Chix Pic In Upset Win

Chix Pic has stamped his claims as a serious Ascot carnival contender, taking out the TABtouch Three-Year-Old Classic (1000m) at Bunbury this afternoon. In a field littered with class, Chix Pic was one of the forgotten runners in betting, closing a $15 chance with TABtouch, with Black Sabbath ($2.35), Lady Cosmology ($2.70) and Valour Road…

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Miller Confident Of A Special Bunbury Reward

Ascot trainer Simon Miller will get a good gauge on his top three-year-olds when they step out at Bunbury’s stand-alone meeting on Saturday. Valour Road, Lady Cosmology and Special Reward are coming off impressive juvenile seasons and loom as big players at the Ascot carnival. Valour Road and Lady Cosmology, who finished one-two respectively in…

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Wet Track No Everest For Vega Says Hayes

Co-trainer David Hayes says Vega Magic’s class will overcome a wet track in The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. Heavy rain is expected in Sydney this week, but Hayes is adamant the Perth-owned sprinter will adapt to the conditions. “I am sure he is better on rock hard track, but like a lot of…

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A Star Is Back

Unbeaten mare Enticing Star has taken out the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) in a strong return to racing at Belmont Park. The Adam Durrant-trained mare was sent out a $1.24 TABtouch favourite and won accordingly, with a Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) campaign still on the radar. Enticing Star had to settle at the rear of the…

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Venom Strikes Gold

Goldfields galloper Inject The Venom upheld local pride when he repelled Perth raiders to win the Listed $130,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on Sunday. In a thrilling three-way finish, Inject The Venom, trained by Peter Fernie and ridden by Randy Tan, burst through between runners in the shadows of the post. Starting at $16.70…

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Veteran Hoop Chases Further Kalgoorlie Memories

Veteran jockey Peter Hall is fondly known in racing circles as the country cups king of Western Australia. The popular 51-year-old has earned that title after winning a host of major country races across the state. Broome Cups, Bunbury Cups, Pinjarra Cups, Esperance Cups, Albany Cups and Northam Cups are just some of the races that rate…

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Durrant’s Kalgoorlie Cup Affair

First Affair can become the first stayer since Lawmaker in 2002 to win a famous Goldfields double in the same season when she tackles the $130,000 Listed XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on Saturday. The Adam Durrant-trained mare captured the first leg of a prestigious double when she charged home strongly to defeat State Prosecutor…

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Top Jockey To Return Home

Perth riding ranks has been given a big boost with gun jockey Chris Parnham returning home to ride at the Ascot carnival. Parnham has been based in Melbourne since May, but in a cut throat environment, he has struggled to gain regular opportunities. Parnham’s trainer-father Neville said his son will fly back to take rides at…

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Turner & Friaresque Combine For Hannans Success

With experienced jockey Troy Turner back aboard Friaresque in Wednesday’s $120,000 Listed Hannans Handicap (1400m), trainer Vaughn Sigley’s confidence has grown. The experienced hoop has the best record on Friaresque, having partnered the son of Blackfriars to all three of his career victories, including the last at Belmont over a year ago. “He is a…

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Pounamu’s Future Unclear

Alan Mathews believes his star grey gelding Pounamu may have run his last race in Perth after he was forced to abandon his Melbourne spring campaign. Pounamu was scratched from Sunday’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield and the Muchea trainer is uncertain about his future. “The trainer is coming home on Tuesday and…

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