From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The last Group 1 of the year is upon us, the weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic over 1800m at Ascot, and it has a rich precedent to live up to based on the Group 1 racing in Perth two weeks ago.
This Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic (1800m, Group 1, weight-for-age) is the last Group 1 of the calendar year.
Super Saturday at Ascot is always great racing. 2013′s big day for WA racing wasn’t an opportunity to identity new talent – instead it rewarded talented older horses.
The Melbourne spring carnival is over, and now it’s time for Perth to take their time in the racing spotlight. Two Group 1s will ensure the eyes of the racing world are firmly on them, and both look to be keenly contested and difficult to find a winner.
The 2013 Spring Carnival came to a close on Saturday with Sandown Classic Day at Caulfield. With the stars of the autumn – Black Caviar, Pierro and All Too Hard – retired before the 2013 spring, the opportunity presented itself for a change at the top of Australian racing.
The Victorian spring carnival (some would say the entire Australian racing year) builds to the crescendo that is Melbourne Cup week at Flemington, at the conclusion of which we all take a deep breath.
About time! Sydney racing, the dying giant of Australian racing, may just have been saved by what is the biggest news I can ever remember seeing in the sport.
Is it silly to wax lyrical about a horse whose best three victories have come at handicap level by a collective margin of half a length?
The final Group 1 of the Melbourne Spring Carnival is the Emirates Stakes (1600m, Group 1, handicap). Join us for live race updates and a blog as we build up to the 3.45pm start time.
Every year, Melbourne Cup week is too slow to arrive and too quick to pass. The same could be said for the spring carnival as a whole, whether you’re from Victoria or New South Wales.
I wrote in my preview of the Melbourne Cup (3200m, Group 1, handicap) that gone are the days when you could rule a line through half the Melbourne Cup field 30 minutes after the barrier draw is conducted.
Fiorente won the 2013 Melbourne Cup on the point of the home bend, when he carried himself into the finish after enjoying a sweet run from Damien Oliver throughout most of the race.
The Crown Oaks holds pride of place as the feature race on the third day of the Flemington spring carnival, but in truth, the race-winner seldom goes on to scale any great racing heights.
Watch the full video replay of the 2013 Melbourne Cup that has been won by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente, ridden by Damien Oliver, ahead of Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos.
The 2013 Melbourne Cup has been won by Fiorente, with Red Cadeaux in second, and Mount Athos in third, Simenon in fourth.
Following the running of the 2013 Melbourne Cup, won by Damien Oliver aboard Fiorente, read what all 24 jockeys had to say about their horses.
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The 2013 Miracle Mile is poised to be the best on record, with a talented crop of entrants set to grace the Tabcorp Menangle track this Saturday.
If State of Origin existed in horse racing, Tasmania’s representatives would probably finish 20 lengths behind any horse from the mainland – and the gap is widening.
The second of our Group 1 races this evening is the 2013 Railway Stakes, Western Australia’s richest race. Join us for a preview and live updates from 8.00pm AEDT.
Attention now turns away from Melbourne and onto Western Australia for the final Group 1s of the calendar year. Join us from 7.05 AEST for the running of the 2013 Winterbottom Stakes.
Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday hosts the second Group 1 race of the Miracle Mile carnival, with the winner given an automatic invite to the big race the following week.
In some recent discussions, I have lamented how the BMW (HE Tancred Stakes) has been downgraded in value and importance by the ATC, despite many other races getting massive prize money hikes for the autumn carnival.
The spring carnival was full of heart-warming stories which we looked at last week but the reality of racing is, when someone wins – someone has to lose. So who were the biggest disappointments of the carnival?
A $4000 yearling winning the $1.5 million Derby, Buffering snapping his Group 1 drought, Chris Waller dominating the four days at Flemington and Gai finally winning the Cup. What an amazing spring!
Officials at Harness Racing NSW have handed out a deserved Miracle Mile invitation to Terror To Love, after a stunning performance in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on Monday.
Now that the euphoria has settled on the $18.2 million cash injection and structural changes to the Sydney autumn carnival, people in the industry are beginning to look at the changes in a more critical light.
A really interesting statement was posed by Scuba in Justin’s article on Boban by suggesting that “Guelph (amongst others) will thrash him (Boban)”.
The Championships initiative by Racing NSW, headed up by breeder John Messara, has missed the big picture. What is the point of putting on big prize money Group 1s for the fat cats, if the little battling trainers are starving?
Trackside, we often see ecstatic owners and trainers showing the rawest of emotions. So across the spring carnival, who were the biggest winners?
Just what does it mean to ‘improve’ a racehorse? We as members of the racing fraternity understand what improvement looks like, we can see it clearly almost each week as former gallopers from one stable pop up somewhere else under the care of a new stable and turn around their former rogue ways.
The first of two Group 1s on Stakes Day at Flemington is the VRC Sprint Classic (1200m, Group 1, weight-for-age) to be run at 3.00pm AEDT. Join us for live updates and a blog of all the action.
The focus of the third day of Melbourne Cup week is the 2013 Crown Oaks for the three-year-old fillies to be run over 2500m at 3:40pm. Join us live from Flemington for coverage of this time-honoured Group 1.
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