries sidelined Boss from last year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

“I just can’t take the risk of riding in jumps races. I’ve got to concentrate on riding winners on the flat again after my injuries,” Boss said.

Call for tenders

THE Victoria Racing Club has called on cities and towns across Australia and New Zealand to submit tenders for its annual Emirates Melbourne Cup tour. Hosting the tour gives communities and organisations the chance to unite in celebration and raise funds for local causes.

In its 10th year, the tour invites community groups, councils, schools, tourism and racing bodies across rural, regional and metropolitan Australia and New Zealand to host the 18-carat gold iconic trophy, valued at $175,000, for a day on its three-month adventure. Successful host destinations will be announced in June.


JIM CASSIDY: veteran jockey who just keeps on riding winners. The Pumpa booted home a winning double at Warwick Farm on Saturday. He may be in his twilight years but that has not stopped his ability.

MATT ELLERTON and SIMON ZAHRA: this training combination are quiet achievers in the training ranks. They always present their horses in tip-top shape. It’s wise to include their runners in your multiple selections.

PERSIAN STAR: showed a return to winning form is not far away after she ran third in a 2000-metre race on Satirday. She’s ready to win.

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