Front Page Special For Saturday 18 August 2018

Caulfield Race 8 - 7 Brave Song  - There is so much good racing around the country that punters will enjoy the punt-a-thon.

In Brave Song we have a horse in excellent form, hard fit and backing up off a good effort in a tougher Aurie's Star that we are confident he is a good bet.

You can trust the Snowdens will have him right and given he was favourite in that Group 3 race, he seems so well placed on the limit at Listed level.

Expecting he won't be too far from the leaders turning and dashing early to get the top weights chasing.

The four year old is by Your Song out of a Dr Fong mare so come along for the ride - we think you can't go wrong.

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$2 For Winx To Run 1st or 2nd

The world's top-ranked horse is back and looking to continue her incredible run of form at her namesake race, the Winx Stakes.

The race, held at Randwick on August 18, will be one of her most anticipated ever as she is a heavy favourite to break Black Caviar's record and take out her 26th straight win following a magnificent trial at Rosehill on Tuesday.

To celebrate this super mare, Ladbrokes are offering an incredible $2 on Winx to finish 1st OR 2nd at the 2018 Winx Stakes.

You won't find better value on the Winx Stakes anywhere else. Don't miss out on what could be one of the finishes of the season. Max Bet $20'

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5 State Plays

Mail Around Australia

Find below the best betting plays of the weekend from around the country. A more expansive explanation can be found in the Read More Links in each State's assessments.

Luvaluva winning the Adrian Knox Stakes

Group 1 racing in Sydney gets underway for season 2018/19 at Randwick with the Winx Stakes which will play host to her first run this spring. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 9 - 5
Kaonic  @ $3.50

EACH WAY PLAY: Race 8 - 5
Luvaluva  @ $8.00

For all your Sydney form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here


Lawrence Stakes Day is one of the key kick off point for many spring campaigns and it looks a deep and interesting card in 2018. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 8 - 7 Brave Song  @ $4.20
EACH WAY PLAY: Race 7 - 14 Showtime  @ $10.00

For all your Melbourne form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here


The main meeting in Queensland will be held at the Gold Coast on Saturday in what looks a tricky nine race card. Read More

BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 7 - 12 Divine Messenger  @ $4.50
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 5 - 3 Reach For Heaven  @ $3.40

For all your Brisbane form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here

Steel Frost winning

Group action returns to Adelaide with the running of the Spring Stakes. Read More

BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 7 - 2
Steel Frost  @ $3.60

BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 3 - 1
Kellstorm  @ $2.50

For all your Adelaide form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here


The Lindsey Smith trained Epic Grey did enough first up to suggest he can break through in the final event at Belmont on Saturday. Read More

BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 8 - 2 Epic Grey  @ $3.80
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 2 - 1 Patrocity  @ $2.00

For all your Perth form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here

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Singapore Racing Tips


Check out all the tips and form plus Previews and Reviews for Kranji this weekend

Find below the links for all the information on the Singapore meetings.

Full Singapore Tips - Friday 17 August


Full Singapore Tips - Sunday 19 August



Singapore Media Tips Friday

Singapore Media Tips Sunday


Preditor has come from well back in the field to claim the Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji on Sunday.

With Hong Kong apprentice jockey of the year Matthew Poon on board, Preditor  settled well back in the field for much of the race and was still thirteenth coming to the turn.

Initially unable to find a way through the field, Poon eventually found clean air on board the Shane Baertschiger-trained runner at the 250m, running on strongly to claim a narrow victory over Debt Collector in second with Circuit Land third.

In what was his seventh career win, the six-year-old entire ran to a Timeform figure of 101, the same as his previous effort when fourth in a Kranji Stakes A over this C/D.

Preditor ran six pounds below 2017 winner Countofmontecristo with arguably the run of the race coming from Debt Collector who won this race in 2016 before finishing runner up last year.

With the 58kg, Debt Collector returned a Timeform figure of 111 in what was his first up effort this campaign and is certainly one to keep an eye on going forward this preparation.

Circuit Land was also good in third beaten under a length, running to 105 as did Clarton Super in fourth.

Click here for the full Review of last weekend's races

Click here for the full Singapore News

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Chris Scholtz - Early Thoughts

R&S Contributing Editor Chris Scholtz takes a look at tomorrow's Sydney racing.


Randwick Race 2 - 3 Just Shine 

Goes to 2400m for the first time in his short career and should relish the trip on the big Randwick track where he is a perfect two wins from two starts.

Overcame trouble to win over 1800m at Randwick second-up before his last start second to Raqeeq over 2000m at Rosehill three weeks ago when he didn't get the best passage over the last 400m but still recorded the fastest last 200m.

Benefits from a subsequent eye-catching 1200m trial and his chances enhanced by the claim for the talented Sam Weatherly as he meets Raqeeq 4kg better.

Just Shine
Randwick Race 3 - 8 Almanzora 

Hard to have missed her first outing in 16 months when a luckless first-up fifth over 1100m at Canterbury as a short-priced favourite when she got a ride from Hugh Bowman he would like to forget.

Having just her fourth career start, she settled last after a slow jump and was then held up and checked twice between 500m and 300m before she finally got a clear go, surging to the line in the last 100m when the race was all over.

This time James McDonald can give her all the favours from an inside gate in a race where the speed will be on from the jump. Just watch for her to sail home over the top of them.

Randwick Race 7 - 7 Siege Of Quebec 

Class act matched some of the best of his age last season and he is well placed on the limit weight when you measure up his black type form around the likes of Menari, Kementari, Pierata, Trapeze Artist and D'Argento, especially as he is getting 8kg off his major rival Le Romain.

Two of his three wins have come when first-up and he has been well prepared to add to that record after two excellent trial wins and an exhibition gallop.

BLACKBOOK UPDATE from 11 August (Horses to follow at their next three starts)

All Too Soon - Typical staying type. Give her time.
Miss Que - Strong return. Hard to beat against own sex.
Emperor's Way - Ready to win over a middle distance.
Ringerdingding - Capable of winning a nice race.
Night's Watch - Weir camp had to be happy with his first-up effort.
Haripour - It was a tragedy. Forget he went around.
Urban Ruler - Luckless at first 2000m attempt. Follow.

Recent Blackbook winners - Tactical Advantage; Eight Below. Mother To Race Her; Mantastic; Mister Sea Wolf; Paret; Raqeeq; Snitzepeg; Spin; You've Been Had; Call Me Handsome; Order Again; Aristocratic Miss; The Passage.


Randwick (Sat) - Reneged (R2), Outback Barbie (R4), Kementari (R6), Le Romain (R7), Zestful (R8), Insensata (R8/9) and Souchez (R9)
Caulfield (Sat) - Creativity (R2) and Strykinglee (R2)
Morphettville (Sat) - Strykinglee (R6)
Gold Coast (Sat) - Magstock (R6), Sony Legend (R8) and I Am The General (R8)
Taree (Sun) - Editors (R3) and Harnova (R6)

Chris' final observations and full audio preview of all Sydney races will be available after 9.30am Saturday on the R&S website and tweeted by @ScholtzRacing.

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The Stats Report with Simon Dinopoulos


We go about finding a weekend special from a statistical angle.

Randwick Race 5 - 6 Military Zone 

Very promising galloper from Team Snowden who took a good step forward at Randwick last start when surging to the line to score narrowly over Danawi.
Military Zone

After being slow away (2L), he was a clear sectional star and to win from where he did, his performance was top shelf.

He appears set to relish the step up to 1300m and certainly gets his chance down in the weights with McEvoy sticking aboard.

Lines up against a few classy individuals, but with the fitness edge he should be too strong late.

Key Trends

  • Team Snowden has begun the new season with a bang, 11/42 and is running at a POT of +42.6%.

  • With last start winners Team Snowden is striking at 22% and 18% with McEvoy aboard.

  • Overall Team Snowden is striking at 18% [547 runners] with gallopers third up and 20% with gallopers over this distance range.
  • Simon Dinopoulos' Three Tips for Sky Sports Radio

  • Race 3 - No 2 - Sharpe Hussler

  • Race 5 - No 6 - Military Zone

  • Race 9 - No 5 - Kaonic

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    Feature Race Runners

    Unforgotten could be a star

    Keep up to speed on which horses are running in coming days that are entered in Feature Races

    Racing And Sports keeps punters updated on the latest racing information every day of the week.

    One of the big attractions during Spring carnival time, when the feature races are conducted mainly in Melbourne and Sydney, is placing a Pre-Post bet. This is a great guide.

    There are plenty of options for horses during the carnival. You can see those who've entered in these lists.

    Click here for the complete FEATURE RACE RUNNERS list

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    Godolphin Fantasy Stable League

    Has Hartnell another win in him?

    Backing and supporting the big blue stable

    Fantasy competitions are huge around the world and this one from Godolphin holds a huge prize at the end if you win.

    By playing and creating your own fantasy stable, you are a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2019 Dubai World Cup.

    The way to play is explained in the link below but basically:-

    1 - Create a stable of your top 10 horses
    2 - Your horses will earn points if they finish in the first three in a race
    3 - Play the Bonus Races to earn additional points and boost your overall score

    Why not join in and follow #TeamGodolphin

    Watch the Facebook video of HOW TO PLAY

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    All your Korean form and news

    Busan Racecourse

    Anyone having a bet on Korean races?

    Racing and Sports has all the form covered from around the world.


    Seoul Race Analysis 18 August

    Seoul Media Selections 18 August

    All the form is available right here

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    Timeform Review: The Rosebud wrap up with Alex Steedman


    Good fishing off this Sandbar

    The Rosehill Timeform wrap featuring a race by race overview of key performers and ones to watch out of the nine race Rosebud Stakes program on August 11.

    Sandbar  fought off a wall of horses to claim the Listed Rosebud (1100m), producing the second highest winning figure of the race since its inaugural running in 2010 only behind the impressive 2017 winner Menari (120p).

    Paret enjoyed a soft kill in the final event of the day, taking out a Benchmark 81 Handicap (1350m).

    Whilst all the talk post-race was about an Epsom tilt for Paret, the son of Harbour Watch is still only a Benchmark 77 horse. It means connections potentially have the time/opportunity to pick off another $100,000 Benchmark Race prior to stakes goals being realised this spring.

    Team Godolphin picked off a pair of strong handicaps courtesy of Trekking and Flow.

    The Kris Lees-trained duo of Tactical Advantage and Prized Icon were only narrowly beaten despite the winner's enjoying a substantial weight advantage over them.

    Click here for the full Timeform Review

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    Historical Analysis of the Winx Stakes

    Racing To Win won in 2008

    WINX STAKES - G1 1400m

    Warwick Stks winners are a bit of a who's who. Then again you can get the odd Pablo's Pulses of this world at 500-1 to put a cat amongst those pigeons.

    For a variety of reasons, the Warwick Stks has been juggled between various Sydney racecourses (Warwick Farm/Randwick/Canterbury) and distances (1300/1400) over recent times.

    Let's examine just how good some of the modern contests have been and who might join Sunline, Filante, Super Impose, Kingston Town & Tulloch on the Warwick Stks honour roll. Winx was pretty darn good too.


    o Was renamed as the Winx Stakes in 2018 after the legendary mare.

    o 11 of last 17 winners have been first up.

    o Given the quality of the horse flesh that often starts in this race, it's hardly surprising that favourites or near favourites have a very strong record in the Warwick Stks. Except 2013.

    o Big fields have not been common in this race but still inside gates have shown up. However that's not a big issue in those small fields.

    o There has certainly been no severe on-pace bias or pattern in the winners as many of the WFA stars have got a great turn of foot allowing them to come from midfield.

    o It's been a race for the stronger, race savvy WFA stars. No 4yos have won recently.

    o Last 10 Years Most Prevalent Age of winner - All Ages

    o Last 10 Years Average Price of winner - $6.70

    o Breakdown of winners - 6 geldings, 3 mares & 1 colt

    o Races that the winner ran in prior - Aurie's Star (1), Missile Stks (2), Run To The Rose (1), Ruakaka Open (1), Spell (5)

    1987 Warwick Stakes - Pablo's Pulse (500-1)

    One of the biggest upsets ever was in this race as Pablo's Pulse won at G2 level at 500-1. Watch this boilover.


    2017 - WINX  6m (Street Cry x Vegas Showgirl) ($1.10 fav)
    Jockey: Hugh Bowman, Trainer: Chris Waller
    Barrier: 2, Weight: 57.0kg, Gross Time: 1:21.87
    Margin: 0.2L, Track: Good (3), Starters: 8
    2nd: Foxplay (56.5kg), 3rd: Ecuador (59.0kg)

    Review: Drama, drama, drama. Everyone turned up to see her win and betting organisations were offering boosted odds. On a day with a howling gale, she missed the start by four lengths. Bowman didn't panic.

    He let her close the margin but still had six to make up around the corner. The wind gave the leaders their chance and Foxplay kicked clear. Winx kept winding up and that turn of foot had not been lost.

    She only just got up but it was remarkable nonetheless. Heart rates dropped and the 18th win was in the bag.

    Winx wins the 2017 Warwick Stakes

    Winx in 2016
    2016 - WINX  5m (Street Cry x Vegas Showgirl) ($1.30 fav)
    Jockey: Hugh Bowman, Trainer: Chris Waller
    Barrier: 4, Weight: 57.0kg, Gross Time: 1:23.83
    Margin: 3.5L, Track: Good (4), Starters: 7
    2nd: Hartnell (59.0kg), 3rd: Rebel Dane (59.0kg)

    Review: What a star!! Not much else needed to be said. The great mare was back and in a big way too.

    There had been some issues after the Doncaster win when she needed some small surgery but no signs existed here. In a small field Bowman put her in WFA top drawer A-one positioning right outside the lead.

    She ranged up to Rebel Dane straightening and it was over in a flash. He didn't even need to go for the whip. Hartnell ran well but was no match. The Spring was set up.

    Royal Descent winning the Warwick Stakes
    2015 - ROYAL DESCENT  6m (Redoute's Choice x Mulan Princess) ($5.50)
    Jockey: Hugh Bowman, Trainer: Chris Waller
    Barrier: 3, Weight: 57.0kg, Gross Time: 1:21.57
    Margin: 1.5L, Track: Good (3), Starters: 13
    2nd: Pornichet (59.0kg), 3rd: Messene (59.0kg)

    Review: FINALLY...the mare won again. It had been 19 starts and countless G1 placings since her Oaks demolition but she was always trying so hard. Thought of mostly as a wet tracker, she was back onto the dry in this race and maybe that turned her on.

    Bowman was happy to put her into the race fresh and sat behind a good speed set by Zaratone. Sadly his stable mate Burbero broke down.

    Pornichet was first to hit the front but the mare got hold of him inside the furlong and ran away late for a top win. Many other goods runs came from in behind.

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