2017

Destiny's Kiss Wins Listed Wyong Gold Cup

Monday, 4th September 2017

At Wyong last Friday, evergreen 9YO gelding Destiny's Kiss (Power of Destiny-A Fairy's Kiss, by Stravinsky) lumped his top-weight to land the $156,500 Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) in a narrow victory for trainer Joe Pride. As much as the runner-up The Getaway would have been a pleasant surprise for his connections at $41, the failure of $1.40 deep odds-on favourite Sayed (third), after being forced to race without cover for most of the race, added to the disillusionment of his supporters who were left with similarly empty pockets when he was pipped as the $1.65 favourite at Royal Randwick a fortnight ago. Retained to race by prominent owner Nick Moraitis when passed in for $7,000 at the 2010 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Destiny's Kiss improved his record to 16 wins (including the Listed Australia Day Cup – twice, Listed Christmas Cup, Listed Gosford Gold Cup & Listed Winter Stakes) and 15 placings (including the Listed Gosford Gold Cup) from 71 starts for $1,156,968 earnings.

Hugh Bowman and Joe Pride

Hugh Bowman with Joe Pride after the Wyong Cup (pic: Steve Hart)

2011

Jockey Rawiller's Car Used In Armed Holdup

Wednesday, 22nd June 2011

NSW Police believe prominent jockey Nash Rawiller's silver-coloured Mercedes C63 AMG sports car, which “was stolen from the jockey's Kensington home last Thursday morning while he & his family slept”, was the getaway car used in a “bungled armoured vehicle robbery near Sydney Airport” on Monday morning, reported The Daily Telegraph. Police believe the car (which was subsequently found burnt out in a factory complex in Turrella just before midnight) “was stolen-to-order by bandits when planning the attempted armed robbery of the cash-in-transit van”. In the daring daylight robbery attempt, shots were fired at guards inside the armoured vehicle “which was rammed head-on by a Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD as it approached Sydney Airport's freight terminals to make a cash drop-off”. When the robbers failed to gain access to the vehicle (carrying several hundred thousand dollars) “up to 4 balaclava-wearing bandits fled in the high-performance Mercedes Benz”. Witnesses said the car “which sped from the attempted robbery was a 2010 model with black & white number plates - matching a description of Rawillers' car”; last Thurdsay morning Rawiller’s wife Sarah “woke when she heard people jingling keys in the kitchen, then heard her husband's car roar off at high speed”.