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Michael Nicholls

  • Tasmanian jockey cops two-month ban

    Tasmanian jockey Craig Luttrell is set to spend the next two months on the sidelines for his role in a horrific incident that saw 5 horses fall at a Hobart meeting earlier this month. Luttrell pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding in that he allowed his mount (A… Read More »

  • New Ballarat synthetic track to replace Geelong

    A new $9 million synthetic racetrack will be built in Ballarat with the first race expected to be run in 2019. Racing Victoria announced the project on Thursday morning with Ballarat beating bids from both the Geelong and Kilmore racing clubs for the new track. The Ballarat all-weather circuit is expected… Read More »

  • Change of plans for The Taj Mahal

    Plans to run The Taj Mahal first-up in Saturday’s Group Three Peter Young Stakes (1800m) have been scrapped with the Lloyd Williams operation opting to tackle a Flemington Group One instead. Part-owner Nick Williams said on Twitter that drawing an outside barrier in the last race of the Caulfield meeting… Read More »

  • Three $1.01 chances beaten in same race

    Punters have been left stunned after a dramatic finish to a UK jumps race saw three separate horses that were traded at $1.01 in running beaten. Northern Girl ($5.50) looked to have the fifth race at Wetherby sewn up before falling at the last jump and spectacularly taking down her… Read More »

  • Decision made on Chautauqua’s first-up run

    Chautauqua won’t contest Saturday’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate after the decision was made on Wednesday morning not to accept entry into the Caulfield feature. Speaking yesterday, co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said the decision on whether to run would be left to the last minute. “The bottom line is there is a float booked… Read More »

  • No decision on Oakleigh Plate for Chautauqua

    A decision on whether star sprinter Chautauqua will run in Saturday’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield will be made on Wednesday morning according to co-trainer Wayne Hawkes. “The bottom line is there is a float booked for Thursday night to come to Melbourne,” Hawkes told After The Last. “We’re going to decide… Read More »

  • Huge bets taken on Wyong maiden

    An untried four-year-old has been the subject of two massive bets in the Jeff Englebrecht Racing Stables Maiden Plate (1100m) at Wyong today. Two $20,000 wagers have been placed on the Team Snowden-trained Oyster Bay in the second race on the Wyong card. The first of two $20,000 bets was… Read More »

  • Bet to win $46k placed on Hobartville Stakes

    Golden Rose-winner Trapeze Artist has had his odds crunched after one punter placed a massive $10,000 wager on the colt to take out Saturday’s Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill. The TAB punter placed the big bet at the $4.60 odds offered on the TAB all-in market on Monday. Unsurprisingly, Trapeze Artist’s… Read More »

  • Plunge on debutant runner at Sale

    Punters have launched into the double figure odds on offer for an untried three-year-old making her debut at Sale on Tuesday. The Wendy Kelly-trained Vitani opened up at $11 in the Sportsbet market for the Viatek 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate (1213m) and it didn’t take long for punters to back her into favouritism. Vitani… Read More »

  • Demand for Winx intensifies

    Plans to lure Winx to England will intensify this week with Ascot officials set to meet with trainer Chris Waller and owners of the champion mare. Ascot’s director of racing Nick Smith has attempted to lure Winx to Royal Ascot twice previously and believes she would be a near certainty… Read More »

  • Golden Slipper candidate out of Autumn Carnival

    Trainer Peter Snowden’s chances of winning a third Golden Slipper have been diminished with Stratosphere now a non-starter during the Sydney autumn carnival. Snowden, who trains with his son Paul, told Racing NSW stewards on Friday the two-year-old would be spelled to prepare for a spring campaign. Stratosphere had been… Read More »

  • Australian Cup favourite likely to miss race

    A tough first-up run has forced a likely change in plans for the Australian Cup favourite with Tosen Stardom now likely to bypass the Group One feature. Tosen Stardom is the current $5.50 favourite for the Group One Australian Cup (2000m) with Sportsbet. Trainer Darren Weir said on Friday morning… Read More »

  • Chautauqua impresses in Warwick Farm trial

    Chautauqua has turned heads after a fast-finishing third in a Warwick Farm barrier trial on Thursday morning. The Grey Flash showed his incredible turn of foot in the 802m heat, coming from the tail of the field to finish a strong third behind Godolphin filly Vellor. Chautauqua’s main Autumn target… Read More »

  • Massive bet taken on Yarra Valley maiden

    Punters have launched into a maiden runner at Yarra Valley today, halving his opening quote and attracting some big bets. The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Caerus goes around in Race 4 at Yarra Valley today with punters quick to take the $7.00 odds on offer from the TAB. The betting… Read More »

  • Qld trainer faces court over stewards assault

    A Queensland trainer charged with the alleged assault of two Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards, along with a string of other offences, has had his case adjourned. Toowoomba trainer Ron Maund is charged with one count of robbery while armed, one count of attempting to enter a premises with intent,… Read More »

  • Regan Bayliss back after in-house suspension

    Regan Bayliss will once again be in the saddle on Redkirk Warrior in Saturday’s Group One Black Caviar Lightning Stakes but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing riding for the Lindsay Park team. The young jockey is back riding for the stable after an in-house suspension saw him overlooked for a… Read More »

  • Stony Creek meeting abandoned

    Safety concerns caused by high winds have forced the Victorian race meeting at Stony Creek to be abandoned before a race was run. Horses made their way around to the start for the opening race of Wednesday’s meeting, but returned to the saddling enclosure after jockeys held fears for their… Read More »

  • Apprentice Jockey Training Program welcome new inductees

    The Apprentice Jockey Training Program have welcomed their latest group of inductees, including a number of well known industry names. Tayla Childs, 21, is the daughter of 72-time Group One winning jockey Greg Childs. She begin her apprenticeship under Andrew Noblett at Caulfield in hope to eventually join her twin brother… Read More »

  • Big Bet placed on Blue Diamond favourite

    The big bets have started to roll in with one punter confidently backing one of the favourites to take out the Blue Diamond Stakes which takes place on February 24. The TAB punter stands to win $35,000 after placing the $5,000 bet on Kinky Boom at $7.00 to win the… Read More »

  • Black Caviar’s daughter cleared of injury

    Oscietra has escaped injury after becoming fractious and flipping over in the barriers at last Friday’s Moonee Valley meeting. The daughter of Black Caviar was scratched from the 955m race and must now gain further approval in a jump out prior to racing again. Trainer David Hayes said on Monday… Read More »


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