From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
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.
Saturday is Queensland’s biggest raceday, three Group 1s including the state’s feature race, the Stradbroke Handicap.
It’s Queensland’s time to shine with Group 1 racing at the moment, but this Saturday will be a little darker due to the passing of popular Sydney trainer Guy Walter.
Breaking: Sydney trainer Chris Waller has announced on Wednesday morning that Zoustar will be retired, withdrawn from Royal Ascot with suspensory ligament injury, and retired.
V8 Supercars veteran Craig Lowndes picked up where he left off on Saturday to secure his second back-to-back pole position in Perth.
The last time Jamie Whincup thought he’d turned the corner in his charge towards a record sixth V8 Supercars crown, he hit a brick wall.
There are two Group 1 sprints over 1200m in Australia tomorrow, racing some 1600kms apart.
So The Championships are over, as is the Group 1 racing of the Sydney Carnival, with both providing many thrills and enough quality racing to be declared a raging success.
The winning margin may only have been three quarters of a length, but it’s hard to think of a better example of a great horse fulfilling their potential than when It’s A Dundeel won Saturday’s $4-million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m, Group 1, weight-for-age) at Randwick.
Day 1 of The Championships was a roaring success. With better weather forecast and the feature race of the Sydney autumn taking place on day two, we should be in for a spectacular encore.
It’s the race we’ve been building to for months. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 1, 2000m, weight-for-age), the crown jewel of the first running of The Championships in Sydney, is finally here.
Victorian trainer Darren Weir has told RSN radio that former Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune will return to his stables on May 1, after overcoming a tendon issue during the 2013 Group 1 Cox Plate.
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The Grafton Cup (2350m, listed race) is the highlight of the Clarence River Jockey Club’s July winter carnival.
Round Table Racing Director Bruce Slade has confirmed that the 2014 Melbourne Cup is the goal of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival goal for stayer Tres Blue.
While many Australians are still salivating over Nick Kyrgios’ impressive Wimbledon run, a lesser known Australian has achieved an equally impressive feat in the racing Mecca that is Hong Kong.
This weekend, at 12.50am Sunday (Australian time) at Sandown Park, England the 2014 Eclipse Stakes takes place. Run over at distance of 2000 metres, it’s open to all thoroughbreds three years and older.
Group racing action returns to Melbourne town on Saturday with the running of the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes, over 1100 metres at Caulfield, under weight for age conditions.
The filly surely to be crowned Australia’s champion two-year-old, Earthquake, is back in the Darley stables and will commence full, fast work in the next week according to Darley’s racing manager Jason Walsh.
The Sunshine Coast’s annual feature sprint race, the listed $175,000 Glasshouse Handicap over 1400 metres, is our focus this week as the Winter Carnival heads to lovely Caloundra.
It has been quite a season for horse racing both on and off the track. There has been some outstanding performances by the four legged types, but on certain occasions they have been overshadowed by tragedy.
The voice of greyhound racing in NSW Paul Ambrosoli is set to hang up the microphone following this Saturday’s Wentworth Park meeting.
Tuesday will be the first day of the five day Royal Ascot meet. Unlike previous Royal Ascots, there are no raiders from Australia for the meet this year.
The Schofields have had a terrible run of luck of late. The news that young hoop Chad Schofield would be out for three months didn’t help that record much.
After recent incidents and deaths, a familiar question has been raised again: should jumps racing be banned in Australia?
The Stradbroke Handicap (1400m, Group 1, handicap) is Queensland’s most time-honoured race. Jump time is 3:40pm AEST, so join us for our live blog of Brisbane’s richest race.
This weekend’s Epsom Derby for colts is the second classic of the English flat season.
The Stradbroke Handicap is the best race Queensland has to offer, and as such, has always attracted a high-class field. 2014 will be no exception, with five individual Group l winners set to take their place in the toughest 1400m race in the country. Below is a Runner By Runner Preview of the great race.
The biggest race on Queensland’s calendar has finally arrived, and it is looking like a cracker. With five emergencies on stand-by, a full field of 18 is likely to line up.