From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
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.
The first day of The Championships at Randwick is upon us, with four big Group 1s to be run.
Robert Heathcote hailed the character and resilience of Buffering after the eight-year-old stormed to a brilliant victory in the Al Quoz Sprint in Meydan, Dubai on Saturday.
After years as a support race on the Golden Slipper card, The BMW (or Tancred Stakes as the old-timers would call it) now has its own feature day.
The last Melbourne Group 1 meeting of the 2015-16 racing year arrives tonight, to see us into the Easter break.
Banned trainer Peter Moody has said his intention is to walk away from racing at the end of his six-month suspension.
Golden Slipper day has delivered us a fantastic day of five Group 1 races. Yesterday, we looked at the George Ryder and Ranvet Stakes. Today, it’s the other three Group 1s.
We’ve now reached the stage where the Sydney autumn carnival is heating right up.
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Race 7 at Sha Tin (Hong Kong) on Sunday (5.30pm AEST) is the Chairmans Sprint Prize, an International Group 1 1200m race which is now part of the Global Sprint challenge that comprises races in Australia, England, Japan and Hong Kong.
Race 8 at Caulfield on Saturday (4.35pm AEST) is the Listed Bel Esprit (Sire of Black Caviar) Stakes over a distance of 1100m.
Ahoy Roarers! The Sydney Autumn Carnival wrapped up on Saturday with the Group 1 double header at Randwick, starting off with the Champagne Stakes (1600m).
Race 7 at Randwick on Saturday (3.45pm AEST) is the Weight For Age All Aged Stakes run over a distance of 1400m.
Ahoy Roarers! My final preview of the Autumn focuses on the conclusion of the Sydney Autumn Carnival this Saturday at Randwick, with a Group 1 double header.
The Championships at Randwick are done and dusted for 2016, and the 20 races across the two Saturday afternoons were simply high class and would challenge any Carnival in the world.
Ahoy Roarers! The Championships concluded Saturday at Randwick, highlighted by the $4 Million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
So apparently Sydney Racing has a problem, not enough people are coming to the track. It’s even acknowledged by the powers that be.
Ahoy Roarers! The Championships conclude this Saturday at Randwick with another star-studded ten-race program, with four majors, including the race of the Carnival, the $4 Million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Race 6 at Randwick on Saturday (2.35pm AEST) is the time honoured Australian Oaks for three year old fillies, formerly known as the AJC Oaks, and first staged in 1885.
Ahoy Roarers! I am lost for words to describe the racing action from Randwick on Saturday.
Winx is looking to go from being a good horse to being a champion and she could do it by creating her own bit of history in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m). Join The Roar shortly after the race start time of 5:10pm AEDT for results of the race.
Chautauqua couldn’t quite find the pace in the Newmarket Handicap but should be more suited to the Group 1 TJ Smith (1200m). Join The Roar shortly after race start time of 4:30pm AEDT for the race result.
The Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) has a short priced favourite in Tarzino that will be extremely hard to beat. Join The Roar shortly after the race start time of 3:50pm AEDT for results of the race.
The Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) is the opening Group 1 on Doncaster Day. Join The Roar shortly after the race start time of 3:10pm AEDT for all the results of this race.
Ahoy Roarers! The grand finals of Australian racing are finally here – The Championships.