Wicked Intent to run in B.J. McLachlan Stakes

Wicked Intent to run in B.J. McLachlan Stakes

15 Dec, 2014

Magic Millions favourite Wicked Intent will run in the Group 3 $150,000 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast in a fortnight as his final lead up run for his Grand Final  on January 10.

Wicked Intent showed why he is a firming favourite for the $2m Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) when …

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Wet track to boost chances of Birchley’s pair in Lough Neagh Stakes

Wet track to boost chances of Birchley’s pair in Lough Neagh Stakes

19 Dec, 2014

A rain affected Doomben track on Saturday will boost the chances of trainer Liam BIrchely’s two runners, Time To Plunder and Cum Dividend, in the Listed $175,000 Garrards Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m).

Both sprinters are rated as outsiders in the twelve horse field and are both marked at $21 with Ladbrokes.com.au but Birchley is giving …

Magic Millions Set to Become Australia’s Richest Race Day

Magic Millions Set to Become Australia’s Richest Race Day

19 Dec, 2014

The Magic Millions Carnival, held on the Gold Coast every January, is set to become the country’s richest day of racing in 2016 due to a joint venture between Racing Queensland and Magic Millions that will continue for at least seven years.

The race meeting will now be worth a total $10 million, over double …

Kareeming to be Tested at Flemington

Kareeming to be Tested at Flemington

19 Dec, 2014

Four-year-old Kareeming has won four of his ten career starts and placed in another two, however the gelding has yet to be tested beyond a Benchmark 70 level race.

All that will change on Saturday with trainer Pat Carey deciding to run Kareeming in the $80,000 Comic Court Handicap (2000m) at Flemington Racecourse, which is …

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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Lough Neagh Stakes a Key Indicator for Big Money

Lough Neagh Stakes a Key Indicator for Big Money

16 Dec, 2014

Charging home to secure an impressive victory in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 6th, trainer Rod Northam has revealed he will use the results of Saturday’s Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) as an indicator for Big Money’s 2015 racing campaign.

Finishing outside the places just twice over …

Melbourne Cup 2014 Results: Protectionist Is The Winner

Melbourne Cup 2014 Results: Protectionist Is The Winner

4 Nov, 2014

Protectionist produced an outstanding staying performance to record a most impressive victory in the 2014 Melbourne Cup at Flemington this afternoon.

The German stayer had his Melbourne Cup odds slashed after he made his Australian racing debut with a fast-finishing fourth in the Group 3 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) and the talented galloper justified the …

Horse Racing Calendar 2014

Upcoming Horse Racing

Summer Cup

26 Dec
Group 3
Royal Randwick Racecourse
2000m
$125,000

BJ McLachlan Plate

27 Dec
Group 3
Gold Coast Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

Vo Rogue Plate

27 Dec
Group 3
Gold Coast Racecourse
1300m
$150,000