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  • Victoria Derby trial for Akihiro at The Valley

    Sydney trainer Gary Portelli has abandoned plans of a shot at a $1 million race for a potential Victoria Derby start instead. Akihiro is in Melbourne to start in the Group 3 Drummond Golf Vase (2040m) at The Valley on Saturday as a lead-up to the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at… Read More »

  • Secret Blaze to set Moonee Valley Cup alight

    A step up in distance is expected to suit Secret Blaze when the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained galloper runs in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. The gelding has been given a solid build-up to the Group 2 2500m race that for the first time this year carries a $1 million prize… Read More »

  • French import scratched from Cox Plate field

    European galloper Gold Trip has been withdrawn from the Cox Plate with Racing Victoria vets saying the galloper is still showing signs of lameness. A panel of four RV vets re-inspected Gold Trip at Werribee where the entire has been stabled since his arrival in Australia last month and determined the horse was not… Read More »

  • Inverell trainer searching for TAB Highway success

    Inverell trainer Mark Stewart has already started to navigate this trip ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Royal Randwick, leaving Inverell on Thursday, as he prepares Battle Guardian for the 1800m Class Two TAB Highway Handicap. “I’m actually in Newcastle now,” Stewart said on Friday morning. “I brought him down yesterday… Read More »

  • Probabeel no certainty for the Cox Plate

    If racetracks could be built with roofs over them then New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards would like one at The Valley. Richards has Probabeel running in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday and is concerned a wet track will dent her chances. Probabeel has been to The Valley twice previously and has been… Read More »

  • Cox Plate contender still in doubt to race

    Racing Victoria veterinarians have today inspected all 10 horses accepted to run in this Saturday’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley. The John Bary trained Callsign Mav (NZ) displayed lameness in his left front leg and as such will be re-examined tomorrow. Stewards were advised that the gelding has… Read More »

  • Simon Miller waiting for his day in Belgravia Stakes

    It’sarayday will make his feature race debut at Ascot on Saturday and trainer Simon Miller hopes his high opinion of the three-year-old will be justified in the Breast Cancer Research Centre Of WA-Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m). Undefeated at his only two starts, Miller is upbeat and positive about It’Sarayday’s potential after… Read More »

  • No laughing matter for Shaun McGruddy in Northam Cup

    It’s a pick-up ride and one that Shaun McGruddy hopes he can convert into a winning one when he partners That’s Funny Az in Sunday’s Listed Iron Jack Northam Cup (1600m). That’s Funny Az is Mcgruddy’s sole ride for the meeting, but he says there are two key reasons why… Read More »

  • Commandeering returns with an emotional win

    He was earmarked to be Tegan Harrison’s return ride from a long injury-enforced spell on the sidelines but, with her surgeon delaying her comeback date, Harrison had to play a secondary role in Commandeering’s first up run at Ipswich on Friday, October 15 
 but that didn’t stop it turning… Read More »

  • Cup distance right for Matt Dunn’s import

    The combination of a dry track and blinkers helped Cepheus return to from last start, and a distance rise at Randwick could prove the final piece of the puzzle. An OTI Racing syndication, Cepheus was bought with lofty ambitions in mind and he made an encouraging local debut when storming… Read More »

  • Anamoe chases a slice of history in Cox Plate

    While three-year-olds have a good record in the Cox Plate, winners of the Caulfield Guineas have not fared that well in recent years. If successful in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on Saturday, Godolphin colt Anamoe will become the first since Red Anchor in 1984 to win the Caulfield Guineas –… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup day goals for stablemates

    Stablemates Lord Olympus and Marway have been on a collision course this spring and that isn’t set to change any time soon. The pair have clashed in both campaign runs, Marway finishing ahead of his barn mate first-up and Lord Olympus getting a win on the board last start. The pair… Read More »

  • Mornington Glory chases early stakes win

    Trainer Matt Laurie holds Mornington Glory in high esteem and expects the colt to do most of his racing at stakes level. A debut maiden winner at Bendigo, Mornington Glory headed straight to a stakes race at his second start finishing fifth to Kallos in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 2…. Read More »

  • Cox Plate pair in doubt to race

    Gold Trip and Callsign Mav will undergo further vet examinations after showing signs of lameness in the lead up to the Cox Plate. Racing Victoria inspected all 10 runners engaged in Saturday’s Group 1 showpiece over 2040m at The Valley and said Gold Trip and Callsign Mav presented with lameness. New Zealander Callsign Mav was… Read More »

  • Right time for Manikato Stakes assault

    Right place, right time might be how the connections of the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr-trained Lombardo are feeling heading into the Manikato Stakes. Last week’s Everest at Randwick may have robbed Friday night’s Group 1 weight-for-age sprint over 1200m some star power, but for those involved with Lombardo, they are not concerned. Market… Read More »

  • Track key to Miami Bound hopes in Moonee Valley Cup

    A favourable weather forecast is predicted to help the chances of Miami Bound in her bid for a second Moonee Valley Gold Cup. The Danny O’Brien-trained mare won the Group 2 race over 2500m on a soft track last year and rain is forecast again at The Valley this weekend. Just… Read More »

  • Gal out to ease Matt Smith’s Cox Plate pain

    Racing dishes out its share of kicks in the guts and Matthew Smith was on the receiving end of one this week when his Japanese import Keiai Nautique was left out of the Cox Plate field. The Moonee Valley Racing Club committee used its discretionary powers to exclude the horse from the… Read More »

  • Rival’s form a confidence boost for Gary Portelli

    Gary Portelli has taken heart from the recent form reversal of Bondi Stakes rival Hilal as he prepares Royalzel for a shot at the $1 million three-year-old mile. The duo both contested the Golden Rose with Royalzel finishing tenth and Hilal eleventh and while Royalzel was then given a freshen up and will… Read More »

  • Tralee Rose escapes Melbourne Cup weight penalty

    Geelong Cup winner Tralee Rose has escaped a weight penalty for the Melbourne Cup but is now safely in the top 24 of the Order of Entry. Racing Victoria Handicapper Greg Carpenter declined to penalise Tralee Rose for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 2 after he hard-fought half-length win… Read More »

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