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  • Champion trainer hit with more bad news

    They say bad things come in threes, well, the world of horse racing is now sitting back, as collective spectators waiting for the third instalment. Bob Baffert – who two days ago was accused of supplying a prohibitive substance to one of his unbeaten superstar 3YOs CHARLATAN, has woken this… Read More »

  • 10yo mare set for her 121st start

    Today at Bathurst races a mare goes around in a BM 58 race. Her name is LAUGHARNE (Dylan Thomas-Lorride). You pronounce that Lar Harn. Anyway, she will be facing the starter for the 121st time. And she’ll be a $101 chance. Her trainer, Brian Young, who prepares her out at… Read More »

  • Twitter in a storm over a high profile horse testing positive

    A bruhaha is well, brewing in the United States following a major doping scare, as fingers are pointing without any evidence. It‘s to do with the recent Arkansas Derby race card, where champion trainer Bob Baffert landed 3 winners including both divisions of the Arkansas Derby with CHARLATAN and NADAL…. Read More »

  • Watch: A star is born at Albury

    At Albury races on Monday, we may have seen a bit of a star born. His name is FRONT PAGE (Magnus-Stacey Lee) and he had an absolute lap on his rivals in this BM 58 over 1175m. On the soft ground, he broke the class record too, and did it… Read More »

  • G1 winning stayer sold to Hong Kong

    Yet another class Aussie galloper, is going off to race in Hong Kong. While the owners of MASKED CRUSADER have knocked back $3m as we know, the owners of SHADOW HERO haven’t. The super 3YO, has thus far won 4 races in Australia, a pair of them at Gr 1… Read More »

  • Former champion jockey makes comeback after four years

    Former 4 times champion Southern Districts jockey, John Kissick, returns to riding at Wagga today. He’ll guide 5 of them around and maybe poetically he wins his first ride back, as he rides number 1, in race 1 as well. Poetically because it would be the fairy-tale story to trump… Read More »

  • Watch: Have your house on this maiden next start

    Oh my….. You have to watch this. MUNSA MAGIC (Poet’s Voice-Fain) was going to win this race by a minute until his rider pulled the whip. After racing 3-wide all the way on a heavy track, Munsa Magic still roared up to win and was going to run straight past… Read More »

  • Watch: 3kg apprentice produces ride of the year

    We’ve read so many stories lately about apprentice jocks not riding with vigour. And, if we’re being honest, we’ve reported them too. They have been very bad looks for the sport and those youngsters will learn valuable lessons. Ok then. For the sake of balance, apprentice riders Australia-wide need to… Read More »

  • Alysha Collett returns to riding in Australia

    The younger sister of star jockey Jason Collett, is coming to ride in Australia. Alysha Collett, an outstanding multiple stakes winning jockey in New Zealand, has been riding for the past 2 years in Singapore. She isolated in Singapore for 2 weeks, then came to Australia and isolated for a… Read More »

  • Potential superstar Russian Camelot worth $45million

    Australia’s latest wonder horse, RUSSIAN CAMELOT, is worth $45million, should he go and win the Kentucky Derby. And being Northern Hemisphere bred, plus, now thanks to the pandemic, the great race has been pushed back to 5 September, winning is highly possible. But unlikely,” said one of his part-owners, Dan… Read More »

  • Watch: Jockey charged over suspicious ride

    Last Monday, we were the first ones to break the story that WA apprentice Chris Graham was facing a holiday on the sidelines for not trying too hard on his mount PUSHIN’ SHAPES. Last night those stewards met with the lad. They questioned him at length, he said his saddle… Read More »

  • Watch: Unbelievable last to first win

    This horse may not amount to anything, but Holy Killing Cane Toads Is Necessary Batman, this was some sort of a run. The horse is named TALES OF THE HEART (Show A Heart-Tail Of A Diva). And the race is a maiden at Dalby. He opened at $1.55, blew to… Read More »

  • Canada releases date for horse racing return

    Joining the now rapidly growing number (it’s almost like a class action suit) of countries wanting to ‘Be like Australia and Hong Kong’s racing industries’, Canada now has a relaunch date. Woodbine is back operational 6 June. And across the country Assiniboa Downs in Winnipeg is going live a few… Read More »

  • Steven Pateman out to produce a stroke of training genius

    A plunge on a horse engaged at Sale today, that can’t win on paper, has occurred overnight. The horse is called PENTELLIGENTSIA (Pentire-Blinding). He’s down to run in race 3. And he’s firmed from $6 to $4.70 with more money expected. But race followers are scratching their heads because he… Read More »

  • Watch: WA Stewards launch enquiry into this questionable ride

    Hmmmm, this is fascinating. A WA apprentice is facing time following a ride at Ascot last Saturday that is causing some angst among racing folks. Before we get to that, last week the Qld stewards, after enquiry, suspended star Brisbane apprentice Baylee Nothdurft for 3 months because, in their view,… Read More »

  • Watch: Potential star $500 bargain buy sold to NZ owners

    When JOEY’S GIFT (Pluck-Special Order) saddles up on Saturday in the Open 2YO race at Caulfield, a lot more people than normal will be watching her. That’s because this pint-sized filly, who was passed-in at an online auction as a 2YO, then sold outright from her paddock at the farm… Read More »

  • North America to restrict stallion books

    In a move that will no doubt have global ramifications, The Jockey Club of Nth America today announced stallion books would be restricted. It has amended its Rule 14C to limit books of stallions born in 2020 and thereafter to just 140 mares preseason. This covers the US, Canada and… Read More »

  • Bagalollies becoming a very sweet broodmare

    So where would you rate this broodmare BAGALOLLIES in the pantheon of greats? She was already a superstar prior to the weekend, but after the past 72 hours, OMG, hasn’t she become something incredible? The sweetly named Bagalollies (Zabeel-Lady’s Night) herself a 2 x winner on the track is now… Read More »

  • Wagga Cup day plunge on mare carrying 65kg

    That old saying ‘women handle pain better than men’ is put to the test at Wagga today on Day 2 of the Wagga Gold Cup carnival. A mare will be burdened with a staggering 65kg in her handicap race…with no apprentice allowance to offset the whopping impost, and I think… Read More »

  • Matt Smith hopes new European gallopers are stars

    If you’re a fan of the multiple Gr 1 winner FIERCE IMPACT, then this may interest you. Warwick Farm trainer Matt Smith, who has been steadily making his way up the national training ranks, trains Fierce Impact who was an average European galloper prior to Smith bringing him to Australia…. Read More »

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