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Steve Bennett

Steve’s love for the sporting life began when seeing his first rugby league match in 1968. From that day on, he became obsessed with it and have followed it ever since – playing the game at an early age in school before progressing through the ranks to play for my home town and soon after made the District team.

His love of racing began in the same year when at 10 years of age, his father, who was an SP Bookmaker at the time, asked him to pick a horse in the Melbourne Cup for a bit of fun. The horse picked out was none other than Rain Lover, who went on to win the Cup by eight lengths. Asked to do the same thing the following year, he picked Rain Lover again. Since that day, after Rain Lover won back-to-back Cups, a new obsession had begun.
His biggest thrill in the world of thoroughbreds was being at Rosehill in March 1977 to see the mighty Luskin Star win the Golden Slipper by 7 lengths.

Racetracks and Rugby League rule his social life in a way that can’t be matched, and Steve regularly digs out stories and provides us with winners in his Benno’s Best selections.

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Weekend Market Movers July 4

Get the round-up of this week's market movers since the issue of opening markets on Wednesday.

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Nowra Tips July 3

Looking for tips on racing at Nowra races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Muswellbrook Tips July 3

Get the latest Muswellbrook horse racing tips. Our experts provide you with their best bets to back backing.

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Ipswich Tips July 3

Looking for tips and best bets for Ipswich horse racing?

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Randwick Tips July 4

Looking for tips on racing from Randwick for Saturday racing or midweek action?

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Eagle Farm Tips July 4

Looking for Eagle Farm race tips and best bets? Our QLD form expert previews Eagle Farm racing and gives his top selections.

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Warwick Tips July 2

Looking for tips on racing at Warwick races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Murwillumbah Tips July 2

Looking for tips on racing at Murwillumbah races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Hawkesbury Tips July 2

Looking for tips on racing from Hawkesbury? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Hawkesbury Racecourse.

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Midweek Market Movers July 1

The best backed horses for Wednesday racing.

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Sha Tin Tips July 1

Looking for tips for the latest race meeting at Sha Tin racecourse? Our tipsters bring you the best bets and horses to back from all Hong Kong races and find you winners at Sha Tin.

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Doomben Tips July 1

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Doomben? Our form analysts give you their expert racing tips.

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Mackay Tips June 30

Get the Racingbase.com.au guide to the best tips for each Mackay race meeting. Follow our Mackay tips and the best bets to be backing.

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Gosford Tips June 30

Looking for tips on racing from Gosford? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting on key Gosford horse race meetings.

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QLD Blackbookers and Horses To Follow

Saturday racing in Queensland produces several blackbookers to take forward into coming weeks and we pick out the best each week.

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NSW Blackbookers and Horses To Follow

Saturday racing in New South Wales produces several blackbookers to take forward into coming weeks and we pick out the best each week.

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Big Bets Post Mortem

See how the big bets fared over the weekend.

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Taree Tips June 29

Looking for Taree Tips? Our NSW form expert previews racing at Taree Racecourse and gives his best bets for the meeting.

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Albury Tips June 29

Looking for Albury race tips? Our form analyst has previewed the meeting and come up with his best bets for Albury Racecourse.

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Sunshine Coast Tips June 28

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Sunshine Coast? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Dubbo Tips June 28

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Dubbo? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Grafton Tips June 28

Looking for Grafton Tips? Our NSW form expert previews racing at Grafton Racecourse and gives his best bets for the meeting.

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Saturday Track Reports June 27

Looking for the track report for Saturday's racing? We bring you Australian track reports, rail positions and weather forecasts for the feature meetings.

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Gold Coast Tips June 26

Looking for tips on Saturday's racing from the Gold Coast races?

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Scone Tips June 26

Looking for Scone horse racing tips? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Scone races.

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Moruya Tips June 26

Get the Racingbase.com.au guide to the best tips for each Moruya race meeting. Follow our Moruya tips and the best bets to be backing.

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Toowoomba Tips June 26

Looking for Toowoomba Tips? Our form expert previews each Toowoomba race meeting and provides his best bets.

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Rosehill Tips June 27

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Rosehill Gardens? See our selections for Rosehill races.

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Casino Tips – June 25

Looking for Casino race tips today? Our form expert previews horse racing at Casino Racecourse and gives his top selections for the meeting.

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Cairns Tips June 25

Looking for Cairns tips? Our form analyst has previewed the action and come up with his best bets for Cairns races.

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Kembla Grange Tips June 25

Looking for tips for racing at the Kembla Grange races? Read our guide to the best bets.

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Happy Valley Tips June 24

Looking for tips for the latest race meeting at Happy Valley racecourse? Our tipsters bring you the best bets and horses to back from all Hong Kong races and find you winners at Happy Valley.

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Canterbury Tips June 24

Looking for tips on racing at Canterbury races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Rockhampton Tips June 23

Get our best selections for Rockhampton races

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Port Macquarie Tips June 23

Looking for Port Macquarie Tips? Our NSW form expert previews each meeting from Port Macquarie Racecourse and gives his best bets for the meeting.

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Kilcoy Tips June 22

Looking for tips on racing at Kilcoy races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Warren Tips June 22

Looking for Warren tips today? Our NSW form expert previews racing at Warren Racecourse and gives his top predictions for each meeting.

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Wagga Tips June 21

Looking for Wagga Tips? Our form analyst has previewed the meeting and come up with his best bets for Wagga Wagga.

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Coonamble Tips June 21

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Coonamble? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Canberra Racing Tips June 19

Looking for Canberra Tips and previews? Our ACT form expert previews each meeting at Canberra Racecourse and gives his best bets for each meeting.

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Wyong Tips June 18

Looking for tips on racing from Wyong? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Wyong.

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Townsville Tips June 18

Looking for tips on racing at Townsville races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Warwick Farm Tips June 17

Looking for tips on racing from Warwick Farm? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Warwick Farm horse racing.

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Tamworth Tips June 16

Looking for Tamworth tips today? Our NSW form expert previews racing at Tamworth Racecourse and gives his best bets for each race meeting.

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Bathurst Tips June 15

Looking for Bathurst horse racing tips today? Our NSW form expert previews each meeting from Bathurst Racecourse and gives his best bets.

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Goulburn Tips June 12

Looking for Goulburn Tips? Our NSW form expert previews racing at Goulburn Racecourse and gives his best bets for the meeting.

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Corowa Tips June 9

Looking for tips on racing from Corowa? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Corowa race meetings.

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Ballina Tips June 8

Looking for tips on racing at Ballina races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Sapphire Coast Tips June 7

Looking for tips on racing at Sapphire Coast races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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Wellington Tips June 4

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Wellington? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Dalby Tips June 2

Get the Racingbase.com.au guide to the best tips for each Dalby race meeting. Follow our Dalby tips and the best bets to be backing.

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Cessnock Tips June 2

Looking for Cessnock Tips and best bets today? Our form analyst previews racing at Cessnock Racecourse and gives his best Cessnock race tips.

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Armidale Tips May 26

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Armidale? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Newcastle Tips May 26

Looking for Newcastle Tips and previews? Our NSW form expert previews each meeting at Newcastle Racecourse and gives his best bets for each meeting.

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Injured Jockey Released from Hospital after Race Fall

North Queensland rider Rachel Shred was taken to hospital yesterday after suffering her second fall in six months.

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Coffs Harbour Tips May 22

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Coffs Harbour? Our form analyst gives you their expert racing tips for each Coffs Harbour meeting.

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Parkes Tips May 17

Looking for Parkes race tips? Our form analyst previews racing at Parkes and provides his best bets for the meeting.

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Queanbeyan Tips May 17

Looking for Queanbeyan race tips? Our form analyst previews racing at Queanbeyan and provides his best bets for the meeting.

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Quirindi Tips – May 11

Looking for tips on racing at Quirindi races? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting.

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BETTING UPDATE – Latest market movers for feature race futures

Here are the betting updates for future feature races after last weekend’s results...

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Beauty Generation to remain in Hong Kong with a new trainer

Champion Hong Kong galloper Beauty Generation is set to finish his racing career in Hong Kong

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Purton overtakes Moreira in Hong Kong with a five-bagger

The Hong Kong Jockey's Premiership took a major turn at Happy Valley on Wednesday night

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Leeton Tips May 7

Looking for tips for racing at the Leeton races? Read our guide to the best bets.

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Beaudesert Tips May 3

Looking for tips on racing from Beaudesert? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Beaudesert races.

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Narromine Tips April 27

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Narromine? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Beauty Generation shoots for a third successive Champion’s Mile 

Retiring trainer John Moore will be all-out to finish his last Champion’s Day on a winning note at Sha Tin on Sunday.

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Orange Tips April 17

Looking for Orange race tips? Our form analyst has previewed the meeting and come up with his best bets for Orange Races.

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Mudgee Tips April 12

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Mudgee? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Gundagai Tips April 5

Looking for tips and best bets for racing at Gundagai? Get the latest selections from our experts.

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Tahlia Hope returns to racing with a bang

Victorian rider Tahlia Hope made every post a winner for her return to racing after steering her only mount to success at Werribee on Saturday.

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QLD Jockey stood down for breaching COVID-19 Rules

QLD jockey Zoe White has been stood down for six months after breaching the new COVID-19 rules.

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Inglis Sires’ Odds

The Group 1 Inglis Sires' (1400m) will be run at Royal Randwick on April 4. Latest Inglis Sires' odds for 2020.

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Mark Zahra tests negative for Coronavirus

Coronavirus test results have come back negative for Mark Zahra.

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New Zealand Racing Tips March 21

Looking for free New Zealand horse racing tips? Our experts guide you through the best chances for Saturday's racing meetings.

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George Ryder Stakes final field and barrier draw

The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes barrier draw was announced on Wednesday morning with a final field of 9 to contest the $1 million event.

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Ranvet Stakes final field and barrier draw

The Group 1 Ranvet Stakes barrier draw was conducted on Wednesday morning with a final field of 8 declared.

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Townsville Turf Club Rebuild On Track

The complete rebuild of facilities at the Townsville Turf Club is still on track, according to Club President Malcolm Petrofski.

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Coronavirus Restrictions Ease in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) have begun to relax their attendance restrictions due to the Coronavirus with more members permitted to attend meetings.

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Emerald Tips March 9

Looking for tips on racing from Emerald? Our form analysts give you the best bets for a profitable day of punting at Emerald races.

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Richards chases further Group 1 glory

Successful New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards has already claimed three of the past four Sistema Stakes and is now out to grab another one.

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QLD jockey returns from injury and now targets a Cup win

After suffering a bad race fall in November last year, young apprentice Rachel Shred has recently returned to the track and is now totally focused on her future long and short-term goals.

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Cowra Tips March 2

Get the latest Cowra horse racing tips. Our experts provide you with their best bets to back backing.

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Queensland jockey returns to racing with a bang

Queensland jockey Emily Cass has recently returned to racing after a two-year absence and now she is hungry for success.

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Dubai off for Beauty Generation while Furore moves stables

Multiple Group One winner Beauty Generation will not be travelling to Dubai after connections tabled a new path for the two-time Horse of the Year.

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Jockey Fatigue Goes Global

The pressures on the modern day jockey are becoming more noticeable after Anthony Delpech told his story at the recent Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town.

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New rider needed for Hanseatic as Currie falls at Moonee Valley

Luke Currie has suffered a post-race fall at Moonee Valley, leaving Hanseatic in need of a new jockey for the Blue Diamond Stakes.

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Jury is still out over a HK Classic Cup start for Golden Sixty

A decision to start Golden Sixty in Sunday’s Hong Kong Classic Cup remains in limbo as the four-year-old continues to recover from a fever.

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Exultant beaten in Hong Kong Gold Cup

In a major shock, Exultant has been beaten as the $1.20 favourite in Sunday’s Hong Kong Gold Cup.

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Beauty Generation wins his third-straight Silver Jubilee Cup

Hong Kong’s reigning horse of the year has bounced back from a five-race losing streak to take out his third Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup.

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Gatton Tips February 17

Looking for Gatton horse racing tips and best bets today? Our form expert previews each meeting from Gatton Racecourse and gives his top selections for the card.

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Champion Miler out to nail a third straight Silver Jubilee Cup

Champion Miler seeks a third Silver Jubilee Cup - But he’ll have to Beat The Clock to do it

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Can three-time Group One winner Exultant take out the Gold Cup?

Can Exultant take out the Hong Kong Gold Cup

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Golden Sixty heads the HK Classic Cup list

A class field will line up in the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), headed by pin-up four-year-old Golden Sixty who is in line to take out the triple crown.

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The Shark bites upon return

The pride of New Zealand has sent a heavy warning to Australia that he’s back better than ever and will headed across the Tasman soon.

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Security Tightens at Hong Kong racetracks as coronavirus cuts crowds further

Crowds will be as low as 400 at Hong Kong’s premier racetracks as the HK Jockey Club follows new government demands.

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Pakenham Cup winner returns to NZ for next mission

Pakenham Cup winner Etah James has returned to New Zealand with the Auckland Cup targeted as her next priority.

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Columbus County Edged Out Again

Former New Zealand galloper Columbus County could miss the HK$10 million Classic Cup after falling short of victory again.

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Moreira Bags Four at Sha Tin

Front-running jockey Joao Moreira landed four winners at Sha Tin on Sunday and now has his sights on another Hong Kong Jockey’s Premiership.

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Coronavirus fears hit the Hong Kong tracks

Sha Tin and Happy Valley closed to the public

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Exultant takes out a second Centenary Vase

Hong Kong stayer Exultant won his second Centenary Vase on Monday

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Beauty Generation still the world’s top miler

Beauty Generation ranked #1 as the world's best miler

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Beauty Generation could still be Dubai bound

Beauty Generation may still be headed for Dubai, despite being beaten again.

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Dubai up for grabs for HK Champ

Dubai trip on the line for Beauty Generation

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Kiwi Stars Impress at Trials

New Zealand gallopers prepare for autumn

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Victorian Racing Tips January 12

Our best selections for today's racing at Sale and Benalla

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Te Akau Racing stars set to cross the Tasman again

Star gallopers, Melody Belle and Te Akau Shark are back at work and their Autumn plans are set for a return to Australia

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John Moore denies retirement plans for HK Champion

Trainer John Moore has denied any truth to the rumours of his multiple Group One winning horse Beauty Generation heading to the retirement paddock.

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Bayliss set to depart Hong Kong

Australian jockey Regan Bayliss is set to return to his homeland at the end of the year.

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Japanese outsider wins the HK Mile

Japan claimed it’s second major Group One victory on Sunday as Admire Mars won the HK Mile in a boilover.

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Tommy Berry fulfills a promise winning the Taree Cup

It was a one-race assault for both Berry and Trainer Chris Waller as they made the 3.5 hour trip north to Taree from Sydney with just the Cup in their sights.

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Te Akau stars go down in Foxbridge Plate

The Te Akau racing team’s stable stars, Melody Belle and Te Akau Shark were beaten in Saturday’s Group Two Foxbridge Plate.

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Te Akau pair head the Foxbridge Plate

Jamie Richards will saddle up stablemates Te Akau Shark and Melody Belle for the Group Two Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on Saturday as the pair head the market.

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Jockey suspended for six months on misconduct charges

Victorian rider Brandon Stockdale will not ride again this year after the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board confirmed a six-month ban on Wednesday on charges of misconduct and falsifying evidence.

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Michael Walker stood down due to ill-health

Jockey Michael Walker had his day cut short at Flemington on Saturday after he was stood down by the on-course doctor.

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The Harrovian wins the Cairns Cup

The Harrovian etched his name into the history books on Saturday as he claimed his second trophy in two weeks by taking out the Cairns Cup.

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Jamie Kah bags British racing

In a recent interview, Australian jockey Jamie Kah labelled the British racing industry as “backwards” when it comes to the opportunities (or lack thereof) it offers the female jockeys.

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Group One winner takes out the Darwin Cup

Group One winner Ihtsahymn has defied all the odds and won the 2019 Darwin Cup (2000m).

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Mackay trainer takes home the Cairns Newmarket trophy

Mackay trainer Trinity Bannon has claimed her second feature race in 12 months after taking out the Cairns Newmarket with Scherzoso at Cannon Park on Saturday.

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Tarrant stood down after court decision

Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant has been suspended following a decision handed down in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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Steel Prince cleared for Melbourne Cup start

Swab results from the Andrew Ramsden Stakes have cleared Steel Prince and sees him eligible for a Melbourne Cup start.

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The Harrovian wins the Townsville Cup

The Harrovian has given owner Tom Hedley his first Townsville Cup.

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Bendigo Tips July 28 – Our best selections for Bendigo Sunday

We have a Heavy 8 to deal with at Bendigo and I have an Al Maher filly circled who looks the ticket today.

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Hedley has a monopoly on the Townsville Cup

This year’s $150K Townsville Cup is an open affair as astute owner Tom Hedley dominates the field with six of the 16 runners.

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Parsons trained gelding in from $21 to $5.00

Punters have come for the Danny Parsons-trained Hez Arrived to upset the favourite in the last race at Canberra today.

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Track specialist draws well for Cleveland Bay Hcp

Track specialist Windmill Lane has drawn gate four in the feature race to be run on Thursday at Townsville and left trainer Ricky Ludwig with a big chance of taking out his first major event.

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Yeppoon Tips July 23

Looking for Yeppoon racing tips and best bets for today? Our form expert previews racing at Yeppoon Racecourse and gives his top selections for the meeting.

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Shinn suspended at final Sydney meeting

Jockey Blake Shinn’s final Australian meeting before heading to Hong Kong ended on a sour note after earning a suspension for careless riding at Randwick on Saturday.

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Bendigo Tips July 14 – Pierro filly looks well placed first-up

We are left to deal with a heavy track today but after a blistering trial, that shouldn’t worry this David Brideoake-trained filly.

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Hong Kong Mile Tips – Beauty Generation draws wide but has the class to win

Voted the world’s best miler (on turf), Beauty Generation will have to overcome a wide draw to take out this year’s Group One Longines Hong Kong Mile.

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Hong Kong Cup Tips – Japanese stayer can steal the cup

The Japanese runner Sungrazer looks set to enjoy a perfect run and take the cup back to the land of the rising sun.

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Hong Kong Sprint Tips – Size confident Hot King Prawn can overcome wide gate

Race favourite Hot King Prawn has drawn gate 11 (of 12) for the HK$20 Million Group One Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on Sunday.

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Hong Kong Vase Tips – Prince Of Arran draws wide but has the form to win

He drew the car park in the Melbourne Cup and his luck with barrier draws continued in Hong Kong when Prince Of Arran came up with gate 14 of 14 in the Group One Hong Kong Vase (2400m) to be run on Sunday.

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