Mitchell Shelves Retirement Talk

It doesn’t take long when in the company of Aaron Mitchell to appreciate that he has a passion to remain a jockey. With a family background steeped in WA racing tradition, Mitchell has known little else since early childhood. And it is the one thing that, in part due to his exceptional talent in the…

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History Of The Bolton Sprint

BACKGROUND The H.G.Bolton Sprint, a 1200 metre Listed race, was named in honour of, Harry Bolton, who was considered the foremost administrator of racing in Western Australia. Inducted into the WA Racing Hall of Fame (2012), Bolton was instrumental in the formation of the TAB, introduced starting gates and the implementation moveable running rail. The…

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History Of The Belmont Guineas

Saturday at Belmont will feature the 38th running of the Belmont Guineas. BACKGROUND The Belmont Guineas was first staged in 1980 and won by Queen Inca, ridden by Nark Grisby and prepared by Colin Webster. Elorance ran second and Given Vision placed third. Queen Inca, who also won the Champion Fillies Stakes and the WA…

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All Tied Up In Trainers’ Battle

Adam Durrant is back in the hunt for the Perth trainers’ premiership after a double at Belmont on Saturday. After failing to add to his tally on Wednesday, Durrant bounced back to take a share of the lead when Enticing Star and Come Play With Me recoded impressive victories. Enticing Star extended her unbeaten sequence…

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McGruddy Boosts Guineas Stocks

It is five months to the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot, but top hoop Shaun McGruddy could be faced with a difficult decision, however; it’s a position most jockeys would dream to be in. After securing plum two-year-old rides this season, McGruddy will have a choice between Lordhelpmerun, Black Sabbath and Special Reward…

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Material Man On A Melbourne Path

Material Man moved a step closer to a Melbourne spring campaign after his hard-fought win in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont on Saturday. After a first-up win in last Saturday week’s Belmont Sprint (1400m), Material Man scored the second leg of a feature race double after an enthralling battle with game runner-up,…

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Parnham Discovers Guineas Hope

Neville Parnham believes his hopes in Saturday week’s Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) has been bolstered after Ouqba Jack confirmed his credentials at Belmont on Wednesday. Parnham intends to aim high and raise the bar with Ouqba Jack who bounced back to record his third career win in the J.J Richards & Sons Handicap (1400m). “I…

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Opportunities Drive Turner Home

Apprentice Jordan Turner will be a welcome addition to Perth riding ranks after he makes a permanent move back home from Victoria in a fortnight. Turner transferred to Melbourne two years ago and enjoyed a good run under Leon and Troy Corstens at Flemington, but was dogged by injuries. Two separate accidents kept him on…

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