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Horse Racing News

  • Weather key to Melbourne Cup winners return

    The weather could be the deciding factor on whether Gold Trip makes his reappearance at Caulfield in preparation for the Australian Cup. The Melbourne Cup winner features among entries for the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) on Saturday, which, if he starts, may be his solitary outing ahead of the… Read More »

  • Fukubana to blossom in Hobartville Stakes

    Fukubana will be given his chance at Group level having won two of four starts to date, successful at $1.40 in a three-year-old handicap at Doomben last start and Matthew Dunn believes he can acquit himself well in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m). A son of Dundeel, Dunn expects Fukubana to… Read More »

  • Coleman draws favourably in Blue Diamond Stakes

    Trainer Matt Laurie is counting down the sleeps to the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes after his colt secured a favourable barrier draw in the race at Caulfield. Coleman has barrier seven in the 18-horse field that includes two emergencies and was the $4.60 favourite for Saturday’s 1200m dash after Tuesday’s draw…. Read More »

  • Skew Wiff ready for Oakleigh Plate assault

    A trip to Caulfield for a pre-Oakleigh Plate gallop was precisely what the Te Akau Racing team wanted to see from Skew Wiff. The Mark Walker-trained mare will run first-up in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday and was taken to the course for a confidence… Read More »

  • Gai Waterhouse slams potential Sandown sale

    In a vehement critique of the potential sale of Sandown Racecourse, legendary horse trainer Gai Waterhouse has labelled the action a “disgrace” emphasising the peril of disposing of key racing assets. Waterhouse, renowned for her insightful perspectives on the racing industry, asserted, “You shouldn’t be selling your core assets. I… Read More »

  • Channel 9 secures broadcast rights for Melbourne Cup Carnival

    In a landmark move for Australian horse racing, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), Tabcorp, and broadcaster Nine have forged a pioneering broadcast, media, and sponsorship alliance for the Melbourne Cup Carnival spanning 2024 to 2029. This historic deal, speculated to be worth as much as $80 million, aims to significantly… Read More »

  • Lindsay Park’s leaving it late with Bold Bastille

    The Blue Diamond Stakes field will be finalised in less than 24 hours, but Lindsay Park still does not know whether its filly who was one-time favourite will be a part of it. Bold Bastille’s Blue Diamond fate will be determined via a Tuesday morning track gallop, just a few… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup champion Verry Elleegant passes away

    Verry Elleegant, one of the great mares in the history of Australian racing, has died while giving birth to her first foal. The 11-time Group 1 winner, whose crowning glory came in the 2021 Melbourne Cup, died in France while delivering the foal she conceived after a meeting with Sea… Read More »

  • Talented stayer Soulcombe’s bad luck continues

    Bad luck has continued for talented stayer Soulcombe who will now miss the Autumn Carnival due to swelling to his off-front leg. Soulcombe was arguably the run of the race in last years Melbourne Cup finishing second after missing the jump. Soulcombe was the $13 second favourite for the Sydney… Read More »

  • Werribee jump-out for Australian Guineas hope

    Trainer Mike Moroney will unveil one of his Australian Guineas contenders in a jump-out at Werribee. Pendragon will have his first serious test on Australian soil when he lines up in the second heat on Monday over 1100m. The colt, by U S Navy Flag, is at Moroney’s Flemington stable preparing for… Read More »

  • Stayers about to start autumn campaigns

    Trainer Phillip Stokes is banking on residual fitness carrying two of his stayers a long way in brief autumn campaigns. Amade and Daqiansweet Junior, who competed successfully during the spring, are close to starting their autumn campaigns in coming weeks. The Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley on Friday… Read More »

  • Begg building team for Sydney carnival

    He has a handy record when he travels a horse to Sydney and Victorian-based horseman Grahame Begg has outlined plans for another raid on the upcoming autumn carnival sprints. Begg dipped his toe in the water at Randwick on Saturday when he saddled up Group 1 placegetter C’Est Magique, who finished… Read More »

  • Ciaron Maher blasts Craig Williams’ “brain fade” ride on Jimmysstar

    Ciaron Maher expressed frustration and bewilderment at Craig Williams’ tactics aboard the heavily backed Jimmysstar, who succumbed to an upset defeat by $151 outsider Makram at Flemington. Maher lambasted Williams’ deviation from the race plan, asserting, “Craig just had an absolute brain fade.” “I don’t know why he did that…. Read More »

  • Kimochi breaks black-type drought

    Gary Portelli feared Kimochi was about to be the bridesmaid yet again when Learning To Fly ranged up to her in the Light Fingers Stakes, but his filly showed great courage to kick back and land an overdue black-type win. The three-year-old had finished runner-up five times in 10 starts, four of those… Read More »

  • Chris Waller’s Fangirl in Apollo Stakes romp

    James McDonald has thrown out a challenge to Fangirl’s autumn carnival rivals, declaring it will take a mighty horse to get the better of her this campaign on the strength of her exquisite first-up display. Fangirl ($2.10 fav) made a one-act affair of Saturday’s Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, deftly rounding… Read More »

  • Imperatriz a brilliant Black Caviar Lightning winner

    Imperatriz has brushed off the doubters following a poor trial at Cranbourne to extend her winning streak to six with a first-up win at Flemington. Success in the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) on Saturday was the mare’s fifth Group 1 win on end and the fifth in her last six starts… Read More »

  • Riff Rocket powers away first-up in CS Hayes Stakes

    The Chris Waller-trained Riff Rocket joined a rare bunch when he claimed the CS Hayes Stakes first-up at Flemington after winning a Group 1 staying feature in the spring. The Group 3 win over 1400m on Saturday came after Riff Rocket had claimed the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at… Read More »

  • King Of Sparta reigns in Expressway Stakes

    Having unlocked the key to King Of Sparta, Peter and Paul Snowden continue to reap the rewards, again producing the horse fresh to score a powerful win in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Randwick. In doing so, King Of Sparta claimed the scalp of Champions Sprint placegetter Buenos Noches, who was sent… Read More »

  • Grinzinger Belle holds solid in The Vanity win

    Trainer Danny O’Brien is likely to resist the temptation of taking on the ‘boys’ in the Australian Guineas after Grinzinger Belle resumed with a strong win at Flemington. Grinzinger Belle took out the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) on Saturday leading throughout after jumping from a wide draw. Ridden by Damian… Read More »

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