Australian racing

Betting Ideas And More As Winx Targets George Main Stakes Hat Trick

With the G1 TAB Everest, the world’s richest turf race ($13 million AUD, or $9.3 million), and G1 W.S. Cox Plate in October, high-profile Australian gallopers are ramping-up their preparations for both titles. While champion mare Winx won’t run in the Everest, her campaign for a record fourth Cox Plate continues this weekend, when she attempts an […]

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Winx To Have Pair Of Preps Before Seeking Fourth Straight Cox Plate

Trainer Chris Waller is carving out the path for Winx to pursue a record fourth consecutive Cox Plate victory, in likely her last racing season. Waller tells the Racing and Sports Network his 7-year-old charge will make her next start a week from Saturday in the Group 1 George Main Stakes over a mile at […]

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Godolphin’s Kementari The Best Chance To Topple Winx This Weekend?

After 95 years, the Warwick Stakes now has a new name, G1 status and twice as big a purse – all in honor of the world’s best-ranked racehorse, Winx. The 7-year-old champion mare returns for what could be her last-ever racing season in this weekend’s $500,000 AUD G1 Winx Stakes. All that stands in the […]

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Australia: Winx Back In Action Saturday In Grade 1 Race Named For Her

Australia’s superstar mare, Winx, returns to the spotlight this Saturday at Randwick, where she’ll be chasing an Australian record 26th consecutive victory and a 19th win in Group 1 competition. Thirteen potential rivals have entered the G1 Winx Stakes in what will be Winx’s first start since tying Black Caviar’s record of 25 straight wins […]

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Jeff Lloyd: Australia’s Answer To Mike Smith, Riding For The Ages At Doomben

Mike Smith is not the only veteran jockey poised to defy the odds and show that age is just a number this weekend. While the 52-year-old Smith is looking to achieve his first Triple Crown atop Justify in this Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the evening before sees legendary 57-year-old Queensland jockey Jeff Lloyd attempting to bring […]

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Australia’s First Licensed Female Jockey Lived As A Man

ABC News Australia looked back this week at the life of Wilhemena “Bill” Smith, who is believed to be the country’s first female jockey. Smith, who was born in 1886 and orphaned while she was young, went by “Bill” and lived most of her life as a man. The report says it’s unclear when or […]

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Will English Surprise Again In Australia’s Kingsford Smith Cup?

This Friday night’s racing at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse promises an exciting rematch for the top runners in the G1 Doomben 10,000 earlier this month. After her surprise victory over two Everest favorites, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained English now rallies to once again overcome the odds (4/1) and defeat her familiar rivals Le Romain […]

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Australia: Ambitious Tries Comeback In G1 Doomben Cup Ahead Of Preakness Stakes

This Saturday’s Preakness Stakes favorite Justify has overcome his bruised heel injury sustained in the Derby, but the French-bred wonder horse Gailo Chop has not been as fortunate for this Friday night’s 1¼ mile G1 Doomben Cup in Australia. The 7-year-old stallion has been sidelined from the showpiece event of the Brisbane Racing Carnival’s second […]

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Australian Rider James McDonald Set To Return After 18-Month Suspension For Betting

After serving an 18-month suspension for betting on his mount, jockey James McDonald returns to riding this week in Sydney, Australia. The New Zealander, previously the top rider for Godolphin in Australia, placed a $1,000 wager on his horse, Astern, at Randwick in 2015. The bet made a $4,000 profit but McDonald was quickly caught […]

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Australia Doping Conspiracy: Top Trainer Smerdon, Two Others Get Lifetime Bans

Prominent Australian Thoroughbred trainer Robert Smerdon, his long-time assistant Greg Nelligan and Nelligan’s wife, Denise, were banned for life Thursday by the Racing Victoria Appeals and Disciplinary Board. Five others inside the so-called “Aquanita Eight” received varying suspensions. The trainers and stable employees involved were found guilty earlier this week of practicing sodium bicarbonate loading […]

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