Members Have Their Say

Despite the many challenges confronting the WA racing industry, it is still prize-money that remains the number one issue for most owners following the results of our recent WAROA members’ survey. Maintaining or increasing current levels of stake-money is seen by most of our poll statistics, as the most important pillar to WA racing remaining…

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Two WAROA Bonus Day Winners today at Geraldton

WAROA’s big day at Geraldton concluded with two $1,500 bonuses being paid out to WAROA members. Bart Venrooy picked up $1,500 for his galloper Bearcat gelding Blazing Ammo winning his maiden. Rod and Bridie O’Bree also collected $1,500 for the win of their Brocco gelding Shooting Iron who took out the the Sportspower Geraldton Handicap…

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Three WAROA Bonuses Go Off at Esperance

The WAROA Owners’ Bonus Day was held at Esperance yesterday with three lucky group of owners adding to their prize money. Trainer Steve Wolfe as the sole owner of Carburetor picked up $1,000 for his win. Trainer Frank Maynard and follow owner also pocketed $1,000 for the win of Dancing Anna. Owners Max Wolfenden, Paul…

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Magnifisio outstanding in the WAROA-Lee Steere Stakes

Having her first attempt over 1400 metres, Jim Taylor’s power mare Magnifisio has been ridden perfectly by jockey Jason Brown, winning the group two Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes. With the distance unknown beyond 1200 metres, Jason Brown slotted the horse ideally in a one-out-one-back position, taking the pressure off her to win powerfully. “It was an…

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WAROA/Perth Racing Award Winners

August 2, 2014 Ihtsahymn has won WA Race Horse of the Year at the Western Australian Racing Owners Association (WAROA) awards ceremony, held at a gala function at the Hyatt Hotel on Saturday. Victories in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and the Group 2 Cox Stakes (2100m) were…

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Blackie’s Weekend Wrap – Belmont Park – 28th June 2014.

Well the sun may have been out, but Strickland Stakes Day at Belmont Park this year was anything but inviting as punters were forced to rug up for another cold winter racing assignment. The majority of winners came from a handy position or better which threw our initial punting calculations into disarray, while the “bag-men”…

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Important Notice for Owners regarding Retirement of Racehorses

Effective the 1 July 2014 the Australian Racing Board (ARB) has amended the Australian Rule of Racing AR.64J to make it compulsory for Managing Owners or their representatives (Trainers) to notify RISA on the retirement or death of their horse. The single Retirement of Racehorses or Death Notification Form can be found by clicking here.…

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Chris Blackwell’s Belmont Wrap 7.06.14

  It was a day of two halves this weekend at Belmont Park, as punters were forced to reassess racing conditions mid-program – and they managed to do this very successfully. By the time race four was concluded we were all convinced mid-field or worse was the place to be in running, but when It’s…

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Important Notice for Owners and Trainers

Effective the 1 July 2014 the Australian Racing Board (ARB) has amended the Australian Rule of Racing AR.64J to make it compulsory for Managing Owners or their representatives (Trainers) to notify RISA on the retirement or death of their horse. Please click here to see the attached documentation in regards to the requirements of owners &…

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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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