Peters Pair Cruise In Features

True Attraction and Mystery Miss were well fancied to take out the two feature events at Belmont Park, in the colours of owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters. They didn’t disappoint. The pair bought up blacktype win number 26 and 27 of the season for the Peters’, the most they have recorded. True Attraction was the…

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Smith Hoping Saturday Will Be Great…Again

It’s already been a landmark week for trainer Lindsey Smith and come Saturday afternoon it could be even better. Smith scored his first Victorian winners at Ballarat on Tuesday since he took over Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stable earlier this year. He will be well represented on both sides of the nation come Saturday afternoon, with…

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Willis To Have Another Ping At Cerise And White

Trainer Chris Willis is under no illusions how big a job his brave filly Ping Me Another has in front of her in Saturday’s Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m). Once again, the Musket filly will present one of the main threats to a star three-year-old donning the famous cerise and white colours of owner-breeders Bob and…

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Staples And Radford Get Consolation Prize

The trainer-jockey combination of Rhys Radford and Craig Staples have enjoyed some well-deserved success at Belmont Park this afternoon, with Son Of Bacchus taking out the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1700m). The pair have spent much of the past month working out how to defeat star duo Galaxy Star and Gatting with Railway Stakes winner Great…

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Silver Lining For Samizdat Before The Golden Eagle

Boom three-year-old Samizdat will get a chance to enhance his Golden Eagle credentials in Sydney, with connections eager to run the gelding in the Silver Eagle (1300m) on October 12. Samizdat produced a courageous performance in taking out yesterday’s Nola Schlam 90th Birthday Handicap (1200m) under the heavy impost of 62kg. It took the Chris Gangemi-trained…

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Galaxy Star Steals The Strickland

It wasn’t easy, but Galaxy Star has potentially ended her career on a winning note, taking out the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont Park this afternoon. Gatting, who got the better of Galaxy Star last start in the Hyperion Stakes, established what looked to be an unassailable in the concluding stages, only for…

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Free Trade A Favourite For Parnham

Talented galloper Free Trade is primed for the toughest test of his career to date when he lines up in the Crown Perth Handicap (1200m) at Belmont on Saturday, according to jockey Chris Parnham. The son of Trade Fair scored back-to-back wins last month, but heads into Saturday’s event off a six week break after…

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History Of The Strickland Stakes

STRICKLAND STAKES The $150,000 Group 3 Strickland Stakes over 2000m headlines racing at Belmont on Saturday. Here is an overview of the races’ history. BACKGROUND The Strickland Stakes is a Group 3 race held under weight for age conditions. Brown & Black, a six-year-old mare, ridden by T.O’Brien was the first recoded winner. The race…

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Samizdat’s Golden Plans

Michael Gangemi says any future plans for quality three-year-old Samizdat won’t become clearer until after he completes a winter campaign in Perth. Gangemi and his brother Chris, who prepares Samizdat, have always held a high opinion of their promising galloper and are keeping their options open. Samizdat has carried high expectations for the Gangemi stable…

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Erkelens Has Tough Strickland Decision To Make

Trainer Justine Erkelens remains unsure whether to back-up tough mare Friar Fox in next week’s Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m), following her win at Belmont yesterday. Friar Fox, ridden by Jade McNaught, scored her first win since an eastern states campaign, narrowly defeating the well supported Send My Love in the Happy Birthday 60th Diana Williams…

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