Star West Australian Playing God has been heavily backed to win the Makybe Diva Stakes despite his trainer declaring him vulnerable second-up in the Flemington feature.
Strike The Stars might still be a maiden but Kathy O’Hara is hoping the wraps on the youngster can translate into a strong performance against older horses in Saturday’s Group Two Chelmsford Stakes at Warwick Farm.
Trainer Ben Ahrens fears the lack of genuine speed looms as a major obstacle confronting Spechenka in his Group Three Newcastle Cup dress rehearsal at Eagle Farm.
Trainer Ben Currie believes Rothera’s Epsom Handicap campaign would now be in tatters had it not been for the cushion track at Toowoomba.
Racing journalist John Greensill clocked up more 50 years in the business, but never quite fitted the traditional mould.
Mike Moroney says import Glass Harmonium is the best-performed of his eight Melbourne Cup entries and is looking for a good first-up showing from the grey in Saturday’s Makybe Diva Stakes.
Imported German stayer Illo and last year’s Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence spearhead Bart Cummings’ assault on a 13th Melbourne Cup win.
163 horses have been entered in a quest to win the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup.
Despite questions about their involvement this spring, Godolphin have remained committed to the Melbourne Cup, entering two gallopers for the race that stops the nation.
Improvement is expected from Golden Slipper placegetter Elite Falls in Saturday’s Furious Stakes but trainer John O’Shea has labelled rival filly Anise as the horse to beat.