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Vale 'The Professor'

Former champion jockey Roy Higgins, MBE, passed-away on Saturday evening; Higgins won the Melbourne Jockeys' Premiership  a record-equaling eleven times and he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame in 1987. Dubbed 'The Professor' Roy had a great association for many years with Bart Cummings winning the 1965 and 1967 Melbourne Cup for Bart on Light Fingers and Red Handed; Light Fingers was always Roy's  favourite but Gunsynd, Leilani, Storm Queen, Tontonan, Century, Taj Rossi and Maybe Mahal are just some of the great horses Roy rode during his illustrious career.

In addition to his two Melbourne Cups Roy also rode the winner of a Caulfield Cup, two Cox Plates, two Golden Slippers, four Victoria Derbys, four Blue Diamonds, four Lightnings, five Craiglees, five VRC Oaks, six AJC Oaks and eight Futuritys. Roy retired from riding in 1983 with 2312 winners and he is second-only to George Moore with 108 Group 1 victories; Roy battled with weight issues throughout his career which makes his riding record that much more remarkable. Roy Higgins was 75 years of age.

Punting For Profit

The table below shows the bets that were placed on Wizard of the Turf's The Bets for the Friday/Saturday meetings last weekend.

If you are interested in maximising your punting profit, click on Read more: Punting For Profit to view the table, and analysis of the results to make this a reality.

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Flemington Form Reversals

Check out the table below which shows the winners from the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington and their performances away from Flemington at their next start and let the Wizard of the Turf know your thoughts; only three of the seventeen winners were good enough to win at their next start with many of the other fourteen winners failing miserably.

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Black Caviar Does It Again

Black Caviar is the Australian Horse of the Year for the third consecutive year joining another champion mare Sunline as the only three-time winner of the award since its inception; Black Caviar accrued 251 votes to defeat All Too Hard with 179 votes and Ocean Park with 50.

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Vote 1 Wizard of the Turf

Wizard of the Turf would love your vote this Saturday and every Saturday and every other day in the racing season; simply check-out the Wizard of the Turf website on a regular basis!

Wizard would also love to hear from you! At the start of the new racing season Wizard of the Turf made a number of changes to the website and Wizard wants to know what you think of the changes and/or any aspect of the Wizard of the Turf website; some of the changes include:

  • New Home page layout
  • New horse side images
  • New way to access bets via
  • Outstanding bets scrolling across top of Home page
  • Where's Wizard?

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The Why To Betting Early


Horse NameQuoted PriceStarting PriceWhen Bet Was Entered
Viking Heart $6 $6 Friday evening 
Taat Sensation $10 $7.50 Thursday afternoon 
Magic In The Mix $4.60 $3 Saturday morning
Angelology $13 $8 Friday evening 
Keep It Moist $2.90 $1.70 Friday evening 
Angelus $10 $6.50 Saturday morning 
Vicario $9 $8.50 Saturday afternoon 

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Good luck today punters! #DerbyDay #MelbCupCarnival #StartWinning

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