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Former Editor of The Roar, now freelancing from Berlin. Alles gut! I like a bit of everything - from big moments in sport to unusual stats and I don't mind a first four. I love beautifully written, hard-hitting sports opinion.

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Congrats Mike!

Why I need to take a break from football

Divanation manage to get the win today at least! 😉

As Oscietra retires, will Makybe Diva or Black Caviar produce high-quality offspring?

Oof, New Tipperary… don’t have to be dead to be stiff there.

Scone Cup 2018: Form, tips and preview

Sorry it wasn’t the other way around, but we were there or thereabouts!

Group 2 Adelaide Cup runner-by-runner preview and tips

Too right!

2018 Group 1 Chipping Norton: The return of Winx

Yes the money is definitely part of their consideration mate. Lot of bikkies. The Arc would be fantastic but the timing, again…

2018 Group 1 Chipping Norton: The return of Winx

Spot on mate. I’d rather she comes back and keeps going, mind you! 😉

2018 Group 1 Chipping Norton: The return of Winx

Yes he’s a good horse Razzar and you’ve said it well. I would say by now the Winx factor means you can either throw caution to the wind, Red Excitement style, or just run your own race and be happy to be there or thereabouts.

2018 Group 1 Chipping Norton: The return of Winx

Ooh, here’s an interesting topic you’ve opened up. Which races would you rather see her in overseas?

One small advantage of Ascot is that the timing isn’t too bad to come back over for the spring.

2018 Group 1 Chipping Norton: The return of Winx

Let’s goooo

Grigor Dimitrov vs Nick Kyrgios: Australian Open live scores, blog

Which Ichi Ban?

2017 Sydney to Hobart yacht race: live race updates, blog

What are your top country cups mate?

The best racing win of 2017

Great call! What a fantastic horse for the owners.

The best racing win of 2017

Sheek, great talking point. I don’t know if I agree, mind!

I’m ok with dropping back from 2500m to 2400m as that’s more a classic distance but of course there’s the layout/shute problems mentioned.

Not 2000 or 2200m, though, I don’t think.

What I like about the distance is that it separates the true staying horses from the middle-distance runners. I tend to think the 2500m doesn’t hurt them, the problem is our staying stocks are so inferior that as these horses progress (IF they progress!) they are then in open-class and face real troubles.

Efficient was the last great winner of the Derby in 2006, not many get to that class.

One last point, Rekindling was foaled 23 March 2014, making him a three-year old (& nine months) and clearly the 3200m was lapped up.

I wonder if attrition is more just down to our harder tracks than Europe. Here, staying races are more likely to jar you up unless you have a very good constitution.

It's time to change the distance of the Victorian Derby and Oaks

Same to you Scott mate!

Hmmm! Certainly makes a case… a classic Aussie/Kiwi local 🙂

Highland Reel: The best ever international raider to come to Australia?

Good info!

Highland Reel: The best ever international raider to come to Australia?

Fair enough – I am very fond of Dunaden!

Highland Reel: The best ever international raider to come to Australia?

He’s in with a shout I think – probably ineligible on the distinction but he was a good one. 3/4 in his runs in Australia.

Highland Reel: The best ever international raider to come to Australia?

That’s a great stat on Bettors Delight. Amazing really.

Inter Dominion Grand Final buzz, and Lloyd Williams reloads for the Melbourne Cup yet again

Great post as always Griffo.

Matildas vs China: Football international friendly live scores, blog

Yep I agree there on the race pattern – of course Taj, in retrospect, had those pace making duties back home but it was a great ride to kick him away, and sustained over 1000m+… I’m guessing he’ll get 3200m based on that too….!

Zipping Classic: Almandin on class, Big Duke on form, or The Taj?

Almandin wasn’t bad but certainly not going at his best.

Zipping Classic: Almandin on class, Big Duke on form, or The Taj?

I always like to think the trainer knows better than I do, but it is highly unusual. And he does run so well so often!

Zipping Classic: Almandin on class, Big Duke on form, or The Taj?

Thanks for the thoughts across the day Razzar as always. Good punting!

Zipping Classic: Almandin on class, Big Duke on form, or The Taj?

Danke Max! I agree that it’s a tricky race and we should always remember not to chase, in any sort of investing indeed! 🙂

I look forward to those Donald tips 😉

Zipping Classic: Almandin on class, Big Duke on form, or The Taj?