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  • A Look at the City of Marion Stakes

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Will Clarken and Todd Pannell will be looking to claim their third Listed City of Marion Stakes together when the talented five-year-old Steel Frost lines up in Saturday's high-quality feature.

    Clarken and Pannell claimed the race in 2013 with Addiction To Rock and took out last year's edition with Cavaloce. They have enjoyed plenty of success with Steel Frost this season who has won four of his five runs since joining the Clarken stable. Steel Frost was last seen in the Listed Sale Cup where he ran sixth behind the talented Moss 'n' Dale. Clarken will also saddle up Sudden Wealth who is aiming for a hat-trick of wins since returning from a spell in November.

    The Macdonald and Gluyas stable will have two runners in Saturday's feature with Counter Pulse and So You Too. Counter Pulse is second-up from a spell and was fourth in his first up run behind the Richard Jolly trained Bay Road who will also line up in the City of Marion.

    So You Too had a promising spring carnival in Melbourne taking out a BM90 at Moonee Valley before running third behind the very smart Rich Charm in the Listed Caulfield Village Stakes. Since his last start on Melbourne Cup Day, So You Too has had a four week freshen up heading into the City of Marion and boasts an impressive 10:3-2-3 record over the 1200m.

    There will be plenty of interest in the Hayes' and Dabernig trained visitor Royal Fashion who is having his second Australian start after coming across from New Zealand. The mare is Group 2 placed over 1200m and also contested the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas just over a year ago.  

    Jockey Paul Gatt has won this race a record four times and will partner the promising Shayne Cahill trained Desert Lashes. The mare has been runner-up on two occasions this preparation and was around the mark in two Group 3 runs in Melbourne over spring. She has never finished outside the top two in five runs at the track. 

    The ever consistent Casino Wizard put in a huge run in the Group 3 Heffernan Stakes at Sandown last start only to be pipped by a head by Jungle Edge. The Group 1 placed gelding has a fantastic record over the 1200m at Morphettville with four wins and five placings from thirteen starts.

    2015 winner Lord Aspen has had a four week freshen up since his last start on Emirates Stakes Day where he finished seventh behind Moher over 1400m. Four of his nine career wins have come over the 1200m at Morphettville and he'll have young apprentice Justin Huxtable on board for his first career Stakes ride.

    Listed winner Fox Hall has been progressing through the grades nicely this campaign and was only 1.5 lengths off a Group 3 win in the Chatham Stakes behind Hellova Street on Oaks Day. The gelding has had the majority of his success over the 1400m and has only ran over 1200m once in his career.  

    Previous Winners of the City of Marion

    The last five winners have all drawn wide barriers 10 (x2), 13 and 15.

    Having a fresh runner has also been a key success factor in the pat with Cavaloce (5 weeks) Lord Aspen (6 weeks) Addiction to Rock (7 weeks) and Hidden Value (4 weeks) all having plenty of time off in between runs before their start in the City of Marion. Fox Hall, Lord Aspen, and So You Too will be four weeks between runs while Steel Frost was last seen in the Sale Cup six weeks ago.

    For those looking for a lucky number in the race, three of the last five winners have worn the 4 saddlecloth. This bodes well for the Macdonald & Gluyas trained Counter Pulse.

    Year Winner Last Run Starting Price Barrier Weeks Between Runs
    2016 Cavaloce 6th G3 Maybe Mahal Flemington 1400m $10.70 13 5
    2015 Lord Aspen 4th Listed Murray Bridge Cup 1600m $2.80F 10 6
    2014 Whitlam 4th HCP Morphettville 1000m $12.80 10 2
    2013 Addiction To Rock 3rd HCP Murray Bridge 1000m $20.50 15 7
    2012 Hidden Value 1st BM68 Morphettville 1200m $3.20F 13 4

  • Viddora Eyes More Success After Winterbottom Win

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    When Viddora burst away from the field at the 200m mark at Ascot on Saturday there was no doubt that she would finally claim her maiden Group 1 victory.

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  • A Look at The Mount Gambier Gold Cup

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    The Archie Alexander trained Survived will be shooting for three straight Mount Gambier Gold Cup victories when he lines up in Friday’s $50k feature.

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  • Emily Finnegan Crowned Dux of the UBET Apprentice Academy

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Irish born Apprentice Emily Finnegan has been crowned Dux of the UBET Apprentice Academy after a fantastic year which saw her win 56 races including 32 in the Metropolitan area.

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  • Retired Racehorse Success on the World Stage

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    In a memorable Adelaide Three Day Event, Koko Story was the leading ‘Off The Track’ horse in the Four Star class, finishing sixth overall, while New Zealand raider Balmoral Sensation took out the event in a nail biting final day.

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  • Eye Catchers: November Trials

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Who looked good at Thursday morning's Morphettville trials?

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  • A Look at the Clare Cup

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Jamie Kah will be aiming for her third Clare Cup victory on Sunday when she partners the Daivd Jolly trained Penny for a Pound.

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  • Master Trainer: Leon Macdonald

    Posted by Shane McNally

    The doyen of SA Trainers is changing with the times and still setting the standard.

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  • Hazel and Clifford Looking Forward to their 3DE Return

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    A horse that was too slow for a career in racing is now one of Australia's finest equestrian horses and is returning to defend his crown at this weekend's Adelaide 3 Day Event.

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  • Spring Selections: Stakes Day

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Saturday marks the final day of the Flemington Carnival and our tipsters give their best bets for the last Victorian Group 1's of the year!

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  • Spring Selections: Oaks Day

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    The penultimate day of the Flemington Carnival is upon us and our experts give you their tip for the Group 1 Kennedy Oaks and their best bet on the card at Flemington.

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  • Dylan Caboche Offers Unreserved Apology

    Posted by Thoroughbred Racing SA

    South Australian apprentice jockey, Dylan Caboche, 22, today offered an unreserved apology for his actions at Port Lincoln racecourse yesterday, when he struck his mount She’s Reneldasgirl in the vicinity of the girth area prior to the running of race 3.

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  • Alice Lindsay: The Latest Apprentice to Hit the Track

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Three years ago Alice Lindsay was working in finance. Now the 24-year-old from the Adelaide Hills is about to have her first race ride at Gawler on Thursday.

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  • Statement: Dylan Caboche

    Posted by Thoroughbred Racing SA

    The following can be attributed to a TRSA spokesperson: Apprentice jockey Dylan Caboche’s licence has been suspended for striking his mount prior to Race 2 at Port Lincoln today. Caboche was observed striking She's Reneldasgirl in the area of its girth as the field was being loaded into the starting...

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  • Spring Selections; Melbourne Cup Day

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    The biggest day on the Australian racing calendar is here and our experts give you their tip for the biggest race of the year and their best bet at Flemington for the day. 

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  • SA Trainers Hit Flemington for Melbourne Cup Day

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    A huge contingent of South Australian trainers will hit Flemington tomorrow for Melbourne Cup Day.

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  • Spring Selections: Victoria Derby Day

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    With four Group 1s on the card this Saturday, our tipsters dissect the best day of racing during spring! 

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  • Kah Set to Star at the Flemington Carnival

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    The in-form Jamie Kah is set to be a feature of this year’s Flemington Carnival and kicks off Cup week with three rides on Derby Day.

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  • Golf Talk with Dom Tourneur

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    With the SA National Jockey's Trust Golf Day just a few weeks away, we have a chat with golf tragic and Group 1 winning jockey, Dom Tourneur

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  • Spring Selections: Cox Plate Weekend

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    It's a huge weekend of racing at Moonee Valley with the Group 1 Manikato on Friday night and then all eyes will be on Winx as she shoots for her third straight Cox Plate on Saturday.

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