Abdicator In Fine Form For Farnley

Trainer Darren McAuliffe’s attention will largely be focused on the happenings at Flemington tomorrow, but he’s bullish he has the right horse to score in the feature event at Belmont Park. McAuliffe has Gatting and Rebel King engaged in feature races in Melbourne, where he will be on Saturday, while Abdicator will fly the Impressive…

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Veteran On Song For Carnarvon Cup

Trainer Greg Beauglehole is upbeat about the chances of claiming the Tabtouch Carnarvon Cup (2000m) with evergreen galloper I’m A Bluebagger on Saturday. The Helenus 10-year-old has been an outstanding performer for Beauglehole all his career, compiling a record of eight wins and 15 placings from 62 starts. I’m A Bluebagger is chasing his second…

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting Western Australian Racing Trainers Association (Inc.) Friday 27th September, 12 noon Ascot Racecourse. Licensed trainers are advised that the AGM for the WA Racing Trainers Association (WARTA) is to be held on the last Friday in September and that nominations for four (4) positions on the committee for a two…

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Miller Aims For Special Reward

Perth trainer Simon Miller has announced big race plans for his promising four-year-old Special Reward after he impressively won a Lark Hill trial on Monday. Ridden by Chris Parnham, Special Reward sat outside of the leader and extended strongly in the straight to defeat stable mate Lady Cosmology and Gatting. The Demerit gelding, who is…

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Farnley Stakes: What History Says

FARNLEY STAKES OVERVIEW The first recorded winner of the Farnley Stakes was Kalamunda (1945), a Remarc five-year-old that was ridden by J Meyers. Notable winners include:  Raconteur (1952), Herocity (1993), Idyllic Prince (2009) and Rock Magic (2014). There have been three dead-heats: Makatilla & Pleasure Cruise (1977), Wool Zone & Rare Flyer (1982) and Official…

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Miss West Coast On The Rise Says Andrews

Trainer Trevor Andrews is hopeful Miss West Coast can be a major three-year-old force at the Ascot carnival following an impressive trial performance on Monday. Miss West Coast, who was having her first hit out since the Karrakatta Plate (1200m) in April, settled midfield and flashed home strongly to defeat Prince Devoutly and Niccovi. Under…

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Durrant Candid About His Jedaffair

After illustrating positive signs last season, champion trainer Adam Durrant is confident Jedaffair can make a winning return at Belmont on Saturday. Off the back of two lead-up trials at Pinjarra and Lark Hill, Jedaffair is ready to launch her Ascot carnival campaign in the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1300m). The Trade Fair mare, bought for…

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Fred Dag Ruled Out Of Ascot Carnival

Emerging Bruce Watkins-trained four-year-old Fred Dag is out of the Ascot carnival. The Bunbury trainer said scans revealed Fred Dag to have suffered a sesamoid injury. It’s a major blow for Watkins who had been considering a shot at the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) with Fred Dag. Rated by Watkins as the best horse…

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Lindsey Smith: Larrikin Meets Genuis

Trainer Lindsey Smith celebrated a rare interstate feature race double last Saturday when his seven-year-old stablemates, Scales of Justice and Great Again, took out the $1,000,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and $100,000 Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes at Belmont respectively. The multiple Group 1-winning horseman has polarised the media and general racing fraternity across…

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