From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
We’re in the second week of the overlapping Adelaide and Brisbane Group 1 carnivals, and this week sees the Goodwood for the sprinters at Morphettville, and the Doomben Cup for the middle-distance horses looking to claim weight-for-age glory.
The Scone Cup Carnival returns this week, as one of the best country racetracks in Australia (or anywhere) hosts its bustling two-day event.
There are only a handful of days on the Australian racing calendar with Group 1s run in two states, but one of them is Saturday, with the re-shaped Doomben 10,000 and South Australian Derby the features of the day.
Group 1 racing hits Adelaide for the first time this season, and it’s ladies day in the form of the Robert Sangster Stakes and the Australasian Oaks.
Godolphin’s head trainer, John O’Shea, will leave the Australian arm of the mega racing operation as he takes an extended break from training.
Horse racing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge wasn’t a late April Fools joke – some budding English entrepreneurs appear to be serious about creating a track on Sydney’s famous landmark.
Champions retire when they are good and ready, and race caller Greg Miles is every inch a champion.
The Championships are over, but the Group 1 racing in Sydney continues for another week, which will actually turn into two when the Sydney Cup is re-run next Saturday.
There were extraordinary scenes at Randwick on Saturday, and while Winx furthered her incredible record, the sensational mid-race cancellation of the Sydney Cup due to a fall, and a death in country racing, gave us all pause.
Winx has claimed a seventeenth consecutive victory with a win at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, easily defeating her next-best competitor Hartnell by five and a quarter lengths.
Day 1 of the Championships last Saturday was initially marred by a savage rails bias that is becoming all too prevalent at marquee racing meetings in this country, but all was forgotten after Chautauqua’s stunning, stupendous and unforgettable TJ Smith win.
Who would disagree that Chautauqua is our best elite sprinter since the best ever in Black Caviar?
Welcome to Day 1 of The Championships, Randwick’s signature carnival, where there is plenty of cash up for grabs and the best horses, jockeys and trainers in the land converge on Sydney for their chance at autumn riches.
The weekend gave us two big, big performances from our next-best mare and one of their possible greats.
We’ve reached the last Victorian Group 1 of the racing season, the William Reid Stakes, to be run over 1200m under weight-for-age conditions.
Winx won again, gloriously. That wouldn’t be surprising except for the following:
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Irish gelding Wee Frankie has died after a devastating fall at the Shojun Concrete Class 1 Hurdle at Casterton on Sunday that saw just two finishers and two terrifying falls.
It was close but no cigar last weekend, with several fancied runners letting the followers down as well as one ‘suspect’ ride at Morphettville.
There’s some very solid racing right across Australia this Saturday, with the focus being mainly on Doomben and Morphettville for their respective group one meetings. Here is my look at some of the key races.
If 17 wins on the trot wasn’t enough for fans of superstar mare Winx, a place among the greats of the Australian racing industry should do it.
A few months ago, I received a phone call from a betting agency that gave me pause for thought.
Caulfield Looked like a pretty good card of racing on Saturday, and that’s how it panned out.
The two-day Scone Cup Carnival wrapped up on Saturday with the Dark Jewel and Inglis Guineas highlighting the meeting.
The Victorian racing community is about to get a whole lot richer with governing body, Racing Victoria, announcing some hefty increases to their prizemoney purse.
Group one racing was held at both Doomben and Morphettville, and while the track in Adelaide looked to play perfectly, at Doomben it was an advantage to be near the speed.
Looks a potential very good day for punters in Australia this Saturday, with a couple of near good things, as well as some value to be had. Here are my five best bets for the weekend.
Looks to be a cracking day all round racing wise in Australia on Saturday with feature races in three states, with Group 1 racing at Doomben and Morphettville. Here is my look at some of the key races.
A sharp piece of work has convinced trainer Ben Smith that his mare In Her Time is ready for another attempt at Group 1 glory as she lines up in this weekend’s feature the Doomben 10,000.
French gelding Heartbreak City has sadly been euthanised while in Europe after taking a fall and sustaining serious injuries during a trackwork ride in Ireland.
The Robert Sangster Stakes is a sprinter’s delight and the marquee race of the day for the Group 1’s in Adelaide as the opening day of the Morphettville Oaks continues. Join The Roar from 4:34pm (AEST) for all the live race updates and results.
The Schweppes Australasian Oaks is one of the major attractions for the opening day of the Morphettville Oaks, as Adelaide gets its taste of Group 1 action over the weekend. Join The Roar from 3:54pm (AEST) for all the live race updates and results.
One of the Warrnambool carnival’s marquee races on Tuesday has come under a bit of fire after the leading two jockeys were fined for overuse of their whip throughout race six.