Azzopardi Makes Ground In Rising Star

Jade McNaught is on track to win the Rising Stars series, but the battle for second is hotting up. After her best day in the saddle at Ascot on Saturday, comeback apprentice Chloe Azzopardi has shot up the leader board to sit in second position. Azzopardi, just three weeks since her return to riding, scored…

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Top Rider Suffers Setback

A visit to the specialist last week has failed to provide any clarity for injured jockey, Brad Parnham. The top rider was hoping to receive the all clear from the medical experts to resume riding again. Parnham is itching to get back in the saddle, but spinal fusion surgery from last year has delayed his…

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Jordan’s Special Sires Feeling

Ascot trainer Paul Jordan is quietly confident that Specialism is poised to return to the winner’s stall and end her juvenile campaign in the same manner as she started it last year. Specialism won her opening two races in November in very good style and ran a close second to Jericho Missile in the Crystal…

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Cockney Crew Spelled

WA Derby runner-up Cockney Crew has been spelled and will not pursue an Adelaide campaign next month. Cockney Crew gave race favourite Regal Power an almighty scare in the Group 2 feature last Saturday going down by a short-head. It followed bold showings in both the J.C. Roberts Stakes (1800m) and Melvista Stakes (2200m), where…

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Dig Deep Out Of The Sires

Dig Deep has been scratched from the WA Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) after the top sprinter was found to have a foot abscess. The Ben and Dan Pearce-trained two-year-old had been the $2.20 favourite for the Group 3 feature race at Ascot on Good Friday. Dig Deep held favouritism after his brilliant win in the…

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History Of WA Sires Produce Stakes

SIRES BACKGROUND The Sires was first run and won by filly Florabel in 1911. It held Group 2 status from 1980 to 1990 and Group 3 from 1991. The 2005 Sires was run at Belmont Park Notable winners include Bomber Bill (1998), Nicopolis (1962), Hardrada (2002) and Eurythmic (1919). KARRAKATTA PLATE – SIRES DOUBLE Karrakatta…

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Classy Money Maher Close To Return

Money Maher’s return from an extended injury layoff moved one step closer after his second trial hit out at Lark Hill on Monday. The richly talented four-year-old travelled wide in his 950m heat, but finished strongly to be clear of Diamond Tonique and Undisclosed at the post. The three-time stakes winner has been off the…

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More Cup Wins Ahead For Media Baron

Trainer David Harrison has won a host of Perth’s major races, but admitted winning his home town Geraldton Cup (2100m) with Media Baron on Sunday gave him special satisfaction. “It was a great thrill,” Harrison told the Races WA. “It’s great to come back and see all my old owners and everything. “It’s my hometown…

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McNaught Maintains Runaway Rising Star Lead

Apprentice Jade McNaught has maintained her runaway lead in the Rising Star Series. The talented young rider has never been headed since the series commenced on April 4. She opened with a double at Geraldton and followed up with more wins at Ascot, Bunbury and Albany. McNaught posted her eighth Rising Star victory at Sunday’s Geraldton…

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McAuliffe Raves About Altani In Raconteur Stakes

Darren McAuliffe says his faith in Altani will be validated when the three-year-old takes on black-type company for the first time in the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1500m) at Ascot on Saturday. Altani, a daughter of Universal Ruler, steps up to stakes grade after winning an Albany maiden by close to four lengths and McAuliffe confidently…

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