Perfect Start For Material Man

Classy gelding Material Man made the perfect start to his winter campaign when he won the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday. At his first start since winning the Perth Cup (2400m) in January, Material Man landed the opening leg of a feature race treble in the $150,000 Belmont Sprint. Trained by…

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Former Jockey Continues Family Tradition

With bloodlines steeped in Broome racing history, it seemed only natural that Jake Casey would launch the next phase of his thoroughbred journey in the iconic town. The former accomplished jockey continues a rich family tradition and follows in the footsteps of his father when the new Broome racing season kicks off this weekend. For…

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Battle Hero’s Belmont Sprint Grand Final

Perth trainer Chris Gangemi is banking on fitness to give Battle Hero a winning edge in the $150,000 Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday. Battle Hero has been a revelation since he was bought for $60,000 off leading owner-breeder Bob Peters at a thoroughbred winter sale last June. Under Gangemi’s direction, Battle…

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Tan Praises Leading Trainers

Malaysian-born Randy Tan will make the transition from apprentice to senior jockey after the Northam meeting on Thursday. The 25-year-old still has a 1.5kg claim in metropolitan races, but elected not to apply for an extension. Tan rode track work for leading trainer Lindsey Smith before being granted his Australian residency in 2014. He commenced…

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Warwick Wary Of Belmont Sprint Rivals

Trainer Justin Warwick cites the quality of opposition as his biggest concern when Material Man launches his winter campaign in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) on Saturday. Material Man races first-up in the Belmont Park feature, but meets a hot line-up including Group One champions, Pounamu, Great Shot and resurgent galloper Battle Hero. After…

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History Of The Belmont Sprint

BELMONT SPRINT BACKGROUND The Belmont Sprint was first staged in 1963 and won by Free Style, trained by Ray Warn and ridden by Gordon Dickinson. It was run over 1200m from 1963-72 & 1974-77, 1300m from 1973 & 1978-81; 1400 since 1982. Since 1980 it has held Group 3 status. Notable winners included Luckygray, Grand…

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Battle Looming In Trainer’s Premiership

William Pike is a runaway leader to grab his 10th Perth Jockey’s Premiership, but it’s a much closer contest in the trainers’ title. A fascinating battle is emerging between defending champions Grant and Alana Williams and six-time winner, Adam Durrant. With just over two months remaining before the season draws to a close, honours for…

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Miller Rules The Market

Simon Miller’s high opinion of Market Ruler was further validated after she scored a resounding all the way victory in the Mumm Champagne Plate (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday. Staring at hot $1.40 favourite, Market Ruler was sent straight to the front by jockey, William Pike and shot clear in the straight to put the…

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Pike Reigns Supreme At Belmont

Champion jockey William Pike stole the limelight at Belmont Park on Saturday when he booted home a record equalling six winners on the eight-race programme. A nine-time winner of Perth’s jockey premiership, Pike enjoyed a red-letter day with wins on At The Ready, Market Ruler, Galaxy Star, Arcadia Price, Stageman and Enticing Star. The diminutive…

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More Than Bragging Rights In Championship Final

A win in the $70,000 Skyracing.TV-Provincial Championship Series Final (1400m) at Belmont holds more than just bragging rights. For Pingrup trainer Alan Smith, who saddle’s Gradual Incline, it represents a big opportunity of securing his first city success. “To win my first race in town would be sensational,” Smith said. “Dad (Kevin) has won plenty…

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