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    • Thank you for this important information, maybe there is a kiwi dialect I don't understand?????  Nothing wrong with being an ex horseman. Had a lot of fun and went a LOT of places in younger days.  Yes I am clueless as to your attitude, sorry about that, your attitude towards Champions of this great sport needs some work. Before Natalie joined ALLSTARS she was here in Queensland, and won Miracles Mile and 4 (yes that is four) Interdominions with BLACKS A FAKE , as well as Vic Cup I think, with performances that DEFY LOGIC as you say. so nothing new. Always a Champion. What would the amazing Blossom done differently that wasn"t a woeful drive in the Ballarat Cup ????? Looped the field ?, outstay Greg Hopes horse?   power away to victory ??
    • it is what it is. so much has changed from when you were in your prime and jack smo was trifecta'ing the easter cup. they are not queuing up to run in the young guns this year either. whats that about, is it simply a flow on from diminishing foal crops ? some clubs had a feature 2yo race and these were spread out through the season with the major 2yo race in june. Now we have a bit of a bottleneck of feature races in may/june morrinsville, waimate, timaru, to name a few it is sad how the calendar is a shadow of its former self  
    • Mr Malek scoots clear for an easy win first-up. Photo: Singapore Turf Club Two races after a fairly cruisy win on Inherit, jockey Vlad Duric again didn’t have to dig too deep into his bag of tricks to steer odds-on favourite Mr Malek (NZ) (Swiss Ace) home in the $75,000 Windfall Stakes, a Novice race over 1200m. Once in the box-seat, the $9 shot, who was first-up since his last-start win at his second start in August, needed no second invitation when the leader Red Roar (So Secret) rolled off under pressure upon cornering. Mr Malek ghosted through, and immediately put in the big bounds without Duric having to resort to the persuader much, effortlessly skipping clear to an unassailable lead before easing down to a 1 ¾-length margin from the first of the beaten brigade, Buuraq (NZ) (Sweet Orange). Afalonhro (Lonhro) let down late to snatch third place from The Wild Bunch (NZ) (Swiss Ace) by a short head. The winning time was 1min 9.51secs for the 1200m on the Long Course. Mr Malek’s run had actually come under an injury cloud since Friday when he was found to be lame in the left fore. It turned out to be a shoeing issue which was promptly fixed by the Club farriers, with the Swiss Ace three-year-old given the all clear on Sunday morning. Duric jokingly said he would not have had a hint of such pre-race concerns just going with the way Mr Malek carved up his rivals for that second win in three starts for the Oscar Racing Stable. “I wouldn’t have known of those (injury issues) if you hadn’t told me,” he said to Singapore Turf Club racing presenter Nicholas Child when prompted for a post-race reaction. “He felt great to me. (Trainer) Lee (Freedman) has always had huge wraps on this horse and even though he was not 100%, he did it easily.” The Australian handler was not on hand, but it is well-known that Mr Malek will be one of the main contenders to the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge this year. Mr Malek’s earnings have already crept past the $85,000 mark for the Oscar Racing Stable, with no doubt more to come in his future endeavours. The post Mr Malek resumes with a bang appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
    • Consistent three-year-old Harlech has been sent for a small break after his fourth-placing in the Karaka Million 3YO (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday. It was the first time the consistent colt finished outside the top three this season, having won the Gr.2 Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) and placed in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m), and Listed Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m). Michael Moroney, who trains the colt in partnership with Pam Gerard, said Harlech’s lengthy campaign began to show in Saturday’s contest. “I thought he just raced a little bit tired, even though he didn’t get a lot of luck in the running. “He got a bit further back from the draw (5). He was following the two that beat him, they got a run through and he had to come out and got shoved off the track. “From halfway down the straight to the winning post he lacked a little bit of zip that he normally has. “He did pull up looking pretty tired, so he has gone to the paddock briefly and we will work out if we can get him back in time for Sydney or whether we wait until Queensland. “The Rosehill Guineas (Gr.1, 2000m) is the right race, but whether we can get there is the question.” Moroney alluded that Harlech has run his last race in New Zealand for the foreseeable future, however, he hasn’t ruled out a lead-in run in his homeland ahead of his autumn campaign. “I would think so (last race in New Zealand). Having said that, we haven’t made a decision yet, he may be seen here in New Zealand and even have a run before he goes to Australia,” he said. “The latter part of his thee-year-old season was always planned to be in Australia.” On the same card, fellow stable runner Pinmedown tailed the field home in the Karaka Cup (2200m), but Moroney said the daughter of Pins had her excuses. “She just didn’t have any luck at all. In those small fields you always need luck in the running, she just happened to get the worst run back on the fence and got dictated to,” he said. “She is one that is better when she gets clear air. Whether she is going quite as good as she was in her two previous starts is questionable, but as long as she pulls up fine we will have a go at the Avondale Cup (Gr.2, 2400m) with her and take it from there.” Meanwhile, Moroney said On The Rocks is on track to try and defend his crown in the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8 after his last start unplaced run in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m). “He didn’t see daylight at all in the Thorndon, he just got held up. Even though he is a little bloke, he is a big striding horse and does need to get flowing a bit and couldn’t. “We are on target for the weight-for-age he won last year, it would be nice to win it again.” Moroney said his team have taken a patient approach with On The Rocks after he took a while to recover from his gelding operation. “He had a bit of a setback. We gelded him and that knocked him around a little bit being an older horse. We have given him the time to get over it, hence why he’s racing a little later in the season. He’s on fresh legs.” The post Australian campaign looms for Harlech appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
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