Barakey To Launch Comeback

Champion sprinter Barakey will launch his comeback to racing in the Listed Goodwood Sprint (1300m) at Belmont Park in August. The Group 1 hero hasn’t been seen since he faded to finish ninth behind Buffering in last year’s Winterbottom Stakes (1200m). A planned trip to Melbourne in the spring and a transfer to Sydney trainer…

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Off The Track – Volition

Earning $214, 215 in prize money from only 41 starts, Volition (Tweak) proved to be a very handy racehorse for trainer Paul Jordan and the Lima Syndicate. Fiona McKenzie, who was part of the Lima Syndicate and worked for Paul Jordan at the time, recognised the horse may have potential post racing. Considered to be…

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Off The Track – Supporting West Australian Retired Racehorses

The Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) Off The Track program aims to increase the demand for retired racehorses as pleasure and performance horses through promotion of the attributes of both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Our mission is to facilitate the placement of retired racehorses in second careers by promoting the many re-trainers across the state…

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Twin City Solider has marched into Manilya Sprint

Twin City Solider has marched into Manilya Sprint (1200m) calculations after posting a comprehensive victory at Carnarvon’s season-opening meeting on Saturday. The Allan Hughes-trained gelding staked his claim for the $25,000 feature after demolishing his Gascoyne Hotel Handicap (1200m) rivals by eight lengths. The Medal Of Honour five-year-old was brilliantly handled by up and coming…

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Mathews Left Speechless After Cool Trade Wins

Alan Mathews was left speechless after Cool Trade extended her unbeaten campaign at Belmont on Saturday. “What can you say about her, she is just exciting,” said Matthews. “She is a very nice filly but at some stage I will have to sit down and map out where we want to go with her. “She…

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Hayley And I’m A Flash Unit’s Biggest Test

It’s been a sharp rise for Meryl Hayley’s I’m A Flash Unit, who enters this Saturday’s 1000m Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap at Belmont with confidence and momentum, after a near on flawless four start career. Drawn ideally from barrier three, this will be the toughest test for the humbly bred gelding from Danbird, who has…

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Meddings Hoping To Kick-Start Carnarvon Season

There is never a certainty in racing but trainer Robert Meddings though he had one that was close to it at Geraldton last month. Meddings was ultra-confident Market Share would launch his Western Australian career on a successful note after a top warm up trial. But his hopes were cruelly dashed when the former New…

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Hunter And Wolfe Share Training Honours

The battle between rival trainers Steve Wolfe and Paul Hunter lived up to the hype when they shared the spoils in the Leading Great Southern Trainer Premiership. Like two prize fighters going-head-to head in a 15-round heavyweight title fight the judges were unable to split the pair and declared the contest a draw. Wolfe strutted…

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Bermingham Jnr Reaping The Rewards In Kalgoorlie

Pat Bermingham Jnr is reaping a financial windfall as well as personal satisfaction from the resurgent form of Kalgoorlie galloper Casino Gleam. The son of Casino Prince is repaying Birmingham’s faith after he shelled out $8,500 for the gelding in a dual buy with Miss Corningstone two years ago. Casino Gleam failed to salute at…

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Blackie’s Weekend Wrap – Return To Belmont Park

The return to Belmont Park card lived up to its notorious reputation dishing out a $37K+ quaddie for those lucky enough to share in the spoils, but punters were saved earlier in proceedings with a string of fancied runners saluting in style. Handy or better was the place to be, with all victorious conveyances coming…

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Blackie’s Weekend Wrap – Ascot 26th April 2014

The ANZAC weekend Ascot program provided a fitting farewell to the summer headquarters season, and as the rain fell from the skies we knew that Belmont Park was fast approaching. The card was also kind to the battle weary punters who had copped a battering over the last six months, as the money proved to…

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Durrant Keen On Peck In Diggers’ Cup

Peck is showing positive signs and on raw ability should be winning the Diggers’ Cup (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday, according to trainer, Adam Durrant. Peck is on the quick back-up after handing Durrant his fifth Albany Cup success when he stormed home in an exciting finish to the $90,000 feature on Sunday. Bought for…

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Blackie’s Weekend Wrap – Ascot 19th April 2014.

Easy to say that this Easter Saturday program at Ascot had a little bit of everything. A handful of favourites saluting, together with the all too common upsets, provided an interesting array of results that would arguably be defined as a “Nil-All” draw for punters and Bookies alike. Steven Parnham did best of the hoops…

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Blackie’s Weekend Wrap – Ascot 12th April 2014.

Blackie’s Weekend Wrap – Ascot 12th April 2014. I realise that we are starting to sound like a broken record here, but avid punters alike would have to agree that Derby Day at Ascot this year was a clear victory for the Bookies – with multiple upset results littering the program. With only two favourites…

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WAROA Racing Awards Night 2014

Tickets on sale now to the 2014 WAROA RACING AWARDS Saturday August 2nd 6.30pm – 1.00am Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom Dress: Lounge Suit / Cocktail Entertainment Music: Daren Reid & Soul City Groove Star studded Stallion Services Auction Door Prize Thoroughbred Breeders WA • Champion WA Broodmare • Champion WA Sire • WA Thoroughbred…

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Date Change For Iconic Kalgoorlie Cup Carnival

Racing & Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has consulted extensively over the last several months with the Kalgoorlie‐Boulder Racing Club (KBRC) on the date of the historic Kalgoorlie Cup meeting going forward. The KBRC has resolved that the preferred date to conduct the Kalgoorlie Cup meeting from 2015 onwards is the Sunday of the Queen’s Birthday…

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Train kick-starts new team at Gold Front

Onadowntowntrain gave Brent Albuino a kick-start in the training ranks with a front-running victory at Ascot on Saturday. Albuino began training for Gold Front Thoroughbreds owners Alan and Sue Olive at their Gingin establishment earlier this year.  His only other Saturday winner in town had been Lost Heritage for Yarradale Stud’s Ron Sayers. Onadowntowntrain (3g…

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Vitalism Looking To Go One Better In Sires

Tiarnna Robertson is hoping a step-up in journey will help offset Vitalism’s wide draw in the Group 3 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday. Robertson was dealt a blow when Vitalism drew barrier 12 in the $200,000 feature, but took some solace with her major rival faring little better. Hobart Jones, out to…

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A WATC Derby Winner To Revere

Leading into the 2014 running of the WATC Derby it’s appropriate to reflect on the recent history of the event and what could be a worrying sign for Saturday’s winner given current trends. Of the last six WATC Derby winners, only one (to this point) has gone on to win another race, which is fascinating…

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Chris Blackwell’s Weekend Wrap – Ascot 5th April 2014

It took until the feature race on Amelia Park – York Stakes day for punters to find their cheer, as we were met with another card full of surprises. With only two favourites saluting, finding a winner proved near impossible as a bevy of upsets plastered the winner’s lists. Promising apprentice Chantelle O’Grady continued her…

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Chris Blackwell’s Weekend Wrap – Ascot 22nd March 2014

It was tough going for favourite punters again at Ascot today, and it took an upheld protest and a nail-biting finish in the final race to add to their dwindling bank balance. But it was another fantastic day for the Aquanita stable, with Simon Miller preparing a double when Oz Racing’s Bombora ($7.50) disposed of…

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Bye Bye Belmont

The last meeting Belmont Park for the year produced a little bit of everything – a handful of saluting favourites for the punters, and a couple of boil overs for the bookies.

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THE ART OF RECOVERY by John Elsegood

There is a fine line between triumph and disaster and never more so than in the Sport of Kings. It was the The Doc, with his gimlet eyes, that faithfully alerted me to the fact that Natasha Faithfull had almost been dislodged at the start of the second race on the ultimate winner, Ancient Spell.

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