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Able Friend Unable To Stay Unbeaten


Able Friend was expected to double his winning career tally for Australian trainer, John Moore, on Sunday but was beaten after going off the 1.7 favourite at Sha Tin in the Hong Kong Classic Cup.

Moore chose the local Group One on Sunday's card as his latest test after he had scored on debut last month there.

It was his first attempt over 1600m, in which he found Designs On Rome too good for him on the day as he had to settle for just over a length behind the younger runner.

Able Friend had previously beaten the same horse on his debut over the shorter distance on January 19. On that occasion, it was Moore's runner who won the battle in the final few meters by half a length.

Designs On Rome looked to have appreciated the step up in trip yesterday in only his second start outside of Europe.

The four-year old had five outings in Ireland when he was based in Patrick Flynn's stable as a juvenile before making the switch in continents.

After two unsuccessful starts, he broke his maiden at Naas when going off at 5.5 in the racing betting in a 13 runner field. It included Dermot Weld's favourite, Mouteab, who was available at 4.0.

Designs On Rome's final run in Ireland was in the Group One Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes over 1400m. He chased home Europe's leading colt, Dawn Approach, at racing live betting odds of 29.0 to finish second and earn his connections over €40,000 in prize money.

The Irish bred horse did not run as a three-year old in 2013 but returned to action last month in Hong Kong for Moore. The Australian is likely to keep him over the same trip for a shot at further Group One success in 2014.


Australian Derby Target for Exciting Polanski


Polanski, impressive winner of the Group 1 VRC Victoria Derby at Flemington on November 2, will be trained with a bid for the $2 million Australian Derby at Randwick in April as his next big target.

Trainer Robbie Laing admitted to having the Australian Derby in mind for some time for the talented son of the enigmatic but high-class Rakti, even before his big success at Flemington, confessing, ''It was always really high up there and then when I saw it had gone up to $2 million it became a No. 1 priority.''

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Green Moon Sidesteps Caulfield Cup Challenge


Robert Hickmott’s Green Moon, winner of last year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup, will not be using this weekend’s Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup as a warm-up for his repeat bid having been scratched from the contest at the latest declaration stage

Along with stable companion, Sea Moon, Green Moon looks set to wait until November 5 when he will attempt to win back-to-back renewals of ‘the race that stops a nation’.

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Can Athos Finally Win Melbourne Cup for Cumani?


Few trainers have come closer to winning the Melbourne Cup than the charming Newmarket-based Italian, Luca Cumani, who twice lost out in photo-finishes to 'the race that stops a nation' in recent years.
Cumani's Purple Moon lost out narrowly in the 2007 renewal, while there was agony for the British handler 12 months later as his Bauer failed by just a nose to get the verdict over Viewed in a memorable battle for the top-class two-mile staying handicap at Flemington.

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Jewel a Stand out in Ante-post Cox Plate Market


Bookmakers in Australia and further afield are taking few chances in the ante-post market for the prestigious Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 26, making the unbeaten Atlantic Jewel a rock solid 9/4 market leader for the feature contest after the mare returned from a long racecourse absence to score in style.

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Motor Racing and Gambling


It’s no real secret that many Australians love gambling, although people may be surprised to hear that they love to wager on more than just horse racing and pokies. Betting motor racing has become big business, and while Australia may not necessarily be the first country you think of when you mention that particular sport, you need only visit the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst to see that it actually has quite a rich history. The most famous series in motor racing history in Australia is the V8 Supercars series, with the biggest race on the card landing, as you might expect, in Bathurst.

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Spring Racing Carnival


There is no denying the popularity of the sport of horse racing in Australia, but there is a time of year when the interest in all things thoroughbred takes a huge spike. That would be the spring racing carnivals that take place in Sydney and Melbourne, with both events causing people that usually don’t care about horse racing to start dropping some bets. This is basically the Australian equivalent of the Triple Crown of horse racing in the US, although there are more big races than just the three that make up that trifecta.

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Greyhound Racing


While most people think of horses when you mention racing that involves live animals, there is a whole other facet of racing that is very much alive and well in many parts of the world. That would be greyhound racing, and while it may not be at the popularity level of the ponies, it is still a sport that is very well supported in the UK and Australia in particular. For those that know little about the sport, each race usually involved 6 or more dogs who race around an oval track, with all of them in pursuit of a mechanical hare/rabbit that always manages to elude the dogs (except on very rare occasions).

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Thoroughbred Horse Racing

When you think of thoroughbred horse racing, you tend to think of the big stakes races like The Kentucky Derby, but the truth is that the sport is in something of a decline in the US. A number of tracks have closed over the past decade, and others have been forced to try and get pokies in the clubhouse in order to bring in more revenues. That has helped keep some tracks keep their heads above water, but it isn’t doing much to introduce new fans to the beautiful sport of horse racing. The poker machines are a draw, but it’s hard to see the pageantry of the sport when your face is stuck in a machine.
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Harness Racing


Betting is big business all over the world, but there aren't many people that can match the Aussies in their passion for having a wager. The pokies may very well be king in Australia, but horse racing runs a very close second, and it’s hard to find a major city that doesn't have a racetrack or two in its vicinity. When you think of Australian horse racing you tend to think of thoroughbreds, but with 91 harness racing tracks dotted across the country, it’s pretty safe to say that trotting has a place in the equine sporting landscape.

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The Caulfield Cup


The Caulfield Cup 2014 will be run on Saturday October 18 at the Caulfield Racecourse. Run over 2400 metres (1.5 miles) the Caulfield Cup is a Handicap race and horses which participate are capable of entering the Melbourne Cup which is held on the first Tuesday of each November in Victoria Australia. If a horse wins both the Caulfield Cup and The Melbourne Cup in the same year it has won the 'Cups Double'. Only 11 horses have managed to attain this in the history of the race. Horses from outside Australia and New Zealand compete and have been doing so since 1998.

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