The Big Maiden Handicap Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 The Big Maiden Handicap which is to be run at Grafton racecourse on Thursday 14th, July 2016. View the The Big Maiden Handicap Field.

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 SENSATIONAL SONG Neil Godbolt 9 59kg
2 MELTED MOMENTS Paul Grills Ms Jodi Worley (a0/52kg) 10 57.5kg
3 NARETHA Tracey Bartley Grant Buckley 12 57kg
4 TAMBLYN Ross Stitt Scott Thurlow 11 57kg
5 ELITE FORCE Gary Cooling 17 56.5kg
6 MUNTIJ Sharon Pepper Matthew McGuren 8 56kg
7 STRATUZY Tony Gollan Ms Tegan Harrison 4 56kg
8 ZOU DER ZEE Bill Baker Luke Dittman 6 56kg
9 DAGGA BOY Terry McCarthy Ms Cassandra Schmidt (a0/54.5kg) 7 55kg
10 SACROMONTE Mark Palmer 15 54.5kg
11 CORRELATED Stirling Osland Matthew Paget 2 54kg
12 COUP DE VALOR Ethan Ensby Peter Graham 1 54kg
13 GALIANO Ian Savins Raymond Spokes 18 54kg
14 GLITTERAMA Cliff Bashford Glyn Schofield 5 54kg
15e FAST VISION Ben Hull Ben Looker 3 54.5kg
16e CALL ME BRAD Lesley Jeffriess Darren Jones 16 54kg
17e ROUGISSANTE Julie Pratten Ms Laura Cheshire 14 54kg
18e CONE OF SILENCE John Smerdon Luke Rolls 13 56.5kg


An animal welfare group has called for an inquiry into the horseracing industry, saying like greyhound racing, thousands of animals are killed because they are deemed uncompetitive.

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) says about 10,000 racehorses are retired each year but there is no way to track what happens to them.

Each year, about 4000 foals bred for racing never compete and more than 3000 mares are retired from breeding.

“Take away the live-baiting and horseracing has exactly the same animal welfare issues greyhound racing has, CPR campaign director Elio Celotto said in a statement on Monday.

“It’s time for governments in each state to take affirmative action because, like greyhound racing, they’ve shown themselves incapable of self-regulation,” he said.

NSW opposition leader Luke Foley has also drawn parallels between the two industries while calling for greyhound racing to be allowed to remain in the state.

Mr Foley said former High Court judge Michael McHugh, who oversaw the Special Commission into the greyhound racing industry, has given recommendations including monitoring the entire life of a greyhound as an alternative to closing down the sport.

“I think the brutal truth… when it comes to so-called wastage is if that is the catalyst to close down greyhound racing, we would also have to close down thoroughbred horseracing and close down the beef industry,” Mr Foley told ABC Radio on Monday.

“Wastage does occur. Is it repulsive? Yes it is. Should we do something about it? Yes we should and I think (Commissioner) McHugh provides as an alternative to declaring the industry illegal a road map that would involve far more monitoring and reportage on the life cycle of greyhounds.”

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