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    • Queensland’s richest race, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, headlined the massive day of feature racing at Eagle Farm last Saturday, while Sandown and Rosehill held strong support cards during the winter months. In this week’s edition of The Follow Files, you will find three runners that are worth following after producing new career peaks in their respective races. You can add these horses to your blackbook with your chosen bookmakers so that you don’t miss out when they race again. Eagle Farm Track rating: Good 4 Rail position: +4.5m entire circuit Race 9: Group 2 Q22 (2200m) | Time: 2:14.41 Horse to follow: Fawkner Park (1st) Following his third-place finish in the Group 1 Doomben Cup two starts back, Annabel Neasham entered Fawkner Park in the Group 2 Q22 last Saturday, and the son of Zoffany recorded a dominant 3.87-length victory. The lightly raced five-year-old gelding was met with a lot of support once fields were released, and he fully saluted for his followers in the final race of the Eagle Farm meeting. Tyler Schiller rode this talented stayer perfectly to make sure he was in clear air before straightening for home, and once he let down, Fawkner Park blew his rivals away with a devastating turn of foot. When to bet: Post-race Neasham confirmed that the Group 1 Caulfield Cup looks to be an ideal race for Fawkner Park, and he would go out for a spell before being set for a massive spring campaign. Online bookmakers shortened the Q22 winner into a $17 equal favourite for the Caulfield Cup, and he looks to be a good bet for futures players. Sandown Track rating: Soft 6 Rail position: +5m entire circuit Race 1: 2YO Handicap (1000m) | Time: 0:58.01 Horse to follow: Clean Reef (2nd) Ben, Will & JD Hayes sent Clean Reef to Sandown last Saturday for his raceday debut and the two-year-old filly would have impressed her connections as she ran home nicely from the back of the field to finish in third place over 1000m. The daughter of Lope De Vega jumped awkwardly from the barriers and was still second last with 400m to go, but when Jye McNeil asked for the ultimate effort, she let down with a strong finish, recording the equal-fastest last 800m (44.40s) and 600m (33.92s) sections of the entire meeting. When to bet: With a solid debut run under her belt, it is expected that the Hayes team will step Clean Reef out over 1100m or 1200m second-up, and if she finds a similar race on a big track, she will get every chance to break her maiden early on in her career. Rosehill Track rating: Heavy 9 Rail position: +6m entire circuit Race 3: Class 3 Handicap (1400m) | Time: 1:27.39 Horse to follow: Know Thyself (1st) Know Thyself tasted defeat for the first time two starts back, and he entered last Saturday’s race at Rosehill as an odds-on favourite for the Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich stable, and he never looked to be in any trouble over the 1400m in heavy conditions. The son of The Autumn Sun settled in the box seat before running up the inside rail to run straight past the leaders and run away from them to record a massive 5.32-length victory. When to bet: It is expected that Messara & Gavranich will take this talented galloper through his grades during the winter months. Know Thyself has shown he can handle all conditions, so wherever he goes next, we will be backing him. Top horse racing sites for blackbook features Horse racing tips View the full article
    • Tuesday’s Group One Queen Anne Stakes (1,600m) kicks off five days of action-packed racingView the full article
    • Damien Oliver, along with fellow champion jockey Glen Boss, will light up the 2024 Darwin Cup Carnival when he attends the Let’s Talk Racing Luncheon on August 1. (Morgan Hancock/Racing Photos) Former champion jockeys Glen Boss and Damien Oliver, both inductees in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, are bound for the 2024 Darwin Cup Carnival. Boss and Oliver will be special guests at the Let’s Talk Racing Luncheon at Fannie Bay’s Schweppes Pavilion on Thursday, August 1, leading into Palmerston Sprint Day on August 3. It’s a coup for the Darwin Turf Club, as Boss and Oliver have certainly left their mark on the racing landscape. Boss, who retired in November 2021, won three straight Melbourne Cups aboard Makybe Diva (2003-2005). He won 90 Group 1 races and finished with 2407 career wins. Oliver, who retired last December after famously winning the Damien Oliver Gold Rush at Ascot on Munhamek, won Australia’s biggest race aboard Doriemus (1995), Media Puzzle (2002) and Fiorente (2013). He won 129 Group 1 races — an Australian record — and farewelled racing with 3189 wins. The highly anticipated luncheon, which is one of the big off-track events during the Darwin Cup Carnival, always attracts a bumper crowd. Attendees this year will have the opportunity to hear Boss and Oliver talk about their illustrious careers in the saddle. Their unique experiences and perspectives are sure to make this an unforgettable luncheon for racing enthusiasts and guests alike. Darwin Turf Club chief executive Grant Dewsbury has expressed his excitement about the event. “The Let’s Talk Racing Luncheon is always a highlight of the carnival, and with Glen Boss and Damien Oliver attending this year, it promises to be a truly exceptional event,” he said. “Their stories and insights will undoubtedly captivate our audience, making this a must-attend event for anyone passionate about racing. “Tickets have been snapped up quickly, with both locals and interstate visitors eager to reserve their spots. “I urge anyone interested to go online or call the office to secure their tickets before it’s too late.” Following the luncheon, the 2024 Magic Millions Darwin Tried Horse Sale will be held in the mounting yard at Fannie Bay, with the next generation of potential Top End stars going under the hammer. Horse racing news View the full article
    • Luncies was a dominant winner of the 2023 Group 3 Tattersalls Cup at Eagle Farm. Photo: Darren Winningham Kris Lees had a hunch that waiting for this Saturday’s Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) would be the right move for Luncies. His decision was confirmed after considering the Group 2 Q22 (2200m). Forgoing a shot at the $1.2 million event keeps Luncies fresh for the $250,000 at Ipswich. Luncies has placed fifth in his two starts this campaign, most recently in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1800m). Lees is confident the horse is ready to peak in his next two starts. “He seems in good order. We considered today, but I thought dropping him back a peg might be beneficial,” Lees said from Eagle Farm on Saturday. “I think he’d have run well today, but next week is probably the softer of the two. “He’ll probably go from there to Caloundra. This looks a nice progression for him.” The $300,000 Caloundra Cup (Listed, 2400m) will be run at the Sunshine Coast on July 6. Horse racing news View the full article
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