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    • By Chief Stipe in Cessation of The Informant Publication
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      Today we have seen the only remaining truly independent racing industry publication "hang the bridle on the wall."  The Informant has ceased to publish.
      Why?
      In my opinion the blame lies firmly at the feet of the NZRB.  Over the next few days BOAY will be asking some very pertinent questions to those in charge.
      For example:
      How much is the NZRB funded Best Bets costing the industry?  Does it make a profit?  What is its circulation?  800?  Or more?  Does the Best Bets pay for its form feeds?  Was The Informant given the same deal?
      How much does the industry fund the NZ Racing Desk for its banal follow the corporate line journalism?
      Why were the "manager's at the door" when Dennis Ryan was talking to Peter Early?
      Where are the NZ TAB turnover figures?
      The Informant may be gone for the moment but the industry must continue to ask the hard questions.
       
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      • Midlantic-based rider Sheldon Russell secured the 1,500th win of his career when he captured Pimlico Race Course's $100,000 Alma North S. with 1-9 favorite Hello Beautiful (Golden Lad) Saturday. The 4-year-old filly, who is owned by Madaket Stables, Albert Frassetto, Mark Parkinson, K-Mac Stables, and Magic City Stables, is trained by Russell's wife, Brittany. “I'm just very happy that we got it out of the way, and for it to happen on Hello Beautiful,” said Russell. “She's been a great filly throughout my career, she's given me some great wins. She was mine and Brittany's first stakes winner together, so for me to reach a milestone on one of our favorite fillies, it's something I'll never forget.” Russell teamed with his agent, Marty Leonard, to give Luis Barajas, Hello Beautiful's groom, $1,500 to celebrate the milestone. He had done the same–gifting $1,000 to his mount's groom–when he notched the 1,000th win of his career in 2015. Maryland's overall leading rider in 2011, Russell has won eight career meet titles. He currently ranks second to fellow rider Charlie Marquez for Maryland's most wins in 2021. Russell and his wife have a toddler daughter and are expecting a second child later this year. The post Sheldon Russell Nabs 1,500th Win appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
      • Shedaresthedevil tackles several Southern California graded stakes-winning distaffers in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) at Del Mar Aug. 1, a "Win & You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1). View the full article
      • Godolphin homebred Maxfield, trained by Brendan Walsh, worked five furlongs from the gate July 31 under Jose Ortiz in preparation for the $1 million Whitney Stakes (G1) Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course.  View the full article
      • Pink Lloyd is among a field of six older male sprinters in the CA$150,000 Vigil Stakes (G3) over six furlongs on the main track, rematched against Souper Stonehenge, who beat him in the Jacques Cartier Stakes (G3) in June. View the full article
      • An emotional Charlie Hills was close to tears as he paid tribute to Battaash—one of the top-performing geldings ever trained on the flat in Britain—as his horse of a lifetime. View the full article
      • A pair of undefeated fillies lead the way in a 10-horse, wide-open renewal of the Woodbine Oaks Sunday. Brent and Russell McLellan and Gerry Olguin's Lorena (Souper Speedy) is three-for-three and was most recently a front-running 3/4-length winner of the seven-furlong Fury S. July 10. The dark bay filly, 2-1 on the morning line, will be trying a route for the first time in Sunday's nine-furlong Oaks. “She's just done everything so well,” trainer Stuart Simon said of the filly. “She keeps taking steps forward. I'm not concerned about the distance. I'm a little concerned about running back in three weeks. It's a cramped schedule, but there's also only one chance to win the Oaks.” Also three-for-three is Kevin Drew's Jilli Marie (Dynamic Sky), who won the South Ocean S. at Woodbine last November. She just got her nose in front on the wire while making her return in a 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer last time out July 2. The bay filly is 8-1 on the morning line. “She's a really gritty filly,” said trainer Katerina Vassilieva. “She has a lot of heart. She's such a small horse in stature, but she has a ton of heart. She tries so hard in all of her races. She's fearless, she's patient–she has all the right qualities of a really good racehorse.” Breeze Easy's Curlin's Catch (Curlin), a 3-1 shot on the morning line, was a late-closing third in the Fury S. and would seem to be ideally suited to the Oaks' nine-furlong distance. The bay filly won the Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs in February before fifth-place efforts against top company south of the border in the Feb. 27 GII Davona Dale S. and Apr. 3 GI Ashland S. The post Competitive Field of 10 in Woodbine Oaks appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
      • What Sunshine Coast Races Where Carbould Park – 170 Pierce Ave, Caloundra QLD 4551 When Sunday, August 1, 2021 First Race 12:32pm AEST Watch Live Streaming Live at Sportsbet HorseBetting’s Queensland form analyst brings you his best bets and quaddie numbers from the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, August 1, on what is the first day of the 2021/22 racing season. A nice eight-race card has been put together, with the first of those set to jump at 12:32pm AEST. The track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 8m for the entire course. Sunshine Coast Best Bet – Sacca Nat McCall and James Orman combine in the opener with Sacca, a three-year-old gelding by Capitalist. This gelding has had five starts for one win and two minor placings, but arguably should have won last time out at Ipswich when luckless in the straight. His run before that at this track was solid in a much tougher race behind Miss Hipstar and now gets his chance to win again over 1200m on his home track. The son of Capitalist clearly has the best form coming into this race, and given he has drawn the inside alley, he should get every chance of winning at start six. Best BetRace 1 – Sacca (#2) $1.65 with Ladbrokes Next Best Bet Of The Day – Highland Son Highland Son looked to be pretty promising early in his career, winning his first and third start at this track 12 months ago. The Stuart Kendrick-trained gelding has been out of the winner’s stall for a little while now, but his promising first-up run behind Belle’s Pluck should see him ready to win again second-up. Jaden Lloyd will do the steering from barrier two and will also take a convenient 1.5kg off the gelding’s back which will see him very competitive. Highland Son is yet to miss the placings in five starts at the Sunshine Coast and is always competitive at the 1000m, with two wins and two placings from four starts. With a good ride, he can win. Next BestRace 6 – Highland Son (#9) $3.80 with Bet365 Next Best Again – Charlie Sphene Paul Butterworth’s stable has been going very good of late, with eight of their past 50 starters winning, and two from his past two. Charlie Sphene was a dominant winner at the Gold Coast five starts ago and then an even more impressive winner at Ballina two back, winning by 4.5 lengths in all the way fashion. The son of Falvelon then went to town last time out and finished last behind Eloquently and Miami Fleiss which is not bad form at all for this 0-62 Handicap on a Sunday. Madeleine Wishart will take her mount forward from the outside alley, and given that the gelding is very fit, he could prove hard to catch. Next Best AgainRace 7 – Charlie Sphene (#1) $3.10 with Ladbrokes Sunshine Coast quaddie numbers – August 1st, 2021 Sunshine Coast quadrella selections Leg 1: 4-8-9-10 Leg 2: 1-3-8-9 Leg 3: 1-2-4-5 Leg 4: 3-4-5-7-8 Investment: $320 for 100% See more horse racing tips The post Sunshine Coast betting tips & quaddie picks | Sunday, 01/08/21 appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
      • What Sandown Lakeside Races Where Sandown Racecourse – 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 3171 When Sunday, August 1, 2021 First Race 11:45am AEST Watch Live Streaming Live at Sportsbet A bumper nine-part card is scheduled for the Lakeside track at Sandown on Sunday afternoon and horsebetting.com.au’s Victorian form expert presents his best bets, quaddie selections and odds from Australia’s leading bookmakers. The track is rated a Good 4, with the rail returning to the true position for the meeting getting underway at 11:45am AEST. Sandown Best Bet: Mr Brightside We were with the Ben and JD Hayes-trained Mr Brightside when he broke his maiden at Geelong and that victory showed plenty of upside for this son of Bullbars. Having settled just off the leaders in that win on July 16, he managed to take over with 200m to go and kicked clear to win by five lengths in a win that showed he is worth following. Craig Williams retains the ride which is a bonus for his first run in town and from barrier eight, we anticipate Willow will look to settle just outside the leader’s girth. If he is afforded early luck and does not get trapped three wide, there is no reason why he cannot continue his winning ways here at Sandown. Best BetRace 7 – Mr Brightside (#10) $3.20 with Sportsbet Next Best at Sandown: Bronzba Having its first start for Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr, the son of Complacent, Bronzba looks hard to beat in the third leg of the quaddie. His win on debut in New Zealand racing must be seen to be believed, where he missed the jump by three lengths, settled last and stormed home at a double figure price to suggest he may be a horse to follow on Australian debut. He gets Jamie Kah on board for his first start here and as long as he shows better manners from barrier one there is no reason he cannot feature in the finish here and remain unbeaten from two starts. Next BestRace 8 – Bronzba (#15) $3.50 with Sportsbet Sandown Value Bet: Elteecee Ben and JD Hayes send Elteecee to Sandown following an impressive first two runs back from a spell and will be looking to make it two wins from three starts this campaign. First up, the son of Pierro was a smart winner when leading all-the-way, before a close second at Geelong has seen him enter this BM64 in strong enough form. From barrier, five under regular jockey Patrick Moloney, we anticipate the pair will lead this field and in a race bereft of early speed, he should get his own way out in front and ultimately prove too hard to run down over 1200m. Best ValueRace 2 – Elteecee (#5) $7.50 with Ladbrokes Sandown Lakeside quaddie numbers Sandown quadrella selections Leg 1: 2-6-8-15-16 Leg 2: 2-5-10 Leg 3: 2-3-4-15 Leg 4: 2-10-11-16 Investment: $240 for 100% See more horse racing tips The post Sandown Lakeside betting tips & odds | Sunday, August 1 appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
      • CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD NEWSLETTER The post NZ Racing and Breeding News – 01 August 2021 appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
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