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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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      • What Murray Bridge Races Where Murray Bridge Racing Club – 342 Brinkley Rd, Murray Bridge South SA 5253 When Saturday, July 2, 2022 First Race 10:58am ACST Visit Ladbrokes Racing returns to the Murray Bridge Racing Club on Saturday afternoon for a bumper 10-race card. With plenty of rain around the area, we are set to be racing on a Soft 6, whilst the rail sticks to the true position, meaning if you can handle the conditions on the weekend, you will get your chance if good enough. The day of racing gets underway at 10:58am ACST. Best Bet at Murray Bridge: Karacasu Having gone down by two lengths to the progressive Passive Aggressive in the A.R. Creswick Stakes last time out, Karacasu looks a class above his rivals in this 3YO Plate. There may be no prizes for tipping $1.75 shots, but this three-year-old gelding has been placed twice at Group 3 level and has always been touted as a sprinter with above-average ability. With plenty of speed accepted in this, Jake Toeroek will have this bloke settled in the second half of the field. However, armed with a strong turn of foot and a bit of class on his side, Karacasu should be giving his rivals windburn in this. Moral. Best Bet Race 6 – #1 Karacasu (4) 3yo Gelding | T: Richard & Chantelle Jolly | J: Jake Toeroek (58.5kg) $1.75 with Unibet Next Best at Murray Bridge: Set To Prophet Considering he won with plenty in hand at Donald last time out, the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Set To Prophet looks well placed in this BM68 affair. The Extreme Choice gelding managed to stalk the speed throughout on that day and quickly pounced on the lead early in the home straight. Despite being left in front a long way out, the chestnut had a fair bit on his rivals at Donald, and we anticipate something similar on Saturday. From barrier eight, look for the in-form Todd Pannell to have this bloke settled in second half of the field, just like the horse did at Pakenham when winning three starts back. A drying track will help his chances, but winning on a Soft 5 at Donald showed he should handle these conditions. Set To Prophet’s turn of foot is the best in the race, so we are more than happy to load into the $4.40 available with online betting sites. Next Best Race 9 – #10 Set To Prophet (8) 3yo Gelding | T: Anthony & Sam Freedman | J: Kayla Crowther (58.5kg) $4.40 with Neds Best Value at Murray Bridge: Canidae The John Hickmott & Carrina Riggs-trained Canidae has been racing in fine form this campaign and looks ready to break through for a ninth win at start 74. The veteran has one win this preparation to go alongside five minor placings, suggesting he will go close in a race like this. Despite holding a 14: 0-2-3 record at Murray Bridge, the six-year-old gelding produced a barnstorming finish when finishing third here on June 18, beaten a neck in the end. If we get any more rain in the lead up to Saturday, it should suit this guy perfectly. Canidae showed a strong turn of foot last time out, so the $10 with PlayUp looks a great price. Best Value Race 4 – #7 Canidae (4) 6yo Gelding | T: John Hickmott & Carrina Riggs | J: Jeffrey Maund (58kg) $10 with PlayUp Saturday quaddie tips for Murray Bridge Murray Bridge quadrella selections Saturday, July 2, 2022 2-9-10-12 1-3-5-11 7-10 6-7-12-13 Investment: $128 for 100% More horse racing tips View the full article
      • What Caloundra Cup Day 2022 Where Sunshine Coast Turf Club – 170 Pierce Ave, Caloundra QLD 4551 When Saturday, July 2, 2022 First Race 12:53pm AEST Visit Ladbrokes The Queensland Winter Carnival starts to creep its way north this weekend with feature racing set to be run and won at Corbould Park on the Sunshine Coast. The Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m), Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) and Group 3 Winx Guineas (1600m) headline the nine-race program, for which HorseBetting’s Queensland racing expert has come up with some best bets and quaddie numbers. The track is rated a Good 4 on Thursday, but rain is forecast across the rest of the week, so we are expecting a downgrade before the running of the first race at 12:53pm AEST. The rail is in the true position for the entire course. Caloundra Cup Best Bet – Alakahan Alakahan hasn’t won since last year’s Gold Coast Cup (2400m), but we are hoping that the Richard & Will Freedman-trained gelding can add a Caloundra Cup to his CV on Saturday. The six-year-old son of Motivator was a bit luckless in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on June 4, finishing third behind subsequent Brisbane Cup winner Irish Sequel. The gelding has had a tick-over trial in between that run and this, so we don’t expect him to have lost any condition despite the month between runs. From barrier five, Larry Cassidy will have the horse in a nice spot, just forward of midfield, and he should be able to get out with plenty of time to run the leaders down. He is yet to miss the place in four soft-track runs too, so if the rain does come, a rain-affected surface won’t worry him. Caloundra Cup Best Bet Race 6 – #9 Alakahan (5) 6yo Gelding | T: Richard & Will Freedman | J: Larry Cassidy (54kg) $7.50 with Ladbrokes Winx Guineas Best Bet – Battleton It certainly is not the strongest Winx Guineas this year, but there looks a standout on paper. Battleton has been good without winning this prep, finishing in the minor placings in all three runs behind the likes of Coal Crusher, Vilana and Kiss Sum. His most recent run in the Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm over the mile was very good, and that form looks to be clearly superior to the form of his rivals. From gate four, Nash Rawiller will lob in a beautiful spot aboard the Bjorn Baker-trained three-year-old, giving him every chance to show his class. The son of Zoustar has only been out of the placings once in seven starts, and that was a fifth to Home Affairs in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in the spring, so he is certainly the class horse in this race and we expect him to run accordingly. Winx Guineas Best Bet Race 7 – #2 Battleton (4) 3yo Gelding | T: Bjorn Baker | J: Nash Rawiller (57kg) $2.50 with Bet365 Glasshouse Handicap Best Bet – Tumbler Ridge The double-figure odds seem overs for the Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted-trained Tumbler Ridge. The four-year-old entire comes into the Glasshouse Handicap second-up, following a midfield effort in the Hinkler Handicap on Stradbroke Handicap Day behind Ranges, who has since placed at Group 3 level. The son of Spill The Beans has a win and a second from four second-up runs, while top apprentice Jaden Lloyd has ridden him twice for a victory. On Saturday, Tumbler Ridge steps out to a suitable 1400m, while he also drops 2kg to 54kg. He will get the right run from the six alley, and he will appreciate some sting out of the track, after running on a hard Eagle Farm surface when fresh. This is a nice race for this horse. Glasshouse Handicap Best Bet Race 8 – #12 Tumbler Ridge (6) 4yo Horse | T: Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted | J: Jaden Lloyd (54kg) $17 with Neds Best Bet at the Sunshine Coast – Lime Soda Lime Soda is a new addition to the Mark Currie stable, and she has hit the ground running with a win coming just seven days ago at the Gold Coast. The three-year-old filly resumed with a third at Doomben behind the classy Fetch, before heading to the provincial circuit on June 25 where she won comfortably over 1100m in good time too. The daughter of Spirit Of Boom is now on the quick back-up, and while this is a tough race, this filly is a classy conveyance who can rise to the occasion under Queensland’s leading apprentice, Kyle Wilson-Taylor. Best Bet Race 4 – #12 Lime Soda (11) 3yo Filly | T: Mark Currie | J: Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a1.5)(54kg) $5.50 with PlayUp Next Best at the Sunshine Coast – Red Rubi The O’Dea & Hoysted stable have a good team of runners at the Sunshine Coast, and Red Rubi is one of the best chances in our view. The four-year-old mare is unbeaten this preparation, winning well here first-up, before blowing her rivals away at Doomben second-up on June 8, defeating Princess Bojack and Zumikon – two subsequent metropolitan winners. Boris Thornton knows this Rubick filly well, having ridden her three times for two wins and a third – and a luckless one at that. From barrier three, Thornton will have this galloper cuddled up nice and early, before allowing her to hit top gear in the final furlong, which should see her sprint away from her rivals. This is the right race for Red Rubi. Next Best Race 2 – #11 Red Rubi (3) 4yo Mare | T: Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted | J: Boris Thornton (55.5kg) $3.50 with Palmerbet Best Value at the Sunshine Coast – Excelman There is a bit against Excelman in the last race on Saturday – barrier 20 and 60kg being the two main concerns – but the good outweighs the bad in our books. The grey five-year-old has an excellent first-up record, winning two of five, including the Greys Benchmark 90 on Melbourne Cup Day, so we do expect him to be competitive on Saturday in this. The Richard Laming-trained gelding will have to go forward from the wide barrier under local hoop Tegan Harrison, but if he can get across at his own leisure without doing too much work, he could give this a shake. Back to Benchmark 78 grade is a big drop in grade, given he was beaten only five lengths in Group 3 company at Caulfield in November. The son of Reliable Man trialled well at the Gold Coast, splitting classy sprinters Hard Empire and Bottega, so we expect him to be right up to the mark on Saturday in this. Each way. Best Value Race 9 – #4 Excelman (20) 5yo Gelding | T: Richard Laming | J: Tegan Harrison (60kg) $13 with Unibet Saturday quaddie picks for Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast quadrella selections Sunday, July 2, 2022 2-4-9 1-2-10 2-3-4-7-12-15 2-3-4-14 Investment: $216 for 100% More horse racing tips View the full article
      • In just his third race since last year's Highlander—all this year—Silent Poet is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Jacques Cartier Stakes (G3) on Woodbine's all-weather track. View the full article
      • Bo Hirsch's Ce Ce is scheduled to ship from Santa Anita Park to Gulfstream Park June 29 for a planned title defense in Saturday's $300,000 Princess Rooney Invitational Stakes (G2). View the full article
      • The top three finishers from the La Troienne Stakes (G1) will face each other again July 2 in the $350,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2) going 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs. View the full article
      • I hate winter sports,  cold mornings at  rugby fields and netball courts.  But it is good to watch my grandkids enjoy their sport. Mr10 is showing great scrumaging skills. Anybody else go to Saturday sports.    Hj
      • In theory, comeback races are supposed to be relative easy tests to prepare for bigger races on the horizon. That's not the case with WinStar Farm and China Horse Club's Life Is Good. View the full article
      • The Indiana Thoroughbred Alliance presents an educational seminar July 16 to present what barn owners need to do to be better prepared for fires. View the full article
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