This Weekend in Racing: The Autumn Carnival Season

Feb 5, 2021

Before we start off this weekends upcoming races we’re taking a look back at the highlight of the past week coming from the track at Kilmore.

“The unbridled thrill of ownership” that’s one of the cornerstones of The Racing League.

If you’ve owned before you know exactly what we are talking about, if you’re a first time owner you are in for a real treat. Ownership delivers a thrill like know other – even for professional sports people.  A horse called Champs D’Or won at Kilmore on Thursday, it’s owned by some high profile Swans players who have played and won at the highest level on the biggest stage.

But nothing beats ownership, check out their reaction in the video below, it’s GOLD and a sign of things to come for TRL owners. Watch their reaction video HERE.


Unofficially The Autumn Starts this Saturday

 When does the Autumn Racing carnival start?

For mine it’s always been when the big guns come to play in CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield – and that’s this Saturday.

Sure, I understand there’s still 3 weeks of Summer remaining, but when a stunning Cox Plate winner like Sir Dragonet returns to the track, I reckon Autumn has started.

Trained by TRL trainer Ciaron Maher, Sir Dragonet won the coveted Cox Plate last Spring with his first start in this country before finishing a gallant sixth in the Melbourne Cup.

He’s drawn barrier 3, his lead-up trials have been fantastic and Glen Boss stated “I’ve been waiting ten years for a horse like this”. Sir Dragonet is a four-legged excitement machine and a justified favourite for the CF Orr.


Categories like Previews and Preludes can be confusing for punters when assessing the lead-up to the Blue Diamond.

I always like to think of the Previews staged two weeks ago as the Quarter-Finals. Saturday’s Preludes as the Semi-Finals with the Grand Final on February 20, The Blue Diamond itself. To add to the confusion the fillies division tomorrow (Race 2) is rated a Group 2, but the colts and geldings division (Race 3) is a Group 3, but they both have the same $200,000 prize purse.

Go figure.


Queensland Rogue owners probably should give a cheer for hot favourite Profiteer in Saturday’s $2million Inglis Millennium at Royal Randwick.

The Tycoons are now proud owners of a Flying Artie/Laylia colt which was bought off Newgate Farm at the Magic Millions Sales and we talk a lot about buying from quality farms, like Newgate, as part of our TRL criteria.

Newgate Farm has just purchased a majority share in Profiteer trained by TRL trainer Mick Price. Profiteer was born at Newgate Farm and after paying a rumoured $1million plus for a majority share it will be a nervous but thrilling day for Newgate boss Henry Field.

Good luck Henry and his team.


Racing returns to Eagle Farm on Saturday but there’s no shortage of controversy regarding the track surface. Considered the “headquarters” of racing in South East Queensland many believe the surface is not up to scratch with trainer David Vandyke refusing to start any of his horses at Eagle Farm.

Still, the show goes on with nine races and big fields.

Toby and Trent Edmonds who thrilled Queensland Rogue’s owners with their trainer pitch should be winning Race 6 (1200m) with She Za Boss. She had no luck first-up when from a bad gate was trapped wide but was still a fast closing third.

She Za Boss has a good draw on Saturday and should get the run of the race.



Todd Harvey has made his pitch to train for the WA Black Hearts and is making the trip from his Belmont base to Pinjarra Park with a great value chance Lipstick Flickers in Race 6 (1300m).

Lipstick Flickers has been good in her first two starts this prep, Todd has her on a seven day back-up and she’s at double figure odds.

Good Luck