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No grey areas with Chautauqua’s return to Sydney, says Michael Hawkes   Leave a comment

No grey areas with Chautauqua’s return to Sydney, says Michael Hawkes

Date
March 31, 2015 – 7:15PM
Grey matter: Chautauqua is well fancied in the T.J. Smith stakes.Grey matter: Chautauqua is well fancied in the T.J. Smith stakes. Photo: Robert Cianflone

Straight-track specialist Chautauqua hasn’t raced north of the border for almost a year, but the grey’s return to Sydney hasn’t fazed the Hawkes Racing partnership ahead of the mouth-watering TJ Smith Stakes clash at Randwick on Saturday.

Chautauqua’s last appearance in NSW was a fifth in the Scone Guineas when stretched out to 1400 metres last May, but he has since proved lethal down the Flemington straight in winning the Bobbie Lewis and Gilgai Stakes.

His only defeats since spending the majority of his time in Melbourne have come in brave efforts in the Darley Classic and the Newmarket Handicap, but the four-year-old is favourite to snare a group 1 at his third attempt against Terravista, Lankan Rupee and co.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Godolphin chase Australian Derby with Hauraki   Leave a comment

Godolphin chase Australian Derby with Hauraki

Date
March 31, 2015 – 7:10PM

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Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes.Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes. Photo: Getty Images

After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become the stable’s first Australian-bred top-level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.

It was a target that seemed unlikely a couple of runs into his preparation in Melbourne, where he struggled with the reverse way of going, but his second in the Phar Lap Stakes followed by a win in the Tulloch Stakes now has Hauraki back on track.

He is challenging for favouritism in the Australian Derby, in which he has been confidently supported, standing as equal favourite at $3.50 alongside Preferment at the TAB after Tuesday’s barrier draw.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

TJ Smith, Inglis Sires: Mick Price eyes big payday in Randwick Group 1s   Leave a comment

TJ Smith, Inglis Sires: Mick Price eyes big payday in Randwick Group 1s

Lankan Rupee is paying $6 for the T.J. Smith Stakes. Picture: George Salpigtidis

Lankan Rupee is paying $6 for the T.J. Smith Stakes. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: News Corp Australia

CAULFIELD trainer Mick Price is aiming for the biggest payday of his training career when his established champ Lankan Rupee and his potential star Ready For Victory race for a combined $2 million at Randwick on Saturday.

Price, who would pocket $200,000 if the former defended his TJ Smith Stakes title and the latter saluted in the Inglis Sires, has tackled multiple Group 1 features before but never for the riches on offer.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Betting unshaken despite favourites drawing wide in Doncaster Mile at Randwick   Leave a comment

Betting unshaken despite favourites drawing wide in Doncaster Mile at Randwick

Date
March 31, 2015 – 12:52PM
Set for the extreme outside: Hallowed Crown.Set for the extreme outside: Hallowed Crown. Photo: Anthony Johnson

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Doncaster Mile markets remained stable despite two of the favourites, Hallowed Crown and Real Impact, drawing wide gates for the 150th running of the $3 million Randwick feature on Saturday.

Japan’s George Ryder Stakes winner Real Impact drew awkwardly in gate 21, two alleys to the inside of dual group 1 winner Hallowed Crown which is set to launch from the extreme outside gate.

Fourth emergency Malavio drew barrier 24 and is considered extremely unlikely to get a run.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Joe Bowditch back in the saddle to steer Captain at Strathalbyn   Leave a comment

Joe Bowditch back in the saddle to steer Captain at Strathalbyn

Joe Bowditch in action. Photo: Tim Carrafa

Joe Bowditch in action. Photo: Tim Carrafa Source: News Corp Australia

TOP jockey Joe Bowditch makes his long-awaited return to race riding at Strathalbyn today.

Bowdwitch has spent the past five and half months sidelined with a broken leg and is coming back at an opportune time with the Lloyd Kennewell stable set to kick off the campaigns of a host of smart horses.

Bowditch returned to race simulation for the first time at last Friday’s Murray Bridge trials, partnering four horses for Kennewell including exciting three-year-old prospect Got The Nod who was impressive winning his trial.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Jervois ready for second tilt at Oakbank in 2015   Leave a comment

Jervois ready for second tilt at Oakbank in 2015

Jervois running in second last year at Oakbank. Photo: Simon Cross.

Jervois running in second last year at Oakbank. Photo: Simon Cross. Source: News Corp Australia

WARRNAMBOOL trainer Jarrod McLean and Jervois return to Oakbank this weekend in search of redemption.

Jervois produced the perfect Great Eastern Steeplechase trial when he finished runner-up behind Palmero in last year’s Von Doussa Steeple before injury cost him a start in the Monday’s 4950m feature.

“He had the perfect trial (in the Von Doussa) for the Monday but unfortunately he got a stone bruise,’’ McLean said on RSN yesterday.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

William Hill offers customers $1000 credit   Leave a comment

William Hill offers customers $1000 credit

Online betting companies are offering credit to gamblers.

Online betting companies are offering credit to gamblers. Source: Getty Images

ONLINE betting companies have been accused of exploiting vulnerable Australians by offering gamblers credit of up to $1000.

British online gaming giant William Hill, which bought Sportingbet, Centrebet and tomwaterhouse.com.au in 2013, has recently called customers to alert them to an offer of credit, which the industry calls a ‘deferred settlement facility’. News.com.auis aware of at least one instance in which a customer received a call and was told he can have access to $1000 in credit to gamble with, as long as he paid it back within the week.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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