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    • By Chief Stipe in Cessation of The Informant Publication
      Today we have seen the only remaining truly independent racing industry publication "hang the bridle on the wall."  The Informant has ceased to publish.
      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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      • The 20th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing came to a close Nov. 23 with a healthy outlook on the 123-day season. View the full article
      • Woodbine's leading rider, Kazushi Kimura, plans to ride this winter at Santa Anita Park, according to a report in Daily Racing Form. View the full article
      • In addition to two Eclipse Awards, Ouija Board was named 2004 European Champion 3-year-old filly, European Horse of the Year in 2004 and 2006, and 2006 European Champion Older Horse. View the full article
      • This week is Fieldays week. Date changed this year. To illustrate your point I doubt NZTR know how to leverage the thoroughbred industry around the event. There are numerous ways e.g. grabbing some of the exhibitors for sponsorship and free space at major meetings.
      • Aidan O’Brien (right) at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races.Aidan O’Brien is no stranger to world record-breaking achievements at the very highest level so when he targets a 2022 Hong Kong International Races event with three super horses, rival claimants will inevitably beware. More so perhaps because O’Brien has captured the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) three times in the past seven years, plus the Irishman’s extraordinary international Group 1 tally was enhanced three times further at Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup meeting earlier this month. No doubt tactical strategies for the 2400m Sha Tin encounter on December 11 are already being hatched for Stone Age, Broome and Bolshoi Ballet, all of whom history suggest have versatile styles of racing. Two of O’Brien’s previous Vase winners were three-year-olds – Highland Reel (2015) and Mogul (2020) – with both involved in some tough global encounters before they arrived in Sha Tin for the end-of-year spectacular. Like them, Stone Age competes as a three-year-old colt sired by Galileo. Like them also, he gives the impression he thrives late in the year following probably a career-best run when second in the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf (2400m) at Keeneland on November 5. O’Brien clearly applauds Stone Age’s strong constitution describing him as: “A lovely big hardy horse, and certainly not a wimp!” Advocates of Broome will hope he can repeat what was one of the most memorable races of Royal Ascot’s June extravaganza. That day Ryan Moore not only got him out of the gates quicker than the six-year-old sometimes agrees to, he then rapidly steered him out very wide of his rivals. Up Ascot’s demanding straight Broome then responded with admirable tenacity to win the G2 Hardwicke Stakes (2392m). On paper Bolshoi Ballet looks the most vulnerable of the O’Brien Vase team, so far not having replicated – including when leading before fading in the 2021 Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) – the stylish acceleration he had displayed on occasions last year including when swooping fast and late to land a major US prize, the Group 1 Belmont Derby (2000m). A setback earlier this year kept this 2021 Epsom Derby hot favourite off the track for 335 days but the fact that this four times winning colt has had this target on his agenda for some months is noteworthy, given the remarkable record of the Ballydoyle stable. The two French-trained candidates also come from stables that know what it takes to win the Vase. Andre Fabre has won it twice and this year the 31-times French champion trainer sends Botanik in the direction of Sha Tin while Chantilly neighbour Mikel Delzangles – whose Dunaden surged past rivals late on to win in 2011 – runs dual Group 2 winner Bubble Gift, who has joint second top international rating of 116 behind Broome on 118. Botanik has won seven of his 13 starts, the career highlight coming when he triumphed in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville (2500m) in August. Regular rider Mickael Barzalona says: “He’s got plenty of class, and he has lots of courage also. He looks the right type of horse for a big overseas prize like the Hong Kong Vase.” The other European raider is the German-trained Mendocino – winner of the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden (2400m) in September. He comes from the upwardly mobile Munich stable of Sarah Steinberg and will be ridden by her partner Rene Piechulek, who won the 2021 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe aboard Torquator Tasso. More Hong Kong horse racing news View the full article
      • What Wangaratta Races Where Wangaratta Racecourse – Racecourse Rd, Wangaratta VIC 3677 When Thursday, December 1, 2022 First Race 1pm AEDT Visit Ladbrokes We head to Wangaratta Racecourse on Thursday for a very competitive nine-race program. The track is currently rated a Soft 5, but with good weather on the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, we expect to be on a Good track. The rail will be in the true position for the entire circuit, with racing set to kick off at 1pm AEDT. Best Bet: Joseylin Our best bet of the day will be the Ben & JD Hayes-trained Joseylin, who will be looking for her first win of the preparation and her fourth win of her career. This four-year-old mare will be having her fifth start for the campaign and she will be taking on the easiest opposition that she has faced in sometime, so Thursday should be the day that we see her get back to the winners circle. This daughter of Pride Of Dubai has recorded two of her three victories at 1000m. At her last start over 1000m this girl finished 1.5 lengths behind Direct at Mornington on September 24 and since that meeting Direct has gone onto win two very nice races in town. If this mare brings that form from Mornington to Wangaratta on Thursday over 1000m, she should be beating this field. Best Bet Race 8 – #3 Joseylin (9) 4yo Mare | T: Ben & JD Hayes | J: Jake Noonan (60kg) $3.20 with Bet365 Next Best Bet: Daniher In the fifth race of the day, we will siding with the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Daniher as he will be looking to break his maiden at career start number four at his third start this preparation. This son of Fighting Sun was brave in defeat last start at Geelong, when he ran fifth by 3.75 lengths making up a stack of ground in the home straight after being held up rounding the home corner. After having two runs back from a spell over 1200m and 1425m, this guy should be ready for the step up to 1590m on Thursday. From barrier 15, Damien Thornton will have to drop to the back of the field and look to run on, but that shouldn’t worry this gelding as he has settled in the back half of the field at all three of his careers starts. With even luck in running, we should see this guy break his maiden status on Thursday. Next Best Race 5 – #5 Daniher (15) 3yo Gelding | T: Anthony & Sam Freedman | J: Damien Thornton (58kg) $6.50 with Betfair Best Value Bet: Come On Eileen Our best value bet of the day will come up in the first leg of the quaddie, where the Matt Cumani-trained Come On Eileen looks to be hard to beat. This daughter of Headwater will be dropping back from Class 3, $175,000 race at Cranbourne to a Benchmark 64, $37,500 race at Wangaratta on Thursday. First-up this preparation she won by a nose at Ballarat in a Benchmark 64 over 1400m, before going to Cranbourne and recording a last start 10th of 10 by 11 lengths. Rising to 1590m and coming back down in grade seems to be the perfect recipe for this girl and if she can find the lead uncontested, she will give a great sight out in front at $8 with online bookmakers. Best Value Race 6 – #4 Come On Eileen (10) 5yo Mare | T: Matt Cumani | J: Thomas Stockdale (58.5kg) $8 with Neds Thursday quaddie tips for Wangaratta Wangaratta quadrella selections Thursday, December 1, 2022 2-4-5-8 2-3-8-10 3-5 1-2-3-9 Investment: $128 for 100% More horse racing tips View the full article
      • Horse Racing on Wednesday, November 30 will feature six meetings in Australia. Our racing analysts here at horsebetting.com.au have found you the top bets and the quaddie numbers for the meetings at Geelong, Gosford & Happy Valley (HK). Wednesday Racing Tips – November 30, 2022 Geelong Racing Tips Gosford Racing Tips Happy Valley Racing Tips As always there a plenty of promotions available for Australian racing fans, check out all the top online bookmakers to see what daily promotions they have. If you are looking for a new bookmaker for the horse racing taking place on November 30, 2022 check out our guide to the best online racing betting sites. View the full article
      • A barn at Churchill Downs stabling 13 horses was quarantined Nov. 29 after an unidentified horse became sick there, and later, while the horse was being treated at an equine medical clinic, testing determined it has the contagious equine herpesvirus. View the full article

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