This Weekend in Racing: Welcome to 2021

Jan 1, 2021

By Terry Kennedy


A bloke who knew a little bit about training horses once famously said “Patience is the cheapest thing in racing and the least used” . That bloke just happened to be Bart Cummings, most famous for his twelve Melbourne Cup successes but just as famous for his method of giving horses time. 

And that brings us to the tale of a horse called Gaelic Puzzle which smashed her rivals by a big margin at Doomben this past Wednesday and is the most recent success for micro-ownership pioneers miRunners. 

Her hundreds of dedicated owners raised the grandstand at Doomben on Wednesday, their faith rewarded with a spectacular maiden win, in great time with Michael Rodd in the saddle.

It’s been a journey, Gaelic Puzzle finished last in a field of eleven at her first start at Warwick Farm in March 2018. She suffered a serious injury, was rehabilitated by Shannon Betts at Emeran Park, transferred to Rob Heathcote in Brisbane and delivered on Wednesday.

The patience of her owners rewarded, they have a nice mare with a bright future click here for Rob Heathcote’s thoughts.


Industry heavyweights are hoping that Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has enjoyed her Christmas break and arrives back at the office in a good mood to re-open the border in time for the Magic Millions Yearling Sales January 12 – 18 – but don’t hold your breath. 

Many leading trainers are beating the Covid restrictions by inspecting yearlings in the Hunter Valley and other country areas, including some time in Byron Bay on the way to the glitter strip. 

Mick Malone from Kitchwin Hills has already inspected close to a thousand yearlings and is now back for his second look and making a short list to buy on behalf of the owners of The Racing League. 

Mick was super impressed with Emirates Park and also a Written Tycoon colt who caught his eye. Click here for Mick’s preview.


Leading jockeys have been forced to make a choice between doing quarantine to ride at Magic Millions carnival or stay in Sydney and enjoy some extra freedom. 

In what might be a good lead for punters, Hugh Bowman and James McDonald have decided to avoid the Sydney Covid hotspots and ride on the Gold Coast. 

While Tommy Berry and Kerrin McEvoy will give the Magic Millions carnival the miss and plunder the rich prize money still on offer in Sydney. 


The quality of trainers pitching to train for YOU has been a true highlight of The Racing League so far and a true vindication of the league itself. 

The qualification period has now concluded with the voting period starting from Monday January 4 with the winners announced on Monday January 11. 

You’ll be notified by email or text message and asked to register your VOTES on a 3, 2, 1 basis. 

Matt Cumani is quickly making his mark in Victoria and has made a late bid to train for the Vic Husslers, click here for his pitch.



Don’t forget we value your opinion and want your feedback on a whole range of matters, including 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