Newmarket Handicap Nominations Feature World’s Best Sprinters

Newmarket Handicap Nominations Feature World’s Best Sprinters

27 Jan, 2015

The world’s three highest rated sprinters according to the recently announced World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) dominate the early nominations taken for this year’s 2015 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington’s Super Saturday on March 14.

Racing Victoria released nominations for the two Group 1 features at the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival meeting with entries now out for …

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Dear Demi Set To Resume In Millie Fox

Dear Demi Set To Resume In Millie Fox

29 Jan, 2015

Dear Demi has been a consistent performer at the highest level of racing since she made her racing debut at Royal Randwick in 2011 and the popular mare is set to start another racing campaign in the 2015 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on February 21.

Dear Demi was sent to the spelling paddock …

Of The Brave Looking Towards Golden Slipper

Of The Brave Looking Towards Golden Slipper

29 Jan, 2015

Mark Riley has already begun mapping out a route towards the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) with Of The Brave following an impressive barrier trial from the colt on Thursday morning.

The two-year-old recorded a three-length win over 800 metres in 45.44 seconds at Cranbourne this morning with jockey Stephen Baster following a …

Outreach Set To Impress On Debut In Canonbury Stakes

Outreach Set To Impress On Debut In Canonbury Stakes

29 Jan, 2015

Outreach will make his racing debut in the 2015 Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this weekend and co-trained Paul Snowden is expecting the well-bred to equit himself well in the Group 3 event.

Outreach is a full-brother to 2013 Golden Slipper winner Overreach and he impressed onlookers when he finished second behind the highly-rated Sebring …

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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Golden Slipper Unlikely For Widden Stakes Runner Fireworks

Golden Slipper Unlikely For Widden Stakes Runner Fireworks

29 Jan, 2015

2015 Widden Stakes runner Fireworks has been most impressive in her first two race starts, but trainer Gerald Ryan confirmed this morning that the 2015 Golden Slipper is not on the agenda for the talented filly.

Fireworks made her racing debut with a second place finish behind New Wings in The Entertainment Grounds Maiden (1000m) …

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 …

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