Consolation for Marcus Down Under

Champion jockey Basil Marcus missed Group One glory in Australia yesterday but still found the winner's circle to the cheers of the crowd at the Morphettville track in Adelaide.

Tuesday, 19 May, 1998, 12:00am

Oliver a hard man to catch: Childs

Greg Childs, who has ridden in brilliant style since his return to Australia from Hong Kong, has closed to within four winners of Damien Oliver on the Melbourne jockeys premiership, writes Graeme Kelly.

But, rather surprisingly, the usually confident Childs doubts whether he can defeat Oliver for the title.

10 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Oliver's shadow haunts Gauci

WHILE Damien Oliver is only just starting to fire in Hong Kong his dominant influence on the Melbourne racing scene is still evident, writes Graeme Kelly.

Although Oliver began riding in the territory at the beginning of March he retained the lead on the Melbourne jockeys' premiership until last weekend.

4 May 1996 - 12:00am

Gauci booking boost to visitors' chances

RON Quinton's Mamzelle Pedrille - a most convincing last-start winner in Group Three company over 1,400 metres at Melbourne's Sandown course - is worth serious consideration in the International Bowl, writes Graeme Kelly.

It is in Mamzelle Pedrille's favour that she, like Station Hand, will have the services of Darren Gauci.

10 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Gauci returns ready to play winning hand in Cup

FORMER Hong Kong riding star Darren Gauci has a growing confidence that Station Hand could give him a dream return to the territory in Sunday's $5.5 million International Cup.

The Peter Hayes-trained Australian challenger certainly looked the part during a revealing trackwork session for the overseas runners at Sha Tin yesterday.

7 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Gauci opts to groan and bear it after Cup letdown

POPULAR Darren Gauci will be watching the Melbourne Cup curled up on his couch at home - but he's still counting himself lucky. Darren, who had several excellent seasons in Hong Kong, was due to ride English import Quick Ransom in the Cup but has been ruled out of action for at least a fortnight after a spill from Cox Plate winner Octagonal on Saturday.

6 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Youngster bound for more glory

TRAINER Neville Begg can happily look forward to his final Hong Kong season in the knowledge that he has a rising star in quality youngster Top Practitioner.

The former Sydney-based mentor begins his final year here in September but can while away the summer days ahead dreaming of glory with his exciting young galloper.

21 May 1995 - 12:00am

Justice seen to be done for Gauci

TWO comments in the aftermath of Darren Gauci's appearance at a reconvened hearing of the Jockey Club's Licensing Committee last week are well worth repeating.

They underlined that yet again members of the Jockey Club's Board of Stewards have meted out justice in the most unimpeachable fashion, demonstrating their fairness and independence.

9 May 1995 - 12:00am

Gauci asked to appear at club inquiry

TOP Australian jockey Darren Gauci has been requested to appear before a Jockey Club inquiry on Saturday. The details had not emerged last night but the inquiry to be held at Sha Tin before Saturday's race meeting could focus on requirements to report corrupt approaches.

20 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Australian duo to mine a rich seam

AUSTRALIANS Neville Begg and Darren Gauci have been enjoying a tremendous burst of form of late and that looks set to continue in tomorrow's second event. The veteran Begg and the former triple Melbourne champion jockey, Gauci, combine for Palette Star who seemed absolutely spot on during a most revealing hitout on Tuesday morning.

14 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Gauci puts Partners on winning tack

LAST year's International Bowl hero, Winning Partners, indicated he should be in fearsome form come next Sunday's showpiece 1,400-metre event with a sparkling trial on the Sha Tin grass yesterday morning under racing's Mr Nice Guy, Darren Gauci.

2 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Leung poised to mine golden vein

STEPHEN Leung ended an agonisingly long wait for his first winner of the season when Flying High ran down hotpot Hussar on Saturday and, as so often happens in these cases, where one has happened another may follow. Leung starts his promising second-season subscription griffin, Foursome, in tomorrow night's opening event at Happy Valley.

15 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Gauci bounces back from Valley tumble

THEY are a tough bunch, these jockeys.

Former triple Melbourne champion Darren Gauci was tossed to the ground by the enigmatic Fit For Royalty as they jumped for the fourth event at Happy Valley on Wednesday evening.

28 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Concert Boss in tune for Begg's treble

THE Neville Begg-Darren Gauci axis flexed its muscles at Sha Tin yesterday with veteran handler Begg grabbing a 920-1 treble.

Begg scored with 23-1 chance Local Colour in the fourth, Concert Boss, who made 4-1 look generous with a facile success in the sixth, before Diablo finally lost his maiden tag under one of the rides of the season from Gauci in the eighth.

23 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Gauci on the mat but wins the day

AUSTRALIAN rider Darren Gauci left Sha Tin last night a relieved man after a lengthy Stewards' Inquiry into an incident in the final event.

Gauci, who is stable jockey to Neville Begg, was riding favourite Enthusiasm for his old boss, Lawrie Fownes, in the 1,600-metre nightcap and appeared to move in quickly for a rails run.

12 Sep 1994 - 12:00am