Seven Rivals For Lord Of The Sky In Bletchingly Stakes Field

Seven Rivals For Lord Of The Sky In Bletchingly Stakes Field

23 Jul, 2014

Lord Of The Sky will face seven rivals when he chases his second straight win at Group level in the 2014 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

The talented speedster has always been touted as a potential Group 1 sprinter and he is set to start the Bletchingly Stakes as a short-priced favourite after he cruised…

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Schweida plans Sydney raid with Epic and Discreet

Schweida plans Sydney raid with Epic and Discreet

24 Jul, 2014

Bold performances by Epic and Discreet at Doomben on Saturday could see the Kelly Schweida trained pair head to Sydney to tackle some better class races at the beginning of the Spring Carnival.

Epic is stepping up to his favourite distance and a huge drop in weight has boosted Schweida’s confidence that the injury plagued six…

Inkling Still A Golden Rose Chance

Inkling Still A Golden Rose Chance

24 Jul, 2014

Inkling suffered a shock loss at her last race start, but the talented colt could still contest the 2014 Golden Rose if he performs well in the Early Quaddie Handicap (1150m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Inkling was very well-backed in the lead-up to the Early Quaddie Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on July 5, after co-trainer…

Carlton House To Gallop Between Races On Saturday

Carlton House To Gallop Between Races On Saturday

24 Jul, 2014

2014 Cox Plate contender Carlton Houseis set to take part in an exhibition gallop between races at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Carlton House has not been seen at the races since he finished a tough third behind It’s A Dundeel and Sacred Falls in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on…

Australian Horse Racing

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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Hutchings To Ride Black Jag At Randwick

Hutchings To Ride Black Jag At Randwick

24 Jul, 2014

Young New Zealand jockey Rory Hutchings will be riding at just his second Australian metropolitan meeting in Sydney on Saturday and has been booked to partner the in-form Black Jag in the Sydney Spring Carnival On Sale Now Handicap (1800m) due to the suspension of Serg Lisnyy.

Black Jag has been ridden by Lisnyy in…

Ladbrokes First To Market With EFTPOS Card For Payouts

Ladbrokes First To Market With EFTPOS Card For Payouts

6 Mar, 2014

Ladbrokes Australia has launched a branded EFTPOS card that will allow punters to immediately claim their winnings following the conclusion of a race.

The Ladbrokes branded EFTPOS card, which is a world first in the betting industry, will enable punters from right around Australia to use every ATM or EFTPOS machine as an immediate payout…

Horse Racing Calendar 2014

Upcoming Horse Racing

Bletchingly Stakes

26 Jul
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

Aurie's Star Handicap

9 Aug
Group 3
Flemington Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

Missile Stakes

9 Aug
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1200m
$175,000

PB Lawrence Stakes

16 Aug
Group 2
Caulfield Racecourse
1400m
$200,000

Vain Stakes

16 Aug
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
1100m
$150,000

Quezette Stakes

16 Aug
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
1100m
$150,000

Warwick Stakes

23 Aug
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1400m
$175,000

Silver Shadow Stakes

23 Aug
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1200m
$175,000

Show County Quality

23 Aug
Group 3
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1200m
$125,000

Toy Show Quality

23 Aug
Group 3
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1300m
$125,000

Up And Coming Stakes

23 Aug
Group 3
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1300m
$125,000

Memsie Stakes

30 Aug
Group 1
Caulfield Racecourse
1400m
$400,000

HDF McNeil Stakes

30 Aug
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

The Heath

30 Aug
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

WW Cockram Stakes

30 Aug
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

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