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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Money Matters can go back-to-back: Azzopardi

Saturday’s Breast Cancer Research of WA – Roma Cup (1200m) victor Money Matters should be even better suited in the $200,000 Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) on May 29, according to jockey Joseph Azzopardi. Azzopardi was aboard the Canford Cliffs four-year-old, a prolific winner at 10 of his 20 career starts to date, during his…

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Bunbury Turf Club Re-development Tender Awarded to Civcon WA

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has awarded Civcon WA the contract for the re-development of the Bunbury Turf Club racing and training tracks.  Specialist sports turf company Evergreen Turf will be extensively supporting Civcon WA with their vast experience in building racetracks throughout Australia and McMahons will support construction of the fibre sand training track.  From 31 May…

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Charleton Eddie’s Return Excites Turner

Jockey Jordan Turner is confident he can end the Ascot season on a high in tomorrow afternoon’s Quayclean Handicap (1200m), where he teams up with Charleton Eddie. The Sean and Jake Casey-trained galloper returns to the track for the first time in almost two months, following a cameo appearance in February and March. Turner, who…

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Applications for Off the Track WA Event Sponsorship Now Open

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to announce that applications for Off the Track WA (OTTWA) sponsorship is now open for equine events to be held from August 2021 and January 2022. Any equine events held in regional or metropolitan Western Australia that promote the participation of off the track thoroughbreds and standardbreds…

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Lewthwaite To Maintain Image

It’s the one race that still rankles trainer Brock Lewthwaite: Image Keeper finishing eighth on debut at Mount Barker last November. Lewthwaite’s plans for a winning start was abruptly stopped in its tracks when the son of Scandal Keeper copped interference inside the last 100m. However; since that inauspicious beginning it’s been all smooth sailing…

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WA Racing Update – COVID-19

The WA Government has announced that the Perth and Peel post-lockdown restrictions will be significantly eased from 12.01am Saturday, May 1. The easing of restrictions will see the return of racing to pre-lockdown conditions, with a small number of measures to remain in place until 12.01am Saturday, May 8, including: Masks are not required outside…

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The Road to Jericho begins at Albany on Anzac Day Weekend

Albany Racing Club will host ‘The Road to Jericho’ Western Australia qualifier this Monday 26 April where the winner will be guaranteed a start in the Jericho Cup at Warrnambool Racecourse in Victoria. The $100,000 race in Albany is one of several guaranteed start races hosted around the country, with all winners being sent to…

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WA Racing Update – COVID-19

Following the WA Government’s announcement today, there will be no change to the current requirements implemented specific to the COVID-19 lockdown period enabling the maintenance of WA racing, trialling and trackwork. In order to ensure the WA thoroughbred, harness and greyhound industries are best protected in this transitional period, RWWA has deemed the current strict…

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Pike Confident Of Diggers Success

Champion jockey William Pike likes what he sees from Marocchino and says there’s no reason why they can’t continue their successful association at Ascot on Saturday. Pike holds a perfect record on the Lou Luciani-trained gelding and remains bullish they can extend their productive strike rate to a winning hat trick in the Diggers Cup…

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WAROA Lee Steere Stakes luncheon at Ascot

It’s that time of year again! As the proud sponsor of the Group 2 WAROA Lee Steere Stakes, WAROA will be hosting the traditional three course luncheon for WAROA members and guests at Ascot Racecourse. Hosted on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Week Carnival, enjoy a day of racing from the comfort of…

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Exclusive tour of Amelia Park Farm with Darren McAullay

]AMELIA PARK – HEAVEN ON EARTH FOR HORSES AND TOURISTS It’s no secret that the South-West of our state is a tourism masterpiece. Framed by its natural coastal beauty, the soil rich Busselton – Margaret River region so famously recognised for producing some of the world’s finest wines, is also the location for another masterpiece.…

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