NEW LEADER FOR WA RACING

Western Australian racing expert David Hunter has been appointed Acting Chief Racing Officer of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA). Over the last 18 years, David has been an integral part of the organisation’s leadership team across several business areas. From Manager Thoroughbred Racing, David moved into tri-code management as Commercial Racing and Planning Manager…

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WA RACING GETS BIGGEST CASH BOOST IN HISTORY

WA racing will receive its biggest-ever uplift with a three-year financial commitment, which will see an extra $30 million in recurring funding by 2025. Strong revenue growth and careful financial management has allowed Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) to raise funding for all three codes of racing and provide the certainty of a three-year…

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History Of The Belmont Sprint

The $200,000 G3 Belmont Sprint is the feature event this weekend, a feature winter race of the season that has seen a fine array of star WA gallopers grace the honour roll. Below is a snapshot of the race’s history, going back to its inception in 1963.   BELMONT SPRINT OVERVIEW The Belmont Sprint was…

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GODOLPHIN SCORES LAND TAX WIN

Thoroughbred breeding and racing are high-risk pursuits, which are also capital and time intensive. If there are any taxation concessions out there for breeding property owners, they should be welcomed with open arms. One such concession that is available, across all Australian states, is a full land tax exemption for properties that are used in…

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PATIENT AYRES AND OWNERS GET THEIR REWARD

A key trait for trainers and owners in racing is patience and perseverance. Without it, it will almost certainly test your resolve and resilience. Injuries, bad luck, misfortune, it has the propensity to dash and cruel hopes. On the other hand, if you land a win, the emotional and financial returns are untold. Graeme Ayres…

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WAROA Belmont Guineas June 2022

Join us for our the running of the 2022 WAROA Belmont Guineas at Belmont Racecourse on Saturday 18th June 2022. Book for yourself or a group to dine in the Peninsula Dining Room, with a three course meal and premium beverage package throughout the day. The day will be filled with entertainment, competitions and prizes,…

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Record-Breaking Magic Millions Yearling Sale

The Magic Millions Perth Yearling sale celebrated a record-breaking opening day yesterday (Tuesday). Local buyers responded strongly and overcame any fears over a lack of eastern states interest because of Covid restrictions. Local bloodstock agent John Chalmers secured the day one sale topper with Lot 174, a Playing God-Moodometer colt fetching $330,000. “He’s a big…

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On-course vaccination protocols explained

“I would encourage everybody to be getting double dose vaccinated as soon as they possibly can.” That was the message to industry participants from David Hunter – head of Racing Operations at Racing Wagering Western Australia – when speaking to TABradio’s The Sports Daily on Thursday morning. Hunter provided some clarification around current racecourse COVID-19…

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Prizemoney boost for WA racing

Increased prizemoney and a longer-term strategic approach to announcing stakes across all three codes of racing will deliver exciting racing for Western Australian participants in the years ahead. Acknowledging the unique economic conditions currently being experienced in Western Australia, Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) will evolve its stakes strategy to provide a three-year view…

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History Of The Kingston Town Classic

Day 3 of the Ascot Maters continues on Saturday with the running of the Drummond Golf Kingston Town Classic.   KINGSTON TOWN CLASSIC OVERVIEW The race is named after the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame champion, Kingston Town, who won the race in 1982. The Kingston Town Classic was first run in 1976 and won…

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A Look Back At The Winterbottom Stakes

The Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes headlines day 2 of the Ascot Masters on Saturday. The race has been won by a host of top line sprinters going back to the races inception in 1952. Below is an overview of the race. WINTERBOTTOM STAKES OVERVIEW The Winterbottom Stakes has been staged since 1952. WA Racing Hall…

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Riches to win at first Westspeed Platinum Race Day

More than $600,000 is to be won by thoroughbred owners and breeders in the first Westspeed Platinum Race Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, 18 December 2021. Races are restricted to Westspeed Platinum horses only, as part of the Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) commitment to support the local breeding sector. The races will…

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WAROA AGM and Committee Nomination

NOTICE TO ALL WAROA MEMBERS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 10am Saturday 16 October, 2021  As per the WAROA Constitution you are hereby advised the Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on the ground floor in the Yarradale Room at Ascot Race Course commencing at 10am on Saturday 16th October 2021. The meeting should…

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History Of The Idyllic Prince Stakes

IDYLLIC PRINCE STAKES OVERVIEW The race was known as the Goodwood Sprint until 2015 when it was renamed in honour of the Jim Taylor-trained Idyllic Prince who secured the event in four straight years. The Scenic gelding also won the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (2009), Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes on two occasions…

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New rule for retirement and rehoming of racehorses

A new rule of racing is now in effect to support racehorses in retiring from their track careers to new homes. Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) aims for all healthy and behaviourally sound thoroughbred and standardbred horses to retire to second careers as pleasure or performance horses. To help achieve this, Chief Executive Officer…

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WA racing set to receive record funding

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has today announced an annual boost in funding to the State’s racing industry of more than $10 million for the 2021-22 season. A further $30.7 million has been earmarked towards infrastructure projects to ensure the industry’s ongoing sustainability. Projects include the re-development of the Bunbury Turf Club, which will…

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The Season That Was: Perth Racing 2020-2021

Chris Parnham’s premiership winning season included a Group 1 victory on Truly Great in the Kingston Town Classic, one of 14 black-type victories. He also claimed one G2 victory, four G3’s and eight at Listed level. William Pike’s eight stakes victories in Perth was headed by the Group 1 Railway Stakes when he partnered Inspirational…

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Cups King shares winning tips with young jockeys

Veteran rider Peter Hall will be guiding winners of a different kind as the new jockey coach at Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA). In announcing the appointment, Racing Careers and Training Manager Ron Fleming said Mr Hall’s skills showed in his career stats of more than 1000 wins for over $22 million prize money,…

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WA Racing Update – COVID-19

Following the WA Government’s announcement regarding interim restrictions, whilst the Peel and Perth regions transition out of the lockdown, Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) advises that racing, trialling and trackwork will continue under the following strict bio-security measures. Interim restrictions from 12.01am Saturday 3 July until 12.01am Tuesday 6 July: The following restrictions will…

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WA Racing Update – COVID-19

The WA Government have advised that effective 12pm, Sunday 27 June, restrictions have been introduced for Perth and Peel for a minimum three days, due to COVID-19. People are encouraged to check the exposure locations. Please note that racing, trialling and trackwork will continue under strict bio-security measures. Irrespective of racing venue, the following requirements will…

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Tangaroa Swaps Roles For Milestone Victory

From the sun and surf of Margaret River to the sun and red dirt of Broome. Rosie Mahony swapped the surfboard for the saddle and after her weekend exploits, she’s riding the crest of a wave. If a smile is worth a thousand pictures, then Mahony will have a life-time of memories to draw on…

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History Of The Belmont Guineas

It’s the turn of three-year-olds to take centre stage at Belmont on Saturday with the running of the Listed Belmont Guineas, run over 1600m. Below is an overview of the race’s history. BACKGROUND The Belmont Guineas was first staged in 1980 and won by Queen Inca, ridden by Mark Grisby and trained by Colin Webster.…

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Valour Road On Trial In Hyperion Stakes

A shot at the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in November looms as a surprising target for Valour Road if he runs up to expectations at Belmont on the weekend. The Frost Giant gelding has enjoyed elite success in sprinting races but has not raced beyond 1400m in a 24-start career for trainer Simon Miller.…

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Queensland still on the agenda for Durrant

Despite being unable to secure a flight out of Perth for stable stars Come Play With Me and Massimo this week, trainer Adam Durrant is still planning a raid on Queensland feature races with the pair. Group 1 winner Come Play With Me was scheduled to tackle the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2400m) at Eagle…

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Taylor doing rain dance ahead of Belmont return

With rain of up to 20 millimeters forecast to hit Perth on Saturday, trainer Darren Taylor is hoping that the heavens open ahead of Belmont’s opening meeting of the year. The Middle Swan-based horseman prepares a boutique team of gallopers and will be represented by stable flagbearers She’s God To You and Puli, who have…

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Pope confident about return of the Jedi

Leading Pinjarra horseman Brett Pope will saddle-up five runners at today’s Pinjarra Park meeting, all of whom will be having their first starts back from a spell. After a crippling stable virus derailed the campaigns of several of his charges during the spring and summer, the Peel trainer is looking forward to starting fresh with…

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Celebrating our Volunteers: Kevin Scott

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we want to recognise the dedication of our volunteers in the WA racing industry. Kevin Scott has dedicated much of his time to country racing in Western Australia over many years.   After travelling to Western Australia from Victoria, Kevin got into the industry after meeting his now-wife, Fiona.  In 1988, Kevin and Fiona bought a property in…

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Dig Deep’s Distance Test

Trainer Dan Pearce is toying with the idea of testing 2019 Karrakatta Plate winner Dig Deep over a staying trip this campaign, following an impressive trial at Lark Hill yesterday. Dig Deep, with William Pike aboard, finished third behind Massimo in a 950m trial yesterday, as he prepares to launch his campaign in the Group…

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