IT’S A MATTER OF FACT IN RACONTEUR STAKES

Chris and Michael Gangemi can’t wait for Saturday’s Raconteur Stakes (1400m) at Belmont. The co-trainers saddle up Written Matter who tests his credentials in black-type for the first time. The lightly-raced three-year-old is undefeated and has earned high praise after his two wins. On debut at Ascot, he led from barrier to post before backing…

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PIKE HAPPY FOR GRACEFUL BACK UP

Champion jockey William Pike has no doubt Graceful Girl can back up and elevate to stakes company after her impressive win at Belmont on Saturday. The Grant and Alana Williams-trained filly charged down the outside after being last to the turn and beat Timely Outburst and Divine Pair comfortably. Raced by Bob and Sandra Peters,…

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BROOME NO CROSS TO BEAR FOR COMEBACK JOCKEY

The thrill of race riding and the exhilaration of winning can be intoxicating for a jockey. Conversely battles with injuries, form and opportunities can be exasperating. Unfortunately for Kayla Cross her recent history falls into the latter category. That’s why her win at Broome last Saturday was tinged with an added layer of personal satisfaction.…

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RACONTEUR: BORN A CHAMPION.

The Raconteur Stakes, run at Listed level for three-year-old’s, headlines racing at Belmont this Saturday. The race was named in honor of one of Western Australia’s great horses and an inductee into the WA Racing Hall Of Fame in 2017.   Foaled in the Spring of 1949 at Perringa Stud, owner and breeder and WA…

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PATEMAN ITCHING TO GET BACK TO BROOME

You never understand how much you value or appreciate something until it’s taken away. There are many matters we fail to realise the true value of until they are missing from our lives. For thoroughbred trainer, Darryn Pateman, those sentiments ring loud and clear. For more than a decade, the veteran horseman would swap the…

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BABY BROTHER FIRES ON DEBUT

It’s too early to draw comparisons to his half-brother Vega Magic, but co-trainer Sean Casey liked what he saw from debutant Magic To Exceed at Belmont on Wednesday. In what Casey hopes will be a sign of things to come, Magic To Exceed made the perfect start to his career by winning the Regent Theatre…

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Queensland still on the agenda for Durrant

Despite being unable to secure a flight out of Perth for stable stars Come Play With Me and Massimo this week, trainer Adam Durrant is still planning a raid on Queensland feature races with the pair. Group 1 winner Come Play With Me was scheduled to tackle the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2400m) at Eagle…

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Kay Cee ready to roll

Group 1-winning mare Kay Cee is in top order and ready for a race return in this Saturday’s Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) according to Hall of Fame trainer Neville Parnham. The $1.26 million-earner hasn’t raced since finishing 10th in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 5 following an indifferent campaign but has…

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Trainers’ Say: Belmont Opening Day

LINDSEY SMITH: R3: TABtouch Westspeed Platinum Handicap (1600m) #3 BORN TO TRY ($1.85): “They’re good races for this horse. She made a mistake herself the other day being slow out and it put her in a bad spot so he (Chris Parnham) couldn’t do a lot about it. Going back to Belmont will be a big…

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