Trakus aims to attract new generation of racegoers   Leave a comment

Trakus aims to attract new generation of racegoers
Date
March 27, 2015 – 2:09PM

Patrick Bartley

In the late 1960s one of Australia’s most astute track watchers, Des Spain, would get together with six other racing enthusiasts each Saturday before the first race at the metropolitan meeting.

They would sit high in the grandstand and each was given three runners to follow, monitor and, if they had time, put them against the stopwatch.

In those days, there were no videos or anything that carefully monitored each runner on a professional level – just photo strips in newspapers.

In Sydney, George Moore, arguably Australia’s greatest jockey of the time, paid a local projectionist good money to film metropolitan races. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Silent Achiever hoping BMW success leads to trip to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe   Leave a comment

Silent Achiever hoping BMW success leads to trip to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Date
March 27, 2015 – 10:03AM
Chris Roots
The world has come to Sydney for the BMW, so it is the right race for defending champion Silent Achiever to find out if she measures up to the best race in the world.

New Zealand trainer Roger James has plans to head to France later in the year for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Silent Achiever, but is realistic about what she needs to do at Rosehill on Saturday.

“I think she is going as well as she was last year and she won this race last year,” James said. “I would expect her to be in the finish on Saturday but it is a tougher race than last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Full house for Pakenham’s new track as jockeys heap praise on surface   Leave a comment

Full house for Pakenham’s new track as jockeys heap praise on surface

Damien Oliver, who rode a double, was quick to label the carpet-like turf surface and the

Damien Oliver, who rode a double, was quick to label the carpet-like turf surface and the layout of the track as one of the best racecourses in Australia. Picture: Jason Sammon Source: News Limited

HISTORY was made on Thursday when Pakenham Racing Club’s new multi-million racecourse opened — but for several scary minutes no-one was sure how many people were going to witness the historic first race.

The satellite transmission van arrived late at the $72 million complex and it was only three minutes before the opening race that the action went live to air.

But according to the jockey and the trainers, the wait was worth it.

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Posted March 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

James and Bart Cummings high hopes for emerging stayer Ruling Dynasty   Leave a comment

James and Bart Cummings high hopes for emerging stayer Ruling Dynasty

Trainer James Cummings with Ruling Dynasty at his Randwick stables. Picture Gregg Porteou

Trainer James Cummings with Ruling Dynasty at his Randwick stables. Picture Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

IT says a lot about Ruling Dynasty’s emerging staying potential that co-trainers James and Bart Cummings have had regular colt for months.

“I’ve been talking about Ruling Dynasty with my grandfather all season,’’ James toldThe Daily Telegraph.

“We have a very high opinion of this horse’s ability. He is a promising young stayer.’’

Ruling Dynasty and stablemate High Midnight are due to clash in the Group 2 $175,000 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

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Posted March 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Sydney’s all-star cast stronger than spring line-up in Melbourne, says Kris Lees   Leave a comment

Sydney’s all-star cast stronger than spring line-up in Melbourne, says Kris Lees

OFF & RACING: All eyes on Godolphin import Hartnell

OFF & RACING: All eyes on Godolphin import Hartnell

TRAINER Kris Lees believes the weight-for-age racing in Sydney this autumn is the strongest he has seen in years.

Lees pointed to the depth of quality in the Group 1 $1.5 million The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday as evidence.

The 11-horse field contains seven individual Group 1 winners yet the race favourites, Japan’s To The World and Godolphin’s Hartnell, are chasing their first major.

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Posted March 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Australian Derby run on the line for Peter Snowden’s emerging stayers   Leave a comment

Australian Derby run on the line for Peter Snowden’s emerging stayers

Blademeister is on trial for a start in the ATC Australian Derby. Picture: Simon Bullard

Blademeister is on trial for a start in the ATC Australian Derby. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

TRAINER Peter Snowden will instruct his riders to be positive on Diamond Valores and Blademeister and make use of their staying ability in the Group 2 $175,000 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Diamond Valores and Blademeister are on trial for a possible start in the ATC Australian Derby at Randwick next Saturday.

But Snowden says both must run extremely well to back up in the Group 1.

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Posted March 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Hawkesbury/Albury: Harmonic on song for Provincial Championships Qualifier at Hawkesbury   Leave a comment

Hawkesbury/Albury: Harmonic on song for Provincial Championships Qualifier at Hawkesbury

Tony McEvoy will saddle-up the favourite, Harmonic, in the Provincial Championships Quali

Tony McEvoy will saddle-up the favourite, Harmonic, in the Provincial Championships Qualifier at Hawkesbury on Thursday. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

TRAINER Tony McEvoy knows it is rare to get a second chance in horse racing which is why he is determined to make the most of it with talented Harmonic in the $100,000 Provincial Championships Qualifier (1400m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday.

Harmonic enjoys a home track advantage and ideal barrier (three) so it is no surprise TAB Fixed Odds price assessors have the race topweight as the $4.60 favourite.

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Posted March 26, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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