Peter Fernie:The King Of Kalgoorlie

The Fernie name has been synonymous with Goldfields racing for the best part of six decades and, when you think of WA’s best country trainers, Peter Fernie rates at the top of a highly-regarded list. The third-generation trainer and Kalgoorlie born-and-bred 53 year old has prepared more than 650 winners since taking out his training…

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Beaux Breaks Through

Beaux Banovic-Edwards claimed her first Ascot winner when she guided High Tea to victory in the Hahn Superdry Handicap (1500m) on Wednesday. For Banovic-Edwards, a 3kg claiming apprentice, it was her sixth win overall and first in the city after she commenced her apprenticeship at Pinjarra last August. The 22-year-old gave High Tea a perfect…

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Variation On Track For Old Comrade Stakes

Trainer Stephen Miller is confident quality gelding Variation has the fitness to get the job done and return to the winner’s list in the Listed Old Comrade Stakes (1600m). The $100,000 race forms part of Miller’s dual-pronged attack on two of Saturday’s Ascot features with Bubaroochy set to tackle the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m).…

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Vega Can Rediscover The Magic: Hayes

Trainer David Hayes is confident he has former West Australian sprinter Vega Magic primed to make a successful return to racing in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. The Lope De Vega gelding hasn’t been seen since he finished last in the Everest on a heavy Randwick track in October,…

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Harrison Scores Early Win

Although much of trainer David Harrison’s focus this week will be on Jericho Missile in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m), he scored a nerve-settling win with another two-year-old Silkinize in the D’Orsogna Maiden (1100m) at Ascot this afternoon. Silkinize settled outside race leader Joyrize in running, before eventually proving too strong in the closing…

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Karrakatta Plate: What History Says

KARRAKATTA PLATE OVERVIEW The first winner of the juvenile race, staged in 1900 when it was run over 1000m, was Willie. The Karrakatta Plate has held Group 2 status from 1979-84 and since 1999.  Between 1985-to-1998 it was run as a Group 1 The race was not held in 1901, 1993 and 1997, while the…

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Karrakatta Plate Light For Karen Kersley

To win the Karrakatta Plate would be a thrill for any trainer. To grab bragging honours in Perth’s richest and most prestigious race for two-year-olds is one to covet. But for Karen Kersley it would mean so much more than just the rich prize purse on offer or any sense of egotism. It would hopefully…

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Azzopardi Replaces Azzopardi

As one Azzopardi leaves another is ready to come back in. While Joe Azzopardi left Perth on Monday to fulfil a riding contract in Singapore, his younger sister, Chloe, is returning to the saddle. In 2014 Azzopardi took a break from racing after she suffered the scourge of many jockeys-the battle against increasing weight. What…

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Morton Turns East For Karrakatta Partner

Dan Morton has turned to interstate rider Joe Bowditch to partner Beethoven in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday. Bowditch, fresh from riding Viddora in the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai on the weekend, takes over from the injured Clint Johnston-Porter. The young hoop has failed to gain a medical clearance…

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Potent Combination Continue Oaks Success

Dark Choice continued a remarkable run for owner Bob Peters, co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams and jockey Chris Parnham with an outstanding win in the $250,000 Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday. Dark Choice, who gave Peters, Perth’s leading owner-breeder his 10th WA Oaks success, defeated Ping Me Another by a half-length…

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