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  • Top jockey won’t appeal, will miss Caulfield Cup day

    James McDonald won’t appeal his 5-meeting suspension handed to him following his ride aboard Medaille in the TAB Handicap at Warwick Farm on Monday. The suspension effectively rules McDonald out of riding on Blue Sapphire Stakes day as well as Caulfield Cup day. Godolphin’s number one jockey will miss the chance to ride… Read More »

  • Bon Aurum heads betting in Toorak Handicap

    Bon Aurum has opened up as the favourite in betting for the Group 1 Toorak Handicap this Saturday. The Ciaron Maher trained galloper is coming off a last start win in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and will step up in distance to 1600m. Bon Aurum is the $4.80 favourite in… Read More »

  • Michelle Payne claims comeback win in Coleraine Cup

    Michelle Payne has claimed her first win since returning to the saddle after a sickening injury which left the Melbourne Cup winning jockey hospitalised for weeks. Payne rode Birds Of Tokyo to a classy front running victory in the Coleraine Cup for trainer Luke Oliver. The win didn’t come without some drama when her… Read More »

  • Bowman free to ride on Epsom Handicap day

    Hugh Bowman has successfully appealed the severity of a seven-meeting suspension imposed by Racing NSW following his ride on High Mist at Warwick Farm on Wednesday last week. Bowman was set to miss the three Group One races on Epsom Handicap day however on appeal the suspension was reduced to… Read More »

  • Fan favourite steps out for exhibition gallop

    Miss Vista from the George Osborne yard at Kyneton will have an exhibition gallop at Caulfield on Saturday. The eye-catching filly will take to the track between races 3 and 4 on Naturalism Stakes day at Caulfield. Osborne Racing team stated that they she is likely to resume racing on… Read More »

  • Tryster confirmed for the Cox Plate

    The Charlie Appleby trained Tryster has accepted an international invitation to run in the 2016 Group 1 Cox Plate. The British galloper won the Group 1 Jebel Hatta over 1800m in March. Tryster was the favourite heading in to the Grade 1 Arlington Million last month but failed to cover… Read More »

  • Chautauqua scheduled for Flemington jump-out

    Australia’s premier sprinter Chautauqua will return to the track for a jump-out on on Friday morning at Flemington. The 6YO will focus on a series of Group 1 Sprints over the Spring Carnival, beginning with the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on September 29. Dwayne Dunn has been booked to ride Chautauqua… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup confirmed for star British galloper

    Big Orange is once again heading to Melbourne to contest the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Owner Bill Gredley and trainer Michael Bell were reportedly waiting on yesterday’s weight announcement before committing to the $6,000,000 race. Yesterday’s announcement declared that Big Orange would have to carry 56kg in the Group 1 Melbourne… Read More »

  • The United States focused on Cox Plate success

    Ranvet Stakes winner The United States will be focused on the $3,000,000 Cox Plate for trainer Robert Hickmott. The stallion was an early favourite for the upcoming Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) but will no longer run on Saturday. The owners and trainers are now setting their sights on the… Read More »

  • Kate Nipperess vows to walk out of hospital

    Kate Nipperess has made significant improvements in her recovery from the spinal injuries which were a result of a fall during trackwork at Warwick Farm on July 28. Kate has been spending much of her time in the gym where the hard work has seen her be able to move… Read More »

  • Video: Melbourne Cup hopeful unseats jockey in St Leger

    Dramatic scenes at Doncaster overnight when odds-on favourite Idaho unseated jockey Seamie Heffernan at the 600m of the Group 1 St Leger. Despite the fall the Aidan O’Brien trained galloper remains one of the favourites in the Melbourne Cup betting.

  • Victorian meeting moved due to rain

    Heavy rain has forced the 10 race card at Kilmore tomorrow to be moved to Pakenham Synthetic. The course at Kilmore has had over 15mm of rain in the past 24 hours and in a statement by Racing Victoria it was determined the track would not be in a suitable condition… Read More »

  • Top jockey banned for 10 meetings

    Last seasons premiership winning jockey Craig Williams has been struck with a 10 meeting ban following a charge for careless riding at Moonee Valley last Saturday. Williams is reportedly furious with the ban and is expected to appeal the decision. Williams can still ride at Flemington this coming Saturday. Craig Williams… Read More »

  • Wyong Cup in doubt after heavy rain

    Doubt has been cast over the running of the Wyong Cup today as heavy rain has caused issues with water on the track. Stewards currently only have issues with the running of the final two races on the card due to them being run over 1600m or greater. The water… Read More »

  • Ipswich market movers – 2/9/2016

    We take a look at the market movers and best backed runners for each race at Ipswich on Friday (2/9/2016) with, there has been plenty of big moves for long shots and those in the market. First starter crunched: She’s So Mean has been smashed in the opening race… Read More »

  • Free entry for footy fans on Saturday

    It’s a rare occasion that there’s no AFL played in the first weekend of September and as such Racing Victoria are looking to take advantage of the free kick given to them by the AFL. As a result all AFL, AFL Club and MCC members will be given free entry… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup hopeful waits on weights

    The trainer of a Great Britain stayer has confirmed they will once again consider taking Big Orange to the Melbourne Cup should it receive a similar weight to the 55.5kg it ran the race in last November. Big Orange placed 5th in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) in 2015 with Jamie… Read More »

  • Champion jockey fails breathalyser test

    Champion jockey Damien Oliver has failed a breathalyser test at today’s Warrnambool meeting. Oliver registered an initial breath test reading of 0.038, almost twice the limit permitted for jockeys to be fit to ride. He later registered 0.035 in a secondary test. Oliver has been stood down from riding for… Read More »

  • New Zealand star to be set for the Australian Guineas

    New Zealand star galloper Xtravagant looks likely to head to Australia in Autumn to target the Australian Guineas following it’s impressive win in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas on Saturday. Xtravagant went into the race as a narrow $4.20 favourite and was taken straight to the lead by jockey Matthew… Read More »

  • Fan favourite out of the Spring Carnival

    The Cleaner will take no further part in the Victorian Spring Carnival due to a blood disorder. The star galloper from Tasmania was set to run in the 1600m Group 1 Emirates Stakes but blood tests revealed the fan favourite had an extremely high white cell count. The Cleaner out… Read More »

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