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The Victorian picnic racing season is off to a late start at Woolamia on Saturday. Will be an unusual meeting with no public admittance, no bookies, no booze etc.

You can get on an picnicbet.com.

No hens or buck parties, divorce celebration groups or the just here for the booze groups.No members privileges as there are no members.

Life won’t be the same.

The handicapper must have been on the singing syrup to give one horse 72kg on a 64 Kg minimum when they have all won one race!

Ray Douglas, who should be nearly ready for the pension has 1 ride, as a late alteration and he only has to make 67kg. Looks a moral. Don’t think he is driving down there for the view.

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Towradji, I thought the jockeys at the picnics are amateurs :?:

Well at least they were when Ray piloted 'Play On Water' to victory for me at Yea back in 2003. :D
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Winterbottom reward for Rawiller


Brad Rawiller (Image: Racing Photos/Reg Ryan)
Brad Rawiller (Image: Racing Photos/Reg Ryan)

Brad Rawiller gained instant return for relocating to Western Australia as 82-handicap rater Elite Street won the $1m G1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Just two weeks after completing his quarantine period from Victoria into Western Australia, Rawiller guided Elite Street ($31) to victory ahead of the fast finishing Celebrity Queen ($12).

Eleven-year-old gelding Rock Magic ($31) turned back the clock in finishing third while Godolphin's Trekking ($1.75 favourite) ran fourth in the Winterbottom for the second consecutive year.

Elite Street is trained by Daniel Morton, the man who oversaw Scenic Blast's ascent to Australia's best sprinter, culminating with success at Royal Ascot in 2009.

An eastern seaboard campaign for Elite Street, winner of five of eight starts, now appears likely as the four-year-old Street Boss gelding won the Winterbottom five months after winning his maiden with his two lead-up victories coming in Benchmark 72 Handicaps.

Elite Street last 5 starts
Elite Street last 5 starts



“When he (Daniel Morton) offered me the ride I looked at his form and, look, you can only win," Rawiller told SKY Thoroughbred Central.

“He looked impressive. I certainly thought he was a horse that deserved a shot at mixing it with the best.

“I galloped him on Tuesday morning and he just really was strong. With the three weeks between runs he probably needed that gallop to just take that edge off him and it worked out.

“At the 300-metre mark (in his trackwork) I thought I could explode if I wanted to but I didn’t want to leave it on the track then.

“Dan was stoked with his work and said ‘he’s ready’ and I’ve got so much respect for Dan, the work he did with Scenic Blast in Melbourne and overseas, he is a great, great trainer.

“When I had his confidence, I thought, ‘yep, we’re on song’. You’ve got a horse like Trekking who would be favourite in any Group 1 1200-metre race in Australia and we’ve made him look at our tail end at the winning post.”

Elite Street takes out the Group 1 Winterbottom at Ascot
Elite Street takes out the Group 1 Winterbottom at Ascot

Rawiller notched his 25th Group 1 success aboard Elite Street, his fourth top level win in Western Australia after past wins on Niconero (2006 and 2008 Kingston Town Classic) and Chartreux (2010 WATC Derby) for Lindsay Park Racing.

The 42-year-old jockey won six Group 1 races aboard Black Heart Bart from May 2016 to September 2019 but was unable to win at the highest level aboard any other horse through that period.

Black Heart Bart's final trainer, Lindsey Smith, offered Rawiller the opportunity to work for him in Western Australia.

“I rode a horse for Lindsey Smith at Bendigo on a Wednesday, I hadn’t ridden for him in Victoria since Black Heart Bart, so it came as a bit of a shock the next day when he said ‘look Brad, I think there’s a great opportunity for you over in Perth and basically give it a trial for a couple of months’,” Rawiller said.

“I’ve always had a great time when I’ve been in Perth and I straight away liked the idea.

“When I told my wife and gave her the news of the idea she was all over it. The kids finished their school this year and then they can come and start their school (in Perth) next year. It seemed the right blueprint.

“My wife is a Virgin flight attendant and she’s got friends in Perth so I had her backing to give it a try.

“The Winterbottom is one of the great sprint races in Australia, to get the opportunity was huge and when you can deliver, it's even better,” Rawiller said.

Brad Rawiller after victory.
Brad Rawiller after victory.


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Princess Jenni to take out the Pakenham Cup today. Lumps 61kg around from gate 10, but I still think she's the one to beat. Attorney clearly the main threat.

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Not having a bet today, it just looks too hard.

In the Cup, my guess is:

1 - No. 5 Creedence
2 - No. 3 Haky
3 - No. 10 Red Alto

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Some photos taken by my wife some years ago of the Black Caviar Statue at Nagambie, Victoria.
https://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/High-Country/Things-to-do/History-and-heritage/Black-Caviar-Statue
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Bazza

Nice but see page 4 of this thread.

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Horse share quirky part of house sale

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Think the 'free set of steak knives' promotion from the Demtel ads of the 1990s, but with a difference.

Racing industry veteran Peter Trothe is offering a prize in the form of a 2.5 per cent stake in an unraced gelding by Group 1-winning stallion Casino Prince out of Tambara. A horse he bred himself.

The catch?

To have an entry, you must show genuine interest in buying his home at auction on Saturday. He is selling a two/three-bedroom house with a commercial shopfront in the Sydney suburb of Kingsford.

Situated near Coogee Beach, Trothe is aiming to fetch at least $1.6 million.

But the horse 'giveaway' is aimed more at being a consolation prize than incentive to buy his place.

"I heard so many stories of people telling me how they were trying to buy a home but missing out because someone was outbidding them," Trothe told racing.com.

"I want to make sure that hopefully someone who does miss out on buying it, doesn't go home with nothing, especially when they have spent money on solicitors and the like."

That's not to say the winning bidder can't also win the share in the horse, with 12 months of training feed paid for as well.

All those who request a contract and attend Saturday's auction will go into the draw, but that will only take place if the house sells.

"If the house doesn't sell then I won't be drawing the name out because that's how I can afford to do it," he said.

Trothe's passion and involvement in racing dates back many decades. At one point he ran security for valuable horses including working for Bart Cummings and T.J. Smith, as well as guarding Melbourne Cup winner Kiwi the night before his famous victory in the 1983 edition of the great race.

Should the giveaway take place, the winner will also get to name the gelding, which is currently being trained by Jarrod Austin at Warwick Farm and, according to Trothe, has shown some ability at trackwork.

Perhaps the small share might one day fund the winner a house of their own.


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Star sprinter to call Living Legends home

Beat The Clock winning in Hong Kong (Image: Hong Kong Jockey Club)
Beat The Clock winning in Hong Kong (Image: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

Four-time Group 1 winner Beat The Clock will call Living Legends home from 2021.

The star, who won last year's Hong Kong Sprint, was retired last month after suffering a suspensory injury.

Trained by John Size, who said Beat The Clock was one of the best he's ever handled, the seven-year-old won 10 of his 25 starts.

Living Legends CEO Dr Andrew Clarke said Beat The Clock will start his trek to Australia shortly, confident he will be a hit for visitors once he arrives.

"He is really popular, obviously," Dr Clarke said.

"He is due to fly out of Hong Kong to New Zealand towards the end of December. He will do two weeks' quarantine in New Zealand.

"We haven't got any date or anything confirmed yet."

Living Legends has a strong stable of Hong Kong horses, featuring four - Silent Witness, Good Ba Ba, Bullish Luck and Designs On Rome - that won five horse of the year awards between them.

All Times Lucky, Beauty Only, California Memory, Lucky Nine and Super Jockey are other former Hong Kong horses based at Living Legends.

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Great story, Big Saint.

I hope the Living Legends folk “lean” on the Hong Kong Jockey Club for an annual horse welfare contribution.

HKJC can well afford it and if money comes in at the top, it helps all of us.

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Off to Flemington today for the first time in 9 months. Hooray. :D
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ONYA Brad ! I can't help with any selections. John Allen is not riding today. :(
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It was nice to be back at the races yesterday although it was a very tiring day.

You had to sit on your allotted seat with the only movement for intake & outtake. Not much atmosphere, I would suggest there would have been more on the moon.

Having been told there were no racebooks & you had to download your own these arrived shortly before the second race.


Yesterday's racebook
Yesterday's racebook

Well if it feels like a racebook, looks like a racebook & smells like a racebook, it must be a racebook. There was a little of the left hand not knowing what the righthand was doing there yesterday.

We were told there would be no tote facilities but there would be a bookmaker there. No one seemed to be able to find him. Luckily I could do my bets on my phone as I had a winning day.

My question is this. if 50,000 people or more can go to germy Chadstone Shopping Centre, where there a had a been a major Corona Virus outbreak, without sanitising, without masks & without social distancing, why can't 10,000 people go to the races & be able to move around?

Can you answer that one for me Dan the Man?


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An interesting horse racing cover I picked up recently on eBay:


Steriline Distributors - Starting Gate Division, cancelled Murray Bridge SA machine slogan cancel on 4c QEII red stamp - 26th May 1967 to Newcastle Jockey Club, Newcastle NSW.
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Peter Hatcher's Melbourne 2020 Racing Spring Carnival covers:

100th Cox Plate fdc postmarked Moonee Ponds National fdi postmark- 22nd October 2020
100th Cox Plate fdc postmarked Moonee Ponds National fdi postmark- 22nd October 2020

100th Cox Plate Race Day cover postmarked Moonee Ponds pictorial Cox Plate postmark - 24th October 2020
100th Cox Plate Race Day cover postmarked Moonee Ponds pictorial Cox Plate postmark - 24th October 2020

VRC Derby Race Day cover postmarked Melbourne Cup pictorial postmark - 31st October 2020
VRC Derby Race Day cover postmarked Melbourne Cup pictorial postmark - 31st October 2020

Melbourne Cup Race Day cover postmarked Melbourne Cup pictorial postmark - 3rd November 2020
Melbourne Cup Race Day cover postmarked Melbourne Cup pictorial postmark - 3rd November 2020

VRC Oaks Race Day cover postmarked Melbourne Cup pictorial postmark - 5th November 2020
VRC Oaks Race Day cover postmarked Melbourne Cup pictorial postmark - 5th November 2020

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New from Australia Post, released on December 8, ordered by me December 9 & delivered to my PO Box December 11. That must be some sort of a record by Australia Post :D :


100th Cox Plate Race book with 5 sheetlets of 8 Cox Plate stamps
100th Cox Plate Race book with 5 sheetlets of 8 Cox Plate stamps

Cox Plate Medallion Race Day Souvenir Cover - Moonee Ponds 24th October 2020
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Who is at fault when a horse misses the start by 2 lengths?

Is it the horse? Or, is it the jockey?

Simplistically put question, to what I expect is a more complicated answer......

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Thompson: Why racing bubble remains


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Racing Victoria boss Giles Thompson says he is hopeful racing's bubble remains for weeks, not months and has explained why it is essential it remains in place for the time being.

The bubble, which sees racing participants separated from the general public, was created to help keep the industry going through the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with no current active cases via community transmission in Victoria, pressure is starting to mount to end the bubble and allow owners back into the mounting yard to see their horses.

Thompson said that while he understands the frustration of connections, there are reasons why the bubble has to stay in place.

"It's another massive frustration for people - the racing bubble that exists around the mounting yard and the horse stalls," Thompson told RSN927.

"Participants can leave the course and have a meal with an owner down at the pub, but they can't catch up at the course. But the difference there … when they decide to go to the pub, they have a choice how to manage their social distancing, where at the track it's our responsibility to provide that control and safe environment.

"The second reason is, the numbers we have are restricted at the moment, up to 1000 and now 5000. If the bubble goes on course, it would break that down. Those numbers within the bubble now get included in that bigger number.

"If there is 250 people within the bubble on a race day, and we are only allowed 1000 people there, all of them suddenly disappear. It moves that capacity (to have more people on course).

"The third reason is people have to be seated (on course), so they can't … wander around the course freely."

Thompson said he can't put a timeframe on when the bubble will disappear but is hopeful it won't be long-term.

"I don't think it will be months. We discuss it every week," he said.

"We are desperate to break it as well. But we've got to get over those hurdles.

"I'd like to think it's weeks, not months."

Meanwhile, Thompson is hoping the 2021 All-Star Mile will be allowed to have a significant number of punters on course at The Valley.

This year's All-Star Mile was the first metro meeting run behind closed doors, but an improving COVID-19 situation in Victoria has given racing hope that crowd limits will continue to be increased through the summer.

Up to 5000 people, including the general public, will be allowed at Flemington on Saturday.

"I would be very optimistic, that if we stay as we are … that by the time we are heading into the guts of the Festival Of Racing, we will see some significant numbers come through the gate," he said.

"The All-Star Mile is in March, by then we'd be very disappointed if we weren't up to 15,000 to 20,000 (people on course)."


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Star jockeys stood down for weekend


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Champion jockeys Craig Williams and Nash Rawiller as well as fellow stars Luke Currie and Jake Noonan have been stood down from their riding commitments this weekend after recently returning from New South Wales.

The quartet, in the state for various reasons, have been stood down and have asked them to self-isolate at home pending the result of a COVID-19 test.

New South Wales is currently going through a COVID-19 outbreak, with cases in Sydney surging. It recorded 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the Northern Beaches outbreak total to 28.

Rawiller returned to Sydney to front a Stewards hearing into his ride on Greek Hero, while Noonan rode I Am Vinnie to victory last Saturday.

Currie rode Gleneagles in the Magic Millions 2YO race at Wyong on Wednesday.

Williams, who went on a holiday after riding on December 5, returned to the saddle at Wednesday’s twilight meeting at Caulfield.

Racing.com understands none of the four jockeys have shown any symptoms of COVID-19.

“Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards, acting on the advice of RV’s Chief Medical Officer and in an abundance of caution, have today stood down several jockeys who have returned from Sydney in the past seven days and asked them to self-isolate at home pending the result of a COVID-19 test,” a Racing Victoria statement read.

“Jockeys Craig Williams, Luke Currie, Nash Rawiller and Jake Noonan have been removed by order of the Stewards from their rides at race meetings today (Yarra Valley, The Valley), tomorrow (Flemington) and/or Sunday (Sale, Horsham) and will be replaced by other riders.

“A further update will be provided on these riders once the result of their tests are known in the coming days.”

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales has seen Racing Victoria tighten its protocols for participants from the state.

“The Northern Beaches of NSW are now considered a COVID Hotspot and any licensed participants or owners who have spent time on the Northern Beaches on and from 11 December 2020 will not be permitted to attend any Victorian racecourse or licensed premises until they have completed 14 days self-isolation upon arrival in Victoria,” the statement read.

“Licensed participants will also need to obtain permission from the Stewards before attending any Victorian racecourse or licensed premises.

“Acting in an abundance of caution, any licensed participants who have spent time in Greater Sydney on and from 11 December 2020 are advised to contact the Stewards immediately as they will be required to submit a negative COVID test before being permitted entry to a Victorian racecourse or licensed premises.

“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, transportation of horses from New South Wales (and other states and territories) to Victoria is allowed provided the horses are transported by an approved float company (as set out in Racing Victoria’s protocols) and is permitted by any Government regulations which are in force at the time.”

RV will continue to monitor the situation in Sydney closely and will make changes to industry protocols as required.


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Stop Press

Jake Noonan has now been permitted to ride today after providing a negative test to Covid-19.

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A nice pair:


Official Moonee Valley Racing Club WS Cox Plate Day Race Book
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Official Australia Post 100th Cox Plate Race Book which includes 5 special sheets of 8 100th Cox Plate Stamps
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Gold Coast base for Lee Freedman


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Hall Of Fame trainer Lee Freedman will relocate to Australia after accepting an offer from the Gold Coast Turf Club to train there from March.

The 64-year-old has been based in Singapore since 2017 but said he is looking forward to his return to Australian racing, where he was first licensed to train in 1983.

"Ian Brown, the GCTC racing manager, has outlined the huge infrastructure development plans for the club culminating in night racing as of 2022," Freedman said in a statement on Thursday.

"I believe these developments, plus the healthy prizemoney in southeast Queensland, will elevate the GCTC to an even more exciting racing destination."

When he returns, all four Freedmans from the original FBI (Freedman Brothers Incorporated) will hold training licences in Australia, albeit in three different states with Anthony working alongside his son Sam in Victoria while Richard and Michael are training partners in NSW.

Lee Freedman said the time is right to return home.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time training in Singapore and I offer my thanks to the owners who have supported the stable over my three-and-a-half years here," he said.

"Now is the right time to renew my ambitions in Australia and I look forward to reconnecting with my Australian owner base as well as continue to train horses in Australia for my Hong Kong, Singaporean and Thai clients that have supported me so much in recent years.

"In the meantime, I am aiming to gather a few horses from the upcoming yearling sales."


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Bryony Frost is a happy bunny.
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FairyFoot please tell us more.
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Storm Bella has been a very naughty storm.
Sunday's Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow has been called off because of a waterlogged course.

Organisers said Storm Bella had left a small section of the course impassable after 27 millimetres of rain fell overnight.

This is the fifth time in a decade the race, which is the biggest in the Welsh calendar, has been postponed because of adverse weather conditions.

It has been rescheduled for Saturday, 9 January.
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Bryony Frost creates history on Frodon in King George VI Chase at Kempton

Bryony Frost became the first female jockey to win the King George VI Chase, riding Frodon to victory at Kempton.

The 20-1 chance led throughout the three-mile race and held off the fast-finishing Waiting Patiently (12-1), ridden by Brian Hughes, to give trainer Paul Nicholls his 12th King George win.

Hat-trick-chasing Clan Des Obeaux, the 85-40 favourite, was back in third.

"I have had the absolute best time going round there on him," said a delighted Frost, from Devon.

"He has just smashed everyone's expectations. I don't argue with him too much as he is his own personality.

"I cannot stress how much this horse means to me - he is my life. You dream as a little girl to ride a horse like this."

The win gave Frost her 175th career win, making her become the most successful female National Hunt jockey of all-time.

Frost and Frodon had also made history at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, winning the Grade One Ryanair Chase.

This time, in front of deserted stands at the Surrey track, Frodon was in front by the first fence, allowing Frost to dictate the pace.

Her rivals were never able to get past her and some solid jumping on the home straight maintained the momentum.

Nicholls was surprised that his 12th win in the traditional Boxing Day showpiece had come with the outsider of his four runners.

"It's amazing - although obviously he's a very good horse on his day," he said.

"He loves it round here, and I said to Bryony: 'Just go as quick as you can, keep galloping and sail on - you know he's tough and brave.'

"You've just seen today what a remarkable horse he is. He never knows when he's beaten."
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Thank you FairyFoot.

So racing continues there in England despite Covid. Is there any suggestion that racing maybe cancelled as it was earlier this year particularly with the new mega strain of the virus?

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My guess - Covid secure, no punters/bookies at the track... Professional sports go on... Haven't checked Point-to-Point.
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Australia Maxi-Card 2020 - Queen's Birthday $3.20 Stamp postmarked Elizabeth SA nfdi postmark - 7th April 2020.<br /><br />Queen Elizabeth II shakes hand of jockey James McDonald, who rode her horse Eightsome Reel on day 3 at Royal Ascot on 20th April 2019
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Racing set to continue in Queensland

Saturday's crucial Wave meeting on the Gold Coast has been given the green light to go ahead despite Brisbane heading into a three-day lockdown.

The State Government announced the snap lockdown on Friday morning after a mutant strain of the COVID-19 virus was detected in a hotel quarantine worker.

It had cast a significant cloud over racing leading into two big weekends of racing and the Magic Millions yearling sales on the Gold Coast.

Racing Queensland were locked in meetings with the State Government following the announcement which will see people living in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands council areas locked down.

However RQ confirmed on Friday afternoon that all meetings would be allowed to proceed.

“Racing Queensland has advised that meetings within South East Queensland during the Greater Brisbane lockdown period will proceed,” An RQ statement read.

“In conjunction with Queensland Health, race meetings within the lockdown area will be conducted as patron-free events and are restricted to essential racing personnel working at the race meeting.

“All essential racing personnel are entitled to attend race meetings throughout SEQ for the purposes of work during this period, but must comply with all other Queensland Health directions.

“This includes wearing face masks at all times (excluding jockeys and drivers whilst racing). Jockeys and drivers are required to wear face masks at all other times in the racing areas.”

In making the announcement Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said people could leave their homes for four reasons - essential work, to shop for essentials, to provide essential care, and for exercise.

But racing has been given the all clear to continue.

When Victoria entered a similar lockdown, racing continued and trainers were allowed to continue working their horses.

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale starts on Tuesday, the day after the Brisbane lockdown ends.

The mutant strain – from the UK – is highly contagious. It was discovered in a hotel quarantine worker.

“We are doing this to make sure we are keeping Queenslanders safe,” Palaszczuk said.

“These are tough, strong measures but this strain is incredibly infectious … I am declaring Greater Brisbane a hotspot, and I am also asking my colleagues to declare us a hotspot until we get through this together.”


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Plans made for Prince of Arran

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Three-time Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince of Arran is likely to have his first race for 2021 in Britain before another overseas campaign.

Fellowes told the UK Press Association this week that Prince of Arran had put on plenty of weight after his luckless third-placed finish in the $8m G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 3.

“He’s come back in looking too well, but he didn’t go out until late," Fellowes said.

"He’s come back with a proper belly on him, so I’ll have to get some proper work into him.

“I think I’ll give him a prep run before Saudi, which I’ve not done before, but I just feel he needs it this year, so he might go to Kempton for a Fast-Track Qualifier over two miles in early February.

“That is two weeks before the Saudi Cup and it would work absolutely perfectly, so he’d run there, go to Saudi the following week and then off to Dubai.

"He loves Kempton, two miles there is perfect for him and should he win that – who knows what will happen with the pandemic – but it gives us the option of Finals Day (at Lingfield on Good Friday, April 2) if he gets qualified."

Prince of Arran's principal aims in the first half of 2021 are the US$2.5m (A$3.2m) Red Sea Turf Handicap (3000m) at King Abdulaziz racecourse in Riyadh on February 20 followed by the US$750,000 (A$960,000) G2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) at Meydan on March 27.

Prizemoney for the Dubai Gold Cup has been halved since last year's running, a cumulative total of US$8.5m cut from undercard races on Dubai World Cup Night owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Prince Of Arran, last 5 starts

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Australia Maxi-Card 2017 - Queen's Birthday $2.95 Stamp postmarked Elizabeth SA nfdi postmark -<br />4th April 2020.<br /><br />The Queen &amp; Prince Philip at Royal Ascot.
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125 years of the Hoppegarten racecourse - 1993 German stamp

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German Horses:

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Chautauqua ready for equestrian debut


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Arguably Australia’s most popular horse, Chautauqua, will make his first public appearance in 16 months when he enters the show ring on January 30.

The striking grey’s first event will be in the Off The Track section, with the headline event, fittingly, the Rob Gaylard Memorial.

Gaylard was instrumental in Chautauqua’s post-racing career before he passed away in 2020.

Leviathan owners Rupert Leigh and Peter Wright, are expected to attend the competition, to be held at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre.

Although Chautauqua has been out at small, private events, this is the first opportunity the public will get to see the horse.

Competing in his first equestrian event after transitioning into a show horse in late 2018, rider Casey Bruce is confident that the Grey Flash has what it takes to ‘wow’ judges.

“The event is Show Hack Council Horse of the Year Show. Chautauqua is competing in the Off the Track section,” Bruce said.

“I couldn’t be happier with Sharky (Chautauqua) at home. It’s time now to see if he can continue that training out and about.”

In 2020, racing mourned the loss of media personality Gaylard, who was instrumental in Chautauqua’s shift from racehorse to show horse.

“To be honest, I’m a mix of emotions. (I'm) Excited, worried if he’ll (Chautauqua) behave, anxious and sad to know Rob’s not going to be with me,” she said.

“I’m going to wear his (Rob Gaylard’s) watch on the day, so I have something of his with me.”

“I’m confident he’ll do it right but also a little shadow of worry.”


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Avalon delivers emotional Stakes win


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Streets Of Avalon will move on to defend his Group 1 Futurity Stakes crown after claiming an emotional win in the Australia Stakes at The Valley on Friday night.

The six-year-old veteran put away a small field to claim the Group 2, with trainer Shane Nichols fighting back tears post race. The victory also delivered jockey Zac Spain his first Group 2 win.

Nichols said before the race he was concerned Streets Of Avalon may have been feeling the effects of a tough spring campaign, but his worries would have been eased rounding the home turn when favourite Viridine was off the bridle.

The tough front runner then kicked away on the turn, taking his record to nine wins from 53 race starts.

"He's unbelievable. He's a six-year-old, he's had 53 goes and we were a bit worried he had just a few soft tissue things, a bit stiff and not as fluent as he has been," Nichols said.

"But when the adrenaline kicks in he can really find the line.

"Last prep we didn't win, to win a Group 2 first-up today, it's a really soft place for me, that one.

Nichols said Streets Of Avalon would now be nursed through to the Futurity Stakes, where it will give Spain a chance to win a Group 1.

"He's super. A credit has to go to Shane and the whole ownership group. They've been extremely loyal to me with this horse," Spain said.

"To get back on him at the start of his prep. There were people that probably had doubts with him after that spring campaign, but he has come back in terrific order and he loves The Valley.

"It's a massive thrill (to win). Racing is about opportunities and when you get these opportunities you need to try and grab them with both hands and get the job done."


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This appeared in yesterday's paper. Fancy a go?
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Now here's a thought:


Every other day?
Every other day?
Maybe that day was today with Werribee this morning being a good 4 & finishing up a heavy 10. While just down the road at Flemington they were a good 4 in the morning, went down to a heavy 8 before easing back to slow 7.

This morning's paper has Caulfield for tomorrow as a good 4 while the website says it is now a slow 6. Rain is forecast so it might be a difficult day for punters tomorrow.
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NZ track invador causes havoc

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The search is on in New Zealand for a patron at Trentham on Saturday that could have caused carnage after standing in the middle of the straight during the eighth race.

The man, who was slammed by racing lovers throughout the world on social media, almost caused a major scene as jockeys frantically moved their horses out of his line as he stood motionless in the middle of the track less than 100 metres from the finish.

He then raised his arms in triumph as he somehow was not run over by the 17 horses in the Benchmark 65 race over 1600 metres. The race was won by $16 chance Ruby Rocks.

The act overshadowed the premier meeting in New Zealand's capital of Wellington which saw Melody Belle equal Sunline's Group 1 record with her 13th elite level success one race earlier in the Harcourts Thorndon Mile.


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It's the second time within months that a person has inadvertedly walked into the path of oncoming horses on a New Zealand racetrack.

A golfer playing on a 'pitch and putt' course misdirected his shot and walked onto the steeplechase course during the Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie last October.

The golfer played his shot and was leaving without realising the horses were galloping in his direction until taking evasive action 50 metres before the pack converged.


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Just finished reading an article about Rose Paterson, who was the chairman of Aintree Racecourse. Has me in utter tears.... If you are struggling, or think a friend/relative is struggling, please reach out... There are many organisations around the world who may be able to help/support/advise....
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NSW stewards at the Sapphire Coast yesterday were a bit tough when they fined battling apprentice Paddy Scorse and trainer Barb Joseph $500 each for hugging after they won the Bega Cup with Mercurial Lad at 33/1

Big Saint may have a list of the best huggers after wins at the races, but Darren Weir wasnt too bad at it. My list of the best non huggers would probably have Jack Denham at the top.

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Spain triumphs as Dragonet fails:


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Streets of Avalon wins the C.F. Orr Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)

Sir Dragonet was a big flop first-up in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m), turning in a puzzling effort when finishing well out of the placings behind the winner Streets Of Avalon.

While the connections of $2.70 favourite Sir Dragonet were scratching their head with the Cox Plate winner’s lacklustre seventh-placed effort, jockey Zac Spain was celebrating his first group 1 win for trainer Shane Nichols, who last year overcame a heart attack to return to the training ranks.

Jockey Glen Boss said Sir Dragonet failed to go the early speed and was soon under pressure and was left flat-footed.

"I was surprised when the sprint came on and he came off the bridle a bit,’’ he said.

"He was very dour with me. But, we’ve learnt a valuable lesson today. He’s obviously going to be better on soft (ground) but I’m not going to blame the track at all. The track is in great condition and his action was fine. We just found that he hasn’t got the speed to win over seven (furlongs)."


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WATCH: Streets of Avalon wins the C.F. Orr

The Caulfield track had been upgraded from a Good (4) to a Good (3) half an hour before the Orr with Sir Dragonet’s connections deciding to race as planned despite preferring a softer surface.

His fellow riders gave Spain a cheer on the return to scale for joining the Group 1 club on the $8.50 chance. It was the 24-year-olds 318th career victory.

"Hopefully Mum and Dad were watching," he told Racing.com.

"They’d be shedding a few tears. I hope I made them proud and even my two brothers, Johnno and Adrian, they’d have been watching. I’m just so overwhelmed.

"It’s so hard (competitive) in Melbourne. So hard. It’s just all about opportunities. I don’t ride in town much but when you ride these good horses in town you need to capitalise and to get the job done is fantastic.

"He’s been such a super horse to me,’’ he said of the six-year-old Streets Of Avalon.

"Career-changing really. First listed (race win), first Group 2 and now Group 1."

Nichols was delighted with a third career Group 1 and the second with Streets Of Avalon following his medical condition that laid him low last year.

"The heart was racing. I gave it a test out and it came through in flying colours," he said.

"I’m in admiration of this horse. He’s a warrior. For a horse that has had as many runs as he’s had to still be fronting up winning Group 1s is a remarkable performance. Not only from the team at home but also the track at Mornington.’’

He said times was hard post his heart attack. "It was a tough time. The well-wishes and things made it all seem a little bit easier and days like today, that and family is what you live for."


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It was a big ask of Sir Dragonet to win at 1400m when he had never run at the distance & never won at less than 2000m. Sir Dragonet was out of his comfort zone right from the start of the race.
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Dragonet's deficiencies displayed in Orr


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Few horses have been mistaken more than Sir Dragonet.

The Camelot entire departed the British Isles with a damaged reputation that even the shrewdest brand manager would struggle to resurrect.

Sir Dragonet failed to meet lofty expectations after winning his first two starts on Soft ground, which included an eight-length win in the Group 3 Chester Vase (2458m), before finishing fifth as favourite in the Derby at Epsom in June 2019.

Widely maligned for his non-winning tendencies at short odds thereafter, Sir Dragonet's hemisphere switch provided the opportunity to reinvent himself.

Last Saturday's $500,000 G1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield was his moment to shape his racetrack and stallion future, trained up for the race with the benefit of a trial victory at Geelong.

Connections would have loved to have claimed a G1 win over 1400 metres, satisfying the all-important speed element that breeders seek in a stallion prospect at his first run below 2000m.

The C.F. Orr Stakes was also a test for Sir Dragonet on Good ground in Australia. After co-trainer Ciaron Maher made no secret of his concerns about how Sir Dragonet may handle a dry Caulfield track, pre-race chatter was dominated by Maher's consideration of scratching the horse.

On race-day morning, 6mm of irrigation was gratefully applied to the Caulfield course proper but it wasn't enough for Sir Dragonet to stay afloat in shallow weight-for-age waters in an unmemorable Orr made up of horses either aged, not fully fit, possessing slightly above middling ability or a cross of the three categories.

Sir Dragonet was safely held in seventh under Glen Boss, never appearing likely when beating two rivals in the Orr as $2.70 favourite - his fifth loss from a dozen starts at that starting price or less.

"We've learnt a valuable lesson today," said Boss, who surely wasn't the only individual feeling sheepish after the dismal effort.

"I was surprised when the sprint came on, he came off the bridle a bit, he was very dour with me."

The section from the 800 to the 400m in the Orr Stakes was the most alarming aspect of Sir Dragonet's performance.

His 200-metre sectional from the 800 to the 600-metre mark was the equal-slowest in the race with Angel Of Truth at 11.23 seconds. He was only quicker than the out-of-form and last-placed Arcadia Prince through the 600 and 400-metre mark.

There were clues of his sprinting limitations in the Cox Plate. Sir Dragonet briefly lost the back of Armory but his stamina on a favoured Soft 7 surface brought him back from the brink, running the quickest final 400m of the race. Sir Dragonet's sectional from the 800-metre mark to the 400-metre mark in the Cox Plate was slower than five of his 13 rivals.

So, the Australian career of Sir Dragonet has mimicked his European career. After making an excellent first impression winning the Cox Plate when conditions were heavily skewed in his favour, it's apparent that Sir Dragonet is still the same horse.

He needs to be ridden quietly, in a fast-run 2000-metre race on rain-affected ground to perform to his best. Those strict parameters could be relaxed slightly in Australia, with less testing staying ranks, should he strike rain-affected ground up to 2400m - just like he did at Chester.

Maher's training partner David Eustace suggested The All-Star Mile or the Australian Cup would be Sir Dragonet's next assignment. It's hard to envisage Sir Dragonet challenging for top honours in The All-Star Mile, despite his likely entry in the race via public vote, whereas the Australian Cup appears more attainable.

However, connections should really be looking to Sydney to rebuild Sir Dragonet's reputation. The Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick, held three weeks apart at G1 level, are both races regularly held on rain-affected ground.

The Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), which splits the Orr and Ranvet Stakes by three weeks at Randwick on February 27, could be his lead-up option into both 2000-metre events.

Sir Dragonet's connections and punters cannot afford to ignore the Orr's valuable lesson.


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Moody considers partnership options


Peter Moody inspecting horses at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 National Yearling Sale <br />(Image: Supplied)
Peter Moody inspecting horses at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 National Yearling Sale
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Peter Moody might have been back in the training game less than 12 months but believes a partnership with a younger trainer is almost a given moving forward.

“That was probably one of the main reasons I made the decision to come back,” Moody said in a wide-ranging interview to air as a TV special this Tuesday.

“I’ve got a great assistant trainer, a young lady called Katherine Coleman, and her ambition is to train and I reckon she will certainly step up to be a training partner, probably sooner rather than later.”

Moody is building his base back up from almost scratch with a large number of juveniles, including, Oxley Road, a full brother to Group 1 winner Exceedance, who won at Flemington at the end of last month.

“First and foremost, I want to get the stable up and running and develop relationships with clients,” he said.

Moody’s long-time racing manager, Jeff O’Connor, who has been by his side through both his training incarnations could also be one to take a co-training role at the stable.

“I’ve certainly got a couple of people around me that could fill that void and there’s no reason why the three of us couldn’t work together, whether it’s in a training partnership or a business partnership.”

Peter Moody: Back On Track will air as a half-hour special on Racing.com on Tuesday February 9 at 6.30pm (AEDT)


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Familiar result for Prince of Arran


Rainbow Dreamer wins the All-Weather Championships Marathon Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton <br />(Image: Racenews)
Rainbow Dreamer wins the All-Weather Championships Marathon Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton
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There's many notable differences between Flemington on the first Tuesday in November and Kempton on the first Saturday in February but the result for Prince of Arran over two miles was still the same.

Prince of Arran finished third beaten three quarters of a length by Twilight Payment in the $8m G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 3.

The three-time Melbourne Cup placegetter returned from a short break in the £19,000 (A$34,000) All-Weather Championships Marathon Fast-Track Qualifier (3217m) at Kempton on Saturday evening (5:30am AEDT Sunday morning) and again found two rivals better, finishing three-quarters of a length behind the winner Rainbow Dreamer.

Rainbow Dreamer controlled the four-horse race from the outset, with the field galloping in Indian file for the majority of the race with Tom Marquand dropping Prince of Arran to the rear.

Hollie Doyle increased the tempo aboard Rainbow Dreamer from the 800-metre mark and maintained an advantage all the way up the straight, winning by a half-length.


Rainbow Dreamer wins the All-Weather Championships
Rainbow Dreamer wins the All-Weather Championships

“Rainbow Dreamer is a legend; it makes your life a lot easier when you ride horses as straightforward as him," Doyle said.

“It was easy as I got left alone in front. He was hacking around with his ears pricked, loving it, and there was no need to overexert him if I did not need to.

“I went through the gears four down (from the 800-metre mark) and every time I sensed something getting to my girths, he kept finding a bit more."

Rainbow Dreamer's win secured him a spot in the £150,000 (A$270,000) Betway All-Weather Marathon Championship (3172m) at Lingfield on Good Friday (April 2) – the UK’s richest All-Weather stayers race for horses aged four or older.

Prince of Arran will now travel to the Middle East where his principal aims in the first half of 2021 will be the US$2.5m (A$3.2m) Red Sea Turf Handicap (3000m) at King Abdulaziz racecourse in Riyadh on February 20 followed by the US$750,000 (A$960,000) G2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) at Meydan on March 27.

Prizemoney for the Dubai Gold Cup has been halved since last year's running, a cumulative total of US$8.5m cut from undercard races on Dubai World Cup Night owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Prince Of Arran - last five starts

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Profiteer unlikely for Blue Diamond


Profiteer comfortably wins the Inglis Millennium <br />(Image: Bradley Photographers)
Profiteer comfortably wins the Inglis Millennium
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The Blue Diamond is likely to be run without the horse who occupies the second position in most markets with the colt’s co-trainer Mick Price confirming on Sunday morning that he will remain in Sydney.

Price said from the Inglis Classic Sale, where Profiteer was last year bought by Jeremy Rogers and Roll The Dice Racing for $165,000, that he feared both the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper would be too great a burden for Saturday’s brilliant Inglis Millennium winner.

“I think it’s too much to ask,” Price said. “You’ve got him up here, it was a very hard run yesterday and I reckon Melbourne horses in that little bit of humidty…I checked him about 40 minutes after the race I thought he was still a little bit stressy and he left half his feed.

“I think it would be no good to take him back to Melbourne and then bring him back up here again. I think he’d be running on empty by the time he got to the Slipper.”


Profiteer - What a superstar!
Profiteer - What a superstar!

The $3.5m Golden Slipper (1200m) will be run on March 20, four weeks after the $1.5m Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Profiteer, a son of Capitalist, displayed astonishing speed to lead all the way in the $2 million Inglis Millennium (1100m), which he won by 5.3 lengths in a time of 1:04.29 on a Soft 5 surface.

It prompted Sportsbet to install him the $4.80 second line of betting on the Blue Diamond – behind $2.25 favourite Enthaar – while he is now $4.40 favourite in Golden Slipper betting.

While ‘very tired’, Price said there were no physical issues with Profiteer, who has now won his only two starts and was the last week the subject of an ownership change with Newgate buying a majority stake in the stallion prospect.

“He’s left 50 percent of his feed which is a marker of ‘I am very tired’. But he’s very sound, he trotted up sound, beautiful, he went for a swim (and was fine) fine,” he said.

“He’ll bounce back, I’m just probably going to give him a little paddock not far from here for seven or eight days, something like, (let him) refuel, then work out how to get him to the Slipper."


Profiteer - 2 starts for 2 wins
Profiteer - 2 starts for 2 wins

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I watched him on the big screen at Caulfield last Saturday. He won like the 2yo's of days gone by. Go to the lead & on the turn sprint away to win by 5.
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Health scare for Apache Cat


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Apache Cat. Picture: Racing Photos

Champion sprinter Apache Cat is set to undergo treatment for eye cancer.

The eight-time Group 1 winner is set to have radiation treatment later this month, with Living Legends CEO Dr Andrew Clarke saying he was confident of a positive outcome.

“On the 23rd they will scrape off as much of the (Cancerous) tissue as they can and they … (will do) radiation treatment,” Dr Clarke told RSN.

“It only goes 2mm deep. So he will have the radiation treatment on it and the prognosis is very good, but … you’ve still got to be nervous about these types of things.

“The good thing is we have got onto it early.”

Dr Clarke said he had started to get concerned about Apache Cat’s eye in November last year.

“Pache has always had a little bit of conjunctivitis in summer. Back in late November he had a little bit of what looked to be conjunctivitis and I had a look and I just wasn’t happy, there was a little angry spot in there,” he said.

“We had a couple of visits to Andrew (Turner, an eye specialist) and about three weeks ago we had to take Pache and have a biopsy done.

“It is the typical sort of sun type tumour you get on your skin. It’s very rare in the position (on Apache Cat)."


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