Man Booker Can Rebound Says Morton

Dan Morton is adamant that Man Booker can bounce back from his last-start failure and earn redemption in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Morton believes Man Booker will return to his best after an uncustomary poor run in the Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) when he finished 13th of 17 and…

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Galaxy Star Leaves It Late

She left her run late, but Galaxy Star has returned to the winners list in this afternoon’s Group 3 Belmont Sprint  (1400m) at winter headquarters. The six-year-old, second-up today, had plenty of ground to make up in the last 200m and was staring down the barrel of a shock defeat. However, jockey William Pike lifted…

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Guineas Calls Flirtini

Star filly Flirtini looks set to add further star power to the Belmont Guineas, following her win in the Joseph O’Dea 60th Birthday Handicap (1200m) at Belmont this afternoon. After an impressive return at Ascot a fortnight ago, Flirtini enhanced her reputation even further today in the one length win. Jockey Chloe Azzopardi had to…

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Star Perth Filly Arcadia Queen To Target Sydney

Star Western Australian filly Arcadia Queen is set join the stables of Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller with major races in Sydney to be her likely targets in the spring. Arcadia Queen took Perth racing by storm last year with five wins from six starts culminating with victory in the Group 1 Kingston Town…

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Chix Pic Poised For Picturesque Return

Talented three-year-old Chix Pic is poised to make his presence felt on his return to racing in the Free Entry To Belmont Park Handicap (1000m) on Saturday, according to trainer David Harrison. The gelding hasn’t raced since he finished third to Samizdat in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra in February. He produced…

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Material Man Sets Sight On Stradbroke

This time last year Material Man was on the verge of victory in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint and a winter campaign where he took all before him. Fast forward to now, the tough WA galloper is poised to run first-up in next Saturday’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm, according to new…

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There Comes A Time For Wilkinson

Trainer Brett Wilkinson has brought up his first metropolitan winner, with Comes A Time taking out the TABtouch-Better Your Bet Plate (1000m) at Belmont this afternoon. The Sessions gelding was having his first race start this afternoon, off the back of just one trial at Belmont earlier this month behind Holy Ghost. Jockey Shaun O’Donnell…

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South Africa To Kalgoorlie: Mego Trains First Winner

Mathew Mego won his first race as an owner-trainer at Kalgoorlie on Sunday. Typically such success will bring about a chorus of celebrations, particularly when you’re just a novice in a new industry. Mego wasn’t overcome by modesty or wanted to down play the victory of Wembley Dayz; a much-wanted and confidence-boosting maiden win. But…

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Lee Newman: Resilient and Resolute

Racing can be a fickle game and there are few who have copped as many bumps and bruises along their journey as Lee Newman. There are even less who have overcome gruelling setbacks, not once, twice, but several times, to return to their former glory. Call him fiercely determined, incredibly persistent or even a bit…

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History Of The Belmont Sprint

The Belmont Sprint headlines winter racing at Belmont on Saturday.  It was first won by Freestyle in 1963, a three-year-old colt trained by Buster O’Malley. Here is a further overview of the Group race. BELMONT SPRINT: OVERVIEW It was run over 1200m from 1963-72 & 1974-77, 1300m from 1973 & 1978-81; 1400 since 1982. Since…

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