From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The weekend gave us two big, big performances from our next-best mare and one of their possible greats.
We’ve reached the last Victorian Group 1 of the racing season, the William Reid Stakes, to be run over 1200m under weight-for-age conditions.
Winx won again, gloriously. That wouldn’t be surprising except for the following:
The 2017 edition of the Golden Slipper will be raced on Saturday, March 18 at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney.
It’s Rosehill’s biggest day of the year, and one of the best days on the racing calendar. Yesterday, we looked at the Golden Slipper and George Ryder, but there are still another three Group 1s to go.
The Golden Slipper has stood the test of time as one of the “big four” of Australian racing, the only Sydney race to hold the status.
The rain at Rosehill shouldn’t stop us from seeing one of the most open Golden Slippers in years, on a big day of racing. We’ll also see Winx and Chautauqua in the George Ryder, the Ranvet, Galaxy, Rosehill Guineas and more.
Racing at this time of year is usually for following horses into Group 1 wins, but suddenly there’s so much happening the form needs to be put aside for a second.
The Caulfield Cup is one of Australia’s great handicaps over 2400m, first run in 1879. One of the races of the year looks like it will be set for a dramatic and underwhelming shift to weight-for-age conditions.
Super Saturday is one of the marquee race meetings of the Melbourne autumn, bringing with it the Australian Cup and the Newmarket Handicap.
Michelle Payne gave her opinion on the Flemington track surface and manager Mick Goodie over the weekend and was fined $1500 for her troubles by Racing Victoria stewards.
Absence, we are reliably informed, makes the heart go fonder. Unfortunately, it can also make you irrelevant, which is what many of harness racing’s best horses are going to be for the next six to eight months.
Yesterday, we looked at the Australian Guineas, which looks quite a deep race, and poked a bit of fun at the fact that there are two Group 1 Guineas over 1600m for the three-year-olds being run on the same day.
This Saturday is Guineas day. “Which Guineas?” I hear you ask.
Winx is simply a sensation – far too good for any of her opposition and barring disaster, she’s well on her way to being one of Australia’s best horses.
It’s my firm belief that the tipping industry pre-dates the racing industry. In fact, if you’re willing to be esoteric in your definition of ‘tipping’, you could argue that the prophets were the original tipsters.
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It was an interesting meeting at Rosehill on Saturday, where we saw a host of runners finishing off nearer the inside to go close or indeed claim the victory. The highlight was clearly Jameka and her BMW (2400m) spank job.
American champion Arrogate has backed up his win at the richest race in the world in January with a win on Saturday in the Dubai World Cup, which just happens to be the second richest race in the world.
It looks a really good betting outlook of racing right across Australia this weekend, with the focus being mainly on Rosehill for BMW Day.
After watching Winx win the George Ryder with an ease rarely seen at the top level, I reflected on the most extraordinary wins of this century of racing.
On October 24 Winx shouldn’t be running in the Caulfield Stakes – she should be running in The Everest: a $10 million 1200m race to be run at Randwick. A highly historic occasion.
The Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill wraps up this Saturday with a cracking program, headlined by a Group 1 double-header, the BMW (2400m) and the Vinery Stud (2000m). Here is my look at the bumper card.
The horse racing industry is currently in a rut. There is an unfortunate irony playing out as a result of irresistible amounts of money being offered for breeding rights and young racing prospects.
Veteran jockey Danny Nikolic’s future in the saddle looks to be all but sealed after his appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a reinstated riding license was rejected.
This week I’m changing things up a little and previewing the Moonee Valley Friday night meeting where the William Reid is the Group 1 highlight on a very good card of racing.
When She Will Reign passed the post on Saturday to win the Golden Slipper at Rosehill, there were few who knew how much that $2 million winners prize money was actually worth.
The eyes of the racing community will turn to Rosehill today for the 2017 Golden Slipper stakes, and picking the winner this year is going to be as hard as it’s been for quite a while. Join The Roar for all the live coverage and late mail from 4:30pm (AEDT).
In what is shaping up to be a co-main event to the Golden Slipper, the George Ryder Stakes will be highlighted by champion mare Winx and her quest to keep the winning streak alive. Join The Roar from 2:45pm (AEDT) for all the live race updates, blog and results.
When trainer Toby Edmonds picked up the little white ball that read ’16’ during the barrier draw for the Golden Slipper many thought that might be it for the pre-race favourite, but Edmonds has been far from worried.
One of the real great days on the Australian racing calendar is the Golden Slipper Day and it comes around finally this Saturday at Rosehill.
Racing comes to us this week from Flemington with a solid card of racing supporting the big Sydney meeting. As usual I will be going through the early quaddie and the regular (late) quaddie, so lets get stuck into it!
The Golden Slipper final barrier draw has been revealed for the big race on Saturday with plenty of big movements coming out of the draw, including pre-race favourites Houtzen and She Will Reign coming out worse for wear leading into the $3.5 million race.