The NRL kicks off on Thursday night and we are all looking for some consistency from the referees. Is racing doing it any better?
How did all the runners parade prior to running on Saturday’s very heavy track at Randwick?
Who does Luke Murrell throw up as possibly the 2nd and 3rd best horses in Australia? It will surprise? And who are the value runners in the Oakleigh Plate?
Who does Kristen Manning rate best on breeding for this Saturday's Blue Diamond Stakes?
How many of Matthew's on top selections from the yard at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday saluted? Who is Mounting Yard's horse to follow this week?
The major focus on the week end will be the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington which is supported by 3 Black Type races with several last season’s handy 3 year old’s resuming tomorrow.
Who is the winner of the Lightning Stakes? Kristen dives into the pedigrees to help find you the winner.
Who is driving the challenge of making Sydney Racing great again?
When Michelle Payne let fly about inequalities in the treatment of women in racing after a great Melbourne Cup win, she was quite right! And yet there is no way an argument can be made against the fact that more women in all sides of the racing industry has been a great plus for the sport.
So why was the comment necessary? And what needs to change?
CrownBet Bookie report – EAGLE FARM Saturday 4 February
Race 1 – MORENDI $4.60, won from THREE POINTS, COURT’S STAR
Morendi opened $4.60, was well supported into $3.40 but drifted to start at $4.60 as the late money came for runner up Three Points who was well supported from $10 into $5 to narrowly miss out.
Darren Gauci has announced his retirement from race riding at the age of 51. One of the better-known racing journalists reporting on this decision referred to Gauci as a “journeyman” rider. He should have known better! The dictionary definition of a “journeyman” is somebody who is “reliable, but not outstanding”, and any fair-minded assessment of his race-riding record will show that description can’t apply to Gauci.
Racing in Australia really heats up this coming week with the first Group 1 of the year being run in Melbourne, the C F Orr Stakes and the 2 year old’s sorting themselves out in The Diamond Preludes. In Sydney, we have the first appearance of the year with Winx to be taking on Hartnell from Godolphin along with the rest of the Waller army.
The terrific Canterbury night meetings continue and they are highlighted by the feature race being the Shooting Star which is a new initiative by racingnsw which should be applauded as this one has been a terrific success not just in betting turnover but also getting people (and importantly families) back to the track. Sponsored by Tooheys they certainly have created some good racing in recent weeks and largely having been dominated by the Kris Lees runners who have been so well placed in recent weeks.
The two-year-old filly Melody Belle launched the 91st National Yearling Sales Series by taking out the $1m Karaka Millions of 1200m for two-year-olds at Ellerslie Racecourse on Sunday 29 January.
CrownBet Bookie report – Sunshine Coast 28 January 2017
Race 1 – SAN TELMO $2.20, won from FRIGHTENING BOLT, MAGNATUNE
Punters started nicely with the well supported favourite San Telmo scoring in the first race, where he was always the standout horse around the $2.20 mark. Runner up Frightening Bolt was a drifter opening at $13 to jump at $23.