Raceday focus: Best bets Ballarat Synthetic

BEST BET LOFTY HEIGHTS (R2, No.3 $1.70) Lightly raced son of High Chaparral who has been placed in all five starts with three seconds. Finished second in strong 1600m maidens at Pakenham Synthetic. Should be suited by 2200m. NEXT BEST FORTYFIVE PARKLANE (R1 No.4, $2.50) Son of Written Tycoon who showed speed to share lead in a 800m jumpout at […]

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El Astronaute goes for Sapphire prize

El Astronaute returns to Ireland for the Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. The popular six-year-old has already won at Cork and over the same course and distance he faces this weekend this season. John Quinn’s charge is rated a career-high 111 now, and his trainer believes there is little difference between winning a big handicap off […]

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Waldpfad hacks up at Newbury

German Group Three form more than matched that on offer from the domestic challenge as Waldpfad made short work of his rivals in the bet365 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury. The unconsidered 33-1 shot had gained a career-best victory with his Pattern success on his previous start at Hamburg, after which trainer Dominic Moser set his compass towards the Newbury contest. […]

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Richard Fahey high on confidence ahead of Super Sprint

Richard Fahey is confident Ventura Rebel can provide him with a fourth victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury. The Musley Bank maestro has saddled three of the last six winners of this lucrative event and appears intent on adding to his tally on Saturday – with the red-hot favourite joined by a trio of stablemates in Mighty Spirit, […]

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Iridessa has stamina to prove in Irish Oaks

Joseph O’Brien admits only time will tell if Iridessa’s stamina will stand up to the test of the Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh. A daughter of Derby hero Ruler Of The World, Iridessa finished fourth over a mile in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May and appeared to improve for a step up to 10 furlongs when running out […]

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One start in six years: ‘nothing to lose’ with comeback king

David Pfieffer's phone wouldn't stop ringing on Friday. First there was the breeder of his South African import, who just wanted someone to give his old horse a pat. Then there were the breeder's Sydney-based mates, who raced his mother and want to visit the most peculiar horse racing in Australia this weekend. Comeback: David Pfieffer.Credit:Jenny Evans It proves there […]

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Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Thursday, July 18

Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Thursday, July 18 Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings at Hamilton, Leicester, Ffos Las, Chepstow and Epsom Downs.  Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings ROBIN GOODFELLOW 1.40 Point of Order 2.10 Classic Pursuit 2.40 Harvey Dent 3.10 Dutch Coed 3.40 Lever […]

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Dee Ex Bee primed for Goodwood test

Mark Johnston is under no illusions about the task facing Dee Ex Bee as he prepares to renew rivalry with Stradivarius in the Qatar Goodwood Cup. Runner-up in last year’s Investec Derby at Epsom, Dee Ex Bee firmly established himself as a leading stayer in the first half of this season with impressive victories in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot […]

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Jones climbing towards Kosciuszko with Herzegovina

The rapid improvement shown by emerging three-year-old Herzegovina since being gelded has trainer Stephen Jones dreaming of a start in The Kosciuszko. Of course Herzegovina has a fair way to go but Jones says if he can make it three from three as a gelding in The Entrance Leagues Club Handicap (1200m) at Gosford today then the dream could be […]

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Raceday focus: Best bets at Gosford, Moree

Back the team, not any individual. That was the advice from “coach” Joe Pride when asked to single out the most magnificent of his seven running at Gosford on Thursday. Pride made a compelling case for all his horses, each one of them placed to perfection in their ­respective races. “I don’t really want to nominate one as my best,’’ […]

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