PINNACLES OPENS DOOR FOR SLOT RACE: PETERS

Leading owner and breeder Bob Peters has thrown his support behind the recently revamped Perth spring and summer carnival and feels it could open the door for even more feature races in that period. Peters, who won all three Group 1 races during last year’s TABtouch Masters series, said he expected series would attract nationwide…

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MCGRUDDY RARING TO GO

Top jockey Shaun McGruddy is raring to go ahead of a return to the saddle at Belmont on Saturday. McGruddy’s spell on the sidelines ends after making a quicker than expected recovery from a back injury. The experienced hoop anticipated being out of action for up to eight weeks, but makes his return after a…

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NEW LEADER FOR WA RACING

Western Australian racing expert David Hunter has been appointed Acting Chief Racing Officer of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA). Over the last 18 years, David has been an integral part of the organisation’s leadership team across several business areas. From Manager Thoroughbred Racing, David moved into tri-code management as Commercial Racing and Planning Manager…

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BROOME DELIGHT FOR EMOTIONAL BARTON

Casino War turned in an impressive and tough performance at Broome on Saturday, giving fledgling trainer Anthony Barton an emotional and notable victory. Sent out a $9 chance in the field of seven starters, Casino War covered ground out wide from gate seven, but gave a kick in the straight and prevailed by 3 ½…

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Belmont Park: The Top 7

1-DEVOTED The partnership of owners Bob and Sandra Peters and trainer Michael Grantham is building a head of steam, combining for their first feature success on the back of talented three-year-old, Devoted, winning a strong edition of the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1400m). The Xtravagant gelding went shin sore after running third to Treasured Star in…

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LINDSEY SMITH TO MAINTAIN PERTH STABLE

Lindsey Smith will continue to maintain a satellite stable in Perth, hosing down speculation he would be exiting Western Australian racing. A prominent figure in WA racing circles for more than 25 years, the multiple G1 trainer moved to Victoria three years ago. The affable horseman took over Darren Weir’s stables in Warrnambool after the…

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DANCE SESSION DEFIES EXPECTATIONS

Speedy filly Dance Session made the best possible start after a stable change when she led from start to finish and won the Rhonda Worthington Handicap (1000m) at Belmont on Wednesday by a half-length. Dance Session made her first appearance for Mitchell Pateman following a short tenure under Jim Taylor and repaid owners immediately after…

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WA RACING GETS BIGGEST CASH BOOST IN HISTORY

WA racing will receive its biggest-ever uplift with a three-year financial commitment, which will see an extra $30 million in recurring funding by 2025. Strong revenue growth and careful financial management has allowed Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) to raise funding for all three codes of racing and provide the certainty of a three-year…

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