GRIFF HAS THE BEL RIFF   Leave a comment


GRIFF HAS THE BEL RIFF
On his Bel Esprit Winners Club blog, Brian Donohoe mused that Aurum Spirit must have a long nose and while that might not be considered PC by the likes of Jimmy Durante and myself, what is not beyond dispute is that Robbie Griffiths had indeed notched up three Bel Esprit winners in four days.
Furthermore, Robbie Griffiths is the most successful ‘Bel Esprit’ trainer in terms of individual winners – 16 of them to date, ahead of another rather successful trainer in Peter Moody (14).
By the by, a huge plug for the mob at Racing And Sports in terms of their stallion statistics … very informative.

Geelong-22 Oct-R9

Posted October 24, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Royal Descent seeks to break through in Cox Plate after string of near misses   Leave a comment

Royal Descent seeks to break through in Cox Plate after string of near misses

Date
October 23, 2014 – 9:37PM
Royal romp: Royal Descent careers to a 10-length victory in the 2013 Australian Oaks.Royal romp: Royal Descent careers to a 10-length victory in the 2013 Australian Oaks. Photo: Jenny Evans

Chris Waller is known for winning, which makes Royal Descent a bit of anomaly in his stable, even though she is a million-dollar earner.

Her day must come. It could be in Saturday’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, where she is part of a trio of runners for the premier stable and the sentimental favourite.

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Posted October 24, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Terravista holds Pride’s hopes for Manikato Stakes   Leave a comment

Terravista holds Pride’s hopes for Manikato Stakes

SYDNEY trainer Joe Pride says two unknowns stand between Terravista winning tonight’s $1 million Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, and laying claim to being the best sprinter in Australia.

Pride has enormous belief in Terravista, a winner eight times from 11 starts who arrived in Melbourne yesterday morning. Tonight, that belief will be tested and Pride is both excited and nervous.

“This horse is a little bit different to a lot of the other horses I’ve trained,’’ Pride said.

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Posted October 24, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Cox Plate 2014: The Cleaner cleaning up is the fairytale ending everyone wants but experts say he cannot win   Leave a comment

Cox Plate 2014: The Cleaner cleaning up is the fairytale ending everyone wants but experts say he cannot win

Trainer Mick Burles puts "The Cleaner" in his paddock after track work in Tasmania.

Trainer Mick Burles returns The Cleaner to his paddock after trackwork. Source: News Corp Australia

THERE is only one cult horse in Saturday’s Sportingbet Cox Plate, only one who was feted with his own street parade, only one who’d give a Booker Prize winning author a run for his money as a small Tasmanian town’s most famous citizen.

There is only one warm and fuzzy feel good story in this field of fourteen.

But while warm fuzz and streamers are accompanying The Cleaner across the Strait to the Cox Plate, they are not fuel. They will not make him run faster.

COX PLATE FORM GUIDE HERE

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Posted October 24, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm properties fail to sell   Leave a comment

Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm properties fail to sell

Date
October 23, 2014 – 5:08PM

Scott Parker

Hopes of a business comeback for Nathan Tinkler evaporated in August when Peabody Coal pulled the plug on his resurrection deal.Hopes of a business comeback for Nathan Tinkler evaporated in August when Peabody Coal pulled the plug on his resurrection deal. Photo: Rob Homer

The first auction of former coal billionaire Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm properties could be declared a “non-starter” after all were passed in at auction on Thursday.

The sale was a complicated and at times disjointed process that included slow starts, pass-ins and an unusual schedule of events.

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Posted October 24, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Jockey Damien Oliver bullish about Happy Trails’ Cox Plate bid   Leave a comment

Jockey Damien Oliver bullish about Happy Trails’ Cox Plate bid

Date
October 23, 2014 – 5:23PM

Ronny Lerner

After an unsuccessful 2014 Caulfield Cup, champion jockey Damien Oliver is confident of turning his fortunes around in Saturday’s Cox Plate.

Oliver could only manage an eighth-place finish on the back of Hawkspur last weekend but he is hopeful of a better showing aboard Happy Trails in a few days’ time.

“I’ve got a nice chance this week, I’m looking forward to riding Happy Trails,” Oliver told Triple M on Thursday morning.

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Posted October 24, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Sweynesse following So You Think’s path for Cox Plate   Leave a comment

Sweynesse following So You Think’s path for Cox Plate

Date
October 23, 2014 – 6:29PM

Adam Pengilly

Getting shorter: Sweynesse.Getting shorter: Sweynesse. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers

If it was good enough for So You Think, John O’Shea thinks it is good enough for Sweynesse.

The Godolphin colt, the only three-year-old punters have really rallied behind to cause a Cox Plate boilover, is starting to dredge up memories of Bart Cummings’ heist in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship with his glamour colt in 2009.

Apart from sharing a Gloaming Stakes success two starts before an unlikely Cox Plate tilt, Sweynesse is converging on So You Think territory in betting markets for the $3 million classic.

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Posted October 24, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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