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Hong Kong Internationals preview

Hong Kong International raceday preview from international racing aficionado, Luke Humphreys, @WorldRacingLuke . ------------------------------ Champions Mile G1, 16 00 m , 1m , HK$18,000,000 Race 6 Sha Tin, 082 0  BST , 1520  Local Time , 1720 AEST (PRICES LISTED A RE BEST AVAILABLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON ) 1  Beauty Generation   (7/2 ):  Two times G1 winner this season in the Mile on International Day and over 7f in February. Had a big weight last time when every chance 5th.  Deserves to be one of the chances back to level weights. 2 Helene Paragon   (SCRATCHED ): 3  Seasons Bloom   (15/8 ):  Winner of the trial race of the International Mile in November before not much luck in that.  Subsequent G1 Stewards’ Cup victor and then 3rd in the Gold Cup over 10f.  Back to preferred mile distance deserves favouritism. 4  Beauty Only   (9 / 1):  Won Hong Kong Mile in 2016 and narrow 2nd in  this  12 months ago.  Won trial race off a hot pace last time.   Will need similar lu

The 100 Unit Plan - Randwick April 21

The party might be over in Sydney but the quality racing hasn't finished. Featuring two Group 1s and a bunch of Group 3 races, it's a card worth analysing closely - who's on the way up, and who's going to the well one time too many? Matthew Baird, @mattyb1819 , returns with his advice on how to spend 100 units on Randwick this Saturday. =============================== The Championships have ended but the autumn carnival still has one great day left in it. The racing returns to Randwick for the third week in succession and the rail comes out a further 3 metres this week to the 6 metre position. Sydney looks to have thrown another week of super weather and we should be racing on a Good track again this weekend. Commendations must go to track manager Navesh Ramdani and his staff for the way Randwick has played over the past fortnight. He hasn’t been given a fair crack at it over recent seasons with Sydney’s autumn carnival being heavily rain effected. I e

The National preview

It's the big race, the race that every racing expert dreads because the once-a-year punter in your office or family will base their entire judgment on your punting ability on the hardest race of the year. I hate getting splinters so I've had a crack just in case you hadn't found one of the 275 other GN previews out there this weekend. Best of luck, and if I find you the winner, payment in craft beer gratefully accepted ;) ============================ Randox Health Grand National £500,000, Grade 3 Handicap Chase, 4m2f74yds 30 fences, Going at time of writing Heavy, Soft in Places. Aintree, Saturday 14/4, 1715 local, 0215 AEST Thunder and Roses - Irish National winner in 2015, relishes the wet conditions, nothing much to show of his form recently. Hasn't finished his last three runs and was unseated in the race last year. Jockey did ride the Iriah National winner over Easter but that's as much as I can find. Save your money. Blaklion - fourth la

The 100 Unit Day - Randwick, The Championships Day 2

After an impressive debut last week with his first 100 Unit column, Matt Baird is back for a look at Day 2 of The Championships. ============================= As we return to Randwick for Day 2 of The Championships an air of inevitability and excitement comes with it. The great mare Winx heads to the feature race of the day, The Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m. The race has seen a significant increase in prizemoney over recent years as the Australian Turf Club attempts to make this the jewel in The Championships crown. Winx looks to join the immortal Black Caviar in winning 25 in a row here and although she isn’t much of a betting proposition she unites all racing fans. Looking to build off last week’s +31.4 units   (based on NSW Tote returns), we head to Randwick in front after a very tough Day 1. With four Group 1 races on the card and the culmination of The Provincial Championship series we have a meeting every bit as exciting as Day 1. Sensational Sydney weather should