Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti weighted to win

Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti weighted to win

30 Oct, 2014

Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti’s half a kilo penalty for winning the Group 1 $3m Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 18 is well under what his Japanese connections expected.

Japanese stayer Admire Rakti is weighted to win the Melbourne Cup. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Admire Rakti will carry …

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Rising Romance can overcome Mackinnon Stakes wide barrier

Rising Romance can overcome Mackinnon Stakes wide barrier

31 Oct, 2014

High flying jockey James McDonald will be called upon for the second time in Rising Romance’s last two starts to use his skills to overcome a nightmare barrier draw when the Kiwi mare lines up in the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Rising Romance, orange colours, has been burdened …

2014 Mackinnon Stakes Tips: Foreteller The Value

2014 Mackinnon Stakes Tips: Foreteller The Value

31 Oct, 2014

Foreteller is on top of the 2014 Mackinnon Stakes tips of form expert Daniel O’Sullivan and he believes that the imported gelding is good value at his current price in betting for the Group 1 event at Flemington tomorrow.

Foreteller has the chance to record a fourth win at Group 1 level in the 2014 …

2014 Myer Classic Tips: O’Sullivan Happy To Lay Sweet Idea

2014 Myer Classic Tips: O’Sullivan Happy To Lay Sweet Idea

31 Oct, 2014

Ratings expert Daniel O’Sullivan is unsure about his 2014 Myer Classic tips, but he does not rate the winning chances of talented filly Sweet Idea.

Smartform Racing’s Daniel O’Sullivan does not believe Sweet Idea will win the 2014 Myer Classic. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Sweet Idea performed strongly at Group 1 level in …

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Horse racing in Australia first began when the First Fleet docked on Australian soil on January 26th, 1788, and brought with it one stallion, one colt and two fillies from Cape Town, South Africa. Since that day, Australian Horse Racing has prospered into one of the most established and widely respected racing industries in the world.

The Australian horse racing calendar consists of 19,376 horse races that are held across 2,694 race meetings each year. Of these races, 19,281 are comprised of flat racing, while only 95 are classified as jump races. The country has a staggering 194,736 race starters, made up of 31,776 individual runners, competing on Australia’s 367 racecourses each year.

Australia’s most coveted race is the annual Melbourne Cup, which takes place on the first Tuesday of November each year and is worth an incredible $6 million. Every year this historic event, which began in 1861, attracts crowds in excess of 100,000 people. 2003’s Melbourne Cup holds the record for the highest number of attendees, with 122,736 people gathering to watch Makybe Diva win her first of three consecutive Melbourne Cup titles.

The Melbourne Cup attracts an annual viewership of nearly 2.6 million people, not including those who watch the race at pubs, schools and offices, and truly is the ‘race that stops a nation’. Every year, each person on average in Australia places $8.50 worth of bets on the race that incites interest from the entire country.

Horse racing in Australia offers some of the most lucrative prize money in the world, with almost $422 million paid out annually to money winning horses. This figure is the third highest in the globe, behind only Japan ($1.36 billion) and the United States of America ($1.42 billion). Throughout the year Australians turn over more than $14.3 billion in wagering, equalling an average of $637 per person. $10 billion of this money is punted on the TAB, while in excess of $4.3 billion is spent on the track or with online bookmakers. 46.9% of all bets placed are win tickets, while the second most common ticket type is trifecta bets, which account for 16.1% of all wagers made.

The horse racing industry generates more than $6.2 billion in revenue for the Australian economy each year and provides jobs for 250,000 people, demonstrating the reach of racing industry on our culture. Racing culture is so prevalent in our day to day life that approximately 1 in every 89 Australians are working in the industry.

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Signoff’s Melbourne Cup Odds Continue To Shorten

Signoff’s Melbourne Cup Odds Continue To Shorten

31 Oct, 2014

The 2014 Melbourne Cup odds of Signoff have been slashed during the week, but the promising stayer still needs to win the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday to be assured of a start in the $6 million event on Tuesday.

Signoff has been extremely well-backed to win both the Lexus Stakes …

72 Horses In Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

72 Horses In Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

7 Oct, 2014

72 horses remain in the hunt to contest the 2014 Melbourne Cup after first acceptances were released by Racing Victoria this afternoon.

Turnbull Stakes winner Lucia Valentina is one of 72 horses that has been included in the 2014 Melbourne Cup first acceptances. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Japanese stayers Admire Rakti and Bande …

Horse Racing Calendar 2014

Upcoming Horse Racing

Victoria Derby

1 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
2500m
$1,500,000

Mackinnon Stakes

1 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
2000m
$1,000,000

Coolmore Stud Stakes

1 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
1200m
$500,000

Myer Classic

1 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
1600m
$500,000

Salinger Stakes

1 Nov
Group 2
Flemington Racecourse
1200m
$300,000

Wakeful Stakes

1 Nov
Group 2
Flemington Racecourse
2000m
$300,000

Carbine Club Stakes

1 Nov
Group 3
Flemington Racecourse
1600m
$200,000

Lexus Stakes

1 Nov
Group 3
Flemington Racecourse
2500m
$300,000

Chatham Stakes

1 Nov
Group 3
Flemington Racecourse
1400m
$200,000

Melbourne Cup

4 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
3200m
$6,200,000

Maybe Mahal Stakes

4 Nov
Group 3
Flemington Racecourse
1400m
$200,000

Ottawa Stakes

4 Nov
Group 3
Flemington Racecourse
1000m
$150,000

Melbourne Cup Day Plate

4 Nov
Listed Race
Flemington Racecourse
1800m
$150,000

Desirable Stakes

4 Nov
Listed Race
Flemington Racecourse
1400m
$150,000

Always Welcome Stakes

4 Nov
Listed Race
Flemington Racecourse
1200m
$150,000