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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.

Thiamandi

July 7th 2014 00:21
Thiamandi

photography by Neil Murray
words by Leonard Marlborough


Also successful at the Caulfield meeting on Saturday was the very quick South Australian based filly, Thiamandi (trained by Lloyd Kennewell) who ran home an impressive 2 length winner in The Cove Hotel Handicap over 1100 metres. Thiamandi was ridden by Joe Bowditch.









Thiamandi

3 year old chestnut filly by Street Boss (USA) out of Country Class (NZ)
trained by Lloyd Kennewell

(to 5/7/2014) 16 starts for 5 wins
prizemoney $221,560
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Lord Of The Sky

July 6th 2014 04:08
Lord Of The Sky

photography by Neil Murray
words by Leonard Marlborough




The feature race on Saturday at Caulfield was the G3 Sir John Monash Stakes over 1100 metres - won in brilliant style by the flying, Lord Of The Sky (Dwayne Dunn) who held a 4.5 length margin over 2nd placed Le Bonsir, with Riziz a further 3/4 of a length back in 3rd position. From 6 starts at Caulfield, Lord Of The Sky has won on 5 occasions, with his only unplaced (last placed) run attributed to heat stress on the day.


Lord Of The Sky


3 year old bay colt by Danerich out of Princess Abassi

trained by Robbie Laing

prizemoney to 6/7/2014: $261,500

5 wins from 8 starts




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The Cleaner

June 22nd 2014 02:54
The Cleaner

words by Leonard Marlborough
photography by Neil Murray



With a name that suggests workmanlike performance, and his preference to lead his rivals, The Cleaner defies that easy (lazy) description and expectation with his elite execution of sustained speed and quick fractions.



Working class by name, this 6 year old son of Savoire Vivre is both professional and exemplary in the manner in which he runs rivals ragged. The Cleaner very often takes away the option of a finishing burst from his rivals by depleting all of their reserves and resources just trying to keep in touch with the free running Tasmanian based miler. So often, mid-race you will find The Cleaner sailing forward at full tilt while those behind him are being scrubbed to give chase.

And this was the case again on Saturday in the Travis Harrison Cup at Moonee Valley (1600 metres) when The Cleaner ran ragged a handy field of winter milers and won by an impressive three lengths - never in danger. It had been thought that with two other front-runners in the race he may be pressured to go out too hard - and although jockey Anthony Darmanin was made to push his mount along in the initial stages to clear others with a similar mindset on leading, the effort had no influence over the concluding stages.

With 15 wins from his 39 starts - at the distance range of 1600 metres to 2150 metres - trainer Mick Burles is keen to look at setting The Cleaner for some of the spring feature races over his pet distance of a mile - with the Group One Emirates Stakes being a primary target.

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A Moody Two

June 15th 2014 12:12
A Moody Two

15/6/2014


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Let's Rock'n'Roll at Moonee Valley

June 10th 2014 03:13
words & photography by Leonard Marlborough


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Voila Ici

June 8th 2014 23:16
The rising 10yo, Voila Ici, appears resurgent for new trainer Saab Hasan. After leading clearly through the early stages of the 2040 metre Boscastle Handicap at Moonee Valley, Voila Ici looked to still be full of running for jockey Kayla Nisbet at the top of the Moonee Valley straight.

However, inside the last 100 metres it was the finishing burst from fellow import, Wish Come True, that proved to much to withstand - and Voila Ici was beaten less than a half length on the line


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Hong Kong Reign in Singapore

May 19th 2014 03:26
Neil Murray concludes his stay in Singapore reporting for Thoroughbreds Worldwide & RacingWrite with his report on the feature races conducted yesterday. - Leonard Marlborough


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Singapore Snippets:

Pressing Ahead


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War Affair Blitzes The Guineas

May 18th 2014 06:15
Neil Murray is in Singapore covering the feature racing for Thoroughbreds Worldwide & RacingWrite. His most recent report and photography is below. - Leonard Marlborough


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Brits Aim Big in Singapore

May 16th 2014 05:29
Neil Murray is in Singapore for Thoroughbreds Worldwide, covering all the action surrounding the upcoming Singapore International Racing, featuring the Singapore Airlines International Cup and the KrisFlyer International Sprint. This is a shared article between Thoroughbreds Worldwide & RacingWrite. - editor.


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