From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
On Friday night, the world’s best sprinter, Lankan Rupee, was beaten for a second time in two starts at Moonee Valley this spring. Both times Lankan Rupee was an odds-on favourite.
The past five Melbourne Cups have all been won by stallions and four of them now stand at stud. Forget importing Europeans – Australian stock is the one to buy.
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.
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The Epsom Handicap is one of the biggest races on Sydney’s Spring Carnival calendar, and with the big prize money on offer ($500,000) talented fields are generally attracted this prestigious race.
It’s not every day I find myself agreeing with Mick Malthouse. While I would not diagnose myself with ‘blockbuster fatigue’, I am dealing with a small dose of ‘black type fatigue’.
‘Odds on look on’ was the sentiment for punters after the weekend’s racing, with many popular picks in betting going down, most notably Lankan Rupee, who was upstaged by the ‘Brisbane Bulldog’, Buffering, in the Moir Stakes (1200m).
On a night where The Cleaner strengthened his Cox Plate credentials, Mick Price was left to again lament his charge Lankan Rupee’s missing pace for the second consecutive start.
Race 7 at Caulfield on Sunday sees the 2014 running of the Sir Rupert Clarke stakes, a race that throws up some amazing historical precedents that no other race on the Australian calendar can match.
A crack program of thoroughbred action will be seen by all concerned at Caulfield this Sunday with Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day.
The lights will be flicked on at Moonee Valley this Friday night and to kick off the night racing season, a bumper program has been assembled.
In a month the Manikato Stakes will take place at Moonee Valley racecourse. So who will you back in the battle between Lankan Rupee and Terravista?
Having had a close look at the nominal Melbourne Cup favourite, it’s on to the Cox Plate, where Sacred Falls well and truly staked his claim for favouritism by emphatically winning the George Main Stakes on Saturday.
It was always going to be tough for John O’Shea in the early days as the new head trainer of Godolphin.
The Caulfield and Melbourne Cups are on the horizon, so now is a good time to have a closer look at the nominal favourite for that first Tuesday in November.
Last Friday, to my sadness, I read that Game on Dude, a US people’s champion had been retired.
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.