Look back at autumn
RACING NSW and the Australian Turf Club are conducting a review of the 2015 autumn carnival including The Championships to identify areas that need improvement.
With Easter falling early next year – Easter Saturday is March 26 – it is likely there will be some minor programming changes to the popular Sydney autumn carnival.
The clashes of the Royal Randwick Guineas with Flemington’s Australian Guineas, both 1600m threeyear-old Group 1 races, needs to be addressed, along with the Ranvet Stakes and the Australian Cup, two 2000m weight-for-age Group 1 races.
Any proposed changes will require the co-operation of Victorian race club officials.
TIME FOR THOMPSON
CHAMPION jockey Robert Thompson is aiming to break a 20-year drought and claim a sixth win in the Cessnock Cup at his home track next Monday.
The Cessnock Cup was first run in 1978, and Thompson was successful on Rosie Heir.
He won the Cup again on Full Alert (1983), Gay Scene (1987) and Trevino (1991).
The champion jockey last won the race on Hot Aussie in 1995.
Thompson, 57, was recently inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame after a 40-year-plus riding career that has yielded 4120 winners – the most by an Australianbased jockey.
Cessnock-born and raised, Thompson has remained true to his country roots and, with the exception of two years in Hong Kong, he has resisted any move away from his home town.
No jockey rides Cessnock as well as Thompson.
Among his biggest wins at the picturesque Hunter Valley track is an amazing 11 Jungle Juice Cups.