Monday Mail: Ryan Maloney back in town and ready to roll as he looks to push his title ambitions

Premiership frontrunner Ryan Maloney has had a vastly more enjoyable quarantine stint than Jim Byrne did a few weeks earlier as he prepares to return to Queensland racing this week.

Byrne was forced to endure two weeks of hotel quarantine after his Rothfire commitments in Sydney and made no secret of it being a torrid fortnight.

Conversely Maloney, who had flagged quarantine for him might resemble a sequel to The Shining, was able to ‘do his time’ after Alligator Blood’s Golden Eagle run on the New South Wales central coast, thanks to the easing of quarantine requirements.

“It’s been pretty good. I just had to stay out of Sydney for two weeks,” Maloney said.

“I’ve been at Nambucca Heads, Yamba and spent a week training with Ron Johnson.”

He was even able to ride at a couple of country meetings, steering home winners at Port Macquarie on Thursday and Ballina on Friday.

Jockey Ryan Maloney is back in Queensland and resumes competitive racing on Wednesday.Source:Supplied

Maloney arrived home on Sunday and will return to riding on Wednesday at Ipswich.

He still holds a seven-win lead over Byrne in the Metropolitan premiership, where Ladbrokes have him a $1.30 chance to win, with Byrne ($9), Baylee Nothdurft and Ben Thompson (both $12) and Jimmy Orman ($13) considered his biggest dangers.

Like Byrne, Thompson also had to go through quarantine before starting up in Queensland back in August.

With a Doomben double on Rhapsody Rose and Dominant King, things are starting to fall into place for the former Victorian, who has now ridden 27 winners since arriving.

“I’ve been very lucky to receive the great support I have in a short amount of time,” he told Radio TABs Past The Post.

Maloney holds a seven-win lead over Jimmy Byrne in the Metropolitan jockeys’ premiership.Source:News Corp Australia

“I couldn’t have wished for a better start. I’m receiving great support from Steven O’Dea, Matt Hoysted, Tony Gollan, Robert Heathcote, Bryan and Daniel Guy stable, just to name a few.

“I’m a lightweight, which is a big help. When I first made the move, to pick up numbers being able to ride the minimum comfortably helped quite a lot.

“Hopefully things can keep rolling along.”

SINGO’S SUMMER GP WISH

Regally-related Spring Stakes winner The Elanora may be headed to the Queensland summer carnival, with owner-breeder John Singleton flagging a start in the Grand Prix Stakes at Eagle Farm on December 26.

The Elanora is by Redoute’s Choice from Yesterjoy, a daughter of former outstanding mare Tuesday Joy.

Grace Grace is sworn in as the Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing by Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey.Source:News Corp Australia

GRACE TAKES THE REINS AGAIN

Racing Minister Grace Grace has committed to progressing reforms to the Racing Integrity Act and following through on infrastructure projects as she returns to the role she had in the Palaszczuk Government’s first term in office.

Grace was a surprise appointment in the eyes of many, having relinquished the role in the government’s second term to Stirling Hinchliffe.

There was naturally plenty of commentary around the appointment, but it should be seen as a positive, as it’s the first time in a long time a Racing Minister won’t be starting from scratch, or a zero base.

Additionally, Grace’s high ranking in the Government, being among a handful of Palaszczuk’s most senior Ministers, can also be helpful when the industry advocates for government support.

Grace said she was honoured to be asked to renew the role and is “excited to re-establish many of the good friendships within the industry I forged last time around.”

“I can’t wait to get stuck in and advocate for all sectors of the industry around the Cabinet table,” she said.

The Minister made special mention of Hinchliffe, Racing Queensland and the industry at large to keep racing during COVID lockdowns.

“This not only saved jobs and kept many racing families afloat, but also ensured the ongoing wellbeing of thousands of racehorses around the state,” she said.

In her previous tenure Grace oversaw the introduction of the $75 million Country Racing package.

She also staunchly supported the controversial measures implemented following the MacSporran Inquiry and no doubt that will continue, but she has promised to follow through on reforms to Queensland’s messy appeals system.

“Obviously some of the key areas of focus in the short term will be the continued rollout of the country racing funding that we committed to at the election as well as progressing reforms to the Racing Integrity Act, including the appeals system,” she said.

“I’m also committed to delivering on the key infrastructure announcements made over the last 12 months by the Palaszczuk Government including the Greater Brisbane Greyhound Centre, the Gold Coast Turf Club revitalisation and the Townsville Turf Club tie up stalls.”

TIME TO ACT?

Maybe Minister Grace might like to look at the laws around ‘match fixing’, or at least how they are being prosecuted, as another case bit the dust in the Brisbane District Court last week.

Charges against Stuart Hunter were dismissed by the jury, adding to a long list of failed charges levelled at harness racing participants over the past few years.

Another win by Dusty Tycoon has been a hard watch for corporate bookies.Source:News Corp Australia

MONDAY MAIL

LADBROKES WEEKEND REPORT

WORST RESULT

Dusty Tycoon, Race 5: Sustained move all week and accounted for over 75 per cent of the hold.

BEST RESULT

Plitvice, Race 7: Punters dominated all day. Bookies had some relief in this race, but plenty still found Plitvice.

BEST BACKED

Hard Labour, Race 3: Backed as if unbeatable and that proved to be the case.

MARKETS

RAILWAY STAKES

$2.80 Inspirational Girl

$5 Kay Cee

$7 Too Close The Sun

$8 Red Can Man, Truly Great

$13 Platoon

$15 Cup night, Kementari

$16 Dance Music, Gailo Chop

$21+ Others

Odds: Ladbrokes

THIS WEEK

Tuesday: Rockhampton, Grafton, Benalla

Wednesday: Ipswich, Wyong, Mornington, Strathalbyn, Ascot, Launceston (night)

Thursday: Beaudesert, Hawkesbury, Moe, Northam

Friday: Townsville, Rosehill, The Valley (night), Orange, Terang, Naracoorte

Saturday: Sunshine Coast, Kembla Grange, Ballarat, Morphettville Parks, Ascot, Gold Coast, Toowoomba (night), Clermont, Gympie, Innisfail, Pentland, Roma, Gosford, Tatura, Esperance, Darwin

Sunday: Rockhampton, Queanbeyan, Quirindi, Kilmore, Swan Hill, Clare, Bunbury, Alice Springs

THE QUOTE

“Sometimes one door shuts and now Jonker has come into the place.”

— Tony Gollan on the disappointment of losing Zoustyle for the summer, but the emergence of Jonker as a new potential star for the stable.

THE TALKING POINT

Jonker’s Doomben 1200m track record. Takeover Target scorched the turf 15 years ago to lower the mark and then went on to win a bagful of Group 1 races here and abroad. There’s no suggestion Jonker will elevate to the same heights, but given the thousands of horses that have had the chance to break the mark since Takeover Target, it augurs well for him to carve out a pretty handy career in his own right.

THE RIDE

A few good ones at Doomben, but none better than Adin Thompson’s effort on Plitvice. Did everything right from start to finish.

THREE TO BACK

Beltaria, Race 4: Will bring a handy formline to a maiden race next time!

Garibaldi, Race 6: Controversial inclusion yes, but he bumped into a smart one here.

Baller, Race 8: Lovely first up effort for the new stable.

RISK

Avilius, (Sandown), Race 8: 13 runs since he won a race, nine times $6.50 or shorter, three as favourite.

THE FLOP

Kedah, Race 7: Slow post-race recovery and is to spell.

SHARP SHOOTERS

Dominant King was only off an Ipswich Maiden win but punters had no doubt he would measure up and in the end he trumped Kavak for favouritism.

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