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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Rocker Claims Birthday Stakes

Victory went to Simon Miller and Team Aquanita in the final feature race for the Belmont season – the $100,000 Listed Birthday Stakes 1200m – with Platinum Rocker ($7.00) prevailing easily against a star studded line-up.

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Classique Kal Cup

A devastating late finish provided an exciting conclusion to this year’s $150,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup 2300m, as the Gino Poletti trained Classique Ivory came from near last to claim victory in the Goldfields feature.

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Kalgoorlie Turns It On For Cup Day

With wet weather plaguing Perth over the last week; it was a welcoming scene for the capacity crowd that descended upon the Kalgoorlie racetrack today for their feature race meeting, as the sun shone over the Goldfields on what was a picture perfect day.

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Who Ora Dares – Wins

The “rise and rise” of the exciting Oratorio gelding Ora Dare took another magical step forward today at Belmont, following a hard fought victory in this year’s Carbine Club of WA Apprentice’s Cup 2200m.

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Modello Wins A Thriller

The opening race at Belmont today (the Irish Day @ Belmont Park October 5 HCP 1000m) provided a nail-biting three way photo finish, with the Lindsay Smith trained Modello ($5.50) saluting by the narrowest of margins.

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