From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
We’re right in the midst of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival now, so we were due this week for the most time-honoured of Victorian racing traditions – an article by some po-faced journalist bemoaning too many people treating the races as a social event and having a good time.
The 2015 Caulfield Cup barrier draw has been held, with favourite Mongolian Khan drawing well in barrier 9.
The Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) will see a full field of 18, plus four emergencies, with declarations made this morning for the $3 million race, ahead of this afternoon’s barrier draw
A huge day at Caulfield awaits us, with a spread of great racing throughout the day. Yesterday we looked at the Caulfield Stakes and Toorak Handicap, and today it’s the two main features – the Caulfield Guineas for the boys, and the Thousand Guineas for the girls.
Caulfield Guineas day is upon us, the first of the five consecutive Saturdays of the biggest racing Melbourne, and Australia, has to offer.
It does not have the press coverage of a Dally M or a Brownlow but a very prestigious award for Australian racing is being awarded tonight.
Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) has attracted a full field, with 17 three-year-old colts and geldings accepted to contest the $1 million classic trip, with a final field of 16 plus an emergency declared and barrier draw released.
Super Saturday at Randwick brings about a good mix of Group racing over a variety of distances under both handicap and weight-for-age conditions.
Well, it’s deep breath time for all racing and football fans.
Unbeaten filly Petits Filous and the return of Buffering headline a field of 13 declared for the Group One Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Footy finals are almost finished, and spring racing is well and truly in the air. The Caulfield card is the best we’ve seen this season, by quite a margin, with the Underwood Stakes and Rupert Clarke Stakes the headline acts of the program.
Champion mare Black Caviar has given birth to her second foal, a colt by Sebring.
Mark Read became Australia’s largest bookmaker over his career, before selling his corporate bookmaker, IASBet, to Paddy Power back in 2009.
A devastated Sam Kavanagh will appeal a lengthy disqualification he says will end his training career. Kavanagh was outed for nine years and three months for 23 offences relating to cobalt and race day treatments after an inquiry sparked by a high level of cobalt found in Midsummer Sun after he won the Gosford Cup […]
Peter Moody didn’t miss with his comments on Wednesday, and I couldn’t have agreed more with him on a couple of points.
With the Melbourne spring being restructured to accommodate a later AFL grand final, this week’s Caulfield card has been diluted of Group-quality racing. No such shortage at Randwick however, with the Group 1, weight-for-age George Main Stakes being held over 1600m for a $500,000 purse.
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The 2015 Melbourne Cup is not too far away and I thought I would take this opportunity to look at the horses who have performed with outstanding consistency in multiple attempts in the Great Race.
The Melbourne Racing Club did an excellent job of turning Caulfield into an exciting hub to kick off the Spring Carnival.
There was another fantastic day of racing across Australia, highlighted by the 10-race card at Caulfield with the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) the feature.
The last Group 1 of the day is the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) where the strong favourite Press Statement has drawn a horror gate. Join The Roar for commentary and late mail before the race start time of 5:40pm AEST.
The Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) has a few chances with a few form horses looking to continue on their merry way. Join The Roar for commentary and late mail before the race start time of 5:05pm AEST.
The Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) will be hard to pick with a handful of horses a legitimate chance in this one. Join The Roar for commentary and late mail before the race start time of 4:30pm AEDT.
Randwick hosts just the one Group 1 race today in the Group 1 Spring Champion (2000m) with Vanbrugh looking the pick of the bunch. Join The Roar for commentary and late mail before the race start time of 4:10pm AEST.
It’s a monster day of racing with five Group 1 races being held across two tracks the quality Group 1s kick off with the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) where Kermadec is a strong favourite. Join The Roar for commentary and late mail before the race start time of 3:55pm AEST.
Saturday at 5.40pm (AEDT) see the running of the 2015 Caulfield Guineas a Group 1 set weights race for three year olds. First run in 1881 it has an amazing honour roll of winners.
A few weeks ago, regular expert columnist, Justin Cinque wrote an article extolling the virtues and promise of Exosphere. He even went as far as giving the colt has a presence that reminded him of his sire, the champion Lonhro.
As we leave behind an impressive grand final weekend, horse racing takes centre stage for the first time in 2015 with the Guineas meeting at Caulfield this Saturday.
The 2015 W.S. Cox Plate will be an intriguing contest. The race has changed in recent times, with a renewed focus being placed on inviting quality internationals over to run in the 2040-metre contest.
Ahoy, Roarers. Hopefully you’re all getting thirsty (responsibly) for the long weekend, and it has been a fabulous weekend of racing. I’ll focus on the Group 1 races, starting off on Friday night at Moonee Valley with the Moir Stakes (1000m).
The Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) is a wide-open field of 17 runners, including last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist. Join us before the race start time of 4:10pm (AEST) for tips, commentary and late mail.
Freakish French five-year-old staying mare Treve looks set to claim her third consecutive victory in Europe’s (and probably the world’s) premier 2400m race, the Prix De Le’Arc De Triomphe, late on Sunday evening (AEST).
Petits Filous will look to remain unbeaten when she heads to Mooney Valley under Friday night lights in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m). Join The Roar before the race start-time of 9:45pm (AEST) for tips, mounting yard information and late mail.