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Miller’s Special Placid Ark Affinity.

Trainer Simon Miller could have a commanding hand to play in the Listed Tabtouch Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday with a triple assault. Miller has special affinity with the half-a-million dollar race, the love affair going back to a decade ago when Miss Bux won in 2013. The trend continued when Liberty’s […]

Keshi Boom Goes From Hunter To Hunted In Champion Fillies

Co-trainer Grant Williams says he’s looking forward to seeing how his gun filly Keshi Boom goes from the hunter to the hunted as she looks to extend her undefeated status at Ascot on Saturday. Keshi Boom lowered the colours of reigning Two-Year-Old Horse of the Year, Super Smink in the Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) 10 […]

In my blood: Family bonds key to Ashcroft achievement

Third generation Collie trainer Bianca Ashcroft has a great record with fillies and mares in the last few seasons. Her top four earners are mares. The list is headed by the iron-tough seven-year-old Triple Brie, who took her earnings past $100,000 when she ran fourth at Gloucester Park on October 14. Next on the list […]

Zaaki and McDonald Head West For Northerly

Hong Kong’s loss is Perth’s gain with Zaaki confirmed to make the journey west in a bid to claim further Group 1 success at the Pinnacles carnival at Ascot. The nine-year-old had been entered for the Hong Kong Mile and Hong Kong Cup, but will target the Group 1 Northerly Stakes (1800m) in Perth on […]

Brennan’s NZ cheapy stakes his claim for Nugget glory

When Coolup trainer Michael Brennan bought NZ gelding Bellissimo Acquisto he hoped the horse would develop into a handy standing start performer at Gloucester Park. But the four-year-old has blossomed in WA, winning his first four starts for Brennan and a host of navy and army veteran owners. He showed he was a genuine Golden […]

The Bluff Knoll Heralds New Era

Mark Bayliss believes next year’s inaugural The Bluff Knoll in Albany will signal a new and exciting era for country racing in Western Australia. Bayliss, Albany Racing Club’s general manager, today (Wednesday) announced 13 slot holders for WA racing’s latest innovative race. The Bluff Knoll follows the hugely successful slot race concept of the $20 […]

Overpass To Revive Perth Memories In Winterbottom Stakes

Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker is optimistic a return to Perth can help erase disappointing Everest memories  and deliver a comeback victory for Overpass in next month’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot. Ascot holds special attachment for Baker and Overpass and was the scene of the gelding’s biggest triumph earlier in April when […]

Top Jockey Tom Berry Back In Perth For Railway

Sydney galloper Roots is set to run in next Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot and top jockey Tommy Berry has been booked to ride the last start winner. Berry continues his successful association with the Chris Waller-trained five-year-old after riding her to a dominant victory in last week’s Hot Danish Stakes (1400m) […]

Edman hopes pony dream will lead to race success

Newby driver Briana Edman has come a long way since her grandmother bought her a retired pacer when she was 12 years old. The little girl who dreamed of owning a pony is now a licensed reinswoman and works for a leading WA stable. Edman, 20, had her first race drive at Pinjarra on November […]

Almighty Class Holds Superior Form Reference, Says Pateman

Trainer Mitchell Pateman got exactly the kind of barrier he wanted and says it gives Almighty Class every opportunity to win the Listed Tabtouch-Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday. The $500,000 Placid Ark has attracted 15-starters and Almighty Class, runner-up to gun filly Super Smink in the Belgravia Stakes (1200m), will jump from […]

Rising star Austin rules country race tracks

Young gun Austin Galati has claimed back-to-back victories as Western Australia’s top country apprentice. Austin rode 34 winners to earn the leading apprentice title at the 2023 WA Thoroughbred Country Racing Awards for the second year running. “Austin is continuing to build a reputation as an up-and-coming rider and his success is well earned,” Racing […]

Placid Ark Stakes: In Honour Of A Star

The $500,000 Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) launches the Ascot Pinnacles Carnival on Saturday and it promises to be a belter. With a host of top three-year-olds racing in WA presently, it is certain to live up to its billing and hype. The race is named in honour of a sprinting great who was inducted […]

Evergreen Valour Road’s Golden Lee Steere Stakes Victory

Evergreen Valour Road is poised for the next month’s $1.5 million Gold Rush (1400m) after his amazing career resurgence continued at Ascot on Saturday. The Simon Miller-trained eight-year-old, aided by an outstanding Chris Parnham ride, claimed the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) by just under a length. Sent forward from barrier 13 by Parnham, […]

Parnham Buoyed By Bustler Draw In Lee Steere

Jockey Steven Parnham believes he has top claims to win the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) for the second time in four years after Bustler came up with a perfect draw. Bustler is certain to gain an economical run from barrier three in the Lee Steere Stakes, as opposed to the Eurythmic Stakes (1400m) […]

Jack gets his chance to break hoodoo in the cup

Classy five-year-old Jumpingjackmac, so often a bridesmaid in the major Group 1 races, gets his chance to break through for well deserved victory in the $450,000 TabTouch WA Pacing Cup on Friday night. The Gary Hall Snr-trained pacer finished second in the WA Derby, second in the Golden Nugget and second in January’s WA Pacing […]

Morton Maintains Faith In Alaskan God

It’s been a hard battle for Alaskan God since his outstanding three-year-old season, but trainer Dan Morton maintains ultimate faith in his gelding. It’s been 581 days and 10 starts since Alaskan God’s WA Derby (2400m) triumph, but Morton is still enthusiastic about the six-year-old and his future. Alaskan God is back in Perth and […]

Andrews Banks On A Lot Of Good Men In Fairetha

It’s been near two decades since trainer Trevor Andrews took out the Fairetha Stakes (1400m), but he believes A Lot Of Good Men presents a golden opportunity of returning to the races honour roll on Saturday. Andrews is backing A Lot Of Good Men to pass his biggest test in the $125,000 Listed Fairetha Stakes […]

Young trainer on the rise thrilled with WA Pacing Cup debut

Pinjarra trainer Jocelyn Young knows Valentines Brook will start as underdog in the $450,000 TabTouch WA Pacing Cup but that has not curbed her excitement at having a runner in the big race on Friday night. Young has made a quick rise through the training ranks in WA. She had first starter in 2018/19 and […]

Next Few Days Will Determine Path Ahead For Keshi Boom

Grant Williams will let the dust settle on Keshi Boom’s stunning Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) victory before mapping out a path for the outstanding filly. Keshi Boom became the latest stakes winner for Williams, who trains the three-year-old with his partner, Alana, after upsetting hot favourite, Super Smink by 1 ¼ lengths. The Dan Morton-trained […]

Morton Cautious Over Hot Favourite In Burgess Queen

Reigning Two-Year-Old Horse Of The Year Super Smink is the $1.90 favourite for Tuesday’s Tabtouch-Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m), but trainer Dan Morton is taking nothing for granted. A sticky draw from barrier one, mindful it’s not Super Smink’s grand final as well as the record of favourites in the Burgess Queen Stakes is giving […]
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