Posts Tagged "Horse Racing"
Hong Kong’s International Races have been described as racing’s end of season championships. And if that is the case then the 2013 HKIR, run on Sunday evening, will be remembered for the incredibly soft victory of Japan’s champion sprinter, the five-year-old stallion Lord Kanaloa, who will now be retired to stud.
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The final Group 1 of 2013 is upon us with the Kingston Town Classic which has traditionally been the weight-for-age championship of Western Australia. Join us from 7.45pm AEDT for a preview and live blog of the race.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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A really interesting statement was posed by Scuba in Justin’s article on Boban by suggesting that “Guelph (amongst others) will thrash him (Boban)”.
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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.
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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?
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Trackside, we often see ecstatic owners and trainers showing the rawest of emotions. So across the spring carnival, who were the biggest winners?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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