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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Hagley’s Dual Broome Success

Michelle Hagley completed a unique achievement in WA racing on the weekend, vindicating her decision to take on a new role. Hagley, who holds both a jockey and trainer’s license, rode four-year-old gelding Big Blows to victory at Broome last Saturday. Big Blows gave Hagley her first victory as a trainer after she began a…

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Ping Me Another Back Again For Winter Campaign

Just when you thought she was done and dusted for the winter and enjoying a well-deserved spell in the paddock, Ping Me Another is back for another campaign. The durable Musket filly, trained by Chris Willis, will launch the first leg of a feature race trifecta in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.…

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Miller’s Double Guineas Hopes

Trainer Simon Miller has never tasted success in the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m), but he gets a wonderful opportunity to breakthrough on Saturday. The Ascot-based horseman will have a double hand in the $100,000 feature, but it’s gun filly Flirtini who is drawing the most attention from punters. The daughter of Artie Schiller heads TAB…

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Father And Son To Form Training Alliance

First there was one, now there is two and soon they will become a duo. The Fernie name, synonymous with Kalgoorlie racing, is set to expand. Peter Fernie and his 22-year-old son Luke will form a training alliance in August. Peter Fernie, considered one of the best country trainers in Western Australia, will continue to…

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A History Of The Belmont Guineas

Saturday at Belmont will feature the 39th running of the Listed Belmont Guineas. (1600m). BACKGROUND The Belmont Guineas was first staged in 1980 and won by Queen Inca, ridden by Mark Grisby and trained by Colin Webster. Elorance ran second and Given Vision placed third. Queen Inca, who also won the Champion Fillies Stakes and…

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A History Of The Bolton Sprint

BOLTON SPRINT  The H.G.Bolton Sprint, a 1200m Listed race, was named in honour of, Harry Bolton, who was considered the foremost administrator of racing in Western Australia. Inducted into the WA Racing Hall of Fame (2012), Bolton was instrumental in the formation of the TAB, introduced starting gates and the implementation movable running rail. The…

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No Fears For Newman In Belmont Guineas

Fresh from upsetting the all-conquering ‘cerise and white’ army of owner-breeder Bob Peters and co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams, comeback back jockey Lee Newman is prepared to do it for second time in a feature event at Belmont on Saturday. Newman and the Darren McAuliffe-trained Gatting caused a major boil over last weekend when they…

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