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Newbury target for Botox Has following winning return

Gary Moore is targeting Botox Has at the Gerry Feilden Hurdle at Newbury next month following his victory at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The four-year-old overcame a 315-day absence to score for the third time in four starts since joining the Moore team from France.

“I was expecting a big run. He’s come back well and I’m very pleased with him,” said Moore on Sunday.

“He ate up last night and walked out sound this morning so we live to fight another day.

“I’d say his next race would be the Gerry Feilden at the Hennessy meeting at Newbury towards the end November.

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“The aim last season had been to go to Liverpool after he had won at Cheltenham in December, but then we had the pandemic so that was that.”

Moore reports his other exciting young prospect Goshen to be heading for the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton November 7, as long as there is enough cut in the ground.

Goshen was successful on his first four starts over hurdles last term, before his winning streak came to an end in dramatic fashion in the Triumph at Cheltenham when he exited at the final flight with the race at his mercy.

He has been beaten in two races on the Flat this autumn, but Moore feels his latest run was better than he was given credit for in some quarters.

“He’s fine. He goes to the Elite if we get some rain. Wincanton seems to be dodging the rain at the moment,” said the West Sussex handler.

“He wasn’t beaten far by a horse (Natural History) that was runner-up in a Group Three on Saturday (St Simon Stakes at Newbury), so perhaps his run on the Flat the other day (at Goodwood) wasn’t quite as bad as everyone thought it was.”

Moore will send his two highly-promising four-year-olds their separate ways for the time being.

“I’ll keep them apart,” he said. “Whether Botox Has is up to Goshen’s level, I don’t know. I’d like to think he is, but he’ll have to jump up a fair bit.”

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Mac Swiney lands Vertem Futurity

Mac Swiney was a tenacious winner of the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

Jim Bolger’s challenger, a Group Two winner on soft ground at the Curragh in August, had since managed only eighth of 10 on a quicker surface over the same course and distance in the National Stakes.

But he again revelled in testing conditions as the rain set in on Town Moor, with the 12-1 shot challenging last under Kevin Manning to overhaul eventual third Baradar and hold off 6-4 favourite One Ruler in the final furlong, scoring by three-quarters of a length.

Following a race in which Dewhurst runner-up Wembley was a significant late withdrawal on account of the ground, Paddy Power and Betfair responded by halving Mac Swiney’s odds for next year’s Derby to 20-1 from 40-1.

Manning, who was riding his first Group One winner in Britain since Pleascach won the Yorkshire Oaks in 2015, said: “He’s done all his running over seven furlongs, but I always thought the further he went the better he’d be.

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“He was a little slowly away, but that enabled me to get a position. There was a bit of scrimmagin,g but he was able to hold his corner. He was very switched off and very relaxed.

“He’s got a great attitude and didn’t fight me through the race, but at the business end he’s there when you want him.

“I imagine he’ll start off in one of the Guineas, but I think he’s a type that the better the race the better he’ll go, as he can cruise at good gear and he’s probably got more pace than I give him credit for.

“I think he’s a horse that when he steps up in trip you can only see the best of him as a three-year-old.”

Bolger turns 79 on Christmas Day, but once again has proved he can still come up with the goods on the big days.

Manning said: “It’s great to be back winning Group Ones, we’ve had some wonderful years together and we’ve been placed in this race before, so this is another box ticked.”

The colt is named after the Irish playwright and politician Terence Macswiney, who died 100 years ago on October 25, 1920 in Brixton prison on hunger strike having been placed there charged with sedition.

Manning said: “Jim is very good at naming his horses and this one is very well named, it’s 100 years tomorrow that he died.

“Jim didn’t come because of all the rigmarole that goes with it. I know I can’t mix with the other jockeys for 14 days when I get back, but that’s the way it is, it has to be done.

“I thought this lad was worth doing it for. He’d beaten the horse that was the favourite (Wembley) in his maiden and the horse who won the Group One in France (Van Gogh) was behind him at the Curragh, so the form stacked up.”

Bolger told Sky Sports Racing: “I was hoping he could win, he’s been improving steadily.

“He’d have preferred better ground, but he got through that today and he did it really well.

“I’ve been regarding him as my Derby horse since he first went to the races and after today that is not about to change.

“I must have known he was good back in January when I named him Mac Swiney, it wouldn’t have been good for me or anyone around here to name a horse after a Cork man if he wasn’t very good.

“He’s one of our outstanding patriots and I’m thrilled for his memory that this fellow was able to go back to England 100 years after his death and win like he did.”

All in all it was a profitable day for Bolger: “It’s nice to have bred him, I also bred the Group One winner in France trained by Mark Johnston (Gear Up). I couldn’t do things like this without brilliant staff, both on the farm and in the training centre.”

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Van Gogh makes big impression at Saint-Cloud

Van Gogh produced an impressive burst of speed to win the Group One Criterium International for Aidan O’Brien at Saint-Cloud.

Pierre-Charles Boudot had Van Gogh anchored last of the six-runner field until making swift progress into the straight and bagging the rail position on the stands side.

On his seventh start of a busy campaign, O’Brien’s American Pharoah colt then quickly put distance between himself and the rest – and at the post the 3-1 shot had four lengths in hand from rallying long-time leader Normandy Bridge.

Van Gogh appeared to relish the heavy ground on his first attempt at the top level, going one better than when second to One Ruler in Newmarket’s Group Three Autumn Stakes.

Winning jockey Boudot told Sky Sports Racing: “He is impressive.

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“Aidan told me before the race that he needed cover, for a nice trip and be relaxed – and he has a nice turn of foot.

“But he is still green and tricky when he arrived in front – but he won in very good style.”

Van Gogh, whose performance attracted a Betfair quote of 20-1 (from 33-1) for next year’s Epsom Derby, was previously a runner-up at Group Two and Group Three level in Ireland.

Among those behind him this time were two British challengers – and fellow 9-4 joint-favourites – Simon and Ed Crisford’s Jadoomi (third) and Charlie Appleby’s previously unbeaten La Barrosa, who dead-heated for fifth and last.

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Gerald Ryan puts Peltzer on a pedestal after Bondi Stakes victory

It was only a jump-out about a year ago but trainer Gerald Ryan left the track that morning believing he had found his next top racehorse.

The then-unraced Peltzer had screamed along the back straight, recording a time that had Ryan checking his stopwatch for verification.

“I’ve only had four horses break 30s from the 1500m to the 1000m where I clock them from,’’ the master trainer said.

“The first was Snitzel, then Snitzerland, next was Rubick and this colt, Peltzer. It’s why I have always had a huge opinion of this horse.’’

At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Peltzer showed the racing public what Ryan has known for months with a brilliant frontrunning effort to win the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m).

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In driving rain and deteriorating, gloomy conditions, Peltzer ($2.80 favourite) stood out like a beacon as he strode clear under Tim Clark to win by nearly three lengths.

Prime Star ($4) ran on well to claim second just in front of a game Real Force ($26).

Acrophobic had a good run until straightening but struggled to let down in the heavy conditions, finishing seventh.

Godolphin attempted to repeat its spectacular race tactics which gave Osborne Bulls a third placing in The Everest two years ago by taking Namazu to the outside fence but he struggled and finished only eighth.

Peltzer revelled in the wet ground as he won the Bondi Stakes in emphatic style. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

On the 10th anniversary of Coolmore Stud stallion So You Think’s second Cox Plate win, it was fitting he sired a feature-race double with Peltzer’s Bondi Stake complementing the Irish-bred Knights Order’s effort in the Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup.

Clark rated Peltzer brilliantly as the colt protected his perfect Randwick record with his fourth win from as many starts on the famous course.

“The wet track really played into his hands, he revelled in that ground,’’ Clark said.

“I think that was the reason he didn’t look quite as impressive the other day because of the ground.

“Getting his toe right into it today, he was just a different horse. He really quickened well at the 300m when I asked him and put the race beyond doubt pretty quickly.”

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Peltzer was in a league of his own in the Bondi Stakes. pic.twitter.com/tQxsUUSnlg

Clark said Ryan and co-trainer Sterling Alexiou had placed their colt brilliantly to complete the Stan Fox Stakes-Bondi Stakes double towards the back end of the Sydney spring carnival.

“Peltzer was tried against the best three-year-olds and probably just came up a little short but smart play by Gerald and Sterling, just coming back that notch,’’ Clark said.

“He’s a Group 2 winner and now he has won a $1 million dollar race so I think it was really smart planning by them and they deserve a lot of credit.

“Now he has shown he can run out a strong mile, he’s got a really nice attitude, he doesn’t worry about things and he’s a beautifully natured horse to ride.

“In the autumn, where generally we do get wet tracks, I’m sure he will be able to measure up to some better races.”

Gerald Ryan has always had a high opinion of Peltzer. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Peltzer was a $260,000 Magic Millions Yearling Sale buy and has proved a good investment with his earnings vaulting to $939,000 — and, if Ryan is right, the colt is only just getting started.

“The Randwick Guineas is the aim in the autumn and we will see where we end up,’’ Ryan said.

“Not many horses win five out of eight, not many horses win four out of four at Randwick. He’s just a nice colt.

“Really, he has done a super job because he’s only had 26 days off since January. He’ll go out on Monday and he’ll have a nice spell.

“He’s a horse who could improve, he has a great attitude for a colt, and come back a nice horse. There is so much to pick from in the autumn.’’

Tommy Berry, rider of Prime Star, thought he was a winning chance at the top of the straight.

“We were just beaten by a better horse, the winner found too much,’’ Berry said.

The Clarry Conners-trained Real Peace was coming out of a provincial maiden win and ran competitively for third.

“It was a huge effort, he will be a nice horse next ‘prep’ over a bit further,” apprentice Tom Sherry said.

THE NIVISION: BAKER’S POSITIVE SPRING

Trainer Bjorn Baker concedes he is spoilt for choice with so many big-money race options for talented mare Positive Peace.

“There is a good $500,000 race in two weeks (Hot Danish Stakes, Rosehill) which is probably where we will go with her next,’’ Baker said at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

“But then there is The Hunter (1300m, Newcastle, November 14) and The Gong (1600m, Kembla Grange, November 21). They are both $1 million races which we have to consider.

“The prizemoney is so good for these races but I don’t think we can run in all three so we will have to look at what races suit her the best.’’

At least Baker can look forward to the rest of the spring with confidence after Positive Peace ploughed through the heavy going to win the Group 3 $200,000 The Nivison (1200m).

Positive Peace ($16) was ridden by Josh Parr to a neck win over the fast finishing Wandabaa ($5.50 equal favourite) to win by a neck with Athiri ($6) just over a length away third.

Blazing Miss ($5.50 equal favourite) didn’t handle the heavy track conditions and laboured to finish sixth, according to her jockey, Robbie Dolan.

Positive Peace gave her jockey and trainer their second win in The Nivison. Parr rode Nayeli to win the race in 2015 and Baker prepared Egyptian Symbol to win the feature race the following year.

Positive Peace goes past Sweet Deal to win The Nivision. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Parr, who rode a feature race double at Randwick after partnering The Bopper to his win in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes, said he wasn’t surprised Positive Peace bounced back to form despite three unplaced runs to start her spring campaign.

“I was so confident going into the Angst but she over-raced and got her tongue over the bit. The tongue tie applied today, back to 1200m and a bit of rain around – it’s all worked out perfectly for her,’’ Parr said.

“I was very keen to be positive on her, especially coming from the 1600m to the 1200m. I needed her fitness to be her best asset. Racing on speed was vital. We got a nice clear run, nice clear air and she was brilliant.”

She's a beauty! Positive Peace has got the chocolates in the G3 Nivison for @BBakerRacing. pic.twitter.com/OlIHPrngXK

Positive Peace won five races in succession culminating in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes in autumn and Baker also felt the mare was going better than her three unplaced spring runs might have indicated.

“She is a class mare and it is good to see her back in winning form,’’ Baker said.

“We changed a few things with her today and it was a super result.

“Her run in the Golden Pendant was excellent, she was very unlucky that day and should have been in the finish then she had excuses for her last start effort. The tongue tie made a big help.

“But I couldn’t believe the price today for a mare with her record. I know she was coming back from 1600m to 1200m but with the wet track, it was more like 1400m anyway. It has worked out well.’’

Wandabaa’s fast-finishing effort to just miss in The Nivision capped a satisfying day for trainer Kris Lees.

His brilliant three-year-old The Bopper was impressive winning the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes earlier on the Randwick program while at Moonee Valley, his stayer Mugatoo ran an outstanding race to finish fourth in the Cox Plate behind Sir Dragonet.

Jockey Tommy Berry said Wandabaa produced an “honest, tough run.’’

Godolphin mare Athiri was chasing a hat-trick of wins and momentarily looked likely to snare her first at stakes level before eventually finishing third.

RANDWICK – TAB BIG BETS

RACE ONE

Punters pulled off a great betting move in the opening race of the day – the Forum Group Kirkham Plate (1000 metres).

Tiger Of Malay ($26-$9.50), tipped up by SKY Racing’s Ron Dufficy, proved best over the concluding stages to land a confident late betting move. The son of Extreme Choice really firmed up in the final 20 minutes.

Mura Mura ($3.20-$4.40) was the best tried all week and ran right up to the support while the big push for Jumbo Goal ($6.50-$5.50) all week, which began on Wednesday when $21 was available, was off the mark.

BETS: Jumbo Goal $1,000 @ $6

BETS: Socialist $1,500 @ $9.50

RACE TWO

Proven Class rattled home under Winona Costin to take out a very competitive TAB Highway Handicap (1800 metres).

Going around as a $14 chance, the James Ponsonby-trained galloper didn’t have a great deal of support after opening at $11 in the morning.

Rent A Rock, which had been favourite in the morning at $4.20, blew right out to $7 at the start of the race but battled on after doing plenty of work.

The big push was for Cosmic Haze ($6-$4.40) along with Crackerjack Kenny ($8-$6.50-$7). Prince Of Aragon ($7) and Evas Deel ($11-$9.50-$10) had plenty of admirers after both opened at much bigger prices on Wednesday.

BETS: Crackerjack Kenny $1,500 @ $6.50

BETS: Cosmic Haze $1,500 @ $4.80, $5,000 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $4.40

BETS: Rent A Rock $2,400 @ $7

BETS: Evas Deel $1,000 @ $9.50

BETS: Prince Of Aragon $1,000 @ $7

RACE THREE

One of the best tried runners all day was Destination for the running of the AMD Brian Crowley Stakes (1200 metres).

Although the race itself was a top betting affair with strong money for every single runner in the event, it was Destination ($3-$2.50-$2.90) which carried the majority of the hold. In fact, close to half the investment was on the Godolphin runner.

The Bopper ($3.30-$4.20) had admirers but drifted on the day while On The Lead ($4.40-$4) was the second best tried outside the fav.

BETS: The Bopper $3,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,035 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.90, $1,300 @ $3.70

BETS: Destination $2,500 @ $3.10, $1,500 @ $3, $5,500 @ $2.90, $4,500 @ $2.90, $4,000 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.90 TWICE, $2,000 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.70

RACE FOUR

Cuba landed some big bets after scoring an upset in the Robrick Lodge Filante Handicap (1400 metres).

While Criaderas was heavily supported as an odds-on favourite, Cuba ($8-$12-$11) attracted some decent bets including one which netted one TAB customer over $110,000 collect!

Ranier ($9.50-$11-$9) had admirers at the eachway quote as did Royal Celebration ($6) but the story of the day was Criaderas ($1.95-$1.55-$1.75) which went around with more than half the market on his back.

BETS: Cuba $10,000 e/w @ $11/$2.30

BETS: Criaderas $4,900 @ $2.15, $2,100 @ $1.95, $10,429 @ $1.75, $3,000 @ $1.75, $6,000 @ $1.70, $3,500 @ $1.60, $8,800 @ $1.55

RACE FIVE

Knights Order more than halved its quote and got the job done for her backers by leading throughout in the Clubs NSW City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400 metres).

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained galloper opened the day as a $21 chance after as much as $41 was available on Wednesday.

Today, the son of So You Think was backed into $8 off consistent support all afternoon and with Winona Costin taking the gelding straight to the front, the pair were never headed, giving the hoop a rare City double.

Girl Tuesday ($4.80-$3.90-$4.60) was easily the most popular runner but got the drifts late and after blowing the start, was out of play.

Of the rest, Attention Run ($9.50-$5.50) was a notable firm.

BETS: Girl Tuesday $2,000 @ $4.60, $4,500 @ $4.40

BETS: Djukon $5,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2.20, $2,500 e/w @ $6.50/$2.20

BETS: Attention Run $11,000 @ $5

BETS: Knights Order $2,000 e/w @ $8/$2.60

RACE SIX

Favourite backers were on good terms with themselves after the running of the Bar 83 Bondi Stakes (1600 metres).

While there were decent moves at varying stages throughout the day for the likes of Prime Star ($3.80), Acrophobic ($5-$4.40-$6) and Elizabeel ($6-$4.60) it was Peltzer which was carrying the really big money.

The Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou-trained galloper was twice as popular as anything else in the race and he was responsible for a tick under half the money.

Peltzer ($2.40-$3.10-$2.80) did get out in the betting early in the day but came in late thanks to some serious investments.

BETS: Peltzer $5,688 @ $3.10, $4,000 @ $3.10, $2,100 @ $3, $5,000 @ $2.90, $3,500 @ $2.90, $7,500 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80

BETS: Acrophobic $2,000 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.40

BETS: Prime Star $2,000 @ $3.80, $1,072 @ $3.80, $6,000 @ $3.70, $3,000 @ $3.60

BETS: Elizabeel $2,000 @ $5.50, $5,040 @ $4.80, $1,750 @ $4.80

RACE SEVEN

Positive Peace was largely ignored until very late for the running of the Daily Press The Nivison (1200 metres).

Opening the day as an $11 chance, Positive Peace hit $21 at one stage before a late rally saw it come into $16 at the jump.

Wandabaa ($5) went around as the most popular runner and slight favourite in front of the big mover in Blazing Miss ($9-$5.50) and Athiri ($4.80-$6-$5.50).

BETS: Positive Peace $500 @ $16

BETS: Jen Rules $2,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2

RACE EIGHT

Hilo did the right thing by favourite backers in the Southern Cross Handicap (1200 metres).

Going around as one of the most popular horses all day, Hilo ($2.80-$2.90) led throughout for Rachel King and James Cummings which was to the delight of those who loaded up on the gelding.

The son of Lohnro went around with 41 percent of the total investment while he also featured a number of successful multis throughout the afternoon.

Inanup ($7.50) had support all week when as much as $18 was on offer while So Taken ($10) had eachway support along with Edison ($7.50), which came in from double figures, and Mount Horeb ($34-$19-$13).

BETS: Hilo $2,000 @ $2.80, $3,500 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70, $1,000 x $3,000 e/w @ $2.70/$1.40

BETS: Bound To Win $3,500 @ $10

RACE NINE

Icebath finally repaid the faithful with a strong win in the final event on the program – the Sharp EIT Handicap (1600 metres).

The Brad Widdup-trained galloper went around as one of the best tried horses of the afternoon. Starting a $2.60 favourite, it held more than three times the amount of money than anything else with the best supported outside of it being Betcha Flying ($7).

Of the rest, Vegas Jewel ($6) had backing at the eachway quote as did Navy Cross ($10).

Bets: Icebath $2,500 e/w @ $3.30/$1.60, $1,305 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,750 @ $3.20, $1,100 @ $3.20 $10,000 @ $2.60, $2,500 @ $2.60, $2,000 @ $2.60, $3,000 @ $2.50

BETS: Vegas Jewel $1,000 @ $5.50

BETS: Fortress Command $2,000 @ $8

BETS: Betcha Flying $1,000 @ $6.50 MULTIPLE TIMES

BETS: Navy Cross $5,000 @ $10

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The Pro Punter Saturday Line: All the latest advice for Cox Plate Day

The rain finally arrived in Melbourne on Friday night after the course was incredibly fast for the Manikato meeting. The track has been posted as a soft (5) at The Valley with more rain to come.

Randwick is expecting 5 to 15mm with strong winds and it’s tough day in the office and a very hard day to be chiming in early. As I noted in the Friday Line it would be wise to treat your bank with a little more respect today and perhaps reduce the amount you wish to risk given the immeasurable variables on offer.

Feature Races

Check out yesterday’s in depth Cox Plate and Bondi Stakes previews.

Thoughts remain largely the same, Kolding likely does not want a lot more rain and I note with interest the fact that Arcadia Queen is now heading towards double figure odds. The Cox Plate is very much a fascinating race.

Arcadia Queen beats Russian Camelot at Caulfield. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

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RANDWICK

Race 2

I generally do not get too involved in the Highway races, but a large overlay presents itself today in what looks a weak edition. COSMIC HAZE has the advantage of having come to Sydney on several occasions including at higher grade than this. He has built well this preparation and looks to peak here fifth up. More than acceptable price at the $6 with my rating closer to $4

Race 4

CRIADERAS is not treated kindly when comparing his Official Handicap Rating with his weight allotment. He should be getting a couple more kilos off each of his rivals. That said he is a progressive horse with the sectionals of a Group horse in waiting. He will be terribly hard to beat and represents value even at the $2 quote.

MOONEE VALLEY

Race 5

Against the favourite Sovereign Award in this one with PARADEE on top. They met recently with Sovereign Award holding a margin of three-quarters of a length over Paradee.

Sovereign Award had the race very much run to suit that day and while she is still a progressive mare, she is seventh up into this campaign. Paradee presents third up and looks primed to turn the result around.

She exceeded market expectations when comparing the SP’s from last start when she started $12 against Sovereign Award’s $3.10. She gets a 5kg swing in the weights, and presented with a nice map that may be advantaged by this time of the day being away from the fence.

Very tempted to include BONVICINI as a double play into the race however after a reasonable run last start, she needs to take a big step and I expected a bit better than the $5 on offer. If she were to drift to $7, now seemingly unlikely, I would likely add a play to her.

Selino at his Werribee home. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Race 8

Horses looking to win their way into the Melbourne Cup present here for the Moonee Valley Cup. SOUND is the clear standout for me. He is arguably unlucky not to be in the field with back to back excellent second placed efforts including the Bart Cummings last start.

He has gone to a new level this preparation and would deserve his place in the Cup.

SELINO is an interesting proposition. First-up in Australia his most recent figure would be good enough to win this race. There is a query given it was over the 3600m but the form around the horse is solid enough to suggest he is a reasonable chance.

As noted previously horses having their first run in Australia at 2400-2500m can provide a positive ROI. Doubt he will firm so he’s one I will monitor and look to get at a better price later in the betting.

Be sure to check out the Pro Punter’s Friday Line assessment of the Cox Plate and Bondi Stakes.

FINAL PLAYS FOR RANDWICK & MOONEE VALLEY

Randwick – Race 2 No. 11 – Cosmic Haze (Rated $4 – Price $6) – 10 units

Randwick – Race 4 No. 8 – Criaderas (Rated $1.60 – Price $1.90) – 23 units

Randwick – Race 6 No. 2 – Prime Star (Rated $2.25 – $3.60*) – 20 units

Moonee Valley – Race 5 No. 10 – Paradee ($2.80 – $4) – 17 units

Moonee Valley – Race 8 No. 7 – Sound ($4 – $5.50) – 11 units

Moonee Valley – Race 8 No. 10 – Selino ($8 – $9.50) – 5 units

Moonee Valley — Race 9 No. 1 – Kolding ($11 – $14*) – 8 units

Moonee Valley – Race 9 No. 5 Mugatoo ($15 – $23*) – 6 units

* Prices locked in Friday – Prime Star adjusted due to scratching

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County cricketers want overseas recruits halted for 2021 season

County cricketers want overseas recruits halted for 2021 season in exchange for 10 per cent pay-cuts in line with the Government’s Job Support Scheme

  • County cricketers are looking to halt the recruitment of overseas players 
  • The players want the ban to be in exchange for 10 per cent winter pay-cuts 
  • The move is viewed as one of solidarity and a fair trade between clubs and stars
  • However, it is understood that the counties are unlikely to accept the ban 

County cricketers have asked for a halt on overseas recruits for 2021 in exchange for 10 per cent winter pay-cuts via the Government’s imminent Job Support Scheme.

A proposal put together by the Professional Cricketers’ Association, and voted through by their members, suggested that contracts of players switching from Kolpak status or who had deferred for 12 months should be honoured, but the 18 first-class counties should not pursue new signings.

It is viewed as a show of solidarity and a fair trade between the clubs and players who would typically lose one-tenth of salaries over winter months for working 70 per cent of their normal hours.

County cricketers are looking for a ban on overseas players for the 2021 domestic season

However, the counties are unlikely to accept such recruitment restrictions.

During the Covid-hit 2020 season, the PCA agreed to accept furlough requests for their members on a case-by-case basis with wage-cuts of up to 20 per cent.

Now that scheme has ended, Sportsmail understands most counties will use the JSS.

However, it is understood counties are unlikely to accept such recruitment restrictions

The majority of players will not have their winter activity restricted as squads tend to report back part-time for fitness training from November.

Meanwhile, England’s centrally-contracted players have agreed to receive 85 per cent of their previous maximum earnings.

Significant reductions in bonuses and match-fee appearances — plus an increase in the number sharing the Test contracts pot from 10 to 12 — mean individuals can no longer earn seven-figure salaries.




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Hey Doc turns back the clock to win second Manikato Stakes

Rejuvenated sprinter Hey Doc has joined an elite band of multiple Group 1 Manikato Stakes winners, crowning a remarkable comeback by breaking the 1200m track record on a sizzling Valley track.

Dismissed by many as a faded force, the seven-year-old delivered a massive boost for trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy and jockey Luke Currie, who narrowly avoided another serious injury at Geelong on Wednesday.

Joining Tauto, Dual Choice, Manikato, Spinning Hill and Spark Of Life as a dual winner of the race, Hey Doc ($10) downed Trekking ($3.70) and Dirty Work ($6) while breaking Loving Gaby’s race record in 1:08.76.

An emotional Calvin McEvoy praised the gelding and his owners.

“I wish they were here. They’ve been patient throughout his whole career. He’s had a couple of setbacks,” he said.

“When he came back and won the (Group 1) Winterbottom off injury that was a special moment, but this is his fourth Group 1 now.

“There’s not many horses that win four and it’s a very special moment.”

What a marvel! Hey Doc wins his second Group 1 Manikato Stakes. 🧡@TheValley @mcevoymitchell pic.twitter.com/uY6KT4VDLn

Currie praised Hey Doc’s longevity.

“He’s a beauty. He puts himself on the speed and he tries heart out,” he said.

“He just brings it every time he comes to the races.”

On a night when forecasts of a deluge failed to materialise, McEvoy’s flag-bearer capped a meeting where three individual track records fell in devastating fashion.

Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes’ inexperienced sprinter Written Beauty smashed Nature Strip’s 1000m track record by scorching around the course in 56.92sec

Groundswell then lowered the 1500m track record to 1min 28.67sec.

And to emphasise the lightning nature of the track, Sartorial Splendour clocked the second-fastest time – 54.65sec – over the 955m course.

In another highlight, Danny O’Brien’s Iconoclasm won the VOBIS Gold Star (1500m) for the third year in a row.

“He’s just a pillar of consistency and (to win this race) three years in a row, that is some effort from him,” O’Brien said.

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Cox Plate 2020: Big day for Russian Camelot’s Queensland owners

As self-confessed racing tragic Dan Fletcher sizes up a Cox Plate on Saturday and potential Melbourne Cup tilt on Tuesday week, it’s hard to believe at one time he thought he would never have any luck in the racing game.

Fletcher and his wife Rae are part-owners of Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot, having put together the “Queensland Cup Colts” syndicate, which has a 10 per cent share in the Danny O’Brien-trained stallion.

The emergence of Russian Camelot has followed hot on the heels of Magic Millions winner Sunlight, a filly he co-bred and also shared in the racing ownership of.

“I used to say if it wasn’t for bad luck we’d have no luck, but we’ve had a hell of a lot of luck in the past few years,” Fletcher said.

“We bred Sunlight in partnership and after selling her as a yearling bought back in to keep a piece of her.

“I never thought we’d have another experience like Sunlight, but then along came Russian Camelot.”

The entire is different to most of the Northern Hemisphere breds we see in Australia, as he wasn’t tried in Europe before making his way here.

“A lot of people are buying European tried horses and they have become very expensive,” Fletcher said.

“The idea was to say it might be cheaper in the long run to spend a little bit less, be a lot more patient and try and buy some yearlings up there and bring them out (to Australia).”

Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

That opportunity arose when clients of Danny O’Brien purchased two yearlings out of Europe and when the trainer asked for expressions of interest, Fletcher was quick to respond.

The Colts syndicate comprises 10 couples, while Russian Camelot also has another Queensland-based owner, Brett Ainsworth, who Fletcher has spoken to, but never met in person.

Both are expected to be at Doomben on Saturday, where they hope to watch Russian Camelot win the Cox Plate.

A financial planner by profession, Fletcher always wanted to be in racing and success in the business he built in the country town of Emerald paved the way for him to satisfy that craving, purchasing a well-known Beaudesert property five years ago and renaming it Telemon Thoroughbreds.

“Literally it’s what I’ve always wanted to do. My lifelong passion and the one thing I’m deeply interested in is trying to breed racehorses,” he said.

Telemon was originally set up by Peter and Wendy Moran as Noble Park. Subsequently it’s been known as Racetree, Sun Stud, Eliza Park and a host of good horses have come off the farm.

Telemon hit the headlines last year when resident stallion Sidestep, who stands in an arrangement with Darley, sired the Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi.

The farm has since welcomed fellow Darley stallion Jungle Cat and juvenile stakes winner Sun City to the roster.

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Bondi Stakes: In-form trainer John O’Shea chasing a feature win this spring

The John O’Shea stable continues to record winner after winner this season with a 20 per cent strike rate, but now it’s time to win a big race at Randwick on Saturday.

O’Shea has long had his eyes on the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m) with Acrophobic and the day has come for him to perform after a series of good runs this time in.

He’s run third twice and fourth last start behind Peltzer in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).

“This is the one race he’s been set for,” O’Shea said.

“I couldn’t be happier with how we’ve got him there and we’ll see if he’s good enough. It’s all up to the horse now.”

Peltzer is rated a strong $2.50 favourite for the second running of the rich race while Acrophobic is a $5 which is nice odds considering how strong her was behind Peltzer last time.

O’Shea has no doubts about his horse running a strong Randwick mile, but what about the favourite?

“It’s by So You Think but if you went on the run the other day, my bloke was going very well on the line and if it was 1520m it would’ve made it very interesting,” O’Shea said.

“My horse is going to get a very good run from the gate (1) and he can follow Peltzer and Elizabeel who is a very good filly.”

Acrophobic (right) ran third in the Stan Fox Stakes behind Peltzer. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

O’Shea’s been picking up races regularly but he’s without a big race this spring.

“We were just a shade off the Spring Champion and it would’ve been good to have won that but we’re firing bullets and hopefully we can hit the target on Saturday,” O’Shea said.

“The stable is growing each season.”

“I started in the inside of a doughnut in terms of horses so it was going to take time to build a quality team.”

O’Shea is giving his stayer Rondinella another crack at a spring win in the City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m).

He felt she was primed to do well in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and Craven Plate (2000m) last start but wide gates have plagues her.

She gets barrier five and is rated a $5 hope behind Djukon who has been running in lesser races.

“She’s had no luck at any stage with her barriers and through pure frustration, after she drew poorly in the Craven Plate, the ownership questioned if we should ride her forward,” O’Shea said.

“It just didn’t work out for her and she had to work too hard to get across.

“If you go back to all her runs this time in they’ve all been acceptable from wide draws and now she has a good draw.

“I think there’s no reason why she couldn’t bounce back.”

If you’d been told Tommy Gold would resume a double figure odds ($12) when resuming in a small field you’d have been surprised given his last start win in May on the Kensington track when he stormed home to win.

But he has to beat the likes of Destination ($3), The Bopper ($3.30) and On The Lead ($4.40) in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).

“It’s a Stakes race, I guess,” O’Shea said.

“We had him programmed to start earlier in the spring but it didn’t work out. He had a little bit of a cough so we had to back of him.”

O’Shea knows which is the one for Tommy Gold to beat.

“From my perspective, I think the market is wrong,” he said.

“For the life of me I don’t understand why the Freedman horse (On The Lead) is not favourite.

“Unless they’ve missed it, the race is actually over six furlongs and he’s the only horse that has six furlong form. And it’s not only six furlong form, it’s very good form.

“I’m happy where we’ve drawn (1). It might be a run too soon for him. I would’ve liked to have given him a race over the trip before we went to Saturday but he’s fit and well and it’s on his home track.”

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SuperCoach Racing 2020: The Racing League ambassadors reveal their Round 4

Billy Slater’s Qld Rogues team continued his surge in Round 3 after Verry Elleegant delivered for him again in the Caulfield Cup.

Brittany Taylor’s WA Black Hearts still retains the overall lead among The Racing League ambassadors but the gap between her and Billy has closed to seven points.

Laurie Daley also had a solid round with his NSW Tycoons, while Shane Crawford isn’t giving up with his VIC Husslers.

Check out who The Racing League experts have picked for Round 4 in SuperCoach Racing.

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TRL Laurie Daley, NSW Tycoons.Source:Supplied

TEAM: NSW TYCOONS

Trekking (C) $475,000

Armory $425,000

Age Of Chivalry $300,000

Thermosphere $225,000

Bella Nipotina $200,000

Written Beauty $150,000

Johnny Get Angry $125,000

Young Werther $125,000

La Marsa $75,000

Sneaky Five $50,000

Emg: Son Of Mercury

Jockey: Damien Oliver

Rd 3 score: 176

Total score: 621

Trekking was a big run in The Everest, and this is no Everest field. If he can repeat that performance I think he can get the job done.

TRL: Shane Crawford, Vic Husslers.Source:Supplied

TEAM: VIC HUSSLERS

Russian Camelot (C) $375,000

Diamond Effort $325,000

Shared Ambition $325,000

Bonvicini $225,000

Adelaide $200,000

Cherry Tortoni $175,000

Selino $125,000

Miss Conduct $100,000

La Marsa $75,000

River Views $50,000

Emg: Sneaky Five $50,000

Jockey: Jamie Kah

Rd 3 score: 149

Total score: 551

I’m not jumping off Russian Camelot, I’m still believing, even though he’ll have to be an exceptional horse to win the Cox Plate from barrier 14 – and I’m going to make him captain.

If rain comes, I’m very confident Diamond Effort can win the Manikato Stakes. I think Adelaide Ace is building to a win and Cherry Tortoni can bounce back.

TRL: Billy Slater, Qld Rogues.Source:Supplied

TEAM: QLD ROGUES

Arcadia Queen $450,000

Armory (C) $425,000

Dirty Work $275,000

Sovereign Award $250,000

Ecumenical $175,000

Khoekhoe $175,000

Written Beauty $150,000

Valaquenta $125,000

Portland Sky $125,000

Sneaky Five $50,000

Emg: Son Of Mercury

Jockey: William Pike

Rd 3 score: 198

Total score: 697

With the Aiden O’Brien camp declaring Armory comes with better form than 2014 Cox Plate winner Adelaide, that’s good enough for me.

Brittany Taylor, WA Black Hearts.Source:Supplied

TEAM: WA BLACK HEARTS

Arcadia Queen (C) $450,000

Russian Camelot $375,000

Bella Vella $325,000

Dirty Work $275,000

Cherry Tortoni $175,000

Ecumenical $175,000

Khoekhoe $175,000

Incredulous Dream $125,000

Young Werther $125,000

La Marsa $75,000

Emg: Son Of Mercury

Jockey: William Pike

Rd 3 score: 175

Total score: 704

I’ve managed to fit in four Group 1 contenders – two in the Manikato and two in the Cox Plate.

Team WA all the way when it comes to the 100th running of the Cox Plate. Arcadia Queen is my captain. I saw the vision of her at the Valley trackwork during the week and wow, she’s back! I’ve included Russian Camelot as insurance.

On Manikato night, Bella Vella’s record at the Valley called for inclusion as did Dirty Work’s last start victory and they didn’t break the bank.

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The Racing League’s inaugural season will see Billy Slater’s Queensland Rogues taking on Laurie Daley’s New South Wales Tycoons, Shane Crawford’s Vic Husslers and Brittany Taylor’s Black Hearts from Western Australia.

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