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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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Wyong Tips April 9

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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Gold Coast Tips April 9

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

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Happy Valley Tips April 8

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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Midweek Market Movers April 8

The best backed horses for Wednesday racing.

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Warwick Farm Tips April 8

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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Sunshine Coast Tips April 8

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

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Rockhampton Tips April 7

Get our best selections for Rockhampton races

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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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Big Bets Post Mortem

See how the big bets fared over the weekend.

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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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Toowoomba Tips April 5

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

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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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Wellington Tips April 5

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

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Sha Tin Tips April 5

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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Saturday Track Reports April 4

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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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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Weekend Market Movers April 4

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

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Doomben Tips April 4

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

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Cairns Tips April 2

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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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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Mackay Tips March 31

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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Armidale Tips March 29

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

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Nowra Tips March 29

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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Mark Zahra tests negative for Coronavirus

Coronavirus test results have come back negative for Mark Zahra.

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Beaudesert Tips March 27

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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Eagle Farm Tips March 25

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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Geelong Tips March 24

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

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Orange Tips March 22

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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Muswellbrook Tips March 22

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

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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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Townsville Tips March 20

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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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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Coonamble Tips March 15

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

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Grafton Tips March 15

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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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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Canberra Racing Tips March 9

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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Tamworth Tips March 8

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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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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Port Macquarie Tips March 5

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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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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Mudgee Tips March 1

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

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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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Taree Tips February 23

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

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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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Warwick Tips February 21

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

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Moruya Tips February 16

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

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Dubbo Tips February 16

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

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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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Sapphire Coast Tips February 2

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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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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Dubbo Racing Tips January 13 – Locally-trained mare can go back-to-back today

Dubbo Racing Tips

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Taree Racing Tips January 13 – First-up specialist can do it again

I’m targeting a track and distance winner today who also runs best when fresh.

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Victorian Racing Tips January 12

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

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Dalby Tips January 14

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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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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VIC racing tips January 5 – Our best selections for Warrnambool and Mornington Sunday

At ‘the Bool’, Greg Eurel’s gelding looks the ticket in the Koroit Cup while at Mornington a Fiorente four-year-old has a gear change that make all the difference.

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Gatton Tips January 3 – Lope De Vega mare shoots for back-to-back wins today

There’s a Lope De Vega mare running today who is looking for back-to-back victories.

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Coff’s Harbour Tips December 30 – The son of Octagonal can bounce back today

Here are our best selections for Coff's Harbour today.

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Dubbo Tips December 30 – Our best selections for Dubbo Monday

Our best selections for Dubbo Monday.

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Mornington Tips December 29 – Our best selections for Mornington Sunday

Here are our best tips for today's racing at Mornington

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NSW Racing Tips December 29 – Our best selections for Murwillumbah and Corowa Sunday

Here are our best tips for today's racing at Murwillumbah and Corowa

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NSW Racing Tips December 22 – Our best selections for Taree & Moruya Sunday

Here are our best selections for Sunday's meetings at Taree and Moruya

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Rockhampton Tips December 17 – Locally-trained filly can get the cash today

Clear skies and a good track are just the recipe we need for our three-year-old filly to be a chance at grabbing the glory today.

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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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NSW Racing December 15 – Our Best tips for Hawkesbury and Canberra Sunday

At Hawkesbury today, the Godolphin camp have one second-up who will prove tough to beat while at Canberra the Queanbeyan Cup winner backs up in a race that looks tailor-made for her to go back-to-back.

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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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Gatton Tips December 9 – White & Tilley look set to grab a win today

Let’s see if we can’t kick-start the working week off with one who is down in class today and is due for a win.

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Beaudesert Tips December 4 – Nolan’s four-year-old can make it two on the trot

Conditions are ideal for Michael Nolan’s four-year-old to go back-to-back today.

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Ipswich Tips June 15 – Saturday best bets for Ipswich racing

Looking for tips and best bets for Ipswich horse racing on Saturday?

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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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Ipswich Tips July 26 – Sequalo gelding shoots for a hat-trick today

We can end the working week as winners with a Sequalo gelding who is shooting for the hat-trick 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 23 July – Local filly to make amends today

20 kilometres east of Rockhampton, we travel to the coastal town of Yeppoon for a rare weekday meeting and Tommy Button will be out to make amends with his three-year-old filly today.

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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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NSW Racing Tips July 21 – Our best tips for Coff’s Harbour and Narrandera Sunday

It’s Sawtell Cup Day at Coff’s Harbour but I am more focused on earlier races there and I am keen on a couple of lightly-raced chances at the Narrandera meeting.

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Ipswich Tips July 19 – Gollan’s filly can bounce back today

A dry track and conditions look ideal for Tony Gollan’s filly to return to the winner’s circle….

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Gatton Tips July 18 – Late starter ready to break her maiden today

A difficult day at the office here where I have settled on a maiden to break through today….

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Cairns Tips July 16 – Two great chances for today

Conditions are ideal for racing at Cannon Park as we race on a Soft 7 today and there are several winning chances on the program.

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NSW Racing Tips July 14 – Our best selections for Hawkesbury and Grafton

Gary Portelli’s three-year-old looks a big chance at Hawkesbury today while Scott Cumming’s gelding is fourth-up and looks ready to score at Grafton.

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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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Kilcoy Tips March 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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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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