The one broodmare – Helsinge – may have the utterly amazing statistic of having two of her progeny being “champions” of the Australian turf in the one year. She’s already the mother of the unbeaten champion mare Black Caviar and she is also the dam of the horse that may prove in 2013 that he’s a “champion” also – All Too Hard.

This website was openly laughed at during 2012 when I penned a story asking the public which 2YO of the 2012/2013 they would race on a 3YO of Pierro, All Too Hard, Samaready or Sizzling. When I stated All Too Hard would be the best 3YO of the quartet, all the usual emails came in, however given the passage of time and the fact that All Too Hard was able to win the Group 1 “stallions race”, the Caulfield Guineas, ironically beating Pierro, prior to his running second to Ocean Park in the Cox Plate – the negative emails have thankfully dried up. That original story – penned on the horses birthday of 1 August 2012 – and entitled “If you had your choice which one of Pierro, Samaready, Sizzling or All Too Hard would you race as a 3YO” can be read HERE.

I fully expect All Too Hard to rise to even greater heights during 2013 and don’t rule out the possibility that he could become the next “champion” of the Australian turf and to that end he resumes racing tomorrow in the Orr Stakes.

Racing Queensland Chief Handicapper Lester Grimmett has sent the scaled weights through for Eagle Farm tomorrow and they read: Race 2 + 3 kgs, Race 3 + 4 kgs, Race 4 + 3.5 kgs, Raced 5 + 3 kgs and Race 7 – 1 kg.

Brisbane Racing Club Track Manager Bill Shuck has advised the website late today that the Eagle Farm track is currently a dead 5. Bill stated “the Eagle Farm track received 4.5mm last night and early this morning”, adding “the way the weather is, it’s keeping the moisture in the top of the track, hence it’s keeping it as a dead 5. If it’s fine overnight it may get back to a dead 4 by the morning”.

The apprentice jockey weights at Eagle Farm tomorrow should be:



Tegan Harrison

50 claims 2 kgs.

Maija Vance

54 claims 2 kgs.

Priscilla Schmidt

51 claims 3 kgs.

Braydn Swaffer

50 claims 3 kgs.

Kirk Matheson

51 claims 2 kgs.

Geoffrey Goold

54 claims 3 kgs.


Today on I preview Eagle Farm Race 4 tomorrow, a no metropolitan win race. On I look at the Expressway Stakes at Warwick Farm, then on Matt Nicholls looks at Caulfield.


Neil Davis for leading New Zealand racing website has sent this preview through on racing in his home country tomorrow. In full it reads:

With two Group I’s at Te Rapa on Saturday, and maybe one or two heading over to Australia out of those two events, it would be astute to keep an eye on the two races.

(Please check all numbers and times with official lists)

Race 7 Te Rapa 2.13 p.m.

Likely tempo: Moderate suiting runners in the first half of the field

Confidence: Average

2- Historian was unlucky in his first two runs back from a spell. Then in the Group 1 Thorndon, he sat 3 wide in the open and put in a top performance to win in good time over 1600m. The WFA scale means he is not so well off at the weights, but he is looking for 2000m now and he relaxes well. He has enough early speed to say he can get outside probable pacemaker Better Together early then ease to get fourth or sixth outer and be in the right place to put the pressure on before the turn or on it and be too good. RP $3.50 Currently $8.50 with bookies.

Dangers: 8-Lady Kipling did well to run second to Historian last start and gets a 7.5kg swing in the weights in her favour. But the negative is she has only had two fourths from her last four attempts at 2000m at WFA. If she can get a soft sit in the moderately run race, she should get to prove that all wrong. 10.Artistic ran home well fresh up and should get a cosy run. Won the NZ Oaks but may need one more run to beat a couple of hard fit older horses here. 3.Sangster ran a good race last start when running second, but it was a five-length weaker field than this. The negatives are he did race a bit keenly over the 1600m, which is a worry over a slowish 2000m race, and his best form is on off tracks, plus he hasn’t won in eight starts since his Derby win, so the $4.50 is no value.


Race 9

Likely tempo: Good early then even once settled suiting all runners.

Confidence: Average

1.Better Than Ever fresh up had to work for the first 400 metres to get outside the leader, Mufhasa. Mufhasa won well but Better Than Ever showed real grit to run a clear second beating Final Touch, which went on to win the Telegraph. After watching his Singapore wins he has the tactical speed to sit handy if he jumps well. He has been training like a winner as well. With Opie Bosson up, there is every chance he will get a winning run so he looks ready to strike. RP $3.80 Currently $6.00 with bookies.

Dangers: 8.Final Touch just keeps on winning. She did well to win the Telegraph off a moderate tempo and should get a cosy trip and get her chance again. 11.Guiseppina had no luck in the Telegraph and the better tempo, 1400m and Good surface is ideal for her. 10.Xanadu chased home Final Touch in the Telegraph and the 1400m on a Good track suits better.

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