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Horse racing is much more than an excuse for gambling. It is a love for the beauty, grace and speed of the horse. It can also be an intellectual battle of examining competing facts and trying to formulate the future from results of the past. In some ways it is an investigation, as performed by an eager detective. And in other ways it can be the thrill of a crossword puzzle, with multiple possible responses, but ultimately only one correct answer. It is a thing of beauty as much as it is a matter of commerce. I have been involved with horse racing in both practical and intellectual ways. From time spent as an apprentice jockey, to later the research of bloodlines in the multimillion dollar world of thoroughbred breeding and sales. And for the past twelve years I have provided speedrating information to the racing industry and public through my company: Speedratings - Leonard Marlborough.

Tom Durkin's Top 10 Best Race Calls

August 31st 2014 23:30
With the retirement of iconic race caller, Tom Durkin, TVG produced a countdown of his Top 10 Best Race Calls.

In the previous post we listed numbers 10 to 5.

Today we list the top 4. Worth noting that although Durkin was renowned for his humour in many calls, these Top 10 examples all display his passion for the race and drama of the occasion.

Take it away, Tom...








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Durkin's Top 10 Race Calls Countdown

August 29th 2014 04:39
With the imminent retirement of iconic race caller, Tom Durkin, TVG are counting down his Top 10 Best Race Calls.

Counting down from 10 to 5.

We'll leave the rest of the talking up to Tom...













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Mongolia's Naadam Racehorse

August 28th 2014 03:29
Admittedly, it is not racing a we would traditionally know it.

Tradition is the keyword here and it is the ancient traditions of Mongolia which are on display, not the more recent and refined traditions of Ascot or Flemington.

Below is a link to a fascinating mini documentary on Mongolia's Naadam Racehorse.

"We hope they will do well, but also always anticipate their safe return"


Mongolia's Naadam Race Horse - Short Documentary from Zanjan Fromer on Vimeo.

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Queen's Blade - A Cut Above

August 26th 2014 03:57
Korean star filly, Queen's Blade, emphatically completed the Korean Derby and Korean Oaks double when she followed her 10 length Derby demolition in May with a similarly impressive (5 length) win in the Oaks at Busan on the 24th of August.

Queen's Blade followed the template set by Speedy First in 2013 who also won both Korean Classic races. Speedy First has since been shipped to race in the US, while the sheer dominance of Queen's Blade makes one wonder how she might match up if given the opportunity in another racing jurisdiction


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Clean Sweep of Scandinavian Derbies

August 25th 2014 08:57
Trainer Niels Petersen completed a never before achieved feat when Eye In The Sky completed the third leg of the Scandinavian Derbies with victory in the Norwegian Derby.

Petersen also trained the winners of the Swedish Derby (Duke Derby) and the Danish Derby (Davicii) in an achievement that may never again be matched


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Silvery Moon

August 21st 2014 00:59
A very popular racehorse on the world stage at present is the German overo 'paint' thoroughbred, Silvery Moon.

Purchased for a modest 12,000 euros at the 2012 Arqana Autumn Sale by Stall Paint Horse, purely because of his colour, Silvery Moon has subsequently won hearts and many fans in Germany and beyond with his brave performances on the racetrack. He is not just a pretty (unusual) face


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Boy Jockey In Training (1950)

August 14th 2014 06:36
Boy Jockey In Training (1950)

A short film from British Pathé about a boy jockey in training


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Apprentice Jockeys (1957)

August 14th 2014 06:04
The British Pathé archives are a treasure trove of historical and interesting films of other times, other places.

Here is another great film on horse racing


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Sangfroid

August 10th 2014 03:48
Sangfroid

The Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga was always going to be a race with tons of early speed, with short-priced favourite Silver Max to set the tempo, and Sayaad likely to pester - and pester he did, Sayaad taking it up to Silver Max at the halfway point of the Grade 2 Mile and bringing about the undoing of the favourite who would subsequently finish last


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Nordic Empire

August 8th 2014 04:01

The Mick Price trained Nordic Empire was an impressive first up winner at Moonee Valley last Saturday in the Mitchelton Wines Handicap over 1000 metres.

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