New Zealand Cup Week

New Zealand Cup Week has finished and pleasing to see betting turnovers Were up substantially. Started with Catalyst supreme 2000 Guineas Best 3yo we have seen for a long time Autumn awaits most likely Sydney Campaign. 

Team Pitman stable were on fire Day 1 Sensei brilliant Pegasus Stakes tried hard to win the Stewards which was won by Sheezallmine trained by David Miller just started training had 3 Winners won the Welcome with La Romanee he is definitely a trainer to watch out for.

Melbourne Cup Special

Derby Day was a damp but we did see a great day's racing. Damien Oliver broke the all time wins at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Won the derby on Warning Exceedance Coolmore win was a thriller Champion New Zealand Mare Melody Belle 10th Group 1 victory her first in Australia winning the Empire Rose.

Linda Meech dumped off Derby Hope

 The last 24 hours Social Media has gone crazy the Dumping of Linda Meech in favour of Mark Zahra to ride Thought Of That in the Victoria Derby on Saturday at Flemington. Meech rode a great tactical ride on him in the Caulfield Classic sprinted away for an easy win. But Owner Brae Sokolski made the decision to engaged Mark Zahra sure its the owners right who they want to ride their horses goodwill gesture would be to give Linda Meech a sling if Thought Of That wins the derby.

Cox Plate Special

Saturday Japanese Galloper Mer De Glace won the Caulfield Cup. This Saturday we see the Running of Ladbrokes Cox Plate where legends are made Another Japan horse LYS GRACIEUX is rated 6 lengths better horse. She has a great record and just beaten in the Hong Kong Vase last december. Has drawn out gate 10 derserves to be Favourite. Another from Japan KLUGER does thrive in Australian Conditions he off course was 2nd To Winx in the Queen Elizabeth at Randwick.

Caulfield Cup Special

Caulfield Cup the toughest 2400m Handicap in the World The Field has dropped away but its always such a great race to watch. Headed by the Old Warrior HARTNELL being placed Melbourne Cup. His form is good placed in the Turnbull 58 ? MIRAGE DANCER UK horse now Busuttin Young team who are going great guns being going well 2400 should be fine can run a race. MER DE GLACE japanese horse has great form hasn't run 2400 has a wide gate to overcome Japan Staying form is very strong so left him out at your own peril.

Everest Special

A great days racing it was Caulfield Guineas Day four Group 1 races and all thrilling races Super Seth getting up on the Post Flit 1000 Guineas Cape Of Good Hope imported to the Hayes Dabering winning the Stakes Fierce Impact and trekking sealing his place in the Everest getting the last slot Melbourne Racing Club.

Everest a new race in its third year has really gained lots of media spotlight and I will preview all runners.

Triple Crown Races

Triple Crown Races were announced by New Zealand Bloodstock couple of weeks ago. I think its a positive step in getting some exposure in the media especially mainstream TV.

They include a sprinting series Railway Telegraph Waikato Sprint WFA Zabeel Classic Herbie Dyke Stakes Bonecrusher Stakes Mares Cuddle Stakes New Thoroughbred Breeders Travis Stakes.

The Jericho

Saturday New Zealand had its first runner in the Jericho Cup which will be run at Warmambool on December 1. Was run last year the race is for only Australian and New Zealand breds. Run over the Extreme distance of 4600m

Aigne won the the Road to the Jericho at New Plynouth on Saturday distance off 3210. off course New Zealand is renowed for Staying horses. There was a race at Avondale which was run over 3400m  Maybe good idea would be to have long distance races for horses to get ready for the Jericho in future years.

Whip Debate

There has been some debate about banning the Whip in Thoroughbred Racing. Maybe might happen but before this any decision is made. There must be discussion with Jockeys Trainers and owners. Animal Welfare have been quite loud about Whip Use on Horses in racing.