Is Horse Racing Dead? Not Down Under in Australia

Arrowfield Group’s John Messara says engagement with Australian horse racing has “grown” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think the fact that we’ve been able to get through COVID and survive during that COVID period,” Mr Messara said.

“The engagement has, I suppose, grown as people have been stuck at home and not able to do other things.

“Racing has continued, and people have been drawn to it … And the pie is growing.”

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Covid-19? Australian horse racing and harness racing race on

Horse racing and harness racing continues on after a coronavirus scare, with the industry saying they will continue operating unless explicitly prohibited by health advice. Racing, including greyhound racing, is one of the last organized sports still operating in Australia after shutdown rules …

Thompson said horse racing supports 25,000 direct and indirect jobs in Victoria alone. According to the Australian Skills and Industry Committee, about 11,400 people are employed directly in horse and dog racing in Australia.

Unlike other sports, racing has animal care requirements which cannot be shut down.

“In announcing the resumption of racing, I want to assure the Victorian community that racing will continue to operate under strict biosecurity protocols and where required act decisively, as we did when suspending racing yesterday, should there be any risk to the health of our industry stakeholders and the wider community,” Thompson said.

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No Winx in this Year’s Group 1 Cox Plate

Source: Sky Racing World

Star Japanese mare Lyx Gracieux won the middle-distance championship of their spring, the Takarazuka Kinen, and did it posting the sort of figure that would win many Winx-free Cox Plates, but the betting hasn’t missed her and it’s hard to see what the betting has missed about her with prices inside $4.00 in early markets.

Her positives are that she has run ratings that are in or around the likely winning zone for this Cox Plate in all bar one run in the last two years and she has been able to take that form on the road, running well twice in Hong Kong.

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The market still looks to be giving her all the credit she deserves for that, with several others capable of hitting similar levels, and one of those, Mystic Journey, looks a good each way bet in our eyes.

She was dragged back off a crawl last time, and did what she could from where she was, but this time she draws to land in her preferred stalking role and get every chance to show her best – which we know is very good.

Twelve months on from the blistering performance that skyrocketed her towards the top of the Australian racing tree she looks well set-up for a big peak again and that peak should have her right in the finish regardless of what the others bring.

Our bet of the day comes earlier in the day with the Gerald Ryan-trained Villami looking really well placed in the fourth on the card.

She was a touch flat when third at the same course and distance last time but was only beaten by a couple of high quality fillies in a deeper race than what she faces here.

From the wide draw she should go on with it this time and take control of the race and if she can return to her Sydney peak the rest of these will do well to keep up.

She’s tight in the betting but with a good jock, good map and the most talent she looks the sort of favourite that we can get stuck into.

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Bet Of The Day: Race 4 #3 Villami @ $2.25

Each Way Play: Race 9 #12 Mystic Journey @ $7.00 

Can Nature Strip Go the Distance in the $14M Everest Tonight?

Melbourne_Australian racingThe fate of Nature Strip’s Everest quest will be determined in the first few hundred meters of the race, according to his jockey Tim Clark.

The horse brings an X-factor to Saturday’s $14 million contest with opinion divided whether his raw speed can be harnessed to run out a strong 1200 metres.

Clark will be the man in the hot seat at Randwick and he says how the horse handles the first part of the race is crucial.

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“It’s important for him to get the first half of the race right,” Clark said.

“If he gets the first half right, I think that will go a long way to helping him run out the 6 f strongly.”

Complicating the task is Nature Strip’s outside barrier.

Again, opinion is divided whether he has the natural pace to negate the draw or will be made to work early by runners kicking up on his inside.

Clark prefers to see it as a positive.

“I would much prefer to draw out there than too close,” Clark said.

“It gives him an opportunity to do his own thing and get away from everything and I think he will enjoy a bit of galloping room out there early in the race.”

Nature Strip was $26 with TAB Fixed odds on Friday with Santa Ana Lane and Arcadia Queen joint $4.60 favourites in what is regarded as clearly the deepest Everest field in the race’s short history.

Despite the long odds, Clark has no doubt the Galaxy and Moir Stakes winner has the ability to run his rivals off their feet, provided he can get the headstrong gelding into an early rhythm.

“He’s always had a high profile, my horse,” Clark said.

“It’s going to be another level again but he’s a two-time Group One winner so he’s a pretty good sprinter in his own right.

“He’s just got to do things right early in the race and give himself the opportunity to run out the 6 f strongly.

“I think if the first part of the race goes to plan, the second half will take care of itself.”

$14M Everest this Friday Night ‘Down Under’

Source: Sky Racing World

The TAB Everest is the newest horse race in Australia and also the richest turf race in the world with a total of $14 million (AUD) in prize money. The 3rd running of The Everest will take place on Friday night, October 18 (US date/time), at Royal Randwick racecourse.

A weight-for-age sprint contested over 6 furlongs, The Everest is now the crown jewel of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and the $14 million prize pool sees it surpass the iconic Melbourne Cup ($6.2 million) as the richest Australian horse race.

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The Everest is unlike any other race contested down under and entry into The Everest field comes at a cost of $600,000 to connections. The concept is similar to the Pegasus World Cup as horse owners buy a slot and The Everest field has a capacity of 12 starters.

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“We want to keep innovating, if you don’t innovate you perish,” he says. “If you stay complacent and think people will come, they won’t.

“You’ve got to look for new things and you’ve got to look for things that the younger generation can engage in.

“I think racing right around the world, not just Australia, has missed one or two generations and we don’t want to be making that same mistake again.

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Report Supports Online Poker Legalization in Australia

Only after Comprehensive Research is Completed

Some of the submissions in the inquiry have argued that online poker is a game of skill or at least one that represents a mixture of skill and chance and that players can spend longer period of time playing with without spending too much.

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Hot Jockeys to Watch – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

International Riders to Watch in 2017

While UK jockey Sophie Doyle is making her mark in US racing – winning Race 5 on Lemon Squeeze at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Jan. 28th – her brother James Doyle is doing just as well in Australia. The Godolphin stable jockey is only one Southern Hemisphere-based rider to follow this season, with great performances expected from a bevy of other Australia, New Zealand and South Africa jockeys.

Flemington Australia racetrackJockey-James Doyle
Australia: James Doyle
After moving to Australia last November, 28-year-old Doyle has already won numerous races, riding four winners at Sydney’s Randwick on Jan. 14th, including filly Raiment in #TheRaces 1,200 m Handicap. This week at Rosehill, he rode Tiki Bar and Alizee to first-place finishes.
All eyes are on Doyle for this year’s G1 Golden Slipper, also at Rosehill, on March 18th, after he came 4th riding Telperion in the 1200 m race last year. Telperion isn’t included in the 2nd acceptances for the 2017 Golden Slipper, though both Tiki Bar and Alizee are among the 22 Godolphin 2-year-olds that have been accepted.

Australia: Hugh Bowman
With 58 G1 wins, this Sydney-based 36-year-old boasts an all-time 16% win and 42% place rating. Bowman is best known as the jockey of champion mare Winx, who’s won 13 consecutive races, including the 2016 G1 Doncaster Mile and the last two G1 Cox Plates. After Winx won last year’s Doncaster, trainer Chris Waller gave her a break rather than run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. This year, though, Waller has said that the 5-year-old mare and Bowman will be focusing on winning the Queen Elizabeth in April as well as making a Cox Plate hat-trick in October.

Australia: Brenton Avdulla
Advulla is the current leader in the New South Wales Jockey Premiership. With 71 wins and an 18.4% win rate, the 26-year-old Melbourne native, who was trained by the legendary Gai Waterhouse, has so far achieved five G1 wins, including last November’s Crown Oaks on Lasqueti Spirit at Flemington Racecourse in his hometown. His latest major win was on Destiny’s Kiss at Randwick in the G1 Australia Day Cup on Jan. 26th.

jockey riding a horse raceNew Zealand: Danielle Johnson
Johnson is leading the New Zealand Premiership with 60 wins. On Jan. 28th, the 25-year-old won the 1,400 m The Beacon race at Te Teko on Cochise, and the 1,600 m New World Churton Park Maiden with Dream Dancer. Johnson placed second on Bella Gioia in the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas in December and also has three G1 races to her name. Riding Shuka, the next G1 race she’ll be targeting is the 2,000 m Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Feb. 8th.

New Zealand: Lisa Allpress
Allpress topped the New Zealand Premiership last year and has achieved four G1 wins in her career, including last year’s Herbie Dykes Stakes on Valley Girl. The 41-year-old is currently returning from a serious leg injury. While it looks unlikely that she’ll race in this year’s Herbie Dykes, 2017 could see her make a major comeback.

New Zealand: Matthew Cameron
Cameron came second in last year’s Jockey Premiership. The 30-year-old has enjoyed six G1 wins, including the NRM Sprint with Xtravagant in 2016 at Te Rapa. He landed two firsts at Te Teko last weekend with Gingernuts and Demelza, and will be competing on Historian against Danielle Johnson in the Herbie Dykes Stakes on Feb. 8th.

South Africa: Grant Van Niekerk
Van Niekerk rode four G1 winners last season and was crowned the Western Cape Champion Jockey. The 25-year-old rides one of South Africa’s most impressive horses, Marinaresco. He came a close second on the five-year-old gelding in last year’s Durban July and won the G1 Mike & Carol Bass Champions Cup the same month.

South Africa: Gavin and Brandon Lerena
Gavin is currently top of the premiership table, with 92 firsts, a 24% win rate and six G1 victories, most recently in the Cape Derby in 2015 on Ertijaal. While brother Brandon, with 38 wins and a 12% win rate, has yet to win any G1 races, 2017 could be the year this changes.

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WINX Matches Phar Lap with Easy 14th Straight Victory

Winx winSuperstar Winx crushed her competition at Royal Randwick in Australia over the weekend.  She moved out into the clear turning for home and then powered home while never fully asked.