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    • What Sandown Hillside Races Where Sandown Racecourse – 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 3171 When Wednesday, June 19, 2024 First Race 12:25pm AEST Visit Dabble The Hillside track at Sandown is the destination for racing in Victoria on Wednesday afternoon, with eight events set down for decision. A cold but clear day is forecast, meaning the track is likely to remain in the Soft 6 region. Racing will commence at 12:25pm AEST, with the rail out 8m for the entire circuit. Best Bet at Sandown: Rhapsody Chic Rhapsody Chic produced a breathtaking finish first-up in a 1200m BM64 at Seymour on May 31. The four-year-old was towards the rear of the field upon turning for home, but with some top-class sectionals late and a gun ride, the son of Sacred Falls managed to get up in the shadows of the post. He steps up to 1300m and into BM70 grade, which looks ideal second-up. Blake Shinn and barrier one are massive ticks, and with even luck, Rhapsody Chic should be winning again. Best Bet Race 8 – #12 Rhapsody Chic (1) 4yo Gelding | T: Anthony & Sam Freedman | J: Blake Shinn (58.5kg) Bet with Neds Next Best at Sandown: Star Vega It was a tough watch for those on Star Vega when he made his return from a spell at Bendigo. The four-year-old gelding did not see clear air until the final 100m, but once he did, he launched late to finish within two lengths in an eye-catching performance. The son of Lope De Vega has two wins and a second from three starts on the Hillside track, and although barrier two is a slight concern, Luke Currie is in top form and Star Vega should have no issue in finding clear air and blousing her rivals. Next Best Race 6 – #14 Star Vega (2) 4yo Gelding | T: Anthony & Sam Freedman | J: Luke Currie (60.5kg) Bet with PlayUp Best Value at Sandown: Knucklebones David Brideoake and Matt Jenkins send three-year-old filly Knucklebones back to Sandown following a couple of average efforts at Caulfield. The daughter of Savabeel tends to do her best racing when up on speed, and from barrier 11, Jamie Mott will likely have his mount bounding along out in front for her third crack at the mile. In a race that lacks tactical speed, Knucklebones can run a bold race at a nice price with horse racing betting sites. Best Value Race 4 – #1 Knucklebones (11) 3yo Filly | T: David Brideoake & Matt Jenkins | J: Jamie Mott (59kg) Bet with Picklebet Sandown Wednesday quaddie tips – 19/6/2024 Sandown quadrella selections Wednesday, June 19, 2024 1-7-9-11 1-3-8 1-4-7-8-10-12-15 12-13 | Copy this bet straight to your betslip Horse racing tips View the full article
    • What Canterbury Races Where Canterbury Park Racecourse – King Street, Canterbury NSW 2193 When Monday, June 10, 2024 First Race 12:15pm AEST Visit Dabble Metro racing returns to Canterbury Park Racecourse on Wednesday afternoon, with a competitive seven-part program set for decision. The rail is out +3m the entire circuit, and although the surface is rated a Heavy 9 at the time of acceptances, the track should be improving throughout the week thanks to sunny skies forecast on Monday and Tuesday. The first race is scheduled to get underway at 12:50pm AEST. Best Bet at Canterbury: Loco Loco looks set to peak third-up into the campaign after hitting the line well at Warwick Farm on June 5. The son of So You Think found the 1600m short of his best trip and lacking race-day fitness second-up after almost a year off the scene. He brings an element of class to this BM72, and although he needs to lug 60.5kg to victory, Loco should prove classy enough to get the job done. Best Bet Race 5 – #1 Loco (4) 4yo Gelding | T: Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) | J: Chad Schofield (60.5kg) Bet with Neds Next Best: Summer Loving Summer Loving returns after a 262-day spell and looks perfectly placed in maiden company. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained filly has gone winless across nine starts to date, with most of her runs contesting Group level competition, including a disappointing effort in the Flight Stakes (1600m) on September 30 to end the preparation. She won a trial by six lengths at Randwick on May 31 heading into this to build confidence, and with Tim Clark likely to adopt front-running tactics from stall four, Summer Loving should give followers a bold sight. Next Best Race 3 – #7 Summer Loving (4) 3yo Filly | T: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott | J: Tim Clark (55kg) Bet with PlayUp Best Value at Canterbury: Houdini Spirit Houdini Spirit makes his debut for the Gary Portelli barn on the back of an impressive piece of work at Hawkesbury on June 3. The son of Harry Angel cruised up to them with relative ease on that occasion, managing to put a three-length margin on his rivals with minimal urging. Zac Lloyd gets the appointment for race-day, and although he may have a difficult task crossing from stall nine, provided Houdini Spirit can get across without doing too much work, this guy should figure in the finish. Best Value Race 1 – #4 Houdini Spirit (9) 2yo Colt | T: Gary Portelli | J: Zac Lloyd (58kg) Bet with Dabble Canterbury quaddie tips – 19/6/2024 Canterbury quadrella selections Wednesday, June 19, 2024 1-4-5-6-10 1-2 2-4-7-8-10 1-2-4-8 | Copy this bet straight to your betslip Horse racing tips View the full article
    • Matamata trainer Paul Richards. Photo: Darryl Shearer Matamata trainer Paul Richards will head north to Pukekohe on Wednesday with just the one runner, but he is hoping that is enough to add to his season haul of six victories. Waikato Stud-bred and raced filly Rhythm ‘N’ Spice will make her debut, and takes winning trial form into the race. The daughter of Ardrossan has had four trial outings, winning her most recent trial over 950m on the Cambridge Synthetic last month. Richards was pleased with her performance but said she is more suited to grass tracks and is looking forward to her making her debut on that surface this week. “She is in good order. It is nice to have one for Waikato Stud and hopefully she can do a bit of a job,” Richards said. “Her trial was good. That is not her ideal footing, she has got an action that prefers a bit of cut in the ground, hence why she is at Pukekohe tomorrow.” Richards will go from trainer to sponsor at Oamaru’s meeting on Thursday, where the former jockey will join his son Jamie and a number of other former and present riders in sponsoring the nine-race card. “Jack McKenzie (Oamaru Jockey Club) has been on the phone looking for a bit of sponsorship, so we got involved there,” Richards said. “It was a good track to ride on, they could win from anywhere, and I rode a lot of winners there.” Richards will return to his training role this weekend, where he will line up last-start placegetter Letsbringthebling who is dual-nominated for Tauranga on Saturday and Te Aroha on Sunday. “It was a nice placing last start, and the heavy track isn’t going to concern her, she likes to get her foot in a bit. She should be competitive,” he said. Meanwhile, Richards’ eight-win gelding Seajetz finished runner-up behind Helena Baby in a hurdle trial at Cambridge last month, but he has no intentions of sending him out over fences on race day. “That was more of a training tool,” he said. “The owners don’t want to jump him, but I talked them into giving him a hurdle trial, more as a training aid than anything. You have got to mix it up a bit with him, it keeps him interested. “He won’t be seen hurdling and will probably go to Hastings in a couple of weeks.” Horse racing news View the full article
    • Eliud will line-up at Flemington on Saturday. Photo: Race Images Palmerston North Promising three-year-old Eliud is expected to relish the step up to a middle distance when he makes his Australian debut on Saturday. The Tony Pike-trained son of Almanzor earned a trip to Melbourne off the back of a brace of domestic victories and travelled over without incident last Wednesday. “He has been nominated for Mahogany Series and will run at Flemington in the three-year-old 2000m race,” Pike said. “Should he go as expected on Saturday, the final is two weeks later over 2500m.” Eliud opened his current preparation with a runner-up finish and has subsequently posted effortless victories over 1400 and 1600m. “Obviously, his maiden win was against pretty weak company at New Plymouth and then he beat a couple of pretty handy three-year-olds (Bozo and Loch Katrine) at Wanganui,” Pike said. “There’s nothing really left here for him at this point of time, so while he’s on the way up we thought we’d give him the chance at the series in Melbourne. “They do it well for those early winter horses and Blake Shinn has been booked to ride him.” Eliud was a $320,000 Karaka purchase out of breeder Valachi Downs’ draft and is a son of the Listed Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m) winner Pendleton. The Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) winner Viewed also features on his pedigree page. “He’s bred to stay all day and has been really strong at both ends of his races to be fair,” Pike said. “He’s put a good margin over them late in his races up to a mile so 2000m should suit.” Horse racing news View the full article
    • Russell Warwick Appointed Chairman of the NZTR Board Russell Warwick has been appointed by the NZTR Board as Chairman at today’s June Board meeting. Taking effect immediately, Warwick will replace current Chairman Cameron George following his announcement to step down at the end of the current racing season, 31 July. Russell Warwick brings a wealth of industry knowledge and administrative experience to the appointment. As the General Manager of Westbury Stud, Warwick’s ability to lead one of NZ’s elite breeding and racing programmes made him an excellent candidate for the NZTR Chair. “The industry has made excellent headway in recent times, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Warwick said. “I really enjoy being able to give back to the industry, and timing wise, I feel I can offer a constructive view as we look to inspire a new generation of stakeholders and encourage further growth within the business.” Warwick is quick to congratulate outgoing Chairman Cameron George on the improvements to racing during his tenure as Chairman. “Cameron George’s contribution to New Zealand Racing throughout his tenure is unmatched. He has driven growth and guided the industry into a period of change that has brought new life and excitement to the sport.” Under his leadership, George, who has served as Chair since 2020, has played a pivotal role in steering NZTR and the racing industry through various challenges and sizeable achievements over recent years.  “My journey at NZTR started with navigating a path forward for the business through COVID-19,” George said. “Over time, we have managed to rebuild the industry into the strong position it now holds, demonstrating the resilient team environment I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in over the last four years. “ “I’ve enjoyed all the challenges this role has presented me with and the changes that have be made. We have developed initiatives like the NZB Kiwi alongside NZB and Entain and I couldn’t be more excited to see that race come to life.” “With a proven track record in outstanding leadership, industry knowledge and relationships we have absolute confidence in Russell’s ability to continue with the momentum underway." Corporate Communications New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Contact: Catlyn Calder +64 27 252 2803 nztrcommunications@nztr.co.nz
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