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Champion Jumper Black And Bent Retired

Champion Jumper Black And Bent Retired

4 Jun, 2014

Champion jumper Black And Benthas been retired after the veteran gelding suffered a minor tendon injury that ruled him out of the 2014 jumps racing season.

Black And Bent stamped himself as the champions jumps horse of his era with a string of dominant performances. Photo by: Taron Clarke

Black And Bent has not been …

MRC Announces Significant Changes To Caulfield Cup Carnival

MRC Announces Significant Changes To Caulfield Cup Carnival

7 Feb, 2014

Additional prizemoney for the Caulfield Cup, the creation of a $1 million race known as the Caulfield Classic and the rescheduling of the Thousand Guineas were among the changes for the 2014 Caulfield Cup Carnival that were announced by the Melbourne Racing Club this morning.

The Group 1 Thousand Guineas, won by Guelph in 2013, …

Champion Jumper Out For The Year

Champion Jumper Out For The Year

15 May, 2012

Star jumper Black And Bent will miss the rest of the year’s racing after suffering a tear to his troublesome tendon that caused him to spend 11 months on the sidelines after originally injuring it in July 2010.

Black And Bent will not race again before May next year - photo © Taron Clarke

The …

Overseas Plans Left Black And Bent

Overseas Plans Left Black And Bent

10 Jan, 2012

There was plenty to like about the master plan of sending Black And Bent overseas to compete in the world’s biggest jumps races.

It would mark the complete turnaround of the Australian jumps industry with a genuine home grown talent rising through the grades to mix it with the biggest names on the planet.

There’s …

Melbourne Cup Nomination Numbers Fall Short Of Expectations

Melbourne Cup Nomination Numbers Fall Short Of Expectations

1 Sep, 2011

There has been a smaller than expected number of nominations for this year’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington this November.

Just 163 horses have accepted for the first round of nominations, which is a far cry from last year’s 253.

As expected jumps champion Black And Bent features in the Melbourne Cup nominations after winning all …

Black & Bent Cup Dream More Vivid Than Ever

Black & Bent Cup Dream More Vivid Than Ever

29 Aug, 2011

Melbourne Cup hopeful Black And Bent has continued his dominant jumps form

Yet another step has been taken on the audacious road to glory that is Black And Bent’s Melbourne Cup road.

After starting as the shortest of short priced favourites in the JJ Houlahan Hurdle at Sandown he let nobody down with a commanding …

Black And Bent Crosses Melbourne Cup Hurdle

Black And Bent Crosses Melbourne Cup Hurdle

15 Aug, 2011

Melbourne Cup hopeful Black And Bent won the Grand National Hurdle at Sandown

Robert Smerdon’s Black And Bent is on his way to a Melbourne Cup run after he won the Grand National Hurdle on Sunday.

The talented six-year-old gelding won the $200,000 Grand National by an unbelievable 12 lengths at Sandown Racecourse.

It was …

Black Caviar Key To Mornington’s Melbourne Cup Day Success

Black Caviar Key To Mornington’s Melbourne Cup Day Success

4 Jul, 2011

Mornington Racecourse is hoping to secure Black Caviar for a track gallop on Melbourne Cup Day

Mornington Racecourse is making a play for Black Caviar to perform a track gallop at the course on Melbourne Cup Day this year.

It would be the superstar’s final gallop before competing in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic …

$1 Billion Caulfield Recreational Development Project Approved

$1 Billion Caulfield Recreational Development Project Approved

29 Jun, 2011

A $1 billion project has been approved to be built just north of Caulfield Racecourse.

The project, dubbed “Caulfield Village” will include 1,200 apartments, 10,000m2 of office space and 15,000m2 of retail and supermarket space.

The new Caulfield Village will be located near the train station and will offer parking for up to …