Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

The 2012 racing year…well it was different, that’s for sure. Wonderful thoroughbred action one moment, controversy galore the next. There were highlights, both on our shores and abroad, but for many, the dramas during the Spring Carnival will best describe the year. But we’ll try and change that here with a look back at the racing year of 2012.

The major 2012 features actually started on New Years Eve 2011 at Ascot with the running of the Perth Cup (2400m). Grant Willliams continued his stunning form when he trained the talented mare Western Jewel to success in the Group ll race. It also provided gun apprentice Kyra Yuill with her biggest win in the saddle.

The focus shifted to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions Raceday. Punch On flashed home from well back to claim the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) for Paul Hammersley and Peter Balzen, but the drama that came prior to this race was quite incredible.

It was the Magic Millions Classic (1200m) for the juveniles. Punters settled on three runners: Amorino, Sizzling and Driefontein. The third horse of this trio, trained by Gai Waterhouse, showed dazzling early speed to lead comfortably. Amorino was one out, one back and poised. But as they hit the home turn and straightened, Driefontein hung badly, along with several others. This left a beautiful inside run for No Looking Back, the stablemate of Driefontein. Nash Rawiller, riding No Looking Back, asked his charge to go and it hit the lead. But under pressure, the horse shifted out, causing Tommy Berry to not ride out Driefontein. They continued to bump and in the end No Looking Back won the race as they crossed the line. But Berry fired in a protest and it was successful. Today, there is still argument on whether or not he should have got the protest.

Less than two weeks later, racegoers around Australia got to see their horse, Black Caviar rack up another win when she strolled around Moonee Valley and won the Australia Stakes (1200m). Sure, she beat nothing, but it was just wonderful to see the mare return and return a winner in grand style.

Then, at her first go beyond 1200m, she showed her world class with a dominant win in the C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m). Then seven days later, stepping back 400m in distance, she toughed it out to beat a flying Hay List in the Lightning Stakes (1000m). That win is regarded by many has her best.

The spotlight then turned to Caulfield where it was Blue Diamond Stakes Day. In the feature race, all the support was for the local filly Samaready…and she didn’t disappoint. Ridden quite arrogantly by Craig Newitt, the daughter of More Than Ready blitzted her rivals. The other two majors that afternoon were the Oakleigh Plate and Futurity Stakes. The Oakleigh Plate saw one of the craziest finishes ever to a major. 100m out, Sepoy looked the winner. 50m out, Facile Tigre was the winner. 10m out, Elite Falls was the winner…then right on the line, Queensland sprinter Woorim, who was last at the 300m, sprouted wings and nailed them right on the line to win, providing top Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcoate with his first Group l. In the Futurity, it was built up as a two horse race between the Cox Plater champ Pinker Pinker and the kiwi warrior King Mufhasa. In the end, thanks to a soft lead, the latter proved too strong on the line, winning his second Group l on Australian soil.

It was now off to Flemington for their Autumn Carnival, starting off with the Australian Guineas (1600m). The race had so much intrigue. It brought together the Oaks and Derby winners, Mosheen and Sangster. It was also set to be Helmet’s swansong before jetting off overseas. He started a warm favourite. But it was Mosheen, aided by a gem of a ride from Dan Nikolic, who triumphed from Strike The Stars and Mister Milton.

Seven days later and it was Super Saturday at Flemington with the running of the Australian Cup (2000m) and the Newmarket Handicap (1200m). The Australian Cup saw a thrilling finish, with Manighar, Southern Speed and Americain crossing the line together…but Manighar stuck his nose out where it mattered and recorded his first major in Australia. In the Newmarket, Hay List, carrying 58.5kg, showed great courage to find the line, just clear of Buffering, who was (and still is) the bridesmaid when it comes to feature sprint races.

On the same afternoon, Sydney hosted its first major of the year with the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m). And yet again, Chris Waller dominated with Shoot Out, ridden to perfection by Hugh Bowman, beating Danleigh and Trusting with Rangirangdoo back in fourth.

Randwick Guineas Day came around and the weather was horrendous for racing. But that didn’t stop the main event from being a beauty. And again, Mosheen, again thanks to a Nikolic special, got up in the last stride to beat Said Com with Laser Hawk in third.

Hay List was expected to win the William Reid Stakes (1200m), but given how strong, big and athletic he is, he will be forever injury plagued and he suffered an injury during the race, which was why he got beat by promising three year old Foxwedge. He was to be set for a campaign in England but injury forced his premature retirement.

Less than 24 hours later, Kathy O’Hara booted home her first Group l when Ofcourseican showed grit to fend off the challenges of Secret Admirer and Kings Rose to take out the Coolmore Classic (1500m). Yosei was desperately unlucky in finishing fourth. 40 minutes prior, Manighar continued his white hot form with a narrow but impressive win over Rangirangdoo in the Ranvet Stakes (2000m). Shoot Out was not far away in third.

The Rosehill Guineas (2000m), in hindsight now, has proven to be the best form race of 2012. Boom kiwi filly Silent Achiever, fresh after winning the New Zealand Derby, was the favourite. But Gai and Nash were to start an amazing Group l Autumn thanks to Laser Hawk, who was having just his fifth career start. Ocean Park, who at the time was relatively unknown to Australians, was a desperately unlucky second with Silent Achiever in third.

Featured News

19/10/2019 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Caulfield, Caulfield Cup day

One of the time honoured races on the Australian racing calendar is Caulfield Cup Day and the 2019 edition rolls...

19/10/2019 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Randwick, The Everest day

The biggest day on the Sydney racing calendar is Everest Day and the 1200m contest, which is the richest race...

Victorian trainer charged for tubing

Trainer Shawn Mathrick has been charged with a stomach tubing offence. Racing Victoria stewards issued Mathrick with two charges on...

64 horses remain in the race for the Melbourne Cup 2019

Three horses who had been in the top 50 in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, including imported stayer Torcedor...

Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup bet could net punter $586,300

A punter with the TAB is confident that they have identified the winners of two Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features...

Mark Waugh takes swipe at racings lack of loyalty

Success breeds success, so they say. And so it is for Chris Wallerโ€™s rampant yard which stole every award and...

Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is always an amazing spectacle, with some of the best horses in the world battling it out...

The Everest

The Everestย is Australia’s richest race as well as the richest turf race in the world. The race boasts a total...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.