Two more Aintree horses dead 'from race injuries' pushing total death toll to six

At the conclusion of the three-day Aintree meeting it was believed four horses had died.

However, that number has continued to rise since the meet ended on April 9. 512 more words


Intechnica to reveal results of four years of monitoring Grand National betting sites and apps

Intechnica, the IT Performance Experts, will reveal the results of four years worth of end-user experience monitoring of the Grand National in a live webinar… 121 more words


Private Wilfred Eric Burnell 1390

Surviving the war was one thing but many jockeys continued to risk their lives in their chosen profession upon returning. Wilf Burnell was born at Snapper Point in 1898, one of a dozen children, and was only eight years old when his father died, and an orphan at 13 when his mother passed away. 657 more words

Private Henry Albert Dibble 1399

South Australian-born Caulfield jockey Henry ‘Harry’ Dibble was not a stranger to grand and international theatre. He partnered Obi to a win in the VRC Grand National Hurdle in 1910 (pictured0 and with his earnings, purchased into and became licencee of the Cricket Club Hotel in St Kilda (now the Elephant & Wheelbarrow on Fitzroy Street). 589 more words

Private Frederick William McCabe 29979

New Zealand-born rider, Fred McCabe made several trips across the Tasman, as a successful jockey in both countries. From Tokatoka on the North Island, Fred was based at Flemington in 1909 and returned to ride two winners at the Auckland Cup meeting in 1914. 1,585 more words

A Sporting Affair

A last minute change of plans meant that this weekend we were having our first overnight guests since our renovation was completed. I was super excited to show our best friends round the (mostly) finished house. 960 more words


Letting It Go, Keeping It In and Double Checking

…and I’m back in the room!

 My limbs ache, my eyes are running and l’ve hardly been out all week. No! Not a dose of the flu but a marathon writing session. 590 more words