Perth-Owned Stayer Shines In Melbourne

Jarrod McLean says a long-range plan payed off when Perth-owner galloper Cougar Express won the $250,000 Grand National Hurdle (4200m) in Melbourne on Sunday. The eight-year-old, ridden by Shane Jackson, finished powerfully over the final 400m and defeated Self Sense by 12 lengths with Bit Of A Lad running third. “It’s been a process, but I was…

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Broome Cup Next For Haddon

Some Day One Day will be out to claim a feature country race double after his exciting victory in the Tabtouch Port Hedland Cup (2200m) on Sunday. Jockey Colin Haddon says the Tom Pike-trained Someday One Day deserves a shot at the $135,000 Broome Cup (2200m) on August 18. “You have to have a crack…

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Jockey Nomad Ponders Next Move

Should I Stay or Should I Go. It’s an iconic song made famous by British punk rockers The Clash in 1982. The hit tune could also refer to Michelle Hagley, a jockey nomad, who satisfies her wanderlust by riding at bush tracks across Australia. However, the mother of two children, five-year-old Blake and Charlee, aged…

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Smith’s Epic Quest

Lindsey Smith is confident Epic Grey can launch his winter campaign on a winning note in the Inglis Bloodstock Leading Trainer 2017/18 Handicap (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday. Epic Grey resumes after he won the Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m) in February and he looks spot on for his return after an impressive barrier trial…

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A Family Affair In Port Hedland Cup

Colin Haddon is expecting Sunday’s Tabtouch Port Hedland Cup (2200m) to be a family affair. Haddon takes the reins on Someday One Day, a six-year-old gelding trained by his father-in-law Tom Pike. The Lancashire-born jockey believes he is a top chance of taking out the $50,000 race and turning the tables. The stumbling block is…

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Environment Change Leads To Arsenic Spike

Respected veterinarian Judith Medd believes a migration of horses from city-based stables to a semi-rural environment could explain why there has been a spate of positive arsenic swabs in Perth. Lou Luciani is the latest trainer under a stewards’ inquiry when his colt Murray The Bulldog returned an illegal level of arsenic after his win…

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Perth Premiership Standings

Jockey William Pike, trainer Adam Durrant and apprentice Tayla Stone are Perth premiership champions for the 2017-18 racing season JOCKEY William Pike 130 Chris Parnham 45 Jarrad Noske 36 Joe Azzopardi 32 Tayla Stone 31 Shaun O’Donnell 31 Pat Carbery 30 Dan Staeck 27 Clint Johnston Porter 26 Lucy Warwick 24 Peter Knuckey 24 Shaun McGruddy…

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O’Donnell’s Rejuvenation

In-form jockey Shaun O’Donnell says he is an advocate for riders taking a break to recharge mentally and physically from the rigours of riding. Since returning from an overseas holiday earlier this month, O’Donnell has struck a purple-patch of form to end the 2017-2018 racing season with a bang. The experienced hoop, who spent several…

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Country Cup Victory A Fitting Finale

Bob Bell is hoping Peta Edwards’ dream week can extend to Roebourne on Saturday. Edwards rode her first city winner at Belmont on Wednesday and partner’s Bell’s veteran eight-year-old Speed ‘N’ Reef in the Tabtouch Roebourne Cup (2200m). “She has been racing him throughout this campaign and reckons she can win it,” Bell said. “She…

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