Gatting Hits Them For Six In WA Derby

French-born jockey Matthieu Autier experienced his greatest thrill in Western Australian racing when he guided Gatting to slashing victory in the $400,000 Group 2 Schweppes-W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday. In a muddling run race Autier had the Darren McAuliffe-trained gelding, who is named after Michael Gatting, the former England Test cricket captain, in…

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Warwick To Claim Maiden Pinjarra Cup

Justin Warwick arguably has the best opportunity of securing his first Pinjarra Cup when he saddles up short-priced favourite, Material Man, in the $120,000 Listed feature on Sunday. The Myalup horseman has gone close to winning previously when Global Flirt and (2015) and Rosie Rocket (2012) ran third placings respectively, but Material Man is poised…

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Dellar To Launch Kalgoorlie Season

Trainer Merv Dellar is optimistic he can launch the Kalgoorlie season in style when he unveils his two new stable acquisitions on Saturday. Dellar has added Corvara and General Groove to his stable, both gallopers have arrived from top Perth trainer, Simon Miller. Corvara could be a handy pick-up for Dellar if she is able…

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Ascot To Host Final Leg Of Apprentice Series

The final leg of the National Apprentice Series will be held at Ascot on Wednesday. Aaron Mitchell, Tayla Stone, Clint Johnston-Porter, Shelby Bowtell, Randy Tan and Fiona Bell represent Western Australia (WA). The interstate apprentices include Kate Brooks (NT), Shiralee Maher (TAS), Brooke Ainsworth (QLD), Dylan Caboche (SA) and Ethan Brown (VIC). Maher, who at…

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Diminutive Filly Wins Karrakatta

Underrated filly Lucy Mae revealed strong fighting qualities to upstage her more fancied opposition in the $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday. Starting a $24 outsider, Lucy Mae, ridden by Shaun McGruddy, crossed from her wide barrier to sit outside of the leader, Achernar Star, one of two runners in the…

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Hall Favourite To Take Out Geraldton features

Jockey Peter Hall is confident Grant and Alana Williams’ decision to target two of Geraldton’s biggest races will reap handsome dividends on Sunday. Hall will ride Falcon Crest in the Tabtouch-Geraldton Gold Cup (2100m) and Coming Back in the Purcher International-Batavia Sprint (1300m). The Williams’ stable elected to send Falcon Crest to Geraldton and avoid…

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Karrakatta Plate Fancy Draws Well

Jockey Aaron Mitchell is gearing up for the race of his life when he takes the mount on Karrakatta Plate favourite, Seannie. The young appremntice and veteran Peter Knuckey, who will ride stable mate Achernar Star, spoke with the Sports Daily team on TABradio…

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