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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Taylor doing rain dance ahead of Belmont return

With rain of up to 20 millimeters forecast to hit Perth on Saturday, trainer Darren Taylor is hoping that the heavens open ahead of Belmont’s opening meeting of the year. The Middle Swan-based horseman prepares a boutique team of gallopers and will be represented by stable flagbearers She’s God To You and Puli, who have…

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Pope confident about return of the Jedi

Leading Pinjarra horseman Brett Pope will saddle-up five runners at today’s Pinjarra Park meeting, all of whom will be having their first starts back from a spell. After a crippling stable virus derailed the campaigns of several of his charges during the spring and summer, the Peel trainer is looking forward to starting fresh with…

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MAROCCHINO’S GOLDEN CAMPAIGN CONTINUES

Marocchino’s golden campaign reached its peak when the emerging Lou Luciani-trained stayer won his fourth straight race at Ascot on Saturday. After wins in the Albany Cup (2100m) and Diggers Cup (1800m), Marocchino claimed a runaway victory in the $100,000 Eurythmic Stakes (2150m). Marocchino never surrendered the lead after being sent forward by in form…

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