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  1. By Adam Hamilton The Kiwis launch their Sydney assault from Saturday night. High-class pacers B D Joe, Alta Wiseguy and Republican Party all step-out at Menangle on Saturday night. It’s an important race for Republican Party in the Group 3 Hondo Grattan, a qualifier for the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire on February 18. “He arrived across last weekend and has settled into Menangle well,” co-trainer Chrissie Dalgety said. “He’s ready to go and the plan is for Carter (Dalgety) to drive him this week with Blair (Orange) down in Melbourne for the Hunter Cup.” Importantly, Republican Party is drawn
  2. By Adam Hamilton There was a sigh of relief when Josh Dickie saw the final field for the Hunter Cup at Melton this Saturday night. Dickie’s charge Old Town Road made the cut, but probably only just. The inclusion of Expensive Ego, Rock N Roll Doo and Hurricane Harley into the final 12 caused quite some angst among those on the fringe and ultimately forced out pacers like former Kiwi Cranbourne (first emergency), the unlucky Petes Said So and outstanding four-year-old Catch A Wave. Team McCarthy changed heart late last week and decided to send Expensive Ego south rather than stick to an ori
  3. After two near-misses, Kozzi Asano is delighted to have broken through for his first victory at racing’s highest level. Asano guided He’s A Doozy to a fighting victory in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday, taking control at the top of the straight and holding off a renewed challenge from outstanding three-year-old Sharp ‘N’ Smart. The former champion apprentice had won 11 black-type races prior to the Thorndon Mile but a Group One victory was proving elusive. He guided Babylon Berlin to her career-best results in January, finishing a head behind Imperatriz in the Gr.1 S
  4. Andrew Forsman is set to open a satellite stable in Melbourne this year and bloodstock agents Andrew Williams and Bevan Smith are keen to fill it with top fillies. Forsman has secured 10 boxes at Macedon Lodge and the Cambridge trainer has been busy at Karaka this week purchasing potential residents of the facility. He teamed up with Williams and Smith to purchase the top-priced filly on the opening day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 sale and on Tuesday the trio dug deep once more to secure another filly destined for Forsman’s trans-Tasman operation. They identified lot 488, the Written
  5. Brisbane has proven to be a happy hunting ground for David Burnett over the last decade and the Little River trainer is hoping that trend continues in Thursday night’s Group 1 Gold Bullion Final (520m) at Albion Park. Burnett has homebred sprinter Boo Boo Billy (box 4) engaged in the $250,000 to-the-winner Gold Bullion – race 8 at 10.01pm – where the $7 chance is following a ‘golden’ trail blazed by several illustrious predecessors. Burnett won the G1 Brisbane Cup in 2013 with Kiss Me Ketut, while his champion Simon Told Helen, the 2019/20 Australian Greyhound of the Year, was victorious in
  6. Prise De Fer (outside) will head south this week to contest the Group 3 White Robe Lodge (1600m) at Wingatui on Saturday. Photo: Peter Rubery (Race Images Palmerston North)Group One winner Prise De Fer will venture south this weekend to contest the Group 3 White Robe Lodge (1600m) at Wingatui. The Mark Walker-trained seven-year-old is the clear top-rater in the weight-for-age feature which shapes as a nice target after missing last week’s Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) due to a foot issue. “He had a sore foot and it was probably a blessing in disguise. He is over it now and with the way the
  7. American superstar Justify scored his first stakes win in Australia as a sire on Saturday, with Learning To Fly triumphing at Rosehill. (Picture: Coolmore)Learning To Fly’s Widden Stakes victory at Rosehill on Saturday was just the start of what is going to be a spectacular stud career for Justify, according to James Bester – bloodstock consultant to Coolmore. Justify is Coolmore’s most high-profile shuttle stallion to Australia in a generation, and Saturday’s win for Learning To Fly was the American superstar’s first stakes triumph in the southern hemisphere. Bester, also a part-breeder of
  8. This Saturday we had feature racedays at all five of the main tracks across the country with Group racing at Moonee Valley and Rosehill Gardens, and Listed races at Morphettville, Sunshine Coast and Ascot. Over the next few weeks we will see a lot of the good horses return as the races begin to heat up in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Today we will be talking about three horses that have bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks, after impressive runs on Saturday at Morphettville and Sunshine Coast. Morphettville – Durbridge Stakes Day Track rating: Good 4 Rail position: True
  9. Reigning champion jockey jumps aboard the John Size-trained Tuchel for the second leg of the four-year-old series View the full article
  10. Learning To Fly fought on hard to claim the Widden Stakes.Deciding not to run Learning To Fly in last year’s Gimcrack Stakes not only proved a godsend for Annabel Neasham, but that decision now has her equal favourite for the Golden Slipper. These were the thoughts of James Bester, a bloodstock consultant to Coolmore, after the filly’s stunning half-length victory in the Widden Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill on Saturday. Bester described her debut performance as “extraordinary” and Neasham said she was “special” after the Group 3 sprint. The precocious two-year-old could have stunned the rac
  11. By Michael Guerin Arna Donnelly says there were two deserved winners when Rough And Ready captured the $20,000 Cambridge Gold Cup Final on Monday. One was the horse himself while the other were owners Robert and Sharon Symon for their belief and support of the horse when he often found himself in races beyond his reach. “This horse has won 13 races, which is no small feat,” says Donnelly, who quinellaed the race with Bad Medicine running second. “He has been a real warrior, racing all last winter and taking on a horse like Copy That, which he really shouldn’t have to. “So to turn up so of
  12. Brewster said that he will "argue in the petition that the hearing officer who heard an appeal of the initial penalty erred in applying the 'wrong burden of proof' in determining her ruling.'" View the full article
  13. GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. winner Lexitonian (Speightstown) was represented by his first foal Sunday. The filly, out of a half-sister to dual Eclipse winner Roy H. (More Than Ready), was born at Calumet Farm. “We've been excited to see the foals for our homebred Lexitonian and are delighted that the first one is born at Calumet,” said Eddie Cane, general manager of Calumet. “She has a lot of leg, good bone, and is well balanced.” Lexitonian stands at Lane's End for a fee of $7,500. The post GISW Lexitonian Represented By First Foal appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Ra
  14. What Happy Valley Races Where Happy Valley Racecourse – Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong When Wednesday, February 1, 2023 First Race 6:45pm HKT (9:45pm AEDT) Visit Ladbrokes We’re back racing at Happy Valley on Wednesday night after a two-week break away from the city circuit. It’s a quality nine-race program set for decision, coming off a massive day at Sha Tin with the Stewards’ Cup living up to the hype as Golden Sixty proved he is still the Hong Kong champ. The rail is back in the A position for the entire circuit and we should be racing with perfect conditions under light
  15. Betting on horse racing with Apple Pay is a straight-forward process and an exceptionally popular way to fund online bookmaker accounts. Apple Pay betting sites include some of the biggest brands in Australia, including Ladbrokes, Neds, bet365 and PlayUp. All of these Apple Pay bookmakers are licenced to operate in Australia, have extensive horse racing coverage, some outstanding promotions and much more. It’s worth noting Australian Apple Pay betting sites are not allowed to offer sign up bonuses or new account incentives. The top Apple Pay betting sites for January, 2023 are: Top Apple Pa
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