Rock Magic To Overcome Roma Cup Hoodoo

There are several big obstacles going against Rock Magic in Saturday’s Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Ascot. No horse has won the race as a nine-year-old and no horse has won it on three occasions. Seven horses have gone close by winning it twice, including Rock Magic, but no thoroughbred has completed an historic…

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Crucial Preparation Beckons For Black Sabbath

Promising three-year-old Black Sabbath is primed to make a strong return to racing in the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame Handicap (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday, according to co-trainer Todd Harvey. The Blackfriars gelding endured wretched luck with barrier draws last campaign, where he managed three placings from five starts. Since then, Black Sabbath produced…

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Malibu In Fine Style For Goodwood Says Parnham

Trainer Neville Parnham says Malibu Style’s consistency will take him a long way in his bid for a maiden Group 1 victory in the $750,000 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday. Malibu Style is coming out of a strong second to I Am Someone in last fortnight’s Listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m) at Warrnambool and…

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Brodie Kirby Back With A Bang

Do the crime, do the time; that’s exactly what talented apprentice jockey Brodie Kirby has done. The 23-year-old was forced to sit on the sidelines for six months following a suspension for returning a positive swab at a Belmont trials meeting on September 17 last year and made his return to the saddle less than…

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History Of Roma Cup

ROMA CUP BACKGROUND Perth’s premier winter sprint was first run in 1966 and won by Summer Storm, a six-year-old gelding that was trained by Harold Campbell and ridden by Danny Miller. The Roma Cup was run over 2000m in 1966, 1600m in 1967, 1968 & 1974, 1400m in 1969-70 and 1200m from 1980. From 1980…

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Newman Comeback Gets Closer

Scottish-born hoop Lee Newman’s return from serious injury moved a giant step closer and he remains confident of making a comeback in the next few weeks. Newman, who underwent spinal fusion surgery after fracturing his neck and back in a fall at Pinjarra in January 2018, has been cleared by doctors to climb back in…

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Former Perth Sprinter On Trial For Brisbane Carnival

Co-trainer David Eustace is eyeing an interstate trip for former Perth galloper Bam’s On Fire after her fighting victory in the Le Pines Funeral Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield last Saturday. Taken to the inside approaching the home turn by jockey Nikita Beriman, Bam’s On Fire surged to the front passing the 200m and defeated favourite…

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Miller Reaps Rewards From Special Type

A Winterbottom Stakes campaign beckons for star three-year-old Special Reward, following a career best performance in the Vale Kent Johnston Handicap (1200m) at Ascot today. The son of Demerit was forced to settle three-wide without cover for the sprint event, but fought on tenaciously to score a 3/4 length win. Jockey Chloe Azzopardi was positive…

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Specialism To Capitalise On Lack Of Star Power

Tough filly Specialism looks set to continue her winning ways tomorrow, when she lines up in the Bruno Ottavino Memorial Plate (1200m) at Ascot. The Safeguard filly scored an impressive win over 1000m last Saturday, after she was held up for clear running for much of the straight. Specialism will back-up off seven days for…

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