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CEJAY GRAHAM HAS BEEN GRANTED A THREE MONTH EXTENSION TO HER APPRENTICESHIP

By Graham Potter | Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Cejay Graham had a big smile on her face, and it had nothing to do with her on-going run of success which saw her reel in yet another two metropolitan doubles at Eagle Farm and Ipswich over the last seven days.

Graham had received the news that an extension to her apprenticeship, which was due to expire on April 25, had been approved allowing her to campaign as an apprentice for a further three months with her revised apprenticeship period now due to expire on July 25.

“How good,” was Graham’s response.

“I was rapt to be granted that. I was pretty confident I would because, obviously, I have had so much time out with injury, but it was still a relief to get the call.”

A broken back and two wrist injuries forced Graham out of the saddle for lengthy periods of time, giving her grounds to make an application for an extension.

“I was out for a year with the back ... and each wrist was a year as well, because I had to have two surgeries. I absolutely crushed them. It probably doesn’t sound like much ... a wrist ... but they took a long time to heal ... a long time.

“At least now, with the extra three months, I’ll finish up as an apprentice just a week short of the end of the season ... and hopefully I can keep up that leading margin in the Apprentice Premiership. Read more ...

CEJAY GRAHAM HAS BEEN GRANTED A THREE MONTH EXTENSION TO HER APPRENTICESHIP (FEBRUARY 22)

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It was a big weekend for the Bayliss family.

At Randwick on Saturday, Regan Bayliss partnered the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Fully Lit to victory in the $2 million Inglis Millennium, with the colt overcoming the disadvantage of a wide barrier draw (number 14) and a pressurised run to fully justify his $2.80 favouritism when accounting for the runner-up Rue Royale by 0.76 lengths.

Fully Lit is unbeaten in two starts and he has been ridden by Regan Bayliss on both occasions.

At Nanango on Saturday, Jamie Bayliss trained his first winner (Turf Flyer) since his return to training in Queensland following a thirteen-year absence from the training ranks in the state. While it was a non-tab meeting, given the context, it was nevertheless a significant victory for Jamie Bayliss in terms of getting his show on the road and getting momentum moving.

At Doomben on Saturday, Jake Bayliss chimed in with a race to race double riding the winners of the last two races on the card when saluting on the long shot Never No More ($21) and Viminele ($3.90). Read more ...

BAYLISS FAMILY'S FIVE WINNER CELEBRATION (FEBRUARY 12)

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You just never know in racing.

It is so easy for a trainer or owners to decide to move an underperforming horse on, not realising they might just be making that move one or two runs too early.

Take the case of the Scott Morrisey trained Tikka Ready ... a story of a horse who has turned things around in no uncertain terms.

Morrisey was getting ready to send Tikka Ready to Wayne Baker in Roma after the gelding, who had returned from a close on six-month break from race action, finished unplaced in all seven of his starts between March and December 2023.

Now, just two months later, after his latest success at Eagle Farm on Wednesday, Tikka Ready has put four successive wins on the board in scintillating fashion, winning from the front, winning from a tailed off last in the running, winning of a good surface, winning of soft going, showing highly competitive fighting qualities ... basically going from strength to strength in a manner that nobody could have seen coming. Read more ...

TIKKA READY CONTINUES HIS AMAZING RUN OF FORM (FEBRUARY 8

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It was so close to a perfect result ... but in the end there was no cigar just a lingering thought of what might have been.

Stephanie Thompson had one ride at Eagle Farm on Saturday ... just a fleeting return to the saddle before she joins her husband Ben on a plane to Hong Kong on Wednesday where he will take up a riding contract with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

It was Stephanie Thompson’s first race ride since March 25, 2023. She had given birth to a son during her time away and you would have been forgiven if you had thought that a ten-month layoff might have left some ring rust on her race riding sharpness, but you would have been wrong.

Riding Magnus Bellagio for her father Glenn Thornton, a double-figure odds chance, Thompson all but pulled off a fairytale result. Read more ...

FAIRYTALE RESULT DENIED, BUT WHAT A RIDE BY STEPHANIE THOMPSON (FEBRUARY 4)
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
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Even with all of the prestige he has brought to Australian racing with Takeover Target, Joe Janiak has never been an attention seeker, so it was no surprise then that you could have walked right past him without noticing his presence as he sat relaxing at a table, enjoying a quiet day out at the Sunshine Coast race-meeting earlier this week. Read more ...

JOE JANIAK STILL ENJOYING THE RACING SCENE (FROM THE ARCHIVES)

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If you said that Pat Duff knows the racing industry like the back of his hand, you would be selling the man short. It is more than that.

When you ask the highly respected, veteran trainer his opinion on a subject, his knowledge and wisdom shines through. He never seeks the limelight, but don’t be fooled by his quietly spoken manner.Read more

THE SORRY PLIGHT OF THE SMALL TRAINER (FROM THE ARCHIVES)

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