Wilmott scores first blood in amateur series

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Canterbury reinsman Blair Wilmott made the perfect start in the NZ Amateur Drivers Championship when taking out Heat 1 with Ticking Over at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Wilmott took his charge straight to the lead off the gate where he was able to dictate terms throughout and score a comfortable 1-1/4 length victory. “We have got a pretty big weekend ahead of us with the five heats and to get a leg up tonight was pretty nice,” Wilmott said. “He is a pretty…

Bargain buy Original Gangster primed for Amberley Cup

Lyn Prendergast still can’t believe the bargain she got when she outlaid $4000 for two-race winner Original Gangster (NZ) (Road To Rock) on gavelhouse.com. The West Melton trainer bought the Road To Rock gelding through the online auction website, promptly leased him to a large group of stable clients then set about winning her purchase price back. Original Gangster has done far more than that, banking more than $155,000 in stakes in the 18 months since Prendergast bought him, nearly 40 times what she paid for him. “He’s turned out…

El Vencedor signs off in style

El Vencedor (NZ) (Shocking) has added to the family’s Queensland roll of honour and will return home for a deserved break following a commanding performance to win at Doomben. The Stephen Marsh-trained three-year-old signed off his first Australian tour of duty with an effortless victory over 1200m on Wednesday. El Vencedor is owned by Wellingtonians Mark Freeman and David Price, who also bred and raced his well-performed brother Chocante (NZ). The son of Shocking won five races from Marsh’s Cambridge quarters with his career highlight a 2017 success in the…

‘Great’ mate!

GRV’s Great 8 Series initiative has won many ‘friends’ in the industry. And among them is Balliang’s ‘Team Delbridge’. “It’s great, mate,” quipped Lisa Delbridge, who co-trains with husband Mark. “Seriously, it’s a fantastic concept… We happened to win a few of them last year. “And it gives the dogs that are up in grade a chance to get a start… Great prizemoney like this is always welcomed as costs are continually rising. We’ve got to move with the times.” The Delbridges have Jarick Bale (Box 2) in a $22,000…

Blackpool’s ‘Flash’ Traralgon return

After spending five months on the sidelines, strike rate sensation Blackpool Flash is set to complete a perfect return in Friday night’s $15,250 Glenview Cup final (395m) at Traralgon. The widely-travelled speedster, which boasts 31 wins from 62 starts for Lara trainer Renee Kenyon and family, was on track for back-to-back victories in the Group 3 Birthday Cup at Mandurah in WA at the start of the year, when injury struck. Blackpool Flash made his comeback in the heats of the $10,000 to-the-winner Glenview Cup last Wednesday (June 15), when…

Morphettville best bets, top odds & quaddie | Saturday, June 25

What Morphettville Parks Races Where Morphettville Racecourse – 79 Morphett Rd, Morphettville SA 5043 When Saturday, June 25, 2022 First Race 11:32am ACST Visit Ladbrokes Racing returns to Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday afternoon with a competitive nine-race card at metropolitan level. With plenty of rain in the lead up to the meeting, we will be racing on a Heavy 8, while the rail will be out 8m from the 1200m to the winning post and out 5m for the remainder of the circuit. The day of racing is set to…

Belmont best bets & quaddie tips | Strickland Stakes Day 2022

What Strickland Stakes Day 2022 Where Belmont Park Racecourse – Saintly Entrance, Burswood WA 6100 When Saturday, June 25, 2022 First Race 11:59am AWST Visit Ladbrokes Belmont once again has the floor on Saturday in the west, with the Group 3 Strickland Stakes over 2000m the feature on this nine-race card. HorseBetting’s Western Australian racing analyst provides you with his best bet in the Group 3 event, as well as his top picks for the remainder of the program. The track is rated a Soft 5 and the rail is…

Eagle Farm race-by-race preview & best bets | June 25, 2022

What Tattersall’s Tiara Day Where Eagle Farm Racecourse – 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot QLD 4007 When Saturday, June 25, 2022 Feature Race Race 8: Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) First Race 11:43am AEST Visit Ladbrokes It is Tatts Tiara Day at Eagle Farm this Saturday, with the final Group 1 of the season set to be run and won. The nine-race program has attracted 129 acceptances, with competitive races scheduled right throughout the afternoon. While the fillies and mares have the spotlight in the Group 1 event, two Group 3…

Randwick racing tips for Civic Stakes Day 2022 | June 25

What Civic Stakes Day 2022 Where Royal Randwick Racecourse – Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031 When Saturday, June 25, 2022 First Race 11am AEST Visit Ladbrokes Listed racing heads to Royal Randwick this weekend for Civic Stakes Day. HorseBetting’s New South Wales racing analyst brings you his best bet in the feature race, as well as his top tips and quaddie numbers for the meeting. The track is rated a Soft 6 and the rail is out 6m for the entire course, which is likely to once again favour horses…

Cole, Whittle and Hampson steal the show at Alice Springs

After victory in her first race at her first-ever race meeting at Darwin in April, 18-year-old apprentice jockey Jade Hampson tasted success on Sunday when she made her Alice Springs debut. Trainers Lisa Whittle and Phil Cole, as well as apprentice jockey Jade Hampson, captured all the headlines during last Sunday’s meeting at Alice Springs. The trio had every right to celebrate after ending the day with doubles. Whittle, who has struck form at the pointy end of the 2021/22 campaign, looked on as stablemates Desert Lass (Paul Denton) and…