Chips In! The Emirates Stakes @Flemington #11/11/17

Welcome to the last day of the carnival. If you had a winning day on Oaks I will get you to pick my Powerball numbers for me. Emirates Stakes day is the second best day on the racing calendar with the running of three cracking races The Emirates Stakes, The Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Darley Classic. It is a day for the future punters, owners, trainers and jockeys to come to the races with their mum and dads and enjoy every thing racing has to offer and there is no place better than Flemington to have your first outing at a racetrack. Flemington is the home of horse racing and it should be a cracking attendance on Saturday with hot and sunny weather forecasted. It's been a winning week for Chips In Racing so lets go out swinging on the final day and make this a carnival to remember! #chasethesun #nothingbeatsspring Read more [...]

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Chips In! Kennedy Oaks Day @Flemington #9/11/2017

The running of the million dollar Kennedy Oaks is the time honoured feature event on a day that is supported with a typically strong and competitive Melbourne Cup Carnival program. Most punters would be hurting today after the usual rough results that is associated with a Melbourne Cup program but Chips In is on his toes and up and about. Yesterday we witnessed triumph for Lloyd Williams at Flemington who won the race for an amazing 6th time as an owner and he also jagged the runner up for good value. Love him or hate him you cant question his desire or passion to Chase The Sun and win this great race time and again. He spends 365 days a year buying, selling and researching to find his next Melbourne Cup Champion. Hats off to him! Read more [...]

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Chips In! Emirates Melbourne Cup #Chasethesun @Flemington

The 6.2 million dollar race that stops the nation is here. This is every owners, punters, jockeys and trainers dream to win the famous race on the first Tuesday in November. The lonely track work that starts at 3am every day all leads to this week and for the lucky ones a runner in the feature race. This race is an obsession for me personally and as I watch my 14th consecutive cup live from Flemington I will shed a tear thinking about the champions that made a nation roar and imagine what it would have been like to have seen Peter Pan, Phar Lap, Think Big and Carbine race to cup glory. As another chapter is written in front of me I will think about my boys Desmond and Chase, my brother Michael, my father Desmond and my friends and realise that thanks to racing we will always share a special bond and I will always have a sun to chase. As a whole country freezes to watch the next horse race into equine immortality I will reflect on this great race and know that the friendships I have made through racing and the Melbourne Cup can never be matched through money or longshot winners. Nothing beats spring….This is the Melbourne Cup…..Chase The Sun. Read more [...]

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Chips In! Xmas For Adults #Derbyday @Flemington 04/11/17

Welcome to Xmas for punters! The people’s week, the sun we chase, aka Melbourne Cup Week. We start with Derby Day our oldest tradition, our oldest race, won by the immortal Phar Lap. Hopefully most of the punters will be respectful and wear Black and White for this time honoured event, save the colours for Cup Day! The program is mouth-watering and it is wall to wall Group racing with 4 Group 1’s in the middle of the day to wet the whistle. As a punter Derby Day is important for many reasons. It is without a doubt the best racing day of the year, it’s easily the best racing week of the year, and there is no other carnival in world like it. It is also a day where you need to win or finish even otherwise you are pushing the preverbal uphill all week. Read more [...]

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Chips In! Ladbrokes Cox Plate @Thevalley #28/10/17

The acceptances for the best two minutes on the sporting calendar, The W.S. Cox Plate, has been decimated. The ultimate respect for the best race horse in the world, our girl, Winx, is a small field. Phar Lap did, Black Caviar did it, and now Winx’s is following in their path. Winx’s nomination into a race has the ability to scare off the best handicapper’s and weight for age horses from Group 1 and multimillion dollar events. To me that trust and respect is on par with the big crowds that flock to watch her, the large amount of money placed on her by battlers, and the little children dressed up in Winx jockey silks. To only have 8 opponents in the Weight for Age Championship of Australasia is remarkable. Read more [...]

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Chips In! The Caulfield Cup @Theheath #21/10/17

Welcome to the first Grand Slam of the spring, the time honoured Caulfield Cup. This races oozes with history, it has been won by some of our racing greats, and a day at ‘the heath’ for the cup is simply remarkable. The 2017 edition is under strength but that wont stop us from finding a winner or two. The complete card of racing is top notch and the day offers value. Saturday will also answer a lot of questions moving forward to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and of course the race that stops a nation. This is the time of year where racing comes first, where Saturdays involve studying and punting, and of course time with the boys, trackside if you are lucky. If you are like me and live for racing this time of year is Christmas, nothing beats spring, so get to Melbourne and CHASE THE SUN! Read more [...]

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Chips In! The Everest @Royalrandwick #14/10/2017

Usually I would be talking about the time honoured Caulfield Guineas, in fact this time last year I was lucky enough to be in mounting yard as an owner for Kaching and First Light Racing for the great stallion making race. However, this year it’s all about the world’s richest turf race, The $10 million dollar #tab #everest. It is a shame this race was targeted for this weekend on the racing calendar as personally outside of Flemington’s Derby Day I believe Caulfield Guineas Day is our number 1 race day. Instead there will be intrigue, anticipation, lots of plunges, and all eyes on Royal Randwick this Saturday. The crowd figure in Sydney will be interesting as usually the Sydney Carnival has come and gone, with most trainers and owners chasing the sun in Victoria. The best carnivals in the world are about to start down south with 2 cups and a plate up for grabs. Not sure how the rest of the Everest meeting stacks up but it doesn’t have to really when there is a $10 million dollar race! How about Winx last week? She is #travelling…..3 cox plates looks a certainty before taking on the world. Could have paid for a holiday with $50 a week on her from the end of her autumn preparation. Can anything stand up in the meantime and stamp themselves as a danger? Maybe a 3 year old will make a bold statement in The Guineas #catchy #royalsymphony. Either way we will be watching, investing, and enjoy the weekend as the spring heats up. Nothing beats spring #chasethesun Read more [...]

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Chips In! Group 1 Turnbull Stakes @Flemington #7/10/2017

Spring warms up this Saturday as the queen of the turf, the mighty mare, the peoples champ, #winx, heads to Flemington for The Group 1 Turnbull Stakes in what looks to be her toughest test to date. With good weather forecasted, with an AFL season that has come and gone, there should be 25,000-30,000 trackside to see history as she chases her 21st consecutive victory. ‘’Horses for courses’’ is still relevant in today’s racing and I believe it is more evident at Flemington than any other track in the country. Will she handle Flemington? How will she cope with the long straight? Is Humidor flying? Will she give him a start? Will she be vulnerable late? The rest of the meeting is a cracker with several Group races, and some serious spring stars making appearances. The Bart Cummings should answer a few cup questions, while the Gilgai should see a Flemington Bridesmaid breakthrough for a deserved straight 6 win. There should be plenty of equity in the pockets after the long weekend, there were plenty of winners, too many beers, but we saw them like beach balls. Send the Mrs Christmas shopping, put Finding Dory on the spare tv for the kiddies, and get set for a cracking Turnbull Stakes Day! #Nothingbeatsspring #chasethesun #winx Read more [...]

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Chips In! Grand Final/Long Weekend #October2017

Well well well well what do we have here?!?! Grand Final weekend never disappoints on the field, and it certainly doesn't disappoint off the field either with a mountain of mouth-watering Group 1 races spanned over 3 days. We start Friday night at Moonee Valley with The Group 1 Moir Stakes, it is a cracking field, and a brilliant meeting supported by The JRA Cup, Bill Stutts Stakes, and Stocks Stakes. Super Saturday at Randwick is nearly wall to wall Group racing with the time honoured Epsom Handicap the feature event supported by The Flight Stakes and The Metropolitan. If you still have a pulse on Sunday, Caulfield has some spring starts lining up in The Group 1 Underwood Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, not to mention the 3 year olds battling it out in the Guineas Preludes. Where do we start? Knock off early Friday afternoon and head to the valley, Saturday nestle into the pub for The AFL Grand Final and Super Saturday, Sunday repeat Saturday but replace AFL with NRL and Super Saturday with Guineas Prelude day. Its a hard gig but someone's got to do it!!! #nothingbeatsspring #chasethesun Read more [...]

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Chips In! De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose @Rosehill #23/09/17

Racing action returns to Rosehill this weekend with the running of The Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose for the 3 year olds. The 1400m event shapes to be a beauty with the inform Menari looking to make it a hatrick of wins despite an awkward barrier draw. The rest of the card promises a day of quality and value with several other Group 2 and Group 3 events. Racing down south heads to 'The Peoples Heath' with several races shaping as good form guides for The Caulfield Cup carnival. Get the pen and note pad out, smash the piggy bank, borrow a lobster, and just push the chips in. Nothing beats spring #chasethesun Read more [...]

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