From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
It’s always a great race day when we’re greeted with a Group 1 for three-year-olds over the classic mile distance. It’s a confusing and disappointing day when we’re greeted with two.
I was lucky enough to have another winner this week with Lucky Black in Ipswich. The strike-rate for the stable is getting up there, and at this stage it’s just been a matter of having the right horse in the right race.
Ownerforaday is one of horse racing’s real feel good stories. The event has created one of the more unique experiences in sport – offering all the benefits of racehorse ownership, with proceeds all to charity.
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has ranked the top 100 races in the world, and while Australia claims 26 of the top 100 races – the most of any country – no race in Australia ranks in the top 20 races in the world.
The world’s equal highest-rated sprinter, Lankan Rupee, has been given a 58.5kg weight to shoulder after the handicap weights were released for next Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington.
Group 1 winner Manawanui has suffered a second bleeding attack following a trial win at Rosehill, leading to his likely retirement.
X-rays have detected a reason for Fontiton’s unplaced run as favourite in Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
My first win as a trainer was spine tingling. I’ve ridden plenty of Group 1 winners, but I still had a big shiver go down my spine when Specific Choice got up at Ipswich on Wednesday.
It’s a huge day of racing in Victoria and New South Wales tomorrow, with the best horses from both states out in force to try and snare the summer and autumn riches.
This Saturday is the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, the race named to honour our fastest and most famous sprinting mare.
As a horse racing fan there’s nothing better than the racing season coming back, and the good horses are turning up.
TVN will cease broadcasting on March 15 after months of speculation and inaction following a breakdown between TVN and Tabcorp-owned Sky Racing.
Race 5 at Launceston tonight is the Vamos Stakes, a Group 3 race for mares run at 8:40pm AEDT, under lights – and it looks like we can find a winner.
On February 5, industry giant Tabcorp released its Half Year financial results. On the surface, it contained good news for the racing industry: revenues were up 4.3%, year-on-year. Yet the devil in the detail reveals a disturbing long-term trend for the funding of racing.
The ABC’s Four Corners program has released sickening footage of training practices involving the use of live baiting within the Australian greyhound racing industry.
Group 1 racing in 2014-15 returns to Australia this Saturday with the CF Orr Stakes (1400m), the first of 42 more races we’ll see at the highest level this season.
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First run in 1986, the Australian Guineas is still a relatively new race on the Australian Calendar.
It’s that brilliant time of the year where racing jumps onto the back page of the daily paper, and Gai Waterhouse spruces her next Group 1 champion. And it’s also the start of another Star Stable season.
A star-studded line-up is assembled for Randwick this Saturday, highlighted by a crack bunch of three-year-olds in the $600,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), which is set for a 3.30pm (AEDT) jump.
The Autumn Carnival in Melbourne heads to Flemington for the next two weeks, starting off this weekend with Australian Guineas Day.
Albert Einstein’s famous observation regarding the true meaning of insanity provides remarkable relevance to the current TVN predicament and what, if anything, is going to replace the racing industry’s visual broadcaster.
Some may say the viewed public response to TVN’s closure is little more than a sycophantic racing community pouring out crocodile tears.
A bumper nine-race card was run and won at Caulfield on Saturday, with three Group 1 events.
The Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m) is the feature race in a strong racing day on the Melbourne Autumn calendar. Join us for live commentary before the race start time at 5:50pm AEDT.
The Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) looks to be the widest race on this Caulfield card. Join us before the race start time of 5:15pm AEDT for commentary.
This year’s Group 1 Chipping Norton (1600m) at Warwick Farm features a star-studded line-up. Join us for live commentary just before the race start time at 4:15pm AEDT.
The first of our Group 1’s for today is the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m). Join us for live commentary before the race start time at 3:55pm AEDT.
All eyes will undoubtedly be on Warrick farm and Caulfield this weekend as the many of the stars of Australian racing pursue autumn glory. However, it would be worth your while to cast a beady eye across the ditch this Saturday.
Victoria’s premier two-year-old race, the Blue Diamond Stakes, was first run in 1971, which makes 2015 the 45th edition.
Blue Diamond Stakes Day is one of Melbourne’s best Autumn racedays. Nine races, including the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) highlight what should be a fabulous day of racing.
Group 1 racing in Sydney for 2015 starts off this Saturday at Warwick Farm, with the Western Sydney track to hold its lone major for the season, the $500,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), due to go at 4.15pm Sydney Time.
It’s that time of year again when the babies of the horse racing scene in Australia strut their stuff, heading toward the big Group 1 features in Melbourne and Sydney.