Global Racing Action and Globe Trotting Horses and Jockeys

There is a lot going on in the realm of Australian thoroughbred horseracing.

Champion jockey Zac Purton is taking a leave from his duties in Hong Kong to ride Oohood in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400 m) on April 7 at Royal Randwick. Oohood had Purton on her when she came oh so close to beating Estijaab in last week’s Golden Slipper Stakes.

Purton is racking up some frequent flyer miles. He has won the Sires’ in 2006 and 2016. He was the runner-up on Summer Passage last year.

“Honey, I’ll be right back. Just popping over to Oz for a pint and a ride in the Sires’ Produce Stakes.”

Hugh Bowman is destined for a little bit or riding in Japan. We have heard of shuttle stallions, but shuttle jockeys?

Bowman won the Japan Cup last year on Grand Cheval and he will be on the horse again for the Group 1 Tenno Sho Spring (3200 m). He is leaving in late April and should be back in early June. Sayōnara, señor Bowman. Stay on.

Sectionals Analyst Vince Accardi believes that Winx will win the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000 m) April 14 at Randwick. As do we all, but we lack the sexy Sectionals Analyst in front of our names. Accardi is not bothered by the narrow margin by which Winx won the George Ryder. “She’s a superstar,” Accardi said. “The margin between Happy Clapper and Winx is not an indication of how well Winx is going.”

Sydney-based trainer Garry Neale is being called before the Racing NSW stewards following the revelation that his horse Oriental Runner tested positive for methyl amphetamine. Unlike cobalt, which is of somewhat dubious value, meth could definitely improve performance, although we doubt that a dosage of any size could speed up our typing.

Finally, good old Hartnell is going to do some running in Sydney at the conclusion of The Championships. James Cummings plans to run Hartnell in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes on April 21.

Hartnell was beaten almost five lengths in the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington on March 10 and has not raced since. Perhaps he simply does not like to run Flemington way, judging by his Melbourne Cup runs, but he did win the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes there.

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