From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Queensland’s biggest race-day is upon us, with the added complexity that comes with the unveiling of a new Eagle Farm track that was rain-affected enough to call off a meeting last week, but has since been baked by a week of sun.
A momentous change was announced by Racing Victoria yesterday, with the swapping of the Emirates Stakes and Mackinnon Stakes during the Flemington Melbourne Cup carnival.
The Queensland Oaks, while hardly the most esteemed Group 1 race we have in Australia, can produce a nice winner, and it will forever have more cache for having Winx on the winners list.
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.
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Race 8 at Eagle Farm on Saturday (3.17pm AEST) is the Tattersalls Club Tiara run at a distance o 1400m.
With the Victoria Racing Club moving the Mackinnon Stakes to the last day of the Flemington carnival, the time is right for the three Melbourne metropolitan clubs to work together and create a rich weight-for-age race series.
Queensland racing switches its gaze to the provincial circuit at Bundamba in Ipswich this Saturday, for the running of the Ipswich Cup, Eyeliner Stakes and Gai Waterhouse Classic.
Race 9 at Eagle Farm on Saturday (3:40pm AEST) is the time honoured 1400m Group 1 Sprint known as the Stradbroke Handicap, first staged in 1890.
Is there a group more maligned in Australian thoroughbred racing than the breeders? Constant accusations of too much power and too little responsibility are the norm whenever the subject comes up.
The much-anticipated return of Eagle Farm racecourse is finally upon us, headlined by the Queensland Oaks for three-year-old fillies. Unfortunately, the weather gods haven’t smiled on south-east Queensland, after an extremely long period of dry and idyllic weather.
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.