SETBACK FOR PRINCE TURBO

Courageous eight-year-old Prince Turbo could have run his final race after his brave victory in Saturday’s G3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont. Trainer Jason Miller said Prince Turbo will be sent for scans, but fears the Vital Equine gelding may have suffered a career-ending third tendon injury. “To put a bit of a dampener on…

WA Trainers Economic Viability and Sustainability Report.

A recent independent study into the economic future of WA’s racehorse trainers has detailed the significant vulnerability of the sector and the need for urgent reform to avoid a wholesale collapse of the WA racing industry. The WA Racing Trainers Association (Inc.) commissioned former WARRG Chairman Michael Grant, and respected industry analyst Scott McDowell to…

GRANTHAM OUT TO EXTEND HOT FORM IN STRICKLAND

Michael Grantham holds strong hopes his outstanding run of form in black type races can continue at Belmont on Saturday. One of the most promising up and coming trainers in Western Australia, Grantham landed his third consecutive feature win on the weekend when Devoted took out a strong edition of the Belmont Guineas (1600m). Devoted…

COVID-19 VACCINATION RULE FOR WA RACING REVOKED

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has repealed the local rule of racing which requires COVID-19 vaccination for racing participants. Chief Racing Integrity Officer Denis Borovica said the rule, which has been in place since 5 February 2022, had been vital in safeguarding the operation of racing through the pandemic but was no longer required.…

PINNACLES OPENS DOOR FOR SLOT RACE: PETERS

Leading owner and breeder Bob Peters has thrown his support behind the recently revamped Perth spring and summer carnival and feels it could open the door for even more feature races in that period. Peters, who won all three Group 1 races during last year’s TABtouch Masters series, said he expected series would attract nationwide…

MCGRUDDY RARING TO GO

Top jockey Shaun McGruddy is raring to go ahead of a return to the saddle at Belmont on Saturday. McGruddy’s spell on the sidelines ends after making a quicker than expected recovery from a back injury. The experienced hoop anticipated being out of action for up to eight weeks, but makes his return after a…

NEW LEADER FOR WA RACING

Western Australian racing expert David Hunter has been appointed Acting Chief Racing Officer of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA). Over the last 18 years, David has been an integral part of the organisation’s leadership team across several business areas. From Manager Thoroughbred Racing, David moved into tri-code management as Commercial Racing and Planning Manager…

BROOME DELIGHT FOR EMOTIONAL BARTON

Casino War turned in an impressive and tough performance at Broome on Saturday, giving fledgling trainer Anthony Barton an emotional and notable victory. Sent out a $9 chance in the field of seven starters, Casino War covered ground out wide from gate seven, but gave a kick in the straight and prevailed by 3 ½…