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  • Chris Waller’s boys light up Canterbury

    Chris Waller’s patience in managing the early career of Zarastro appears set to reap rewards with the colt posting a classy maiden win at Canterbury to spearhead a stellar day at the office for his trainer. Fetching $1.05 million as a yearling, the son of I Am Invincible had not raced since… Read More »

  • Standout poised to break drought in Classique Legend Stakes

    Wet tracks have been a constant hindrance throughout Standout’s career but for the first time in a long time, the sprinter has been able to build some momentum. The five-year-old has not won a race for 20 months, his most recent victory coming in last year’s Group 2 Expressway Stakes,… Read More »

  • Leading stable with two G1 chances on Derby Day

    The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable is never one to be underestimated, especially in a feature race during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday will see the stable with two runners in what has become a stallion making race. While not… Read More »

  • Mirra Vision set for G1 debut in Empire Rose Stakes

    Late maturing Mirra Vision has got to her maiden Group 1 assignment a little quicker than her trainers had originally intended. A winner of seven of her 18 starts, the daughter of Lonhro steps out in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday for Peter and Paul Snowden. Mirra… Read More »

  • Mr Brightside to be unleashed in the G1 Cantala Stakes

    Brothers Ben and JD Hayes are slowly starting to put their stamp on Lindsay Park having taken over the reins following the departures of their father David and cousin Tom Dabernig. The pair has trained 46 winners since joining forces in June and have three Listed race winners on their record, but it is a Group 1 race that they crave. Since… Read More »

  • Queensland raider set to soar in The Golden Eagle

    Saddling up a genuine chance in a $7.5 million race is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Queensland trainer Desleigh Forster and she is determined to be trackside for the experience. To make that happen, Forster will travel to Sydney with her Golden Eagle prospect Apache Chase and stablemate Georgie’s Pride on Thursday, take them… Read More »

  • Damien Thornton has his work cut out from Victoria Derby draw

    Damien Thornton has already captured one of the three-year-old classics of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and will be searching for another at Flemington. Victory in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas aboard the Hawkes Racing-trained Yearning came the way of Thornton at Caulfield on October 13 while on Saturday he partners the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained… Read More »

  • Star International out of the Melbourne Cup

    Leading jockey James Mcdonald is without a Melbourne Cup ride after Away He Goes has been ruled out with a tendon injury. McDonald was announced as the imported galloper’s rider on Sunday and the jockey had made his way to Werribee on Wednesday to partner Away He Goes in a crucial track gallop ahead of… Read More »

  • Cockney Crew inspires confidence after sparkling trial

    Following a brilliant 8 ½ length trial win at Belmont on Monday, Kieran Mcdonagh is hopeful the best remains ahead for the Maschino gelding. Since setting the bar high as a three-year-old in a couple of cracking races, Cockney Crew has been hindered by niggling injury issues. The complaints were never… Read More »

  • Glen Boss finally lands Melbourne Cup ride

    Glen Boss will be hoping luck does not desert him again having picked up the ride on Sir Lucan in the Melbourne Cup. Sir Lucan is currently number 24 in the Order of Entry for the Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington next Tuesday. The safety limit for the Melbourne Cup field is… Read More »

  • Tutukaka to stay the Victoria Derby distance

    Nothing is likely to ease the pain for James Mcdonald of having to watch the Cox Plate from the jockeys’ room, but a Victoria Derby win would help a little. McDonald teams with Kiwi gelding Tutukaka in the Group 1 Victoria Derby over 2500m at Flemington on Saturday. Tutukaka enters Saturday’s… Read More »

  • Jockey Ben Kennedy on the comeback trail

    Lark Hill trials on Monday will hold special significance for Ben Kennedy. It marks his official return to racing after being out of action for close to five years. Kennedy quit riding and walked away from the sport in 2017 after guiding Skylab at Albany. But after a number of… Read More »

  • Team Snowden takes Aim at the Golden Eagle

    He doesn’t boast the best strike rate, but the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Aim certainly knows when there are high stakes on offer. The four-year-old has won four out of his 16 starts including the $501,000 Silver Eagle and more importantly the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas back in… Read More »

  • Unbeaten Testator Silens eyes TAB Highway riches

    The unbeaten Braidwood galloper is prepared by Luke Clarke, and to date, he has been ultra-impressive. The four-year-old recorded his maiden win at Moruya back in May when lobbing in front and running away for a comfortable two-length victory over the 1010m journey. The Star Witness gelding was then spelled for… Read More »

  • Fred Kersley’s hard work pays off with big Spring rides

    The hard work riding trackwork at Flemington through the cold winter months has landed Fred Kersley with some important rides during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. And the young jockey, who arrived from Perth four years ago as a brash 18-year-old, has a couple of key chances to notch his maiden Group 1 win on Godolphin runners at… Read More »

  • Third time lucky for Melbourne Cup hopeful

    Carif only needs his CT scans to be given the nod of approval to finally get his chance to run in Australia’s most famous race, the Melbourne Cup. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained stayer has run in the Hotham Handicap (2500m) in the past two years attempting to force a passage into the race and come up short. This… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup dream over for boom three-year-old

    The dream of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young having their Victoria Derby aspirant Forgot You run in the Melbourne Cup is over. Although Forgot You had undertaken the standing CT scan and given the all-clear, he requires another one before Thursday if he was to start in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 2. Forgot You’s spring… Read More »

  • Mechanical issue with Melbourne Cup horse scanner

    Of the 35 horses still in Melbourne Cup contention, 19 require x-rays to pass veterinary examinations after the standing CT scanner has been shut down. A mechanical issue has temporarily shut down the operation of the standing CT scanner resulting in a number of Melbourne Cup entrants being unable to be scanned…. Read More »

  • Hitotsu in shape for Victoria Derby assault

    Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have a great record with their stayers, but it will be a masterful training effort if Hitotsu wins the Victoria Derby. Hitotsu is the only three-year-old the training partners have in Saturday’s Victoria Derby at Flemington which is run at Group 1 level over 2500m. Having started his career… Read More »

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