Racing NSW stewards' kid-glove approach with wayward colt hits punters for six

Max Presnell After Liberation, following two recent incidents of erratic behaviour, ran amok in Saturday's Up and Coming Stakes at Randwick, the question was asked: What was he doing in the field?

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Chris Waller watches Specific Choice win at Randwick -and stewards grill his other riders

Whip hand: Tye Angland rides Specfic Choice to victory in the TAB Rewards Handicap at Randwick.

Adam Pengilly Chris Waller's Specific Choice ripped thousands of dollars out of bookmakers' bags, but stewards grilled two of his other riders in the race as Sydney's premier trainer underlined his winter...

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New drug-testing powers for Australian racing stewards

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Laura Banks Stewards will have the power to test horse handlers suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, under new regulations introduced Tuesday.

Winless hoop James McDonald left frustrated by stewards and feisty women

Frustrated: Stewards and feisty women conspired against James McDonald on Wednesday.

Chris Roots The stewards and feisty women conspired to keep premiership-chasing jockey James McDonald two wins behind Nash Rawiller at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.


Kembla Grange trainer Paul Murray puts cobalt detection to one side as stewards investigate

Chris Roots Kembla Grange trainer Paul Murray is maintaining his innocence despite bottles confiscated by stewards from his stable fridge showing the presence of racing's latest drug, cobalt.

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Scott appointed first female chair of stewards

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Laura Banks Barbara Scott has overcome adversity in the male domain to be appointed as the first female racing steward in Australian history.

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Nash Rawiller and Hugh Bowman bump on track and before stewards

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Chris Roots Nash Rawiller and Hugh Bowman got in a bumping duel on the turn in the Todman Stakes on Wandjina and Risen From Doubt and it continued in the stewards room.

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Moody to hand over stable keys to stewards

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Trainer Peter Moody has agreed to provide keys to his stables to Racing Victoria stewards.


Stewards quiz visiting trainer at Rosehill, search his Geelong stable

SPORT Reply Churlish ridden by Peter Robl (orange cap) wins the 1st race at Rosehill on 4 January 2014.  Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots The Geelong stable of Glenn Thornton was searched as part of an inquiry into a pre-race treatment found in the box of Cool Attraction by Racing NSW investigators at Rosehill on Saturday.

Winners & Losers

Stewards get the wind up as Waterhouse and Rawiller change tactics

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Max Presnell Gai Waterhouse had wise guys jumping over her intended riding tactics regarding Travolta in the blustery conditions at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

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Racing Victoria stewards to elevate leading apprentice jockey Chad Schofield to senior riding ranks

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Patrick Bartley Cox Plate-winning jockey will be made a senior rider as early as Friday.

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Bill Vlahos told to face Racing Victoria stewards

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Patrick Bartley and Ben Butler Racing authorities have demanded thoroughbred owner and alleged Ponzi scheme operator Bill Vlahos appear for questioning at a hearing next Thursday, February 27.

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Leading stewards at odds over El Roca scratching from Rosehill meeting

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Patrick Bartley Stewards are locked in a war of words over the withdrawal of El Roca from the Hobartville Stakes.


The mail: Stewards to introduce new rule to ensure trainers stay in control

Too good: James McDonald rode Junoob to victory in the Randwick City Stakes.

Chris Roots Stewards are set to introduce a new local rule about the length of time horses have to be in stables before barrier trialling and racing.

Horse Racing

Stewards to cast eye on Dundeel over injury fears

It's A Dundeel walks off the track after a trackwork session at Flemington on October 1.

Patrick Bartley Racing Victoria stewards will inspect Cox Plate second favourite It's A Dundeel on Monday.


Luckily for Nash Rawiller, stewards apply double standards to tearaway leaders

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Max Presnell The Calming Influence cakewalk in Saturday's benchmark 80 over 1100 metres at Rosehill on Saturday came into the category of just another raised-eyebrow event in recent weeks.

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Melham must cool heels as stewards continue crackdown

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Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch Ben Melham has joined the growing list of top jockeys sidelined after he was outed by Racing Victoria stewards at the Geelong Cup meeting.

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Beaten, and then rider feels stewards' lash

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Kerrin McEvoy riding Ruscello defeats Michael Walker riding Let's Make Adeal in Race 3 the Lexus Stakes during Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 2, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Chris Roots Michael Walker had never been charged with a whip offence until Saturday but desperation to gain a Melbourne Cup ride got the better of him on Let's Make Adeal.

Industry (and stewards) must embrace social media growth

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Chris Roots Roots 'N' All: Punters once had to line along the mounting yard to vent their anger and get up close and personal with jockeys. The demonstration was a rite of passage and gave the track its colour.

Stewards to brief cup riders

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Andrew Eddy Jockeys to be reminded of dangers of causing interference in world's richest 2400-metre handicap.