UBET Saturday Big Winners!

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Certainly a number of of nice results (for some) on Saturday thanks to the team at UBET

Doomben

Race 1 – Faust $1,500 @ $6
Race 3 – Into The Red  $360 @ $26
Race 5 – Upham $710 @ $15
Race 7 – Bohemian Lily $1,500 @ $4
Race 8 – Boban $500 @ $18 & 1 punter had $250 @ $21 win & $750 @ $6 place.

Race 9 – Najoom, 1 punter had $4,000 @ $2.90, $5,500 @ $2.80, $5,800 @ $2.70 & $6,000 @ $2.60 (fair to say he/she was fairly confident of a win…)

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Queensland Oaks 2015: Winx ready to break Group 1 duck, says trainer Chris Waller

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ROD NICHOLSON 

Herald Sun

  
PUNTERS are convinced that exciting filly Winx can turn potential into Group 1 glory in Saturday’s Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben.
The Chris Waller-trained daughter of Street Cry, already a commanding $2.50 favourite, came from 17th at the 400m mark to demolish rivals by almost two lengths in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) at her last start.
Winx has been knocking on the door of success at the elite level and punters agree with Waller that this is her race.
At her previous outing she started the $2.80 favourite but was beaten into second by two-and-a-half-lengths by Gust Of Wind in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 11. The upside is that there will be no query that she will run out the distance of Saturday’s feature.

She also was runner-up to First Seal in the Flight Stakes (1600m) last spring, while her third attempt to win an elusive Group 1 resulted in a close-up fifth in the Vinery Stud Stakes three starts ago.

King’s Stand Stakes 2015: Damien Oliver on standby for Shamal Wind at Royal Ascot

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CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver is on standby to ride Shamal Wind at Royal Ascot next month.

Oliver rode Shamal Wind in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on Monday to get a feel of the five-year-old and was suitably impressed.

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Trainer Robert Smerdon said leading English hoop Ryan Moore was “the preferred option” for owners Rob and Donna Love because of his knowledge of the Ascot straight, but if he was unavailable Oliver would take the ride in the 1000m King’s Stand Stakes on June 16, the first day of the royal meeting.

“Ryan said he would love to ride her, but that all depends on whether he ends up with a commitment from (his ­retainer) Coolmore,” Smerdon said.

“Damien put his hand up in the event Ryan can’t ride her, so we gave him a feel of the mare in this trial. He’d be a pretty good replacement.”

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Oliver will be at Royal Ascot to ride the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina in the 1200m Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of the meeting, June 20.

The jockey declared ­Shamal Wind’s effort to finish second in the trial as “very nice work”. “She ran home really well and had plenty more to give,” Oliver said.

Shamal Wind settled at the tail of the field and cruised up behind the leader and eventual winner Cruden Bay before dashing home. Oliver let her run past the 800m post and she pulled up in superb condition.

“That was just what we wanted,” Smerdon said after the mare was timed at 47.1sec.

Shamal Wind, who has not raced since winning the Oakleigh Plate in late February, has opened a new world for Smerdon and her owners.

Rob Love said the invitation to Royal Ascot was “the ticket you can’t buy”.

“We bought her to breed later in her career and we just needed a Group 1, which we eventually got in the Oakleigh Plate after a couple of near misses. That opened the door to Ascot, which is just a huge thrill,” he said.

After Royal Ascot, the Loves are considering having the mare served by a leading stallion in England before bringing her home.

Shamal Wind will leave for England tomorrow week.

Smerdon will depart on June 8 to have a week to oversee her preparation. The Loves intend to be in England two days before the race.

Australia also will be represented at Ascot by David Hayes’ Criterion in the 2000m Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

rod.nicholson@news.com.au

Stradbroke Handicap 2015: Chris Waller says weight for my call on Boban in Queensland’s biggest race

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BEN DORRIES @dorries_cmail 

Herald Sun

CHRIS Waller is torn on whether to start Doomben 10,000 winner Boban in the Stradbroke, in a delicate decision which could have big ramifications for Queensland’s richest race.
Boban was on Monday allocated the Stradbroke topweight of 58kg but weights would be raised 2.5kg if the four-time Group 1 winner does not run.
Hot Snitzel would be the new topweight and it would give breathing space to jockeys on lightweight chances, such as Craig Williams with Kuro which currently has 51.5kg.
“I am 50-50 on whether to run Boban,’’ Waller said.
“If it was a $750,000 race, he wouldn’t be running with that weight. But given (it is) a $2 million race, it is worth some serious thought.
“If we think he can run in the top three, he will be running. But that decision will not be made until later in the week after a chat with the owners.’’

  
Trainer Chris Waller and Glynn Schofield with Boban’s Doomben 10,000 trophy. Picture: Jono Searle Source: News Corp Australia

The good news following the release of Stradbroke weights is that favourite Lumosty, the exciting Robert Smerdon-trained three-year-old, is looking far more likely to sneak into the field.
Lumosty was allocated the minimum weight of 50.5kg, which puts her in 31st position in the order of entry with the final field for the race capped at 16 plus five emergencies.
Queensland handicapper Nathan Bourke expects Lumosty to get a start or at worst be first 

Queensland handicapper Nathan Bourke expects Lumosty to get a start or at worst be first emergency for the Stradbroke Handicap. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

However, the high number of non Stradbroke starters above her — including Lucky Hussler which has been sent to the paddock — means the daughter of Fastnet Rock is placed about 21 in the field.
Due to the high attrition rate, handicapper Nathan Bourke expects Lumosty to get a start or at worst be first emergency. And the bookies at UBET, who have Lumosty as the $5.50 Stradbroke favourite, believe the filly will get a run.
Gai Waterhouse’s Najoom looks likely to be a late entry into Queensland’s richest race. 

“Lumosty has been a big betting go for the Stradbroke after opening at $71 on May 8,’’ UBET’s Gerard Daffy said.
“She was into $26 the next day and there has been a stack of bets at every price since.’’
Gai Waterhouse’s filly Najoom looks likely to be a late entry into Queensland’s richest race.
Connections of Najoom appear set to pay a $30,000 Stradbroke late entry fee on Wednesday, despite the filly sustaining a minor leg injury.

The good news following the release of Stradbroke weights is that favourite Lumosty, the exciting Robert Smerdon-trained three-year-old, is looking far more likely to sneak into the field.
Lumosty was allocated the minimum weight of 50.5kg, which puts her in 31st position in the order of entry with the final field for the race capped at 16 plus five emergencies.

However, the high number of non Stradbroke starters above her — including Lucky Hussler which has been sent to the paddock — means the daughter of Fastnet Rock is placed about 21 in the field.
Due to the high attrition rate, handicapper Nathan Bourke expects Lumosty to get a start or at worst be first emergency. And the bookies at UBET, who have Lumosty as the $5.50 Stradbroke favourite, believe the filly will get a run.

“Lumosty has been a big betting go for the Stradbroke after opening at $71 on May 8,’’ UBET’s Gerard Daffy said.
“She was into $26 the next day and there has been a stack of bets at every price since.’’
Gai Waterhouse’s filly Najoom looks likely to be a late entry into Queensland’s richest race.
Connections of Najoom appear set to pay a $30,000 Stradbroke late entry fee on Wednesday, despite the filly sustaining a minor leg injury.

Stradbroke Handicap: Lumosty boost as Gai Waterhouse unlikely to pay up for Najoom

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Ben Dorries – The Courier Mail

STRADBROKE Handicap favourite Lumosty is edging closer to a start in the rich Queensland sprint with connections of Najoom now unlikely to pay a late entry fee.

  

Najoom, the Gai Waterhouse filly, qualified for the Stradbroke when she sat three-wide and romped home in the Fred Best Classic last Saturday.
But connections on Tuesday morning indicated it was most likely Najoom would instead head to the Group 1 Tatts Tiara on the Gold Coast on June 20. They would have to pay a $30,000 late fee for entry to the Stradbroke and it now appears they won’t be paying up.

Lumosty was allocated the minimum weight of 50.5kg, which puts her in 31st position in the order of entry with the final field for the race capped at 16 plus five emergencies.

  
However, the high number of non-Stradbroke starters above her – including Lucky Hussler which has been sent to the paddock – means the daughter of Fastnet Rock is already placed about 21 in the field.
And if Najoom doesn’t head to the Stradbroke, Lumosty is another step closer to getting a start.

Gosford Tips 26/05/15

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Race 1: 7.Brigadoon Rose

Race 2: 4.Lothario

Race 3: 2.Danz The Man

Race 4: 9.Ravenwitch

Race 5: 2.Just Like Stratum

Race 6: 5.Dixie’s Comet

Race 7: 1.Due Date

Race 8: 4.Cabalistic

Race 9: 1.Alseeya

Best Bet Race 9-1 Alseeya

Moore in line for Shamal ride in the King’s Stand

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Racingpost.com

RYAN MOORE has been lined up to ride Australian challenger Shamal Wind in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

  
Shamal Wind is 12-1 with Ladbrokes for the third race on the opening day at Ascot after her victory in the 5½f Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February.

Trainer Robert Smerdon has moved to secure Moore, who took Australia by storm when winning the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup last year, for Shamal Wind provided he is not needed by the Coolmore partners.

Due Diligence, a 20-1 chance for the King’s Stand who is also in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, is the shortest-priced entry for Aidan O’Brien but Smerdon has Damien Oliver in reserve for Shamal Wind if needed.

  
“Ryan Moore is the jockey of choice and he has said if he’s not required by Coolmore, then he’ll ride her,” Smerdon told racing.com. “It was too far out for him to know whether Coolmore require him or not.
“Damien is going to be at Ascot to ride Wandjina [in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes], so he put his hand up and said if Ryan’s not available he’ll do the job. If we don’t get Ryan Moore, it’ll be Damien.”
Shamal Wind ships to Britain a week on Wednesday and will be attempting to emulate the likes of Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast and Choisir in winning the King’s Stand Stakes for Australia.

Hugh Bowman tightens grip on Sydney jockeys’ premiership

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Ray Thomas

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/

HUGH Bowman is the hot favourite to claim a third Sydney jockeys’ premiership after rival James McDonald revealed he is unlikely to ride here again this season.

  
McDonald, the Sydney premiership leader on 85.5 wins, is leaving for England soon to ride over the northern hemisphere summer for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin stable.
Bowman (80 wins), Blake Shinn (77.5) and Tommy Berry (63) are the only other jockeys in title contention and all three are riding at Canterbury on Wednesday.

The TAB’s Matt Jenkins said Bowman is in the box seat to add to his premiership wins in 2008-09 and 2011-12.

  
“Hugh Bowman has tightened his grip on the Sydney jockeys premiership with news James McDonald is heading overseas,’’ Jenkins said.
“Bowman was $2 favourite before but is now into $1.65, with Blake Shinn next at $2.30 and Tommy Berry a $12 chance.
“We have had some thrilling finishes to the jockeys’ premierships in recent years and this one looks no different.”

Chris Waller prepares Press Statement with Group 1 J.J. Atkins in mind for youngster

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TRAINER Chris Waller is using a midweek Canterbury meeting to potentially vault Press Statement into Group 1 grade.

  
Press Statement, an impressive winner of his only start, has topweight of 59kg for the Tab.com.au Handicap (1550m) at Canterbury on Wednesday.
If Press Statement maintains his unbeaten record, Waller will consider starting the colt in the Group 1 $600,000 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Doomben on June 6.
Press Statement is a half-brother to Waller’s former top colt Pressday, who won the J.J. Atkins (then the T.J. Smith) five years ago.
Press Statement and stablemates Encosta Line and Feast For Eyes are all entered for the Canterbury juvenile race and are among 18 Waller-trained gallopers due to race on Wednesday.
Waller will also likely to have a huge representation at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday after nominating 28 stable runners.

Struggling Srikandi still bound for Stradbroke Handicap

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 ROD NICHOLSON Herald Sun 
SRIKANDI will press on to Saturday week’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben despite being swamped to finish sixth in the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday.

  
Trainer Ciaron Maher said the four-year-old mare had pulled up well and was on target for the 1350m of the $2 million Brisbane feature.
“She ran well and fourth up in the Stradbroke should suit,” he said of the $6 favourite in the Doomben 10,000.

Parnham puts the feet up

THE non-stop racing in Victoria has taken a toll on young West Australian apprentice Chris Parnham.
Parnham, who has ridden 29 city winners since arriving here in December, has headed home for a short break with his family.
The 18-year-old told his father Neville that the relentless seven-day-a-week grind in Victoria had worn him down. It is uncertain if he will ride in Perth or Melbourne on Saturday.
Little interest in big chill

COLIN Little was feeling the chill at Monday’s Cranbourne trials, having just returned from a holiday in Vietnam and China.
However he had a warm glow after unraced two-year-old Deputy Dan (by Bianconi) impressively won his trail.
The compact gelding sat just off the pace before bursting clear and looks a nice type to follow.
Champ heads north for winter

VICTORIA’S loss is Queensland’s gain with the move interstate (at least temporarily) of sire Bel Esprit.
The seven-time Victorian stallion of the year headed north for next season’s duties because of the prospect of better opportunities — and they are coming thick and fast.
Already pencilled in for service is Kenbelle, dam of Saturdays Group 1 Doomben 10,000 winner Boban.
Another top broodmare set to visit the sire is Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Merlene.