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  • $500,000 race called The Coast announced

    Gosford will host a new $500,000 race on its inaugural stand-alone Saturday meeting which also features the $250,000 Gold Cup. The Coast, a 1600m-race for three and four-year-olds, headlines the meeting on May 9. The race on the NSW Central Coast joins the $1 million Gong at Kembla Grange and… Read More »

     
  • Santa Ana Lane on track for Challenge Stakes return

    Santa Ana Lane has taken another step towards defending his TJ Smith title with a third-placed finish in a barrier trial at Werribee. The Anthony Freedman-trained sprinter won last year’s TJ Smith and his autumn campaign has been geared towards that race again. He is expected to return in the… Read More »

     
  • Futurity Stakes favourite Melody Belle vulnerable

    Star New Zealand mare Melody Belle may be vulnerable when she makes her return to racing in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. The warning comes after Paul Richards, father of the mare’s trainer Jamie, rode Melody Belle in a gallop on the course proper at Caulfield on Tuesday. The work-out… Read More »

     
  • Barrier no issue for Blue Diamond Stakes favourite

    Assistant-trainer Sam Freedman does not see barrier one as a hindrance to the chances of favourite Hanseatic in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. After coming up with barrier one, Hanseatic eased from $2.30 to $2.40 with PlayUp for Saturday’s Group One Blue Diamond Stakes for two-year-olds over 1200m. Hanseatic… Read More »

     
  • ATC delivers hay to South Coast fire area

    NSW South Coast communities hit by bushfires have received the initial relief package from funds raised at a special race day. The Australian Turf Club Foundation raised $150,000 from the Randwick meeting on January 25 and on Tuesday began the distribution of 1700 bales of hay for horses and other… Read More »

     
  • Oakleigh Plate conditions to suit Free Of Debt

    South Australian trainer Chris Bieg does not see a lack of race experience counting against three-year-old Free Of Debt in the Oakleigh Plate. Free Of Debt will be having his sixth start in Saturday’s 1100m-scamper at Caulfield, but that is offset by the minimum weight of 50kg. A ligament issue… Read More »

     
  • Mitchell Beer eyeing hometown Albury Cup

    Having watched the success of European stayers in Australia, Albury trainer Mitchell Beer has jumped on the bandwagon, but with a different target. While his counterparts dream of success in races like the Melbourne Cup, Beer has his sights on capturing his hometown Cup next month. Beer went to England… Read More »

     
  • Blue Diamond Stakes barrier draw could see tactic changes

    Reigning Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Hanseatic has drawn the inside barrier for the Group One race at Caufield. The Anthony Freedman-trained colt has won the Preview and Prelude leading into Saturday’s $1.5 million 1200m-race for two year-olds. He is at $2.40 to give Freedman and Godolphin back-to-back wins after Lyre… Read More »

     
  • Matt Dunn dominates Country Championships heat

    Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn will saddle half the field in the rescheduled Northern Rivers heat of the Country Championships. The meeting has been transferred to Grafton on Thursday because of problems with the amount of rain at Coffs Harbour which forced the cancellation of racing on Tuesday. Because of the… Read More »

     
  • Capacity Field for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes

    A capacity field of 16 has been declared for the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. Of the 16 two-year-olds in Saturday’s Group One Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m, nine are fillies. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable holds the strongest hand with six runners – Ideas Man,… Read More »

     
  • Futurity Stakes favourites get first look at Caulfield

    Two of the top three market contenders for the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield have had their first look at the track ahead of the Group One race. New Zealand mare Melody Belle, with Paul Richards in the saddle, teamed with a member of the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable… Read More »

     
  • Queensland jockey banned for 4 years on drug charges

    North Queensland jockey Mark Elliott has been disqualified for four years after his sixth positive random test to cannabis in a decade. Stewards opened an inquiry after a urine sample was taken from Elliott at a Townsville race meeting on January 25. Elliott pleaded guilty to providing a urine sample… Read More »

     
  • Anaheed on target for the G1 Oakleigh Plate

    A better-than-expected win by Anaheed in the Rubiton Stakes has co-trainer Peter Snowden optimistic about the filly’s chances in the Group One Oakleigh Plate. Anaheed resumed from a spell with a 1-1/4-length win in quick time in the Group Two Rubiton Stakes (1100m) against older horses at Caulfield on February… Read More »

     
  • Luke Currie chasing back-to-back Blue Diamond wins

    Jockey Luke Currie knows what it takes to win feature two-year-old races and he is confident unbeaten colt Hanseatic can give him a second-straight Blue Diamond Stakes. Currie has won two $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classics at the Gold Coast on Sunlight (2018) and Away Game (2020) and took… Read More »

     
  • Every Rose to bloom in Silver Slipper Stakes

    After making her mark as the first Sydney two-year-old winner of the season, Every Rose has not had things her own way since. The filly dominated the Gimcrack Stakes in October but has run two seconds and been unplaced in the Magic Millions Classic at her other three starts. After… Read More »

     
  • Futurity Stakes favourites to work at Caulfield

    New Zealand star Melody Belle and Group One-winning Sydneysider Kolding will get a look around Caulfield in separate gallops ahead of their clash in the Futurity Stakes. The Jamie Richards-trained Melody Belle will chase her 11th Group One win in Saturday’s 1400m weight-for-age feature which will be her first start… Read More »

     
  • Queensland racing is in a healthy state

    A half-yearly report indicates racing in Queensland is in a healthy place apart from worries about the performance of the Queensland TAB. Racing Queensland has unveiled its first half results for the 2019/20 financial year with solid progress being realised across the industry. RQ’s chairman Steve Wilson said highlights included… Read More »

     
  • New Zealand star on track for G1 assignment

    New Zealand filly Probabeel has worked home well in a barrier trial at Randwick to show her readiness for a Group One rematch with Funstar. The Jamie Richards-trained Probabeel finished second to Funstar, trained by Chris Waller, in the Flight Stakes in October. The two are scheduled to meet in… Read More »

     
  • Victorian trainer hit with horse welfare charges

    Victorian trainer Mark Sues has been charged with failing to provide proper and sufficient nutrition and appropriate veterinary treatment to four horses. Racing Victoria stewards issued nine charges relating to welfare against Sues on Monday, four in the alternative. Stewards allege that up to July 1 last year, Sues failed… Read More »

     
  • ATC begins to distribute hay from appeal

    More than 1700 bales of hay are ready to be distributed to properties on the NSW South Coast from funds raised at the Australian Turf Club’s recent bushfire appeal race day. As well as the roll-out of hay to the Cobargo and Moruya districts on Tuesday, the ATC Foundation will… Read More »

     
 
 
 
 
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