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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Stradbroke Handicap chaos after barrier draw

    Calculations for the Group One Stradbroke Hcp were thrown into chaos when three of the top hopes drew extreme outside barriers at the draw. Ruling favourite Dawn Passage drew barrier 23 on Tuesday but after scratchings will start from the extreme outside in barrier 18. Dawn Passage is now $4.50… Read More »

     
  • Te Akau Racing planning Australian spring raid

    Leading New Zealand owner David Ellis is hopeful the borders between New Zealand and Australia can open again to allow for horse movement between the two countries. The coronavirus pandemic halted horse movement between the countries while the virus caused a shutdown to racing in New Zealand. While horse movement… Read More »

     
  • Craig Williams leads Damian Oliver in city premiership

    With two months of the season remaining, champion jockeys Craig Williams and Damien Oliver are poised for another potential premiership battle in Melbourne. Williams has won eight Victorian metropolitan jockeys’ premierships including the past four and currently leads Oliver by four wins in this season’s standings. Oliver has won 10… Read More »

     
  • Trainer’s son a fined for laying his dads horses

    South Australia-based Tommy Stokes has been fined for placing bets on his father’s Victorian-trained horses to lose in a breach of betting rules. Stokes, the son of Pakenham-based trainer Phillip Stokes, was fined $1500 by Racing Victoria stewards after placing seven “lay-bets” on his father’s horses that raced in Victoria… Read More »

     
  • Coolth set for Melbourne test

    After two encouraging wins in South Australia to start his career, three-year-old Coolth is set for his biggest test yet when he makes his Melbourne debut. The Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained gelding is scheduled to contest Saturday’s 2000m handicap for three-year-olds at Flemington with champion jockey Damien Oliver booked to… Read More »

     
  • Owners could be first back on NSW racetracks

    Crowd involvement on NSW racetracks could happen as early as next week after being crowd-free because of the coronavirus pandemic. Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’Landys is hopeful of getting the green light to allow owners back on course to watch their horses race. Sydney city racetracks have not had… Read More »

     
  • Plenty of options for crowd favourite Jungle Edge

    Trainer Mick Bell is weighing up options for stable star Jungle Edge who is nominated for sprint races in both Melbourne and Sydney. Jungle Edge is nominated for a 1000m handicap at Flemington on Saturday and the Listed Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100m) at Randwick in Sydney, a race he… Read More »

     
  • Godolphin are open to spring carnival changes

    Godolphin Australia managing director Vin Cox says potential changes to the Melbourne spring carnival could open up opportunities for more horses. The Melbourne Racing Club is investigating moving the three-day Caulfield Cup carnival, run in mid-October, to after the Melbourne Cup in November. Racing Victoria and the MRC met the… Read More »

     
  • Deep field for the G1 Stradbroke Handicap

    Robert Heathcote’s chances of training his first Group One winner in Queensland doubled when Deep Image made the field for the Stradbroke Handicap. When the final Stradbroke field was declared on Tuesday morning, Deep Image was the last in after Victorian mare Teleplay did not accept. There are 18 runners… Read More »

     
  • UK horse racing is back and running

    Zodiakos wrote his name into the record books with victory in the Welcome Back British Racing Handicap at Newcastle – the first race in the United Kingdom since meetings were last held on March 17 After government approval was granted on Saturday, racing was the first major professional sport to… Read More »

     
  • Owners back at the races in NSW soon

    Crowd involvement on NSW racetracks could happen as early as next week after being crowd-free because of the coronavirus pandemic. Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’Landys is hopeful of getting the green light to allow owners back on course to watch their horses race. Sydney city racetracks have not had… Read More »

     
  • Employee charged for laying stables horses

    South Australian Stable employee Tommy Stokes has been charged laying horses competing in Victorian races which were in the care of his employer Phillip Stokes. Mr Stokes was charged under the provisions of AR 227(a) in that he was negligent in not understanding his obligation under AR237(2). The particulars of… Read More »

     
  • Unbeaten filly set for a crack at G1 JJ Atkins Stakes

    Unbeaten filly Macroura is set to be the only runner for co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in the Group One JJ Atkins. Two-year-olds from the Maher and Eustace stable have been to the fore in a host of juvenile races during 2019-20 and Macroura gets a chance to cap… Read More »

     
  • NSW prize money levels set to be restored

    Prize money for NSW thoroughbred races will be restored to pre-COVID-19 levels from next month with the state’s feature spring race dates also locked in. Racing NSW has confirmed prize money levels for spring feature races will be maintained with this year’s The Everest to be run for $15 million… Read More »

     
  • Blake Spriggs and Hightail team-up in Stradbroke Handicap

    Jockey Blake Spriggs expects to get valuable insight into Stradbroke Handicap contender Hightail when he rides the in-form gelding for the first time in an important gallop ahead of the Group One race. Sydney-based Spriggs travelled to Queensland with the plan to ride Grand Piano in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap (1400m)…. Read More »

     
  • Damian Lane finishes second in G1 Japanese Derby

    Australian jockey Damian Lane has had to settle for second in the Grade One Japanese Derby aboard Salios. Sunday’s prestigious 2400m race in Tokyo was won in dominant fashion by star colt Contrail who remained unbeaten from five starts including the first two legs of the Japanese triple crown. The… Read More »

     
  • Mark Newham looking ahead after stable star sold

    Mark Newnham predicts dual Group One winner Shadow Hero to be a smash hit in Hong Kong as he looks toward the next generation of horses to carry his stable into the future. The sale of the Randwick Guineas winner to Hong Kong interests was confirmed last week in a… Read More »

     
  • State title on David Hayes’ mind before HK shift

    Lindsay Park senior trainer David Hayes will delay his departure to Hong Kong for as long as possible in the hope quarantine restrictions are eased. Hayes, who trains in partnership with son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, is booked to fly to Hong Kong next month. But anyone who travels… Read More »

     
  • Headline horses for British racing return

    SEVEN UK HORSES WHO WILL MAKE HEADLINES WHEN UK RACING RETURNS PINATUBO The Charlie Appleby-trained colt carried all before him as a juvenile and ended the campaign with an official rating of 128 – some 10lb more than any of his rivals and officially making the son of Shamardal the… Read More »

     
  • Zac Purton extends lead in Hong Kong Jockeys’ premiership

    Australian Zac Purton has extended his lead over Joao Moreira in the Hong Kong Jockeys’ premiership. Purton started Sunday’s Sha Tin meeting with a three-win advantage over Moreira and ended the 11-race card with one winner on the day while the Brazilian went winless. It means Purton holds a four-win… Read More »

     
 
 
 
 
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