Colts emerge from the shadows of the fillies in a changing racing game
September 29, 2014 – 3:13PM
Unbeaten: Rich Enuff takes out the Caulfield Guineas Prelude on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images
The not-unreasonable question when the first seven to cross the line in this year’s Golden Slipper were fillies was: Where are the boys?
The answer has come already in the early part of spring, as the colts and geldings have shone through in what is shaping as a sensational crop of three-year-olds.
The Caulfield Guineas promises to be one of the races of the spring, after Sweynesse and Rich Enuff maintained their unbeaten records at the weekend, and Almalad and Shooting To Win were also impressive. None of those were mentioned around Slipper time. Read the rest of this entry »
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FOLLOW the money as we give you the latest market fluctuations and significant wagers heading into the weekend’s big race meetings.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Epsom Handicap, October 4: No changes with Saturday’s Shannon Stakes winner,Rock Sturdy, the $3.50 favourite. He’s Your Man ($6) the most popular runner again.
Metropolitan Handicap, October 4:Araldo ($51 to $26) has firmed with interest today suggesting the Michael Moroney seven-year-old will be heading towards the race.
Caulfield Cup, October 18:Bande ($11 to $11) firms for the second straight day and steal favouritism from Lucia Valentia ($10 to $11). Our Voodoo Prince ($18 to $26) is a notable drifter and has attracted little interest.
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Hugh Bowman believes he can take Flight on Winx
September 29, 2014 – 4:35PM
Confident: Hugh Bowman. Photo: Getty Images
If Hugh Bowman is the go-to man for the Golden Rose, then how dearly would connections of Flight Stakes runners like to have him in their camp.
The man with the Midas touch when it comes to three-year-olds and the Sydney spring can almost do no wrong in either race. He was widely celebrated for his fourth Golden Rose success earlier this month aboard Hallowed Crown, nabbing the ride a little more than a week before the $1 million group 1.
But the Flight Stakes? Believe it or not, Bowman has proved even more prolific in the fillies’ major over the famous Randwick mile. Of the past five times he has ridden in the race he has won it an incredible four times. Norzita (2012), Streama (2011), Samantha Miss (2008) and Cheeky Choice (2006) have all been added to the Flight Stakes honour roll with Bowman as pilot. Read the rest of this entry »
Sydney trainer Chris Waller appears to have the Melbourne spring carnival at his mercy
September 29, 2014 – 4:52PM
Chris Waller with Hawkspur (left) and Foreteller. Photo: Joe Armao
Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter says Sydney’s all-conquering trainer Chris Waller has enough firepower to dominate this year’s spring carnival.
Carpenter believes that when Waller turns his vast and talented team of racehorses on this year’s Melbourne spring carnival he will have “an instant but at the same time sustained impact” on some of Australia’s most important races.
As nominations were released on Monday for Saturday’s two critical meetings in Sydney and Melbourne, Waller’s influence was again emphatic. And it appears not for the first time that he will be a major stumbling block to all rival stables with his sheer number of runners in both states this weekend.
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Chris Waller books Joao Moreira to ride He’s Your Man in Epsom Handicap at Randwick
September 29, 2014 – 4:49PM
Chris Roots and Adam Pengilly
What a man: Moreira after winning at Newcastle last year. Photo: Ryan Osland
Chris Waller has a simple philosophy when it comes to booking his jockeys: “Get the best available.” It is why Brazilian ace Joao Moreira will ride He’s Your Man in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.
There are not too many that can make the 52.5-kilogram weight for He’s Your Man, but the “Magic Man” can do it easily. Even then he was not the first port of call for Waller in Hong Kong.
“We tried Zac Purton first but he couldn’t make the weight,” Waller said. Read the rest of this entry »
Woodbine wins the last race at Rosehill and for one punter a collect of $400,000. Picture: Simon Bullard
A NEW Zealand punter turned $10 into $400,000 when he pulled off an amazing all-up multi bet in the last six races at Rosehill on Saturday.
But the punter, who placed the bet with the Victorian TAB in New Zealand, would have been a millionaire if he’d taken fixed odds.
After picking the first five winners, he had accumulated $126,00, which was rolled into Woodbine winning the last race.
His weight of money caused Woodbine, ridden by Tommy Berry, to become a false favourite.
The Gai Waterhouse horse, which won by a short neck, paid $3 on the Victorian TAB for a win and $4.40 for a place.
On fixed odds it paid $10 a win and $3.25 a place.
The punter’s accumulated money starting affecting the odds in the second last race when Arabian Gold won and paid $7.30 on the tote, but $9 on fixed odds.
The real $6 starting price favourite, Murder Of Crows, finished third, just more than a neck away from Woodbine.