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Domesky the 2011 Ballarat Cup winner

Domesky the 2011 Ballarat Cup winner

Domesky defied a betting drift ($5.50 out to $6.50) to pick the Listed 2011 Ballarat Cup on a dead track today. The win gave trainer Mick Kent and jockey Brad Rawiller back to back Ballarat Cup winners with My Bentley having won the 2010 edition. Domesky was suited by the quick pace up front set…

2011 Ballarat Cup Field & Barrier Draw

2011 Ballarat Cup Field & Barrier Draw

This Sunday Ballarat Racecourse will come to life hosting one of the final black-type staying showdowns of the year, the Ballarat Cup 2011, acceptances for which were taken by Racing Victoria on Thursday. A near-capacity field of 17 stayers make up the final field for the $150,000 Ballarat Cup (2200m) this year, the handicap feature…

Ballarat Cup 2011 Nominations & Weights

Ballarat Cup 2011 Nominations & Weights

While the action of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival heats up Ascot Racecourse over in WA this Saturday, the end-of-season racing continues in Victoria with the 2011 Ballarat Cup. Headlining an exciting 10-race Saturday program, the $150,000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) has attracted 22 horses at nomination stage this year. Topweight of the entries is…

My Kingdom Of Fife out of 2011 Cox Plate & Spring Carnival

My Kingdom Of Fife out of 2011 Cox Plate & Spring Carnival

Chris Waller’s ace spring contender My Kingdom Of Fife has been withdrawn from the 2011 Cox Plate and the remainder of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivaldue to a hoof injury. Imported Kingmambo six-year-old My Kingdom Of Fife, formerly owned by the Queen when racing in Europe, looked in red hot form ahead of the season’s…

Trusting Tops 2011 The Metropolitan Field & Barriers

Trusting Tops 2011 The Metropolitan Field & Barriers

The John Thompson-trained Trusting is the top-rated, weighted and fancied contender to win The Metropolitan 2011 this weekend, the final field and barriers for the Royal Randwick feature released by Racing Victoria today. A full field of 18 starters plus one emergency were paid up for at acceptance stage today for the $400,000 Group 1…

2011 Metropolitan Handicap Hopes in Colin Stephen Nominations

2011 Metropolitan Handicap Hopes in Colin Stephen Nominations

One of the final traditional lead-up races to the Metropolitan Handicap 2011 will take place at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday with the running of the $125,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Handicap (2400m). The 2011 Colin Stephen Handicap nominations attracted 14 gallopers, all but one of which are heading towards a start in one of the…

Trustworthy Hill Stakes 2011 Betting & Field

Trustworthy Hill Stakes 2011 Betting & Field

John Thompson’s last-start Chelmsford Stakes winner Trusting has opened as the odds-on favourite to go back-to-back this weekend and win the 2011 Hill Stakes at Rosehill’s George Main Stakes Day meeting. Trusting was one of nine horses accepted for this year’s $200,000 Group 1 Hill Stakes (2000m), and despite drawing the far outside barrier has…

Thompson Trusts in 2011 Hill Stakes Nominations

Thompson Trusts in 2011 Hill Stakes Nominations

Patinack Farm head trainer John Thompson has confirmed that his in-form galloper Trusting won’t be stepping back in distance to contest the Group 1 George Main Stakes at Rosehill this Saturday and instead will vie for back-to-back Group 2 wins in Sydney in the Hill Stakes 2011. With the bumper George Main Stakes Day meeting…

Chelmsford Stakes 2011 Betting Plays on a Fife

Chelmsford Stakes 2011 Betting Plays on a Fife

My Kingdom Of Fife continues to drum up support ahead of their opening season run in the 2011 Chelmsford Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday, Chris Waller’s resuming Group 1 champion well-backed to kick off their spring campaign with a win. The former Queen-owned Kingmambo gelding is the market firmer for the $175,000 Group 2…

Chelmsford Stakes 2011 Field Draws a Dozen

Chelmsford Stakes 2011 Field Draws a Dozen

The headline race on the Warwick Farm race-card for this Saturday, the meeting transferred from Randwick due to safety concerns with the QEII Stand, is the 2011 Chelmsford Stakes which has drawn a final field of 12 gallopers. Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller will, as expected, be represented by a quartet of runners from…