Leviathan owner John Singleton was at Doomben for the first time in two decades on Saturday and says he plans to have a big presence in the race.

Top-flight owner John Singleton appealed for common sense in racing rules and in the steward’s room, saying the only thing jockey Nash Rawiller could be found guilty of with his riding is trying too hard.

In an extensive interview, Singleton, who made his first appearance at Doomben “in 20 years” on Saturday, said that despite once being sworn to give up racing at the age of 80, he still aspires to raise the best horse on the planet from his Operation Strawberry Hill Stud.

The maverick owner, who has produced artists like More Joyous, Strawberry Road, Gypsy Kingdom, Veloso, Belle Du Jour and Tuesday Joy, said Rawiller’s recent high-profile suspensions were “ridiculous”, praising him as the one of the most intrepid jockeys there is. seen.

“I’m a big fan of Nash, and his whole family for that matter,” Singleton said. “Campbell, Sarah, Brad, I love the whole family.

“Nash, he just tries all the time. He goes to the outer fence (Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Think It Over) and gets suspended for it when they should have suspended all the other jockeys who had no brains.

“Then he comes in (Hall Mark Stakes, Kementari) and the race is there – like Larry Olsen when he won the triple crown a long time ago – he forced a race and it was great.

“I think Nash Rawiller is the bravest jockey I’ve seen, him and Malcolm Johnson, they go where angels are afraid to tread.

“The punters love it but the stewards don’t unfortunately Nash isn’t going to talk nice to the stewards like Shane Dye would back then.

“He only got in trouble for trying too hard, which is a novelty.”

Although he doesn’t currently have a champion wearing his famous blue and white silks, Singleton says he is looking to support “trainers and combat jockeys” as he seeks to find his next pin-up horse.

The 80-year-old says he will surprise punters throughout the winter carnival, with a number of horses heading north from Queensland.

“I could be dead any minute now,” Singleton laughed. “So the dream still exists. When you keep horses, macaws or dogs, you always want to have a really good one, the best there is.

“I still have a lot of horses but no champions, I use fight trainers, fight jockeys to try to give fighters a chance.

“I try to avoid success wherever I can, I’m doing fine. The dream continues, it doesn’t end just because you get old.

He concedes his next champion won’t come in the form of More Sundays, who finished fifth for trainer Sam Kavanagh at Doomben on Saturday and likely not Mokulua, who finished third in the Listed Princess Stakes.

“I haven’t been here (Doomben) for about 20 years, you walk upstairs and see your horse as horse of the year and that sort of thing,” he said.

“The problem is that these are all faded photos now, it’s time to put some new ones on the wall. I still want a big horse and I still believe I will get one.

Singleton pitched his three-year-old filly Great Mystery as a possible Group 1 contender Queensland Oaks (2200m), saying stable mate Mokulua is unlikely to see the trip.

“We don’t need to monopolize the race,” he smiles. “I don’t think (Mokulua) will go the mile.

“We’re looking to surprise a few during this carnival, Sam (Kavanagh) has horses here, Clarry (Conners) has horses here.”

Originally published as John Singleton defends ‘brilliant’ Nash Rawiller: ‘He only ever got in trouble for trying too hard’

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