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Opinion

  • Opinion: Is Nature Strip the Worlds Best Sprinter?

    The World Horse Racing authority has taken a liking to our super sprinter NATURE STRIP (Nicconi-Strikeline). On Wednesday afternoon, it posted on social media the question: who would win between Nature Strip and the wonder European sprinter BATTAASH (Dark Angel-Anna Law) over 5 furlongs (1000m). This is a clear acknowledgement… Read More »

     
  • Trainers scratching at Randwick causes a stir

    A late scratching at Randwick has caused a bit of a social media stir with many thinking it was due to a bias in the track. Trainer David Payne was allowed to scratch his horse Montefilia following the start of the meeting in what looked to be due to the… Read More »

     
  • Opinion: Should this horse have won on protest?

    Ok, we are all armchair Stewards so I have one here you should look at it, ponder over, then answer this question. Should this filly have won this race? Her name is JOVIALITY (I Am Invincible-Limbo Down). She is ridden by visiting 3kg claiming Kiwi apprentice Casey Waddell. After missing… Read More »

     
  • Owners turn down over $3million for Masked Crusader

    Owners of boom three-year-old Masked Crusader have reportedly turned down an offer worth over $3million dollars from a Hong Kong buyer. Masked Crusader has won three of his four career starts and was the odds on favourite for Saturday’s Inglis Guineas before stone bruising saw the horse scratched on race… 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 »

     
  • Golden Slipper horses – What are their potential values?

    So, we wake to the richest 2YO race on the planet and during it’s storied life thus far, it has become probably the quintessential stallion-making race in Australia. The Gr 1 Caulfield Guineas is up there too, but the Gr 1 Golden Slipper over 1200m for the babies, is the… Read More »

     
  • Should blind horses be allowed to race in Australia?

    It is not often, in fact NEVER, that North American rules of racing and racing in general are better than Australia’s. That’s pretty much always been the prevailing thought. But, after a big race at Santa Anita yesterday, there just might be one teensy weenie rule that we need to… Read More »

     
  • Should this horse be in the Melbourne Cup Field?

    The question has been asked whether or not one of the leading contenders in this years Melbourne Cup should actually be starting in the race. The Aidan O’Brien trained Il Paradiso is becoming a bit of a controversial runner in the 2019 Melbourne Cup with the lightly raced galloper having… Read More »

     
  • Does Castelvecchio deserve a spot in the Cox Plate Field?

    Following his amazing 2nd placing in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes, CASTELVECCHIO has earned himself a shot at Gr 1 Cox Plate glory. Well, that’s what his trainer and owners want. He’s already a Gr 1 winner having scored in the Gr 1 Champagne Stakes over 1600m as a 2YO…. Read More »

     
  • Trainer makes big claim on Australian stayers

    Trainer Danny O’Brien has blamed one of the countries biggest three-year-old races as the issue for Australia’s staying ranks. O’Brien talking on RSN this morning said the single biggest impediment on the countries born and bred stayers is the G1 Victoria Derby. “The single biggest impediment to stayers in this… Read More »

     
  • Is the Caulfield Guineas losing its stud appeal?

    This years edition of the ‘Stallion making’ Caulfield Guineas is set to be among the worst in recent years with most of the countries best three year old colts set to bypass the race. The Caulfield Guineas was looked upon as arguably the countries best ‘stallion making’ race for colts… Read More »

     
  • Does Nature Strip deserve a slot in The Everest?

    The enigma that is Nature Strip bounced back on Friday night winning his second Group One in the Moir Stakes. Nature Strip returned in the Concorde Stakes where he jumped slowly and was ridden quieter than normal, eventually finishing lengths back from The Everest contenders Redzel and Pierata but punters… Read More »

     
  • The Everest: Did Kerrin McEvoy make the right decision?

    The biggest question in Australian racing right now is: has Kerrin McEvoy pulled the right rein? He was faced last night with the hardest decision in our sport: stick with Redzel in the $14 million The Everest or switch to boom sprinter, the big grey Classique Legend. And he no… Read More »

     
  • Watch: Is this horse The Everest winner?

    You will be hard pressed to fins a better trial than that of Classique Legend this morning who is headed towards The Everest next month. Classique Legend sat just off the speed in Trial 1 at Randwick this morning before rounding up the field to put pay to them easily… Read More »

     
  • Did stewards get jockeys charges wrong?

    I’m not a stewards’ basher. I think they do an excellent job in Australian racing but I think, like the bunker in Rugby League every now and then, they get it wrong. And here’s one where they’ve erred, I believe. Next Wednesday, leading Sydney jockey Sam Clipperton will face them… Read More »

     
  • Home of horse racing set to tighten whip rules

    Three weeks back I reported that The Jockey Club in America had received recommendations to ban the use of the whip in the home straight. The Jockey Club sent this to all stake holders and some tracks will introduce reduced whipping. Woodbine starts very soon. But….like is often the case,… Read More »

     
  • Regumate, Racing NSW secret weapon

    Here’s something you don’t read every day. Massive and extraordinarily successful owner Bob Peters is bringing his two stunning mares to race in Sydney because…..of an anomaly re a certain drug. It’s called Regumate. And it improves most mares on the racetrack who are on it. Regumate is one of… Read More »

     
  • Does the Victoria Derby need a change?

    With all the talk of late surrounding improved prizemoney levels, naming new races, and which state has the best racing carnivals, perhaps it might be prudent to take a step back and look at what we already have. Not the new stuff or the new debates, but at the races… Read More »

     
  • Stewards miss blatant overuse of the whip

    Connections of the heavily tried $2.00 favourite in race 6 at Sale yesterday are entitled to be miffed. And, while I’m not advocating they go the way of Gary and Mary West, who own Maximum Security, the dethroned Kentucky Derby winner and take action in the courts, at the very… Read More »

     
  • Australian race callers the best in the world

    I was at Toronto’s beautiful Woodbine racetrack for a race meeting last week. And a big smile split my face like a watermelon when I heard a familiar – accent. It was music to my ears when I heard the race caller tell all and sundry that the horses were… Read More »

     
 
 
 
 
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