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Ranvet Stakes preview

Among the star-studded card at Rosehill is the Ranvet Stakes, a G1 which these days is more of a lead-up to the bigger races in The Championships.

Casting a sharp eye over the field is Joshua Reed, @joshuareed22, budding NSW form analyst making his debut on the blog. Welcome aboard Josh!


Ranvet Stakes
Group 1, WFA, 2000m, AU$700,000
Rosehill R4, Saturday, 24/3 
1405 local, 0305 GMT

The Group 1 Ranvet Stakes for 2018 may only have nine runners, but it oozes quality over the quantity!

The 2018 edition of the Ranvet contains five raiders from south of the border who all came to this race via the Australian Cup and one from over the ditch leaving just three NSW horses to defend their home turf.

As we dissect the race more in depth, we will base our form around a Soft 7 track or worse which will make this no easier as all nine runners have run well on a soft track or worse with Gailo Chop and Ventura Storm winning over 60% of their soft track runs.

1.Gailo Chop – Coming in…

Golden Slipper preview

The signature race in Sydney has always been the Golden Slipper - big stakes, quick return on investment and a heavy focus on breeding. That might have changed a little with the creation of the Championships and the Everest at Randwick, but this gem of a race in western Sydney, the world's richest juvenile race, is always a sensational contest.

I put the call for some new blood on the blog for Sydney racing, and taking up the challenge is aspiring NSW form student, Matt Baird. I expect you will enjoy his debut effort and you can follow him at @mattyb1819. Welcome aboard Matt!

Longines Golden Slipper Group 1, 2yo, 1200m, AU$3,500,000 Rosehill, Saturday March 24 1510 local, 0410 GMT
What a super edition of Sydney’s premier race for two-year olds, the Longines Golden Slipper! Described by the Slipper Queen herself, Gai Waterhouse, as a “sexy race” earlier in the week, I can’t help but agree. As the thoroughbred industry places more and more emphasis on ear…

Australian Cup preview

The other big autumn feature at Flemington today is the Australian Cup, featuring just about every decent 2000m horse not called Winx! There's also the curious addition of a former Japanese galloper who has beaten the mighty Kitasan Black. It's all set for a tremendous contest.

Taking the reins once again is Darryl Frenc, @winningpunter1. Read more of his work at


TAB Australian Cup
AU$1.5m, Group 1, WFA, 2000m
Saturday 1635 local, 0535 GMT

Speed Map
It’s likely that we will see a very fast run Australian Cup. Supply And Demand heads down to Flemington after having best early figures at Rosehill. Gailo Chop had best early figures last start and will go straight to the lead. Behind them will be Single Gaze again as well as at least one of the Williams horses, most likely Homesman.

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The Runners
Hartnell - We backed him first up in the C.F Orr but I couldn’t go near him with the synthetic hoof filler declared second-up. He…

Newmarket Handicap preview

The Newmarket Handicap is the premier handicap sprint on the Australian thoroughbred calendar and it has thrown up a tantalising contest. Multiple Group 1 winners, a couple of flying fillies carrying featherweights and some pretty handy handicappers in the middle. A fascinating race, and just one of the highlights on a great Super Saturday card.
Looking for three wins in a row is Darryl Frenc, @winningpunter1. You can find more of his work at
Lexus Newmarket Handicap AU$1.25m, Group 1, 1200m Flemington, Saturday 1515 local, 0415 GMT

Speed Map
A lot of the time, races run down the straight tend to be run at a slower pace, this allows horses to travel within their comfort zone and sprint better. This is in my opinion why we see horses who seem to excel down the straight. It’s not that they love not running around the bend although I would say that plays a part but mainly because we see less genuinely run races. On raw …

Australian Guineas preview

The Group 1 entertainment continues in Australia with the Festival of Racing now officially entering autumn. A slight lull in tempo for Melbourne racing this week filling the gap between the cracking Blue Diamond and Australian Cup meetings, but the Australian Guineas is a genuine G1 of its own right. The honour roll lists such greats as Zabeel, Triscay, Mahogany, Flying Spur, Reset, Miss Finland, Mosheen, Shamus Award and last year's winner Hey Doc - and the first edition was only run in 1986.
After nailing the Futurity Stakes last week in his return to the blog after a long hiatus, Darryl Frenc, @winningpunter1, is in form. You can find more of his work at
Australian Guineas AU$1m, Group 1, 1600m  Flemington, Saturday 3/3/18  1630 local, 0530 GMT

Speed Map
Only a slightly above average speed in this. There aren’t too many horses that will be keen to take up the running. That should allow John Allen to take his time getting…