This Weekend in Racing: Bring on 2021

Dec 24, 2020

By Terry Kennedy


As owners in the TRL your opinion clearly matters to us. So with trainer voting kicking off in the New Year we’d like you to TELL US WHAT YOU LOOK FOR IN A TRAINER.

We want to share your thoughts with the wider TRL community by featuring your video on our social pages. You’ll also go into the draw to win some exclusive TRL merchandise.

It’s simple to enter:

  • Record a video on your phone answering these questions:
  • Your name
  • Your TRL team
  • What is the one thing you look for in a trainer?
  • Email the video to

Here is an example from Terry Kennedy, an owner in The NSW Tycoons and commercial director of TRL watch here.

Click here for terms and conditions


Exciting from the West this week, with the heavyweights of training ranks coming out and declaring they’ll be pitching for the WA Black Hearts.

Leading trainers Adam Durrant, Simon Miller, Todd Harvey along with Ben and Dan Pearce will be lighting up your social media feeds shortly after the New Year with their pitches, joining Jim Taylor and Hayden Ballantyne who have already made a big impression with Black Heart owners.

Can’t wait to see Miller’s pitch, he’s promised to “stick it up the Eastern trainers” and is keen to model himself along the lines of Brett Cavanough from New South Wales.

With WA trainers having heavy Group One summer carnival commitments along with Christmas,  we have extended WA deadline and voting will now commence on Monday February 8 till Friday February 12, with the winning WA trainers announced on Monday February 15.


The recent outbreak of Covid19 on the Northern Beaches and the lockdown of greater Sydney has thrown many plans for the Magic Millions into disarray.

But the virus is not stopping the Magic Millions with organisers declaring “the show must go on” from January 12 – 18 on the Gold Coast.

While most of the NSW studs are outside the affected area and free to cross the border, many buyers, owners, jockeys and trainers will be hoping the “hard” border comes down on before the sales begin.

Kitchwin Hills stud manager Mick Malone continues his inspections of hundreds of yearlings ahead of the MM Sales, here’s a snippet of just one.



Gai Waterhouse has lost none of her famous enthusiasm or charm and she firmly remains the “the first lady” of racing in this country and probably the world.

Tradition matters to Gai Waterhouse and Tulloch lodge has it in bucket loads.

Gai is arguably the biggest name in racing, her honour roll is amazing, there’s the Golden Slippers, the Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plates and everything in between.

She learnt the trade from the greatest of all time, her father Tommy won 33 consecutive Sydney premierships and now she’s passing on that knowledge to Adrian Bott.

But it’s Gai enthusiasm that continues to amaze Bott, who can already boast a Slipper of his own and now they want to train for YOU.  Click here



The Magic Millions 2YO favourite Shaquero is a dual acceptor this weekend at Randwick and Eagle Farm.

The Chris Waller trained galloper is expected to be staying in Sydney, he made a big impression when an easy winner of the Breeders Plate and the mail is James McDonald is keen to keep the ride going towards the big one on the Gold Coast, January 16.

While at Eagle Farm in the BJ McLachlan 2YO plate, with Shaquero out the value runner could be Subterranean who broke his maiden last start at Doomben and is big odds.