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Reflections on Spring Champion Stakes Day

From the racing special mention must go to a mare, Sarthemare by name, by Street Cry. She produced two winners on the programme, Sesar in the Group 2 Polytrack Roman Consul Stakes (120m) and Doubt Defying in the Cellarbrations Handicap (1400m) - to produce one metropolitan winner is good work, to produce two on the same programme with one at Group 2 level is very good work indeed

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Raceday wagering review

The wagering review of Saturday's fixed odds betting for races at the Spring Champions Stakes meeting at Randwick and Turnbull Stakes meeting at Flemington and Futures Markets updates - punters cheered loudly after Winx landed the Turnbull Stakes (2000 metres) - the champion mare was heavily supported once again, so much so, that TAB's total hold on the mare was one of the highest tallied during her fabled winning streak.

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Golden ticket for Godolphin's Avilius

Godolphin stayer Avilius will chase a fairytale Lexus Melbourne Cup win for James Cummings after securing a place in next month's $7.5 million feature with a narrow victory in Saturday's The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington.

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Maid In Heaven, Newham and King win their first Group 1 with Spring Champion Stakes win

Mark Newnham’s Maid In Heaven under Rachel King won the Group 1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday to give the trainer and jockey their first victories at the elite level and owner Arrowfield Stud the satisfaction of another home-bred Group 1 win at just her fifth start.

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Winx motors late to land Turnbull

Such is Chris Waller's faith in Winx, he may have been the only person on Saturday at Flemington - or watching on from elsewhere - not to endure that sinking feeling as the field turned for home in the Turnbull Stakes.

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Signature day for O'Dea with Sesar win in Roman Consul Stakes

It was a signature day at Randwick on Saturday for Eagle Farm trainer Steven O’Dea with a winning double with half-brothers Sesar in the Group 2 Polytrack Roman Consul Stakes (120m) and Doubt Defying in the Cellarbrations Handicap (1400m).

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English and Invincible Star still lame

Racing NSW stewards advised on Saturday afternoon that at their request Racing NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Toby Koenig and Official Veterinarian Dr James Mizzi conducted veterinary inspections of Invincible Star and English this morning - Invincible Star was found to be grade 2/5 lame in the off fore leg and English was found to be grade 2/5 lame in the near fore leg.

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Gai kicks off 2YO racing a winner

Being a Listed event, Victoria's opening juvenile race of the season is much sought-after for breeders and owners, but to underline the uncertainty of two-year-old racing, Saturday's Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington fell to the cheapest horse in the field.

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Flemington briefs

Progressive three-year-old Extra Brut firmed into equal favourite for the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) - Sydney horseman David Pfieffer is daring to dream with speedy mare I Am Excited

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Yulong January heading to black type after Randwick win

The Caulfield stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace made another successful trip to Randwick on Saturday with the progressive Yulong January making it three wins from three starts when taking the Young Members Bm 74 Handicap (1400m) with a step to black type next.

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Weekend big bets - updated

Saturday morning - Bets of $170,000, $60,000 and $30,000 at $1.16 on Winx - now $1.14

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Second NSW provincial meeting called off

The Sydney rain storm since Thursday has meant the second cancellation of a weekend meeting with the Hawkesbury meeting on Sunday called off after a track inspection on Saturday morning - earlier Saturday morning the Kembla Grange meeting for Saturday was abandoned due to the state of the track

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Track conditions, form and scratchings for Randwick

Track conditions, form and scratchings for Randwick - Heavy 9 - rail out 6m from the 1600m to the winning post, 4m for the remainder of the track - 15.6mm of rain in the last 24 hours, 49mm for the last seven days - weather cloudy, 2mm-6mm of rain possible 18c - 34 scratchings - FINAL

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Track conditions, form and scratchings for Flemington

Track conditions, form and scratchings for Flemington - Track Good 4 - rail out 9m for the entire circuit - 6mm of irrigation for the last 24 hours, 25mm for the last seven days - weather sunny 23c - 19 scratchings - FINA

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Kembla Grange meeting postponed due to state of the track

Racing NSW stewards' advise that following a track inspection of the Kembla Grange track that today’s race meeting has been postponed due to the state of the track after 54mm of rainfall within the last 48hrs.

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Weekend big bets

$9,000 Multi @ $25.39 on Avilius (The Bart Cummings at Flemington) | Montaser (Morphettville Race 7) | Enable (Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe) | The Autumn Sun (2018 Caulfield Guineas)

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Inspection for Kembla Grange track on Saturday morning

Racing NSW stewards' advised on Friday that steward Teague McDonald has conducted a track inspection of Kembla Grange and has reported the track is currently rated a Heavy 10 before the scheduled meeting on Saturday.

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Avilius makes physical gain

His form suggests there's been a dramatic improvement and on Friday morning there came confirmation that Melbourne Cup co-favourite Avilius (GB) is indeed an enhanced racehorse from his racing days in Europe.

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Sydney Specials

We will go to the feature event for our best of the day, Thinkin’ Big in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) - the son of High Chaparral could not have been more impressive at Rosehill two week’s ago, dominating the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m). Thinkin’ Big contested the race off an eight week break and stepping up 300m in trip.

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The latest news update from Sky Racing

The latest Sky Racing news update on Wednesday with Brad Davidson – Strike action set for Queensland race meetings on Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup Days – plus further racing news.

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