CATCH A WAVE or LEAP TO FAME?
It’s quite remarkable that 16 months out from the contest, the conversations around the above star three-year-olds is already generating discussion ahead of the inaugural TAB Eureka.
DEBATE has long raged around the amount of feature juvenile racing on the calendar, with many involved in the industry keen to see further four-year-old opportunities as part of a bridging year before joining the open class ranks.
The emphasis on big prizemoney racing around two and three-year-olds has often been to blame for star youngsters not going on to take a step into the Grand Circuit, with obvious enticement to be at the races early.
FOUR Group 1s will take centre stage at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow evening with the APG Gold Bullion finals for two and three-year-olds staged over the mile distance.
My Ultimate Byron will be looking to do the big two and three-year-old APG double when he starts from the inside gate in race five, while his major danger in Ripp will begin directly alongside him.
WHILE it’s been a long time in the making, Australian harness racing's first slot race has been announced this week.
The TAB Eureka will undertake its inaugural running next September as the richest harness racing event on the planet.
THE Easter period and its build up is a busy one for harness racing fans and the action starts to amplify from this afternoon.
Next Saturday evening’s Group 1 Riverina Championships for the four and five-year-old pacers of $100,000 will be the highlight, alongside the Wagga cup meeting.
Heats are set down for this afternoon with the likes of Group 1 winners ANNTONIA, SOHO ALMASI and SEND IT looking to stake their claim for more elite success.
With The Race in New Zealand only a fortnight away and the Riverina Championships to follow on Easter Saturday there is plenty of quality pacing coming up.
The Free For All at Menangle tomorrow night is an example of horses revving their engines for future targets, with both STYLISH MEMPHIS and ALTA ORLANDO lining up.
Despite the Carnival Of Miracles officially wrapping up, the Group 1 racing is yet to take a break with several features this weekend.
History was expected to be rewritten last Saturday night, but just not in the manner that it eventually was.
Minutes prior to the running of the Ainsworth Free For All as race six, the heavens opened to dump inches of water onto the Menangle circuit and cause havoc.
CAN he do it? KING OF SWING has made the Miracle Mile his own over the last two editions and will be attempting to do the unachievable to date and win three editions tomorrow evening.
It has been a whirlwind 24 months for the now seven-year-old stallion and his quest to rewrite history was enhanced on Monday evening when young Madi McCarthy selected him barrier one.
The move to assign the Newcastle Mile winner the first invite through to the Miracle Mile has been a shrewd one.
Even aside from the $100,000 prizemoney and Group 1 status of Newcastle’s premier race, the surety of a position in the big one and the extra week of recovery time have assisted in drawing together a cracking field again this year.
It will also be the much-anticipated rematch between BONCEL BENJAMIN and EXPENSIVE EGO after their controversial Inter Dominion battle two months ago.
The train now rolls on to Sydney after an ultra-entertaining Victorian TAB Summer Of Glory, where the King reigned once more, Team Gath again asserted their dominance on the trotting gait and a new wave of future Grand Circuit stars put their hooves up to be counted.
However, there will hardly be a moment to catch our breath as our focus is drawn north.
Wow – what a weekend we have to look forward to!
Five Group 1s headline feature racing across three states, with it all getting underway tonight in the west alongside the Great Southern Star from Melton.
This weekend marks the final opportunity for fringe runners to put forward their case for Hunter Cup inclusion.
The country cups route has been intriguing over the last few weeks, highlighted by an action-packed Ballarat feature last weekend which was a brilliant entrée for what’s to come.
Some contenders are choosing to take a week’s freshen ahead of the $500,000 Grand Circuit event, while some are opting for a pipe-opener seven days out to ensure their fitness is where it needs to be.
Two sensational open class Group 1s hold sway this weekend in the trots.
Despite the lack of interstate representation in this year’s Western Australian contests for obvious reasons, the local contingent has drawn together a star studded line up.
The PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup has always been an incredibly deep event, and its positioning on the calendar means that it's often a logical lead up ahead of the Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup in a fortnight's time.
It’s been a long (almost) 12 months for all closely involved in Australia’s best pacer LOCHINVAR ART, and the same could be said for his supporters.
A frustrating run of issues throughout the early part of last year, which eventually ruled the star pacer out of the Carnival Of Miracles, has meant he hasn’t been seen since his breathtaking Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup victory on Febraury 6.
Victoria holds its place firmly in the spotlight this weekend with Bendigo hosting a nine-race Cup card tomorrow evening.
Have we caught our breath yet? Saturday night’s TAB Inter Dominion Pacing Final delivered the first result reversal in the series due to a protest after BONCEL BENJAMIN's connections successfully pleaded a case of interference.
This is not an ideal scenario for anyone involved, let's get that straight.
The eventual winners did not get to celebrate and revel in their horse crossing the line first, and then had an agonising 30-minute wait to eventually be awarded their result. Even something as simple as not having the winning photo with their horse’s head in front is another element that they don’t get to enjoy.
THE Inter Dominion is a series that was designed to reward the toughest and most durable standardbred in their chosen gait, by requiring all competitors to compete under gruelling conditions.
In its traditional format, three heats in a week followed up by a final the following, tests not only the physical stamina but the mental capabilities of the animal and in many ways their human counterparts as well.
These were the principles this time-honoured series were founded upon and the end result is the greatest racing that stands above all others.
Inter Dominion 2021 has finally arrived and this time around New South Wales plays host.
After an extended absence due to COVID-19, Australasia’s great harness racing prize hasn’t been up for grabs since December 2019 when staged in Auckland, New Zealand.
Each Inter Dominion is slightly different, with the host state responsible for setting their own conditions.
This is how the New South Wales 2021 edition will transpire.
THIS Saturday at Tabcorp Park Melton 10 Breeders Crown champions will be decided.
With just shy of $1.5million on offer, the big guns have come out to play and the racing is set to be outstanding.
The barrier draws on Monday evening threw even further intrigue to the eight Group 1s with extremely even contests and tough maps for a few of the major players.