Kersley’s WA Derby Surprise

Fred Kersley does not mind admitting he might have got it wrong when assessing Culverin as a likely WA Derby contender. “She is a complete surprise packet to me,” Kersley said on TABradio. “I never expected her to be performing at this level over these distances. “She is capable and with luck in running can…

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Kavanagh/O’Brien Cobalt Case Drags On

The cobalt case against Victorian trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien could drag on into this year’s spring carnival. Danny O’Brien. Photo: Darryl Sherer The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has provisionally set August 1 for the start of their appeal for administering cobalt to affect the performance of a horse in a race. One…

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Pike Within Century

William Pike is within sight of his metropolitan century after his win on Dainty Tess at Ascot on Saturday. Pike is unbeaten on the Dan Morton-trained filly after he found a gap and speared her between runners. Pike, who is on track to secure an eighth Perth jockey’s premiership, is 50 wins clear of his…

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Geraldton Apprentices’ Fight It Out

The battle for Geraldton’s Leading Apprentice rider will go to the wire with Randy Tan and Clint Johnston-Porter fighting it out for honours With one meeting remaining before the 2015-16 season draws to a close on Sunday, April 24, Tan and Johnston-Porter are tied for the lead. Tan took full advantage of Johnston-Porters absence from…

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WA Derby History

The WA Derby was first run in 1888 and won by Harridan. Western Australia’s premier staying race for three-year-olds was run twice in 1993 with Beaujolais Boy taking out the May edition and Firing Range later in December. Notable winners include Plastered (2005), Beaux Art (1994), Heroicity (1992), Belele (1989), Stormy Rex (1977), Ngawyni (1975),…

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Sofia Rose Too Good In Oaks

The spelling paddock awaits Saturday’s Group I $1 million Australian Oaks winner Sofia Rosa while trainer Stephen Marsh plans a Melbourne spring carnival campaign. Sofia Rosa proved too good in the Australian Oaks. Photo: Steve Hart Enjoying a trouble free run under Hugh Bowman, Sofia Rosa was settled sixth with cover to the home turn…

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Lucia Valentina Blitzes Them

Kris Lees thought Lucia Valentina would be taking on Australia’s star of the turf earlier in the week but his mare became the headline act in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. Lucia Valentina charged home to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart Lees admitted he thought Lucia Valentina would…

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