With 24, 31 and 41 days to the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup respectively it is perhaps timely for some thoughts on the way things are shaping for The Big 3 as I see things at this stage. History shows that if a horse is good enough to win the Caulfield Cup then he must be given serious consideration for the Melbourne Cup, in spite of the weight-penalty the Caulfield Cup winner always receives for the Melbourne Cup. There have been four horses since 1991 good enough to win both races, Let's Elope, Doriemus, Might And Power and Ethereal, and there are other Caulfield Cup winners that have run outstanding races in the Melbourne Cup in this time. Northerly was good enough to win the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate in the same year whilst Makybe Diva won the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup in 2005.
Read more: Wizard's Early Cups and Cox Plate Tips
Imagine checking the results of racing each Saturday in a Sunday newspaper; each placegetter has a particular jockey on board. Now imagine that the jockeys of these placegetters were all different, and ask yourself this question: Would the new results correspond with the original results when you read them again ?? If you think the answer is yes, then you are in need of some serious re-educating on the importance of jockeys!
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If the absence of Black Caviar is not a heavy enough body-blow for the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival, then the news of Atlantic Jewel being injured and not taking her place as the new feature attraction surely is. This news comes on top of the death earlier this week of former Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, moments after she gave birth to her first foal. Dual Group 1 winning mare Shamrocker has been retired, and Mosheen and Southern Speed have had road-blocks early in their preparations for the Spring.
Read more: Atlantic Jewel Out For The Spring
Black Caviar, undoubtedly one of the two greatest ambassadors for horse racing this country has ever had, alongside Phar Lap, will not race during the Spring Carnival this year; a further decision as to whether she will race again in 2013 will be made when all of the owners come together again in September. On one hand it is disappointing that her legion of fans will miss out on the opportunity to see her race again this year; on the other hand it is heartwarming to know that the best interests and the welfare of this champion horse are at the forefront of the decision-making process.
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With the Olympic Games almost upon us, an omen punter would be sure to put their money on Bradbury Chocolate who goes around in race 5 at Doomben this Saturday at 2.05pm. Who could forget her namesake Steven Bradbury, the former Australian speed skater, who miraculously became Australia's first ever Winter Olympic Gold medallist at Salt Lake City in 2002, after all of his opponents were involved in a last corner pile-up.
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The opportunity to bet early on fixed odds races with TAB Sportsbet and a vast array of fixed odds operators has never been greater. With final acceptances for Saturday metropolitan races now declared on Wednesdays, you can bet at any time from Wednesday to Saturday on most races if you choose to do so.
Read more: To bet early, or not to bet early, that is the question
History, the best tool for predicting the future, shows that jockeys who are in a tight struggle for premiership honours at the end of the racing season ride a lot of winners.
Read more: The Heat is On