From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The Adelaide Group 1 carnival is over, and now Queensland racing gets their chance to shine in the sun they keep telling us they always get. The Stradbroke, Brisbane’s most famous race, is only two weeks away and that means it’s Doomben 10,000 time.
This week gives us another Saturday with Group 1 races in two different states.
Two $500,000 Group 1s in different parts of the country greet us this week – the BTC Cup for sprinters at Doomben and the SA Derby for the young stayers at Morphettville.
The Warrnambool carnival, as it always does, provided some spirited racing through the week, having commendably carved out an old-school niche on the calendar.
The last day of the Sydney Group 1 autumn carnival is upon us, and what racing we’ve been subject to over the last few weeks.
There’s been plenty of fantastic racing at Randwick over the past two weeks for the ‘grand finals of Australian Racing’: The Championships.
The news champion mare Winx wouldn’t be running in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday might have left a lesser sporting administrator in the foetal position on the floor of his office as he battled with the growing challenge of trying to pull a crowd.
Day 2 of The Championships is upon us. Yesterday we looked at the Sydney Cup and Queen of the Turf, and today we get to the big one, the Queen Elizabeth, and the Australian Oaks.
After a stunning Day 1 of The Championships, which saw Winx decimate the Doncaster field in stunning fashion, Chautauqua thrill us all again with back-to-back TJ Smith’s, the Kiwi Tavago dominate the Derby, and Yankee Rose display star quality in taking out the Sires.
Champion mare Winx won’t run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes this week, with trainer Chris Waller feeling the mare has done enough this preparation after a long season.
Recently retired five time Group 1 winner, Boban, has died after a paddock accident.
The Group 1 Doncaster Mile over 1600m was won by Winx, the people’s horse and the Queen of the Turf, in brilliant fashion yet again.
Day 1 of The Championships draws ever nearer, and the excitement is palpable. Four big Group 1s across a range of age groups, distances and weight conditions.
The first day of The Championships at Randwick is upon us, with four big Group 1s to be run.
Robert Heathcote hailed the character and resilience of Buffering after the eight-year-old stormed to a brilliant victory in the Al Quoz Sprint in Meydan, Dubai on Saturday.
After years as a support race on the Golden Slipper card, The BMW (or Tancred Stakes as the old-timers would call it) now has its own feature day.
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Race 7 at Doomben on Saturday (4.00pm AEST) sees the running of the 2016 Doomben 10000 at a distance of 1350m.
So after a somewhat successful weekend last week, I’m back again to give you my preview and predictions on the Doomben 10,000 over 1350 metres for the sprinters.
Finally, after more than 12 months of mind-boggling and depressing nonsense, someone outlined the very real problems that racing in Australia has left alone for far too long and offered some solutions to those problems.
The Goodwood is Race 7 (4.20pm AEST) at Morphettville on Saturday run over a distance of 1200m. It is a famous old Sprint race of the Australian Turf conceived in 1881.
Okay so you’ve read my preview on the Doomben Cup, now I’m going to take you through a preview of the other group one being the Darley Goodwood held at Morphettville over the 1200-metre journey for the sprinters.
The 2016 Doomben Cup has a quality field of 14, with some exciting prospects.
On Thursday a sensational night of racing awaits at Sandown greyhounds with the heats of the Sandown Cup over the 715m for the stayers.
Race 7 at Doomben on Saturday (4.06pm AEST) is the BTC Cup run over a distance of 1200m.
If you take it that a horse with a decent chance of winning at listed level or better historically has an official handicappers rating of 100-plus, then smart owners and trainers really have the ability to shop around for that elusive black type. Because geography does matter.
Scone is often described as the horse racing capital of Australia; horse breeding haven where many of Australia’s best studs are located.
The Hollindale Stakes is Race 7 at the Gold Coast on Saturday, run at 3.40pm. It signals the start of the Winter Carnival in Queensland, even though it is still autumn.
The title of Australasia’s best three-year-old is still up for grabs with all eight of the Group 1 three-year-old staying classics, here and across the Tasman (2400m-2500m) so far going to a different racehorse.
Race 7 at Sha Tin (Hong Kong) on Sunday (5.30pm AEST) is the Chairmans Sprint Prize, an International Group 1 1200m race which is now part of the Global Sprint challenge that comprises races in Australia, England, Japan and Hong Kong.
Race 8 at Caulfield on Saturday (4.35pm AEST) is the Listed Bel Esprit (Sire of Black Caviar) Stakes over a distance of 1100m.
Ahoy Roarers! The Sydney Autumn Carnival wrapped up on Saturday with the Group 1 double header at Randwick, starting off with the Champagne Stakes (1600m).
Race 7 at Randwick on Saturday (3.45pm AEST) is the Weight For Age All Aged Stakes run over a distance of 1400m.