GOOD TIMES FOR VAHALA

The good times look set to continue for trainer Stefan Vahala-both short and long term. The 36-year-old has a small team of horses in work, but has hit a purple patch of form in recent weeks. Vahala has trained four winners from his past five runners with former Kiwi galloper Tuscan Holiday his latest success…

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NEW SENIOR INVESTIGATOR IN WA RACING

Highly experienced investigator Tony Walton has been appointed to help safeguard the rigorous standards of racing integrity in Western Australia. Racing and Wagering Western Australia Chief Racing Integrity Officer Denis Borovica said Mr Walton, a long-serving WA police detective, was selected from a large number of quality applicants for the position. “Tony’s impressive career includes…

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BABY PARIS FOR PLACID ARK SAYS WEBSTER

Trainer Colin Webster says the $500,000 Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) looms as a lucrative option for his classy filly, Baby Paris. The daughter of hot sire Playing God, Baby Paris is expected to tackle the Listed race in November after successfully completing a cameo winter campaign on the weekend. Baby Paris, ridden by Peter Knuckey,…

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HALL CELEBRATES FIRST WIN

It didn’t take long for Mack Hall to make his way to the winner’s enclosure. While Belmont Park’s Wednesday meeting was conducted under dark and grey skies, Hall enjoyed the brightest moment of his fledgling career. Hall celebrated his first win as a trainer when he’s well-backed gelding Gin ‘N’ Swanic easily won the Amelia…

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CLASSY BITOFMERIT BACK ON TRACK

Classy Demerit galloper Bitofmerit has overcome a viral complaint and is back on track for a return to racing, according to trainer, Michael Campbell. Bitofmerit has not raced since finishing second-last to Snipparoochy in a 1200m handicap at Belmont five weeks ago, his first career loss. The bubble burst for the richly talented gelding who…

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NERODIO & BAKRANICH: A PERFECT MATCH

As she was coming through the ranks and making a go at training full time, Stephanie Bakranich was hopeful of landing a good horse to give her fledging career a kick along. Enter Nerodio. The Playing God gelding fortuitously walked into Bakranich’s stable three years ago and since then the pair has formed a formidable…

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GUN MARE TRANSFERS TO NEW STABLE

Jim Taylor is looking forward to the challenge of preparing talented mare Searchin’ Roc’s. The four-year-old has transferred to his care from David Harrison and Taylor is excited by the challenge ahead. “I probably wouldn’t have taken her because she’s a bad barrier horse, but I don’t mind a challenge,” Taylor told The Races WA.…

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DURRANT NOT DREAMING BIG WITH FILLY

10-time leading trainer Adam Durrant isn’t going to raise the bar too high for multiple blacktype winning filly Constant Dreaming, as she edges closer to the start of a new campaign. Constant Dreaming won the Listed 1000 Guineas (1800m) and Natasha Stakes (2200m), before she finished third as a short-price favourite in the Group 3…

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