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The Western Mail Podcast

The Western Mail Podcast

By Western Mail Racing
Join Mike Johnson and his good mate Gary Bothwell as they discuss all things WA Racing. Meeting Previews for Ascot and Belmont with detailed form analysis as well as a few laughs along the way!
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#29 - Westspeed Autumn Final Day

The Western Mail Podcast

#29 - Westspeed Autumn Final Day

The Western Mail Podcast

#31 - Roma Cup Preview
We are back for the final Ascot meeting of the season, where the G3 Roma Cup takes us out. This is also the final episode before a short freshen up - where we will return in early June to take up the running for the Belmont Season! Thanks for the support and we look forward to bringing more top quality Racing Analysis to you next month!
May 13, 2021
#30 - Eurythmic Stakes Preview
The boys return for a look at the Eurythmic Stakes Meeting. It’s another 9 race card with some good types going around! As always, we will do our best to find the winners!
May 6, 2021
#29 - Westspeed Autumn Final Day
The boys return with a look at Westspeed Final Day. It’s a great looking card and we will also be joined by Brock Lewthwaite - who saddles up Image Keeper in the main race!
April 29, 2021
#28 - Anzac Meeting
The lads return to look at the Anzac Meeting with the Listed Sheila Gwynne and 78+ Diggers Cup among the highlights.
April 22, 2021
#27 - Sires Produce Stakes Day Preview
The boys return to cast their eyes over the card for Sires Produce Stakes Day. It’s the final feature race for the 2 year olds this season and this week’s special guest is Kyal Thompson from Punters Wardrobe.
April 15, 2021
#26 - Derby Day Preview
The boys are back after a nice freshen up over Easter to look at the WATC Derby Day! Looks like another great card of racing and hopefully we’ve found a few winners!
April 8, 2021
#25 - Easter Special
The boys reconvene to look at the Double Header at Ascot. It all kicks off on Good Friday with the Old Comrade Stakes Meeting, followed by the Karrakatta Plate Meeting on Easter Saturday! Good Punting and Happy Easter!
April 1, 2021
#24 - WA Oaks Day Preview
The boys are back to look at the WA Oaks Meeting. The feature is a Group 3 for the fillies and we’ve also got the Listed Melvista Stakes for the boys! Enjoy!
March 25, 2021
#23 - Gimcrack Stakes Day
The road to the Karrakatta begins to take shape with the G3 Gimcrack for the 2YO fillies and the Listed Perth Stakes for the 2YO boys. Along with them the Listed Grandstand Cup is also on the card, where Mike and Gary will pick out some of their better bets of the day and as always they’ll kick off with a recap, news and trials from the last 7 days! Enjoy!
March 18, 2021
#22 - Roberts Stakes Day
The boys are back to cast their red hot eyes to the Roberts Stakes Day at Ascot. This week’s special guest is Sky Racing’s Brittany Taylor! Enjoy!
March 11, 2021
#21 - Bunbury Cup Meeting Preview
The boys are back on what is a rare Saturday meet at Bunbury with the Bunbury Cup Meeting. All the usual suspects will be featuring with news, trials and the preview proper. Enjoy!
March 4, 2021
#20 - Ascot 1000 Guineas/Lex Piper Preview.
Mike and Gary return to look at this week’s Ascot card. The 3YOs take centre stage with a pair of Listed races in the Ascot 1000 Guineas (Fillies) and the Lex Piper Stakes (Colts & Geldings). There is also a heap of local news and a few trials to take note of! Enjoy!
February 25, 2021
#19 - Detonator Stakes Day Preview
Mike and Gary are back to cast their collective eyes across the Detonator Stakes Meeting. This week’s Special Guest is Robbie Gray from Rangeview Stud who has some really interesting Lots in this year’s Magic Millions Perth Sales! Enjoy!
February 18, 2021
#18 - Cyril Flowers/Challenge Stakes Ascot Preview
We are back as Saturday Racing returns to Ascot after a fortnight off! This week Mike also spoke with Tiarnna Robertson - Fabergino trainer as he got the lowdown ahead of her run in the G1 Black Caviar Lightning on Saturday.
February 11, 2021
#17 - Magic Millions Preview/Lockdown Special
We are back in the midst of Lockdown to alleviate some boredom with the standalone Pinjarra meeting. We’ve got the 2 and 3 year old Magic Millions Races to check out and we are joined this week by Local Racing Broadcaster Matt McDermott.
February 4, 2021
Scenic Blast Stakes Day Preview
We are back to look at Scenic Blast Stakes Day where the old champ himself will be leading the field into the mounting yard. This week’s guest is Terry Kennedy who is the GM for MiRunners as well as putting together The Racing League, which kicks off very soon!
January 28, 2021
#15 - Australia Day Trophy Meeting Preview
Mike and Gary return to look at the Australia Day Trophy Meeting at Ascot. This week’s Special Guest is Wes Cameron, who stopped by to discuss his time as one of WA’s top Sports Broadcasters!
January 21, 2021
Miss Andretti Preview Show
Mike and Gary are back to look at the Miss Andretti meeting at Ascot, as well as a few big sales from the Gold Coast midweek. There’ll then be a quick look at their Magic Millions features and rounding out the show will be Jockey Manager Dale Verhagen who joins us for a chat.
January 14, 2021
#13 - Easingwold Stakes Preview
Mike and Gary return for a look at the Easingwold Stakes meeting at Ascot. This week’s Special Guest is Peter Morley from Belhus Racing who has some cracking tales to tell from his 25 years of syndicating Racehorses. Enjoy!
January 7, 2021
Perth Cup Preview
Mike and Gary return after a short freshen up over Christmas to preview the Perth Cup Meeting on January 2. The La Trice, Summer Scorcher as well as the Cup itself all feature, as does a Bothers’ Bolter early in the card. Enjoy!
December 31, 2020
Episode 11 - Ted Van Heemst Stakes Day Preview.
We reconvene for the final episode of 2020, to look at the Ted Van Heemst Meeting - the next stop on the road to the Perth Cup. This week’s special guest is Group 1 winning jockey Craig Staples - who tells us about his new role as Chairman of the Australian Jockeys’ Association. Mike and Gary also look back on their Top 5 moments from WA Racing this year and there is a nice little multi from Gaz also!
December 17, 2020
The Western Mail - Hong Kong Special!
Mike and Gary are joined by esteemed Racing Analyst in Jenny Chapman live from Hong Kong to have a look at the International Meeting at Sha Tin this Sunday!
December 11, 2020
Episode 9 - Towton Cup Day Preview
The lads look at the GA Towton Cup meeting at Ascot and are also joined this week by Victorian apprentice Carleen Hefel.
December 10, 2020
Episode 8 - Kingston Town Special!
Mike and Gary arrive at the final day of the Masters Series - the Kingston Town Classic meeting. It’s the final Group 1 of the year and alongside it we have the G3 Scahill Stakes as well as a pair of Listed races in the Jungle Dawn and Lee Steere Classic. The lads are joined this week by Karnup trainer Raquel Reid!
December 4, 2020
Episode 7 - Winterbottom Stakes Day Preview!
Mike and Gaz are joined by local broadcasting legend Tim Gossage to run through a mammoth 10 race card, including the Group 1 Winterbottom on the middle day of the Masters Series! Plenty of value to be found!
November 26, 2020
The Western Mail - Railway Stakes Special
Mike and Gary usher in The Masters Opening Day, with the Group 1 Railway Stakes. The lads are also joined by special guest in Ascot based trainer Sarah Childs as she gives a good push into a runner she has going around at Bunbury on Sunday!
November 19, 2020
The Western Mail - Peters Stakes And Zipping Classic Day - Episode 5
Mike and Gary take a look at a huge Ascot meeting along with the Sandown Guineas and Zipping Classic from Melbourne. Gary then previews The Hunter from Newcastle to round out this week’s episode.
November 12, 2020
The Western Mail - Episode 4!
Mike and Gary take a look at a cracking day’s racing across Ascot, Flemington and Rosehill. This week’s special guest is one of Racing Twitter’s most entertaining blokes - Tim Kennedy.
November 5, 2020
The Western Mail - Episode 3 Cup Day Special
Mike and Gary return for a Cup Day Special that includes an in depth runner-by-runner preview of the Melbourne Cup, as well as a look to the Oaks on Thursday from Gary. Mike then makes a compelling case for a couple of runners on the Ascot card. Don’t miss it!
November 1, 2020
The Western Mail - Episode 2
Join Mike and Gary as they speak to their first Podcast guest in trainer Brock Lewthwaite, before looking ahead to the Ascot Saturday card with two Group 3s. The boys also look at the VRC Derby Day with 4 Group 1s and finally, the Golden Eagle in Sydney!
October 29, 2020
It’s the launch of the WESTERN MAIL RACING Podcast!
Mike Johnson and Gary Bothwell have a look at Belgravia Stakes Day at Ascot as well as a whip round the ground with tips for the Manikato Stakes, Cox Plate and Bondi Stakes on what promises to be an epic weekend of racing and sport!
October 22, 2020