From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
This has been a good news week in Australian racing. Black Caviar had her first foal. James Cummings won his first Group 1 in partnership with Grandpa Bart: a Hallowed Crown indeed.
If the Melbourne Cup is the heart of Australian racing, then the soul resides in the country. Without a soul, even a heart as big as Phar Lap’s is just a relic in a big glass jar.
As evidenced on Saturday, trainers have such a strong influence on markets that it is only a matter of time before racing’s integrity comes under fire.
It is seemingly impossible to win a Melbourne Cup with any more than 57kg, and 2014′s Melbourne Cup is unusual in that there there is no obvious topweight horse, and accordingly, no obvious favourite.
Star Rolling won the big race at Caulfield last Saturday at the nice price of $10. Most experts forgot to tell you he was among the chances. Were there signs?
Well done Jeff Kennett. You said a lot of things which administrators needed to hear and you said it their backyard. But one solution you offered would cripple the industry much faster than doing nothing.
Following jockeys can be just as exciting as following a horse. When you back one early in their career to be a star and it pans out, you are a genius.
Spring racing is upon us with the Aurie’s Star in Victoria and the Missile Stakes in Sydney suddenly appearing on the landscape, jolting punters out of their winter slumber.
Season’s end, a new start. It’s time to give credit to top jockeys of the racing year that finished on July 31. But we all know that statistics lie, they cheat, they withhold the full truth.
You may honour Dunaden as a star of the Australian turf, with his glorious wins in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and 2012 Caulfield Cup. French racing fans know that he is theirs, ‘un globe-trotter’, world traveller and world beater.
Yes, there is a link between the Melbourne Cup and last week’s events at Royal Ascot and Wimbledon. Stick with me and I’ll explain.
Ok, it’s a bit less glamorous than Brazil, but on Sunday jockey Steven Pateman completed his seventh jumps win for the season, a significant accomplishment for a first-class Australian sportsman.
The Australian racing season’s last Group 1 is upon us, 294 days after the first.
Forget those Group 1 races in Brisbane. The best race and the best ride in Australia on Saturday were in the $100,000 Stayers Cup at Royal Randwick.
Saturday is Queensland’s biggest raceday, three Group 1s including the state’s feature race, the Stradbroke Handicap.
It’s Queensland’s time to shine with Group 1 racing at the moment, but this Saturday will be a little darker due to the passing of popular Sydney trainer Guy Walter.
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Another feature race weekend, another domination by Chris Waller, who is the modern day TJ Smith.
With the Sha Tin to be run later today, here’s The Roar’s look at what we should expect from racing in Hong Kong today.
The Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) is the centrepiece of another fantastic day of racing at Caulfield which gets its chance to shine as the Spring Carnival starts to take shape. Join The Roar for live commentary of the race and result from 3:50pm (AEST).
The landscape for the big spring races will be shaped even further today with some key runners engaged in two time honoured races in Sydney and Melbourne.
My theory about this year’s three-year-old crop being outstanding is about to face its acid test, with the Paul Messara trained Panzer Division taking on the older horses at weight-for-age.
It’s the age old pub discussion, comparing champions across different eras. Is the current star better than the champion of 20, 30 or 50 years ago?
There are some non-negotiables when it comes to determining the outcome of any race.
Caulfield gets the racing spotlight put back on it this Saturday with another strong nine-race card, highlighted by the $400,000 Group 1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m).
The Group l spring in Sydney rolls on to Randwick this Saturday, with the time-honoured $350,000 George Main Stakes (1600m).
Admire Rakti is going to have to defy history to replicate the efforts of fellow Japanese horse Delta Blues, who won the Melbourne Cup in 2006.
In the last decade or so our friends over the ditch haven’t been quite as influential during the Spring carnival as in the past.
In the wake of the Makybe Diva stakes, there were a number of success stories and failures. Who disappointed and who left punters with heavy wallets last weekend?
The Hong Kong racing season begins with a bang today, and here are a couple of horses that are likely to make a good of it on the opening day of the new racing season.
Well, wowee! Racing doesn’t get much better than what we saw on Saturday at Flemington and Rosehill, with outstanding performances, whether it be horse or human.
The Hong Kong racing season is back with a bang today and here are the six horses that you need to keep your eye on ahead of the new season.
Group 1 racing returns to Sydney today with the running of the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill, while Flemington hosts a cracking field for the Makybe Diva stakes (1600m WFA) over 1600m.