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An Early Look – Belgravia Stakes

The path to the WA Champion Fillies Stakes and WA Guineas continues next weekend with the running of the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) at Ascot. The numbers for the three-year-old feature will be similar to last week’s Crown Perth-3YO Classic, with the key additions of Searchin’ Rocs and It’sarayday. It’s expected only one of Arcadia […]

Award-winning apprentice jockey finds a bright side to COVID-19  

When Laqdar Ramoly arrived in Western Australia for a 12-month training program in 2019, the idea of winning the 2021 top apprentice jockey award would have seemed unlikely.  Without the COVID-19 pandemic, the young rider would be back home in Mauritius instead of collecting the trophy for best all-round apprentice at the 2021 Western Australian Apprentice Jockey Awards today.  A Racing and Wagering Western Australia training program with the Mauritius Turf club brought Laqdar to Perth and General Manager Racing Charlotte […]

Olivieri’s Perfect Situation

Trainer Ross Olivieri appears well placed to record his second win in the Allwood Stud Farm-Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park tonight with two key chances. Perfect Major and Thats Perfect will fly the flag for the Olivieri stable in the $50,000 feature, as they continue their preparations for January’s WA Pacing Cup. Perfect […]

The Last Word – Allwood Stud Farm Mount Eden Sprint Night

Tomorrow night sees a super 10 race card at Gloucester Park, headlined by the Allwood Stud Farm – Mount Eden Sprint. Last year’s Mount Eden Sprint was taken out by Chicago Bull, below. Get The Last Word from the key players below. RACE 1 – CHOICES FLOORING PACE (ILLAWONG MUSTANG): “ Deb Padberg (LA SULIEMAN): […]

Reality Sets In For Gangemi Stable

It’s reaching an inevitable end, but it won’t lessen the emotional impact for co-trainers Chris and Michael Gangemi. Reality is starting to bite for the brothers and the realisation is sinking in that Rock Magic’s remarkable racing career is drawing to a close. A stable pin-up for the stable, a $1.6 million prize earner, a […]

Watkins Hopes For Crawford Rise

Trainer Bruce Watkins expects a fast pace to help River Beau storm home hard in the Furphy-Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday. With the likelihood of Mervyn and Indian Pacific establishing a hot tempo in front, Watkins says River Beau will get a perfect run from barrier one. “If they put the pace […]

WA TAB sale update

At the request of the Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) Board, the McGowan Government has today announced that it will recommence the WA TAB sale process. Previous negotiations, while well progressed, were suspended because of uncertainty caused by COVID-19. Market conditions have evolved since a sale was first considered. The process announced today is […]

Spin The Knife Pleases Fernie

Spin The Knife came out of Saturday’s Crown Perth 3YO Classic (1000m) in top order and reaffirmed trainer Luke Fernie’s belief in the Snippetson gelding. Chasing a winning hat trick, Spin The Knife was gunned down in the shadows of the post by the fast-finishing Liwa after recovering from an awkward start. Spin The Knife […]

Tabtouch Masters Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Tabtouch Masters at Ascot were released today (Monday) with strong representation from leading trainers across Australia. Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace team, James Cummings, Kris Lees, Tony Golan and Peter Moody have nominated runners. Maher and Eustace have nominated 18 runners for three $1 million Group […]

A Change Of Plans For Cup Night

Cup Night has recovered from a nasty paddock accident and is back on track for the Ascot carnival, but it will be a cameo appearance only and not the original campaign that had been planned. Trainer Bernie Miller explains to Julio Santarelli. Photo: Courtesy Hamilton Creators   Bernie Miller has his eyes set on a […]

An Early Look – Northerly Stakes Day

Next week sees the running of the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) and Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m) at Ascot. The Velvet King, above, won the 2019 Northerly Stakes. Get an early look at some of the names expected to be nominated for the two features below. Group 3 Northerly Stakes Western Empire (TBC) W Pike […]

The Last Word – Kersley Night

Tomorrow night sees a high quality 10 race card at Gloucester Park. The Kersley is the feature event on the evening. Bracken Sky, above, won last year’s Kersley. RACE 1- GET THE TASTE OF WA @ BEAU RIVAGE PACE Shannon Suvaljko (LA SULIEMAN): “Great draw for him in a good race. Is still going good […]

Morton Says Kissonallforcheeks Faces More Than One Rival

Dan Morton won’t concede Saturday’s Crown Sports Bar Handicap (1400m) at Ascot is a race in two between his mare Kissonallforcheeks and the Michael Grantham-trained Kaptain Kaos. The duo are currently locked in a tight battle for Tabtouch favouritism with Kissonallforcheeks maintaining narrow market lead at $2.70 and Kaptain Kaos rated a $2.90 hope. Karijini […]

Ponyo Faces Acid 3YO Classic Test

Trainer Todd Harvey admits he has thrown promising galloper Ponyo into the deep end in the $100,000 Crown Perth 3YO Classic (1000m) at Ascot. The daughter of Your Song was an impressive 1100m winner on debut at Ascot in April when she won by a decisive margin over Cold Shizzle and Buzzoom. Although in mid-week […]

Harrison Excited By Return Of Pat’s Got Sass

Pat’s Got Sass’ return excites David Harrison who says it will give him a good guide on her Ascot carnival credentials on Saturday. Pat’s Got Sass runs first-up in the Crown Perth 3YO Classic (1000m), a race that shapes as a top encounter between several up and coming three-year-olds. Pat’s Got Sass showed exciting qualities […]

Pateman Hoping To Dominate Moora Cup Again

Experienced trainer Darryn Pateman can’t exactly repeat his Moora Cup heroics from 12-months ago, but he’ll be doing his bit to go next best. Pateman celebrated a rare and unique achievement in last year’s Moora Cup (1800m) when he trained the first three place getters. Leading Pateman’s race trifecta was Andreini who raced away to […]

Kay Cee On The Way Back Says Parnham

Trainer Neville Parnham is confident Kay Cee can recapture her best form and be a serious contender in major races at the upcoming Ascot carnival Parnham believes Kay Cee has turned the corner and is displaying the same attitude that saw her win the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in 2019. Kay Cee earned […]

The Last Word – J P Stratton Cup Night

Tomorrow night sees the running of the J P Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park. Chicago Bull, above, won last year’s edition of the Group 2 event. Get The Last Word for each of the races below. RACE 1 – BETTER YOUR BET WITH TABTOUCH PACE Kim Prentice (VERANO): “Great draw. Hopefully the tow rope stays […]

Bunbury racecourse re-development update

Earthworks are going ahead on the racing and training tracks, with the stripping of topsoil in four of the zones now complete and the remainder underway. The diagram below shows the layout of the construction zones on the course.  Bulk earthworks are well advanced, down to 1,500mm below ground level, with the contractor avoiding the acid sulphate soil below 1,500mm. Acid sulphate water treatment is under way through the infiltration basin constructed. Civcon is also progressing with wetlands […]

The Races WA Awarded Exhibitor of the Year for ‘Best Presented Site’ at Perth Royal Show

The Races WA’s virtual horse racing experience has taken out the prestigious 2021 Exhibitor Award for ‘Best Presented Site’ at this year’s Perth Royal Show. The giant six-metre-round digital racecourse has not only caught the attention of thousands of showgoers but has also impressed Event Services Australia, who presented the award to Racing and Wagering […]
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