From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The problems with winter racing are almost too many to count – and it starts with the facts. It’s cold, it rains a lot, the best horses stay home and so do the racegoers.
Under new rules to be introduced by Racing Australia, jockeys fill face stiffer penalties for breaking whip rules, and have smaller thresholds for punishment.
There’s a great article in the Sydney Morning Herald today, with the prominent Fairfax racing journalists offering their annual view as to the merits of horse of the year, trainer, and jockey, plus story of the year and a prediction for next season.
Racing NSW to bump up topweight to 61kg in hope to boost field sizes, add special ninth race on SaturdaysBy Tristan Rayner, 23 Jul 2015
Racing NSW will be seeking to boost the number of runners in metropolitan and country races in NSW with an increase in minimum topweights in handicap races.
Trainer Darren Smith has lost his appeal against a 15-year ban over cobalt offences.
The Australian Turf Club has got its finances back in order and has announced massive boosts to prizemoney, as well as a reduction in trainer’s fees at its racecourses.
Grand old stayer Precedence will attempt to make the Melbourne Cup for a fifth time, with the veteran looking set to qualify by a path that pays tribute to his grand old trainer, Bart Cummings.
2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Triple Crown contender California Chrome could have run his last race with a leg injury ruling him out for at least the rest of 2015.
Australian hope Brazen Beau has finished seventh in the July Cup at Newmarket, the final race of his career.
The Roar asked me to look at how trainers choose the right jockey for their horse. It’s an interesting question because times are rapidly changing.
Hong Kong’s thoroughbred industry continues to attract the best and brightest of world racing. The globe’s elite assemble for the International Races each December, and throughout the year, racing at Happy Valley and Sha Tin is top quality, and importantly, great for punters.
In a dramatic widening of the Midsummer Sun inquiry, Racing NSW has summoned Australian Turf Club senior racing executive Matt Rudolph before an inquiry.
In what may be a first, three horses were scratched on Sunday by trainer Bryce Stanaway over a disagreement about sandwiches.
On Tuesday, Racing Victoria announced a handful of changes which should improve the Spring Carnival program. The most important was a reduction in distance for the A.J. Moir Stakes (Group 1, weight-for-age) from 1200 metres to 1000 metres.
Dual Group 1 winning mare Miracles of Life has been retired to stud, going out as a winner after winning the Group 1 William Hill Classic earlier this year.
Unfortunately we lost one of the legends and great stories of the turf last week in Takeover Target.
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Former Magic Millions and Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready has been retired, and while I love the eight-year-old gelding, I have to say about bloody time!
The spring preparation for many horses starts this Friday, with a blockbuster set of trials at Royal Randwick.
Last week prizemoney changes were made to some of the Group 1 races in Sydney.
The Bletchingly Stakes 2015 spells the last Group race of the season and we’ll be looking for a winter winner as we tune up into Spring.
A lot of work is often done by punters pre-race to determine selections, but post-race analysis is often overlooked.
I rarely get overly excited when I do my weekly black-booking of horses on a comparative time basis, but the performance of two-year-old filly Petits Filous at Moonee Valley in the first race on July 15 certainly suggests she could be an outstanding prospect.
The town of Birchip is home to just over 600 people but it is also fast becoming the town of one of the feel good stories in harness racing.
As the calendar year of racing is in its final weeks the race to the Jockeys Premiership in each individual state across the country is heating up.
Exciting Tasmanian colt Count Out might be the real deal after the Aiden Nunn-trained galloper broke a second track record in as many weeks.
A formal review by Racing Victoria and the Victorian Racing Club (VRC) has led to the announcement that there will be no emergency runners added for the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
Did you hear the story about the horse trainer and his ‘imaginary horse’?
It’s an age old subject that everyone enjoys having their two cents worth on, but given the landscape has changed a little in the last six months or so I thought I’d fire it up again.
On a non-descript Tuesday in inner suburban Brisbane, an ageless warrior claimed another scalp.
The British Horse Racing Authority is looking at ways that it can improve, with a forum spearheaded by its own CEO Nick Rust set to take place if the interest is there.
The Queensland Winter carnival is all but over and it’s been quite a memorable one.
The Tattersalls Club Tiara is an excellent Fillies and Mares race, first staged in 1989 and used to be known as the Winter Stakes.