McNaught Maintains Rising Stars Lead

Jade McNaught will look to extend her lead in the Rising Star Series at Ascot on Wednesday. The mature-aged apprentice has been booked to ride Advocator (R3), Disco Riffic (R4), I Am Spartacus (R5) and Jenabel (R8). McNaught takes a 10 point lead into the Ascot meeting after riding three winners since the series commenced last…

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Material Man’s Future Unclear

Owner Michael McDermott says a decision on Material Man’s racing future will be made soon. Material Man was spelled after finishing 10th in the inaugural All Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington last month. McDermott, who races Material Man in partnership with his wife, Jill, told The Races WA the son of Vital Equine was likely…

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McNaught Off To Flying Start In Rising Star Series

In-form jockey Jade McNaught has made a flying start to the 2019 Rising Stars’ Apprentice series after posting a double at Geraldton on Thursday. McNaught won aboard the Graeme Hammarquist-trained Freez’emoff and Bay Publisher for Tony Scally, taking her to the top of the points table. She holds a five point lead over Kristy Bennett,…

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Peter Fernie:The King Of Kalgoorlie

The Fernie name has been synonymous with Goldfields racing for the best part of six decades and, when you think of WA’s best country trainers, Peter Fernie rates at the top of a highly-regarded list. The third-generation trainer and Kalgoorlie born-and-bred 53 year old has prepared more than 650 winners since taking out his training…

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Beaux Breaks Through

Beaux Banovic-Edwards claimed her first Ascot winner when she guided High Tea to victory in the Hahn Superdry Handicap (1500m) on Wednesday. For Banovic-Edwards, a 3kg claiming apprentice, it was her sixth win overall and first in the city after she commenced her apprenticeship at Pinjarra last August. The 22-year-old gave High Tea a perfect…

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Variation On Track For Old Comrade Stakes

Trainer Stephen Miller is confident quality gelding Variation has the fitness to get the job done and return to the winner’s list in the Listed Old Comrade Stakes (1600m). The $100,000 race forms part of Miller’s dual-pronged attack on two of Saturday’s Ascot features with Bubaroochy set to tackle the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m).…

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Vega Can Rediscover The Magic: Hayes

Trainer David Hayes is confident he has former West Australian sprinter Vega Magic primed to make a successful return to racing in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. The Lope De Vega gelding hasn’t been seen since he finished last in the Everest on a heavy Randwick track in October,…

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Harrison Scores Early Win

Although much of trainer David Harrison’s focus this week will be on Jericho Missile in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m), he scored a nerve-settling win with another two-year-old Silkinize in the D’Orsogna Maiden (1100m) at Ascot this afternoon. Silkinize settled outside race leader Joyrize in running, before eventually proving too strong in the closing…

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Karrakatta Plate: What History Says

KARRAKATTA PLATE OVERVIEW The first winner of the juvenile race, staged in 1900 when it was run over 1000m, was Willie. The Karrakatta Plate has held Group 2 status from 1979-84 and since 1999.  Between 1985-to-1998 it was run as a Group 1 The race was not held in 1901, 1993 and 1997, while the…

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