Robbie Waterhouse A serious issue for racing is the course proper at headquarters – Randwick. It is an unfair surface and the punters, racing’s only customers, don’t like to bet there. This is a huge financial cost to racing.
Adam Pengilly Randwick's much-maligned Kensington surface will undergo a serious renovation in summer, and track manager Nevesh Ramdhani is adamant it can be a long-term pressure-reliever for Sydney's course-proper woes.
Adam Pengilly Lady luck was shining bright on the connections of Matthew Dale-trained Royal Jackpot, which snared a $100,000 windfall for being the first sales graduate home in the Inglis Bonus Handicap (1400 metres) at Randwick's Kensington track on Saturday.
Matt Jones It was a day for the young ladies after apprentices Claire Nutman and Winona Costin rode winners on the Kensington track at Randwick on Saturday.
Matt Jones Peter Snowden isn’t yet convinced glamour colt Inkling is a group standard horse despite his relatively easy win on the Kensington track at Randwick on Saturday.
Adam Pengilly Ice cool in the saddle, James McDonald was anything but away from it.
Adam Pengilly Lady luck was shining bright on the connections of the Matthew Dale-trained Royal Jackpot, who snared a $100,000 bonus for being the first Inglis graduate home in the Inglis Bonus Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.
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MAX PRESNELL Come on Sydney, show me the horses and I'll show you the money.
MICHAEL LYNCH Patrick Payne crowned a wonderful jumps racing season by ensuring his victory in the JJ Houlahan award for jumps trainers with the victory of improving hurdler Fieldmaster at Sandown.
MICHAEL LYNCH Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first.
MAX PRESNELL “He sells nuts and bolts at Wellington but he’ll let you on for anything.”
DAVID POLKINGHORNE Unlike her half-sister Pray To God, Rose Of Falvelon has never been a picnic horse.
MAX PRESNELL Sydney Saturdays have left the worst to last this season and using the scorned Kensington circuit has stimulated criticism from the usually docile Chris Waller.
Adam Pengilly Paul Messara has left the door slightly ajar to return to training in the future despite winding down his stable and agreeing to manage his father John's Hunter Valley breeding operation.
PATRICK BARTLEY Dwayne Dunn believes his ride on Lord Of The Sky in Saturday's Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield will be the start of a successful season.
Adam Pengilly Blinkers should be the last thing Sheer Style needs, but Garry Frazer can see otherwise as his flying filly creeps a little closer to a hit-and-run mission in next month's San Domenico Stakes.
Adam Pengilly Mr Ed she's not, but this is one pretty smart filly.
PATRICK BARTLEY For Patrick Payne to achieve wins in Victoria's two most important jumping races, the Grand National Hurdle and Steeple the trainer realises that he must overcome arguably the state's finest steeplechaser in years.
John Holloway John Singleton is again on the Frankel trail and has sent two of his better broodmares – Samantha Miss and Deedra – to Newmarket in England to be bred to southern hemisphere time by the unbeaten super horse.
Adam Pengilly Armed with the numbers to prove his point and horses spreading the stable's wings more than 2000km apart on Saturday, David Pfieffer makes a pretty compelling case.
MAX PRESNELL Corporate bookmakers feel they are being exposed to a Harold Larwood, bodyline-style attack by the new betting minimums imposed justifiably by Racing NSW.
Adam Pengilly Josh Parr reckons there's only one way for untapped colt Inkling to improve: by continually racing.
Adam Pengilly Sam Kavanagh knows winter has been a "run of outs" – Interspersed's Canberra Guineas win in March was his most recent – but nothing can detract from the stable's success a year after his sliding-doors moment.
PATRICK BARTLEY One would safely imagine that after spending six hours overseeing his 90-strong team of horses amid the harsh Ballarat winter that leading trainer Darren Weir would hope for some time away from the cut and thrust of his huge operation.
Adam Pengilly Apprentice Sam Clipperton left it until the last week to outride his claim while James McDonald will have to sweat even longer for his spoils as the tale of two jockeys took another twist on Wednesday.
A racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned substance morphine.
Corporate bookmakers feel they are being exposed to a Harold Larwood, bodyline-style attack by the new betting minimums imposed justifiably by Racing NSW.
John Singleton is again on the Frankel trail and has sent two of his better broodmares – Samantha Miss and Deedra – to England to mate with the super stallion.
The two-year-olds races could be where to play Chris Waller on Saturday, particularly at Flemington where Dupe 'Em runs in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicap.
Darley’s decision to shuttle Australia’s favourite racehorse Lonhro to its Kentucky base in 2011 is just a few weeks away from being christened a success or failure.
Even the massive Darley operation going blue label to Godolphin does not promise to break the Chris Waller monopoly in Sydney.
Where is Racing NSW's strategic plan? In Peter V'landys' top drawer. And it won't be coming out until the funding of racing is resolved.
A selection of photos from the Randwick races on Saturday.
Studmaster rapt with the way the son of High Chaparral has let down.