Reykjavik ices Hannans


A gun ride by jockey Lucy Warwick helped deliver trainer Lindsey Smith a special victory in the Hannans Handicap (1400m) when Reykjavik claimed yesterday’s Listed feature at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club.


Starting a heavily backed $2.60 favourite, Reykjavik settled midfield but was held up for clear running around the home turn.


Warwick found a gap early in the straight and the four-year-old responded, storming home along the inside of Roger The Roman to score by three-quarters of a length.


Roger The Roman ($10) loomed as the winner after taking the lead at the 100m but had to settle for second again after he was runner-up in last year’s Hannans Handicap.


War God ($31) was third.


Smith has tried to win the Hannans multiple times but fallen short during nearly 30 years of training.


“It’s very special to me,” Smith said.


“It’s one of my favourite places.


“My favourite people live here and I’m so glad to win this race.


“I don’t know whether you can ride a horse better than that.


“He had the ability — he’s still a stallion and we had to work hard to change his mind in the heavy sand.


“His attitude’s changed and now he’s just a docile stallion.


“He’ll have a well-earned rest now.”


Warwick won the Hannans for the second time after guiding Royal Rada to victory in 2015.


“It didn’t go to plan,” Warwick said.


“But he was really tough.


“He bullocked his way through and it was a super win.”


Read More




Westspeed Platinum bonuses have been a windfall for owners and trainers in WA and they’re also a tremendous marketing tool for Magic Millions leading up to the Perth Yearling Sale. 

Smith dominates with Flemington double

The Flemington Finals raceday in July may belong to trainer Lindsey Smith if Saturday’s nine-race card at the venue is a sign of things to come. 

Proconsent Too Good In Provincial Final

PROCONSENT capped a lucrative day for owner Neil Irvine after winning the Sky Racing.TV-Provincial Championship Series Final (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday. 

Rapid-Fire Interstate Double For Irvine

The light blue and white checked colours of Rapid Equine were seen to advantage on either side of the continent on Saturday with Reykjavik (Flemington) and Proconsent (Belmont). 

News - Archive