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"HE ABSOLUTELY HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART."

By Graham Potter | Tuesday, March 5, 2024

It is not often you see Nash Rawiller that excited ... that lost for words ... that emotional, but that’s what a win on a horse that means so much to you can do for any rider, particularly if it is a Group 1 victory.

Think It Over’s win in Saturday’s $1 million, Group 1 Verry Elleegant Stakes at Randwick was Rawiller’s sixty-ninth Group 1 success, but he was still absolutely lost for words after dismounting from the Kerry Parker trained eight-year-old.

“To know where this horse has been and what the team has had to go through to get him back in this type of form is pretty emotional,” said Rawiller.

“He absolutely holds a special place in my heart.”

It somehow seems long ago now when Rawiller brought Think It Over across to the extreme outside rail in the 2022, Group 1 Queen Elixabeth Stakes and proceeded to run down the free-running Zaaki who was chasing hard down the centre of the track in what became a famous, if controversial victory.

Controversial because Rawiller was handed a two-week suspension and a huge $40 000 fine for excessive use of the whip in the race.

Yet, here we are, almost two years later and Think It Over and Rawiller are back as Group 1 winners after a tendon injury to his offside foreleg derailed Think It Over’s career for a full sixteen months between that Queen Elizabeth Stakes win and his return to action in August 2023.

In fact, at one stage there was a danger that Think It Over might not make it back to the track.

Amazing stuff ... so you can understand the emotion involved. Read more ...

"HE ABSOLUTELY HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART." (MARCH 2)

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

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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