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Wins BMW At Rosehill Races; Sydney's Golden Slipper
Day; Celebrities Spotted
has led home a trifecta for imported stayers with
victory in the $2.25 million BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.
it three Group One weight-for-age wins under the care
of new trainer Peter Moody, Manighar defeated fellow
northern hemisphere imports Americain and Drunken
Sailor in the 2400m feature.
just loves it here," part-owner Simon O'Donnell
might have been born and bred in France but he's a
fully-fledged Aussie as far as I'm concerned."
jockey Luke Nolen had Manighar racing outside the
took the six-year-old to front as the field straightened
and the result was never in doubt.
gave his all after being forced to race three-wide
for the entire trip.
2010 Melbourne Cup winner was under pressure at the
400m but rallied strongly in the final stretch.
Sailor, raced in the same interests as Manighar, took
the minor placing.
and Drunken Sailor were trained by English conditioner
Luca Cumani before finding their way into the stables
of Moody and Mike Moroney respectively.
been quite a feat," Nolen said of Manighar's
run of form which has also included Group One wins
in the Australian Cup and Ranvet Stakes.
a marvellous trainer but I think we've been given
a true indication of his abilities with what he has
been able to do with this horse."
here's to a great day or racing and stay tuned for
more reports from the track.
spotted include Jennifer Hawkins, Gai Waterhouse and
Racing; Sydney, Australia: Samaready Favorite
talk is that Golden Slipper favourite Samaready is
tipped for likely victory today.
unbeaten filly is to become quite the show stopper,
if those in the know are correct.
Price, the well-respected trainer from had a few words
to share in regards to her winning the Riesling Stakes
at Rosehill a fortnight ago.
the warmer weather up here she has really cleaned
up," Price said. "She has a real summery
coat on her now, a rich coat. I have an idea what
I want to see when I see them, and I thought she had
absolutely bloomed. I think I'll catch her on the
is paramount for Price and his jockey Craig Hewitt
as they go for the win in the $3.5 million race that
is one of Australia's most important races.
is the thing, isn't it?" Price said. "There
will be 100 yards from first to last in the Golden
Slipper, a lot of the two-year-olds will go there
on empty. The trick is the winner is on the way up
and that's what we have tried to do.
mean, in the back of my mind you are trying to beat
the fact you've got to peak her twice."
doesn't seem apparent that the world's richest race
for two-year-olds wasn't on his agenda.
Blue Diamond was goal No. 1 and I wouldn't have said
at any point the Slipper took priority over that,"
the trainer said.
got the nod and clearance at Price's stables later
than usual. The filly bred by retail business tycoon
Gerry Harvey was tipped to be sold at his Magic Millions
sale but was withdrawn.
didn't know she was allocated to me in August, maybe
September," Price said. "I've usually got
all my two-year-olds programmed to a point by then."
crew at Vinery Stud, which includes Harvey, paid $150,000
grand for the daughter of sire star More Than Ready
at last year's William Inglis Easter sale.
came to us not long before the first preparation she
raced in. It was the first time I'd seen her. I had
a pretty good idea on her, I wanted to qualify her
prizemoney-wise for the Blue Diamond, which is why
we ran her at Flemington, even though physically she
was on the way down.
was away for a week. Contacting the staff, they said,
'She's had enough, wanted to go to the paddock."
sent Samaready to the race on a downer, but he is
a smart operator.
win was just a blessing because, with the prizemoney,
we could formulate a really accurate program with
her," he said.
worse than having a horse ready for a race and you
can't run due to a lack of prizemoney.
her first run we've been able to do everything we've
wanted to. That part has been very good and she has
done the rest."
has certainly achieve. She performed in the Blue Diamond
prelude then thrashed rivals in the race the team
wanted. She was cocky at Rosehill and now for the
is a tricky little thing," Price said. "She
works good, doesn't blast away and win a gallop by
five and six lengths. She does work good, matches
up good in trackwork but she is a relaxed filly. She
doesn't burn the track up, she only just does what
she is asked to do."
exercise routine that netted the Blue Diamond has
been used to prime Samaready for today's date with
the Golden Slipper.
didn't do a lot with her between the prelude and the
Blue Diamond because I think if you are going to win
a two-year-old race, you have to have your horse on
the way up.
the Blue Diamond she was able to have nine days off,
which did her a lot of good.
is the right horse, the right two-year-old to do this.
Fetlocks, appetite, temperament - if any one of those
goes wrong you are in a bit of trouble. With her,
she passes all the tests and she has got gear No.
6; good horses have five, some have four, three.
seems to have gear number six at the end of 1200 metres."
is backing Newitt all the way.
is the man for the job," he said. "He'll
be pumped on the day, he doesn't make many mistakes,
a good aggressive rider. We won a group 1 in Sydney
together, Pompeii Ruler won a Queen Elizabeth.
is not flustered, he is a little sportsman. I think
he just likes it, no issue there."
this is pressure, I wish I had it every day,"
wish I had a 6-4, red-hot, raging favourite all the
time. I enjoy where I am at the moment.
"It sort of energises you, I guess. It is always
good when you are away training horses, you've got
more time to spend on them.
got to be confident in what you are doing. You can
only be guided by what they do on a racecourse and
so far it has been good.
hope she is a red-hot favourite on Saturday and she
to a great day or racing and stay tuned for more reports
from the track.
Down Under Thrilled With Americain Win at Melbourne
Cup, by Greg Tingle
bookies were hoping that So You Think would not win
Tuesdays Melbourne Cup. He was the heavily backed
favorite who ultimately ended up finishing third.
Instead it was Americain who came in first place.
The barely mentioned European-trained horse paid 12/1
odds coming into the race.
You Think had become a bona fide star in Australian
coming into this race, becoming the shortest-priced
favorite in a Melbourne Cup since Veandercross in
1992. By the AM hours he was set at $3.20.
Australia communications manager Bill Richmond told
Wide World of Sports: "There have been a string
of big bets for it over the past 24 hours, including
two bets of $40,000 and two bets of $20,000.
put up $3.70 after the barrier draw on Saturday night,
and the money for this horse has just kept rolling
down under Greg Tingle of Media Man said this on the
biggest horse race of the year, The Melbourne Cup:
Melbourne Cup is as much about corporate sponsorship,
fashion and celebs these days, as it is about the
actually horse race itself. Despite Melbourne raining
cats and dogs most of today about 100,000 people showed
up to witness the race live, and the majority of Australia
took most of the day off to watch it on television
or the web.
workplaces run sweepstakes and its the talk between
businesses, clients and associates. Real work basically
goes on hold for the day. Oh, I have a perfect system
that works every year without fail to make sure I
don't loose on the hardness race in the year to pick.
I don't bet on it, rather, we cover the race and let
people know some of the best places to place bets
on it. Good system hey. Insiders call the Melbourne
Cup a race for mug punters, but I wouldn't be so harsh.
It's a very hard race to pick winners and even places.
Enjoy the fun, fashion, drinks and women, and you
can't go wrong".
finishing order in the 2010 Melbourne Cup:
So You Think
Once Were Wild
failed to finish.
Gambling News: Melbourne Cup Day A Bookies Dream
Usually, by Greg Tingle
Melbourne Cup Day. Here's the tip. Punters, media
and and insiders have backed So You Think to do today
what no horse has done in the 150-year history of
the Melbourne Cup. Trainer Bart Cummings' latest champion
will start the warmest Cup favourite in 39 years and
is entitled to start odds-on according to two of Australia's
most respected form experts. The Melbourne Cup is
regarded as the main event on the Australian racing
calender, and is also thought to be the hardest to
pick a winner! It's a bookies dream (usually).
Packer, Warnie, Celebs Play And Party At Crown Casino...
Derby Day might have been a wash out, but Crown Casino
is on fire. Today's is Australia's 150th Melbourne
Cup, but Crown seems to be getting more than their
fair share of headlines thanks to the Packer / s -
Warnie and friends collaboration and celeb poker tourney.
The Crown Poker Room (home of the Aussie Millions
Poker Championship), played host to the annual ''Joe
Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament''.
Promo talk has it as as the most prestigious fund-raising
poker event on the social calendar, which is about
on the money.
happening nets in Australia's most successful players
(Hachem, Emad Tahtouh), high-profile sports stars
(Warne, Gary Ablett, Kevin Muscat, Aaron Hamill),
influential business leaders (James Packer, Andrew
Bassett, Michael Kroger, Andrew Fox, Jeffrey Browne),
and celebs from down under's Aussiewood (Jason Dundas,
Kris Smith, Michael Gudinski, James Matheson, Fifi
Box). They are looking to raise more than half a million
bucks for sick and needy kids in Australia via The
Shane Warne Foundation. Media Man understands that
more than 350 punters paid $1000 each to take a seat
at this event. The Packer family and the super A-list
spent Saturday night at their traditional karaoke
party, which is nestled away in one of the finest,
most exclusive parts of the casino.
you might imagine the Victoria Racing Club is praying
for much better weather today for The Cup after Saturday's
raining cats and dogs which turned Flemington's Birdcage
and many of its guests into quite the country barn
yard, with jokes among patrons and staff of mud wrestling,
Noah's Ark, Mission: Impossible, Water World being
a bit of light relief. We'll be getting back to our
vast and loyal readership with more from Crown Casino
and the tourney very soon, so stay tuned. Well done
Crown Casino, Packer, Warnie and all you 'Aussie Gumleaf
Mafia' out there. It's a been a huge week in the world
of casino and poker news, and we're pleased to finish
on this high note.
Casino Proposal Still Alive; Not Dead Yet!...
ALP says a proposal for a casino in Mildura is not
dead, despite the Coalition and Greens refusing to
support it. The Government has always indicated the
casino would require bipartisan to go ahead but the
Opposition parties now say the social costs are too
high. However, the ALP's Member for Northern Victoria,
Candy Broad, says an interdepartmental inquiry looking
at the $400 million project will run its course. "We
believe the Nationals and Liberals are letting down
Victorians in the Mildura region by refusing to even
support an investigation into the social and economic
impacts of the proposal," she said. "The
fact is that no-one can be certain what the social
and economic impacts of this proposal are until they
have been assessed. "It remains our view that
this proposal could potentially create jobs and investment
in the area, that is why we set up an interdepartmental
(inquiry) committed to look at the proposal and evaluate
its impact on the Mildura region - we intend to continue
with that investigation."
Sector Compensated For Online Betting!...
Australia's racing industries have reached a settlement
they say will ensure them adequate compensation as
punters increasingly turn to the internet to bet.
Bookmaker Sportsbet has dropped legal action that
was blocking payments being made to horse and greyhound
racing in SA. Thoroughbred Racing SA estimates the
breakthrough will mean an annual return from all online
bookmakers of approximately $5.5 million annually
for its operations. Chief executive Jim Watters believes
the success of the negotiations was critical for prize
money and the future of racing generally. "Without
the introduction of that (payment) very seriously
it was going to undermine the racing industry in South
Australia," he said.
Singleton And Mark Carnegie Buy Bellevue Hotel; Pokie
VS Entertainment Debate...
advertising and horse racing king John Singleton and
investment banker friend Mark Carnegie are set to
add to their pub empire with the purchase of Paddington
landmark (in Sydney) The Bellevue Hotel. The famous
watering hole in Hargrave Street is owned by well-known
chef Damien Pignolet. His co-owner, psychologist Ron
White, passed away in May while on a walking holiday
in Britain. The pair bought The Bellevue from publican
Susie Carleton and political lobbyist Eric Walsh for
$5.5 million in 2004. Under Carleton and Walsh's 25-year
Bellevue was a renowned Labor party haunt, the scene
of wild celebrations for former Aussie PM Paul Keating's
''True Believers'' victory and an even wilder one
to celebrate the life of Labor stalwart Mick Young.
The purchase price for The Bellevue has not been disclosed
as yet. Singleton and Carnegie have bought a string
of hotels this year including Kinselas in Darlinghurst
for $12 million and the Manly hotel The Steyne for
about $28 million. They also bought the Peakhurst
Hotel earlier this year from bankrupt publican Richard
Wynne for about half the $20 million that Mr Wynne
paid for it only a year earlier. The pub investments
are being done through Carnegie and Singleton's bankrolling
of the Riversdale group, run by Paddy Coughlan and
hotel industry has slumped over the past 18 months.
Many hotels have been selling for greatly reduced
prices. According to Coughlan, many publicans have
relied too heavily on profits from poker machines
and have not paid enough attention to hospitality.
The consortium's plans for Kinselas include refurbishment
of the upstairs bar and the opening of an entertainment
venue on the third floor. It is likely that Singleton
and Carnegie will add more pubs to their impressive
portfolio. Coughlan said the group had between $50
and $100 million to buy distressed hotels. ''Once
we reach our initial target of $100 million we plan
to take the distressed pub fund public with the backing
of our consortium and investors,'' Coughlan has said
previously. Singo is understood to have an interest
in getting into the online gambling sector and raping
up the horse racing sector on the internet, and Media
Man will be putting forward a proposal on this in
the coming months. Watch this space.
Gambling Wars: Tatts Group Eyes Tabcorp!...
Group chief Dick McIlwain has confirmed his company's
interest in acquiring Tabcorp's wagering and gaming
business. He revealed that he would be closely monitoring
his rival's planned demerger over the coming months.
Speaking outside the Tatts AGM a couple of days ago,
McIlwain said the two companies had held numerous
discussions about potential transactions over recent
years but had failed to agree on price.
part of (Tabcorp's) business -- the gambling business
-- is of some interest to us. It's the same kind of
business as us," he told News Limited "It's
got to happen first. We've got to see the consequences
of (the demerger) and what it does for the share price
of the ongoing part of the business. We're not in
in Tabcorp have risen strongly since the company last
week announced its plan to split its casinos business
from the main gaming and wagering group. Several analysts
say the move will position the company for a takeover.
Mr McIlwain agreed that the demerger had merit, pointing
out that the business of running casinos and hotels,
which typically required significant ongoing investment
for facility upgrades, was different to running a
gambling business where cashflows and earnings were
it does do is it makes it easier for investors to
choose. It makes it easier for shareholders and makes
it easier for acquirers as well," he said.
Tatts only recently completed its acquisition of NSW
Lotteries, which it expects to contribute a further
$120 million in operating earnings by 2014, Mr McIlwain
said a sound balance sheet ensured the company remained
"opportunistic" and "acquisition-enabled".
recently reported a $119m profit for the year to June
30, down from $277.4m the previous year on the back
of a writedown to its loss-making British gaming venture
Talarius. Following a tough period for most companies
exposed to discretionary spending, signs of renewed
confidence in the economy were starting to emerge.
McIlwain said. "Consumers, punters, players .
. . have started to put their hands deeper into their
pockets now," he said.
told the meeting that revenue and profits across the
group had improved since July 1. And while he noted
that the analysts' consensus was for underlying operating
earnings to increase from $560m to $650m in 2011.
It appears there's a strong chance that Tatt's will
grab Tabcorp's wagering business, but this may take
months or even over a year to happen. First the demerger,
than things should fall into place.
er, punters, how did you like our report today? Who's
looking good for the Melbourne Cup? Any favorite games
we should know about? Tell us in the forum.
you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over
it, and for God's sake, have fun.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal
development company. They cover a dozen industry sectors
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Racing Club Buys Pokies Clubs, by Greg Tingle - 30th
Australian gaming, igaming, racing and overall business
sector continues to evolve, as the old adage of only
the strong will survive continues to hold true. Media
Man and Gambling911 crack the whip at the Aussie racing
and pokies sector with this special report...
illustrious Melbourne Racing Club has further ramped
up its business interests , solidifying its future,
with a $50 million fab deal to buy what is understood
luck seven pubs. In the purchase the MRC will pocket
ownership of up to 380 pokies aka "one arm bandits".
Something tells us the 'Virtual Racing' and 'Gone
To The Races' slots are going to be the most popular,
but old favorites 'Cleopatra Queen Of The Nile', 'Penguin
Pays', and 'Black Rhino' are going to be hard to beat.
Aussie punter's are also calling for a 'Monopoly Slot'
Players And Deal Makers Inc
- was receiver and manager PPB on behalf of former
owner Rick Munday.
(National Australia Bank) is the primary lender (appointed
PPB after loans were not paid).
well known and cashed up racing finally bit the bullet
and got knee deep in the pokies sector. They will
own the leasehold on the popular hotels strategically
scattered around Melbourne.
Munday family had to sell up after what you could
call overcapitalising, a time when the world's financial
sector started bleeding.
PPB was appointed to sell the portfolio in April,
when it was discovered Mr Munday could not participate
in the Victorian government's well publicized auction
of 27,500 or so gaming licences...breaking up the
Tabcorp and the Tatts Group duopoly and virtual strangle
hold on the sector.
including to accommodate for smoking laws are partly
responsible for the blow out in financials.
agent, Mr Musca lists the following in the portfolio:
Golden Nugget Hotel in The Players, Court Jester,
Golden Fleece, The Sugar Gum, The Cove, and The Grand.
in a global financial crisis, there's big winners
and losers, and the Australian racing industry is
doing what it needs to do to shore up its future.
If it means them getting into bed with pokies and
the like, that's what they will do. Media and racing
identity Alan Jones has called for unity in the sector.
further aboard in France PartyGaming has shored up
its deal with PMU (Pari Mutuel Urbain). Party is incorporating
its online poker product - solution into the deal.
think the France - Party deal may have lit a fire
in the belly of Australian racing and tipped them
it was time for some off track action, if they are
to survive in the long haul. Credit where credit is
Man is preparing a proposal for "the powers that
be" in and around the current Asia Pacific racing
sector to further shore up their financial future.
and Media Man remind readers to bet with your head,
not over it, and have fun.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal
development company. Gaming inc sports betting and
racing, is just one of a dozen business sectors covered.