Punters and Chris Waller alike fancy He’s Your Man   Leave a comment

Punters and Chris Waller alike fancy He’s Your Man

Date
October 30, 2014 – 11:20PM

Adam Pengilly and Chris Roots

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Chris Waller will have four runners in the Mackinnon Stakes but it is new boy He’s Your Manwhich punters have backed heavily in early betting. The usual suspects Foreteller, which backs up from a luckless fifth in the Cox Plate, Hawkspur and Moriarty are also in the $1million group1. Waller has kept He’s Your Man fresh for his biggest test after  he won the Epsom and once again he has the services of Joao Moreira. “It is a hard race to get to,” Waller said. “I decided he didn’t need another run and he has done enough to be ready for it. He will be fresh and ready to go. It is his first chance at weight-for-age and it will give a guide of where he can go in the autumn. Win a race like this and you are looking at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.” Waller gives Foreteller a chance at lifting a third group1 at weight-for-age. “It is hard ask to back up from the Cox Plate in seven days but he should have almost won it. He is racing well and it is the right form line.”

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Posted October 31, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Slade Power a major doubt for Darley Classic   Leave a comment

Slade Power - Wayne Lordan wins from Tropics

Slade Power: star sprinter has often been loaded late into the stalls

 PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)

Slade Power a major doubt for Darley Classic

THE odds on Slade Power taking on the best of Australia’s sprinters lengthened considerably on Thursday after a crisis meeting between trainer Eddie Lynam and Racing Victoria stewards failed to break the deadlock over whether the speedster will be allowed to load last in next week’s Darley Classic at Flemington.

Diamond Jubilee and July Cup winner Slade Power has a history of playing up in the stalls and is always put in late and wearing a hood, but local procedure is to load by stall number and the famously independent-minded stewards down under seem increasingly disinclined to consider making any concessions.

At a meeting with senior steward Rob Montgomery on Thursday, Lynam laid out Slade Power’s history of claustrophobic behaviour and argued the five-year-old should be allowed to load late because he would otherwise be a threat to himself and others. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 31, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

German trainer counting days until Protectionist runs in Melbourne Cup   Leave a comment

German trainer counting days until Protectionist runs in Melbourne Cup

Protectionist is examined by Racing Victoria vets during a trackwork session at Werribee

Protectionist is examined by Racing Victoria vets during a trackwork session at Werribee Racecourse.Source: Getty Images

GERMAN trainer Andreas Wohler is counting the days to Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup after Protectionist completed fast work at Werribee yesterday. Despite whispers suggesting all was not right with the second favourite during the past week, nothing could be further from the truth going by the way he moved in his 1600m hit-out.

“I couldn’t be happier … I even liked it more than (his final gallop) before the Herbert Power,’’ said Wohler, who returned to Melbourne on Tuesday. “He couldn’t be better at this stage.’’

Wohler returned to Germany after Protectionist’s Australian debut at Caulfield in the Herbert Power Stakes on October 11. The stayer flashed home inside runners after being strung up in traffic on the home turn, finishing an eye-catching fourth.

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Posted October 31, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Low-profile Bondeiger has pedigree to go the distance in Victoria Derby   Leave a comment

Low-profile Bondeiger has pedigree to go the distance in Victoria Derby

Bondeiger, ridden by James Winks, comes through to win the Champagne Pommery Plate. Pictu

Bondeiger, ridden by James Winks, comes through to win the Champagne Pommery Plate. Picture:Ian CurrieSource: News Corp Australia

BONDEIGER is a relatively cheap colt that does not have the hottest profile of the main chances leading in to tomorrow’s Group I $1.5 million Victoria Derby, but the most important thing on his side is that the 2500m three-year-old classic has been his sole focus since he entered the Flemington yard of astute trainer Danny O’Brien.

The Victoria Derby is no afterthought. O’Brien and owner Laurence Eales have gone to meticulous lengths to program a campaign, which so far has gone to script.

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Posted October 31, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Protectionist primed for Melbourne Cup   Leave a comment

Protectionist primed for Melbourne Cup

Date
October 30, 2014 – 1:31PM

Andrew Garvey

German trainer Andreas Wohler says he has Protectionist as good as he can get him to make the most of his chances going into Tuesday’s $6.2 million Melbourne Cup.

RACING Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter has described it as the year of opportunity and after a pleasing workout at Werribee on Thursday German trainer Andreas Wohler is confident that he has Protectionist as good as he can get him to make the most of his chances going into Tuesday’s $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3200m).

For the first time since Makybe Diva’s last win in 2005, there was no returning Cup winner nominated and the potential field of 24 looks the most open in many years.

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Posted October 31, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Melbourne Cup 2014: It’s bigger than Royal Ascot, says Frankie Dettori   Leave a comment

Melbourne Cup 2014: It’s bigger than Royal Ascot, says Frankie Dettori

Date
October 30, 2014 – 11:20PM

The Cup headed for the Land of the Rising Sun?

Champion European jockey Frankie Dettori has told first time Melbourne Cup rider Andrea Atzeni to expect that next Tuesday’s race will have more pressure and atmosphere than even the most notable of days of racing at Royal Ascot.

Atzeni has taken racing by storm in the past two years with the 23-year-old flying into Melbourne on Friday to ride in the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday. The Italian born jockey will then have his first mount in  the Melbourne Cup on imported stayer My Ambivalent.

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Posted October 31, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

RV eyes $14m profit, Flemington boasts $7.5m windfall   Leave a comment

RV eyes $14m profit, Flemington boasts $7.5m windfall

Flemington enjoyed a bumper spring racing carnival. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Flemington enjoyed a bumper spring racing carnival. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

RACING Victoria is on track for a $14.4 million profit this financial year and the Victoria Racing Club is boasting a $7.5 million profit from last season’s Flemington activities.

The good news from the peak racing body, however, is tempered with the acknowledgment that wagering revenue has flatlined and “industry revenue beyond the next three years will come under threat if current wagering trends continue and no innovation or change is enacted collectively by stakeholders.”

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Posted October 31, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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