From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Thoroughbred racing in Australia is at a low ebb.
Let’s cut straight to the chase and no sarcasm this week! Anything that is a positive to increasing attendances at the races should be supported and the 30 min trial in Victoria is a great move.
Hasselhoof comes to Australia with a perfect winning record and ever-growing fan club which numbers his namesake among the faithful.
The Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board have handed down penalties for the cobalt saga, with Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and Dr Tom Brennan all receiving lengthy disqualifications.
2016 arrived and racing in Australia kicked off with the richest raceday ever – with the Magic Millions held at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
The Australian racing season runs from August to July and most 12-month analysis takes place after that period, but it’s also fun to look back at the calendar year.
Cups King Bart Cummings died peacefully in his sleep overnight, aged 87.
NSW Racing Minister Troy Grant has announced John Messara will continue as Racing NSW chairman, appointed for another three years.
It’s taken me many years to find some genuine lasting affection for harness racing – thoroughbreds are definitely the easier code to become knowledgeable and enjoy for many reasons, but harness has a bit going for it.
What a weekend and week ahead in Racing. My highlights and talking points all have a ‘W’ flavour, from Waller to Whips to WA Racing, to a couple of the ‘what the!’ moments.
Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux was euthanised today after failing to recover from an injury suffered at the 2015 event.
Perth’s big day of racing always provides some highlights, and is made all the more interesting by the good Perth horses being matched against some hand-picked opposition from the eastern states.
Zipping Classic day is always a relaxed way to end the Melbourne spring carnival, especially after the hectic nature of Cup week.
The Flemington carnival reaches its fourth day after a week of highs (the Michelle and Stevie Payne, Darren Weir and Prince of Penzance story) and lows (rail bias and inconsistent track ratings), but Emirates Stakes day brings with it a card full of quality.
We’re halfway through Cup week, and if you’re like me and have had a bet in all 19 races so far (don’t judge me), then you’re doing well to be in front.
You might have missed it, but Racing NSW released its annual report and results on Monday, the day before the Melbourne Cup. You probably missed it as it did not include a press release nor any insightful comments from the chairman or chief executive.
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G’day Roarers! Great to be back for the Autumn Carnival, and I’ll start off by pumping up own tyres thanks to the win of Tidy Prophet at Morphettville on Saturday.
Race result: Suavito, ridden by Luke Currie and trained by Nigel Blackiston, upstaged a star-studded field at the CF Orr stakes to win the first Group 1 race of the new year.
Race 5 at Caulfield on Saturday (3.30pm AEDT) is the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes run at a distance of 1100 metres.
Group 1 racing for 2016 kicks off this Saturday at Caulfield, with the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) highlighting a bumper nine-race card.
Australia has long had to deal with plagues of feral overpopulation: cane toads, rabbits and politicians.
If Australian racegoers are not familiar with the New Zealand four-year-old gelding Hasselhoof, they soon will be over the next few days.
The Bow Mistress Trophy is a Weight For Age Mares race at Group 3 level to be run over 1200m at Hobart racetrack on Friday night at 6.23pm (AEDT).
This is an open letter to banned jockey Luke Tarrant. As reported in the Courier Mail, Tarrant was suspended for six months for taking a metabolite of cocaine.
The Karaka Million is New Zealand’s version of the Magic Millions two-year-old race at the Gold Coast, and is in fact the richest sprint race in the country.
The Telegraph Handicap is New Zealand’s premier Group 1 sprint race at a distance of 1200 metres at Trentham Racecourse in Wellington. It is to be run at 2:40pm (AEDT) on Saturday, and is the best quality race run in Australasia this weekend.
As a homecoming, it couldn’t have played out better. With the grand old boy Buffering cruising across the line at the Gold Coast on Saturday, jockey Damian Browne smoking the proverbial pipe, Robert Heathcote could finally relax and enjoy the moment.
Sometime in 2017, racing will awake from its collective slumber and make changes to the lazy business model that has served it post-privatisation.
Although this is surely one of the toughest race meetings in the country to analyse, Magic Millions Day always captures the imagination of the punting public in the off carnival summer months.
Welcome news yesterday that Racing Victoria will be trialling half-hour intervals between races at all metropolitan and country meetings for a week in February.
It was a case of two cities, one story to kick off east coast racing in 2016, with both Melbourne and Sydney playing host to eye-catching long-distance performances in their New Year’s Day main events.
Another time honoured race on the Australian racing calendar the Group 2 Perth Cup is race 9 at Ascot in Perth today, set to be run at 5.05pm AEDT.