From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m) field of 2017 had their barriers drawn yesterday, and if you’re from the David Hayes/Ben Hayes/Tom Dabernig stable, you might be wondering if you kicked a black cat.
The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is one of the marquee sprints of the racing season, with the list of winners an absolute who’s who of Australian sprinting greats.
Winx spanked her rivals in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in the late afternoon sun on Monday, easily beating Hartnell and everything else in the race, to record her 14th race victory in a row, equalling the great Phar Lap.
If Australia’s champion racehorse Winx is beaten again, her trainer Chris Waller has narrowed it down to two ways it might happen.
The first Group 1 of the calendar year is upon us, the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield, to be run over 1400m under weight-for-age conditions.
If you’re an ardent racing fan it’s been hard to miss the early retirements of Australia’s best colts in recent seasons. Although, these days, retiring after your three-year-old year is considered the norm, rather than early.
In the latter stages on my thoroughly enjoyable 14 years covering sport on radio station 2KY in Parramatta the name Darren Gauci kept going to air.
Two big 1400m races are run this weekend: the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick, with star mare Winx and the versatile Hartnell just two set to face-off, while at Caulfield, the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes marks the start of the autumn season.
A day after we were quietly encouraged as The Jericho Cup was announced, Racing NSW has blown everyone away by offering a new-fangled $10 million dollar race called The Everest.
Talk about one for the stayers.
The owners of injured three-year old speedster Winning Rupert are reportedly weighing up an offer from a big stud, which could see his racing career of just six starts for five wins come to an abrupt halt.
Was it a rush of love to the head? It’s the moment at Morphetville that has racing in shock.
Winx, the star mare who dominated Australian racing in 2016, is set to make her first public appearance of 2017 ahead of her return to competitive racing.
Can you be too good at something? In an industry as driven by money and winning as horse racing, the answer would seem an obvious “no”.
The Magic Millions this week received an unexpected boost in coverage after the presenter made a mess of proceedings during the Magic Millions Classic barrier draw.
The New Year promises much, and what better day than New Year’s Day to see Black Caviar’s daughter make her debut?
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Young jockey Jordan Turner has been sent to hospital following a scary fall at Flemington over the weekend.
She Will Reign just fits the criteria of the ideal two-year-old. She has speed, precociousness, a turn of foot, the looks, and the form on the board.
Jockey Hugh Bowman has copped a three-meet suspension for his second infringement in a month, but will return just in time for his ride with record-breaking mare Winx at the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick on February 25.
There were several near misses last weekend, with D’Beak and Junction missing out on the top three, whereas Jennifer Lynn had no luck and Chautauqua was enormous against the tempo. Here’s hoping this Saturday improves. Here are my five bets for the weekend.
It was a mixed bag last weekend, with Big Duke going close, while Liapari scraped in to get the job done.
The thing about manipulative people is not that they lie, but they insist on others repeating those lies on their behalf.
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It was a bit of a tough day last Saturday with the multi going down just and Echo Effect running a huge race after doing a stack of work on speed.
Destiny’s Kiss got the job done for us on Thursday, while Drachenfels went very close despite a tough trip while Harper’s Choice and Tulip couldn’t quite cling on. Hopefully Saturday improves, so here are my five bets for the weekend.
Wheal Leisure was the highlight last week at the Valley, getting the job done despite a tough run. Australia Day gives us a couple of really good meetings at Randwick and Caulfield.
Champion mare Winx has been named the third-best racehorse in the world while the race she won in 2016, the Cox Plate, has created history.
To be completely honest it was a bit hit and miss last week with the bets, with the lone highlight being the game placing of Echo Effect at generous odds.
The David Vandyke-trained Yankee Rose has returned a positive test dating back to her second place finish in the Flight Stakes at Randwick on October 1.
Superstar mare Winx will make her long-awaited return to the track on Tuesday, in a barrier trial at Rosehill.
The Gold Coast Magic Millions is one of the biggest days on the Australian racing calendar, and this year is no different as the top colts and fillies from across the country go head to head in the Two-year-old Classic. Join The Roar from 4:55pm (AEDT) for all the live race updates and results.
Plein Ciel and Gallic Chieftain got the job done for us last week while Star Fest just had no luck, helped by pilot error, at Coffs Harbour.
The first of the three million dollar races for two-year-olds in the year, the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic has become one of the hottest racing events in the country, with $2 million on the line for the big race in 2017.