Renowned Fairfax cartoonist and horse racing lover Ron Tandberg has lost his battle with cancer with The Age announcing the 74-year-old died on Monday.

Tandberg raced many horses over the years with Skalato his best and most famous horse. Skalato was first past the post in the 2000 Caulfield Guineas but lost it to the Queenslander Show A Heart six weeks later after Skalato returned a positive to anti-inflammatory drug Ketoprofen.

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The fields are finalised for Saturday’s two $2million events – the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, and the Magic Millions Guineas.

The 2YO Classic is split evenly with eight boys and eight fillies among the 16 runners assured of a run, with the Gary Moore-trained Paquirri the first emergency, ahead of Terminology, Spirit’s Pride, Sugar Sizzle and Catastrophic the others waiting on a run.

In the Guineas, southern-state stables are represented in the shape of Jason Warren’s Bel Sonic (Ben Melham), Team Hawkes’ Wild Heart, while Regan Bayliss is set to partner the Phillip Stokes-trained Lady of Crebilly.

There are seven jockeys that have secured rides in both of the features – albeit some vacant bookings as it stands – those being Melham, reigning Melbourne Cup winner Corey Brown, the rising star Jamie Kah, Sydney-based pair Jason Collett and Christian Reith, and Queensland locals Damian Browne and Jim Byrne.

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Cairns jockey Manabu Kai is recovering from lacerations to a lower left leg after a serious fall at Innisfail in north Queensland on Saturday.

The 35-year-old was taken to Innisfail Hospital after his mount Second Time Around threw the jockey into the running rail near the winning post. The horse suffered a bleeding attack and died.

NSW apprentice Nyssa Burrells remains in intensive care but her condition is improving after a fall at jump-outs at Warwick Farm last month, while Perth-based Briton Lee Newman suffered back and neck fractures in a fall at Pinjarra on the weekend.





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