Spring players show their hand at Caulfield & Randwick

The curtain closed on Group 1 racing for the 2021/22 racing season at Eagle Farm on Saturday, but when one door closes, another tends to open, so we are only seven weeks away from the first Group 1 of the 2022/23 season. A few horses stamped their claim as spring players at Caulfield, Randwick and Eagle Farm on Saturday, so the team at The Follow Files have identified a couple of runners to follow through the late winter and early spring months. Caulfield | Track: Soft 6 | Rail: True…

Sandown racing tips, top odds & quaddie | Wednesday, June 29

What Sandown Lakeside Races Where Sandown Racecourse – 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 3171 When Wednesday, June 29, 2022 First Race 12:25pm AEST Visit Ladbrokes The Lakeside track at Sandown will play host to an eight race card on Wednesday afternoon. On a predicted Heavy 8 surface and with light showers forecast, runners will be competing with a true rail the entire circuit. Race one starts at 12:25pm, with the quaddie legs starting at 2:45pm and the last race concluding at 4:30pm over the mile. BEST BET: GATE CRASH WELL…

Kensington best bets, value bet & quaddie | 29/6/2022

What Kensington Races Where Randwick-Kensington – Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031 When Wednesday, June 29, 2022 First Race 12:15pm AEST Visit Ladbrokes Eight races have been scheduled for the Randwick-Kensington track on Wednesday, June 29. HorseBetting’s New South Wales horse racing analyst presents you with his best bets, value bet and quaddie numbers for the program, with the first bet coming up in the opening race. The track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 3m for the entire course. The meeting will get underway at 12:15pm…

Verry Elleegant nearing European debut

Australasia’s darling of the turf Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed) is edging closer to making her European debut. Her new trainer Francis-Henri Graffard is eyeing the Gr.1 Prix Rothschild (1600m) at Deauville at the start of next month to kick-off her European career. Part-owner Brae Sokolski said that Graffard had confirmed Verry Elleegant was progressing well in her preparation following her first gallop on the grass at Chantilly over the weekend. “She’s going great and she seems to be ahead of her program after talking to Francis yesterday in terms of…

Case scores first NZ win

English jumps jockey Charlie Case hadn’t even considered the possibility of riding in New Zealand two months ago. But he hasn’t taken long to take advantage of his surprise opportunity. Case arrived less than two weeks ago after leading trainer Paul Nelson started looking for a jockey to boost New Zealand’s somewhat thin jumping rider ranks. He made his mark quickly, scoring his first victory at his eighth New Zealand ride when guiding Leitrim Lad (NZ) (Tavistock) to victory in a maiden hurdle over 3000m at Rotorua on Sunday. “People…

Bellatrix Black to lead spring charge

Catherine Cameron’s main spring hopes will rest on the shoulders of the lightly raced Group winner Bellatrix Black (NZ) (Redwood) following the retirement of the highest-rated horse in her stable. The Cambridge trainer has called time on talented import Cheval Prometteur, an English-bred son of Declaration Of War who had graduated to stakes company with honours last preparation. “He has been retired, he tweaked a tendon just before the Easter Handicap (Gr.3, 1600m) and we decided he deserved a happy retirement,” Cameron said. “Emma Wilson, one of the girls that…

Patterson enjoying being home

Taranaki trainer Robbie Patterson is enjoying being back in his homeland after campaigning a trio of his team in Queensland. It was Patterson’s second trip across the Tasman to compete at the Queensland Winter Carnival and he was met by a wet reception in the Sunshine State. “It was wet for the first couple of weeks and then it fined up. It was a bit of an indifferent season for Brisbane that’s for sure,” Patterson said. It wasn’t smooth sailing for the New Plymouth horseman who ran into a few…

Queensland apprentice rides five-timer at Warwick

Apprentice jockey Emily Lang rode five winners from as many rides on just her second day in the saddle. (Photo: Warwick Turf Club) It isn’t too often an apprentice jockey outrides a 4kg claim in their first weekend of professional race riding, but that is exactly what 21-year-old Emily Lang did on the weekend. Apprenticed to Brisbane’s Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted, Lang participated in her first race meeting at Nanango on Saturday, riding one winner from her six rides. She backed it up on Sunday at Warwick, taking five…

Butler using assault as motivation ahead of NQ Carnival

Jockey Ash Butler will return to the saddle at Townsville on Tuesday for the first time since his win in The Archer on May 7. (Photo: Rocky Amateurs) Rockhampton jockey Ashley Butler will make his much-anticipated return to the saddle at Townsville on Thursday following a fractured jaw, which side-lined him for two months. The last time Butler rode a horse in a race was when he was standing high in the irons celebrating his win in the inaugural The Archer (1300m) at Rockhampton on May 7 aboard Emerald Kingdom,…

The Golden Scenery shines for Cruz

Luke Ferraris drives The Golden Scenery to victory. Tony Cruz believes The Golden Scenery is destined for Group level after the Australian import’s win in the Class 2 Pok Fu Lam Country Park Handicap (1400m) under Luke Ferraris at Sha Tin on Saturday (June 25). Notching his third victory in Hong Kong after winning twice in Australia when known as Dominant King for Steven O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted, The Golden Scenery has risen from a mark of 69 to the cusp of a triple-digit mark since joining Cruz’s stable. With…