HADDON A THORN TO BROOME SPRINT RIVALS

Jockey Colin Haddon is confident Desert Thorn can justify his market status and win the Tabtouch Broome Sprint (1300m) for the second time in three years on Tuesday. Desert Thorn has won four races in Broome this season including his past two and in an open event the Jim Enright-trained eight-year-old holds $3.80 favouritism. “I’ve…

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CELISANO LAND FIRST PRIZE AS TRAINER

Dom Celisano is off the mark after sealing his first win as an owner-trainer at Pinjarra last Thursday. The 47-year-old had Red Dwarf go around in the Glenn Money Maiden (1600m) and the lightly-raced six-year-old didn’t let him down with a 1 ¼ length victory. At just his fourth career start, Red Dwarf stormed home…

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THE TOP 7 FROM BELMONT PARK

1-ASHLEY MALEY Not one, not two, but three wins for Ashley Maley in a career-best training performance. Megadon launched the day in the opener, Bad Wolf continued in race four and Sluice Box, in a rout, finished it in the last when he won by five lengths. The stable are good celebrators and you can…

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MCAULIFFE OVERCOMES TESTING TIMES

Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. Robert H. Schuller’s quote could easily be echoed by Darren McAuliffe. Racing folk are a resilient lot, often having to adapt to adversity and grueling setbacks. It’s a fickle game that is often an examination of character and temperament. Loss of races, injuries to star horses and the…

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KENNEY’S BELMONT FAVOURITES

Paige Kenney hopes Tabtouch has got it right rating two of her runners at Belmont on Wednesday. In-form mare Poker Face and luckless four-year-old Starlift hold favouritism in current Tabtouch markets. Poker Face is $2.60 for the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet Handicap (1000m) and Starlift $3.60 for the All Flags Signs & Banners Handicap (1300m). Paige…

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ASCOT CARNIVAL UNLIKELY FOR WINTER STAR

Amid Perth’s wet and gloomy winter, The Spruiker has been the shining light on local racing. The I’m All The Talk gelding has been a revelation for veteran trainer Steve Wolfe, winning five straight races in an unbeaten Belmont campaign. Aside from boosting to his strike rate, The Spruiker has lifted prizemoney and bonuses to…

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The Top 7 From Belmont Park

1-CHRIS PARNHAM Take a bow Chris Parnham. National Jockey champion after 201 wins, his first G1 triumph with Truly Great in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m), a G2 Perth Cup that he shared with his trainer-father Neville Parnham after Neufbosc scored and a further four wins at G3 and eight at Listed level. And for…

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BURKE HOPES TO REPEAT HISTORY-MAKING DOUBLE

Natalie Burke hopes the racing ‘gods’ are just as kind to her at Port Hedland as they were at Roebourne last week. In the sweetest of days for Burke she celebrated her best day in racing with a memorable history-making double. Kick-starting Burke’s treasured milestone was Bernardini five-year-old Counter Drive in the $30,000 Karratha Sprint…

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WA RACING SET TO RECEIVE RECORD FUNDING

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has today announced an annual boost in funding to the State’s racing industry of more than $10 million for the 2021-22 season. A further $30.7 million has been earmarked towards infrastructure projects to ensure the industry’s ongoing sustainability. Projects include the re-development of the Bunbury Turf Club, which will…

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