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Horse Racing News in Australia

  • Unanimously on track for M Valley sprint

    As Matthew Dale prepares to welcome his best horse back into work, a long-time flag bearer for the Canberra trainer’s stable will bid to win at Moonee Valley. Fell Swoop returns to work early next week, while Dale is upbeat about the chances of eight-year-old Unanimously claiming his 10th win […]

  • Racing a part of family life for McGrath

    Brian McGrath was always odds-on to be involved in the horse racing industry. The 29-year-old saddles his first city runner and third career starter at Moonee Valley on Saturday after being licensed at the start of the season. McGrath’s path into racing was formed decades ago. His grandfather, Brian, was […]

  • Fitness, draw to make difference for Dolce

    La Dolce Vita’s good barrier and extra fitness has trainer Bradley Smith hopeful the filly can overcome a weight disadvantage to give him his first stakes winner. A last-start second to Secret Saga two weeks ago, La Dolce Vita will line up against the same filly in Saturday’s Listed Mode […]

  • Hunter Valley mine rejected, studs safe

    The thoroughbred breeding industry in the Hunter Valley is safe with the Planning Assessment Commission rejecting a proposal for an open-cut coal mine close to major studs Darley Woodlands and Coolmore. Both studs objected to Anglo American extending its operations and said they would be forced to leave the Hunter […]

  • Le Val after more money to make Millions

    Injuries have restricted Le Val’s career but trainer Noel Doyle confident he can make up for lost time starting with the Group Three George Moore Stakes at Doomben. After Saturday’s $300,000 race, Le Val’s plans include the Goldmarket Handicap on Boxing Day as a lead-up to the $1 million Magic […]

  • Waterhouse has favourite in Festival

    Gai Waterhouse will bid to win the Festival Stakes for just the second time when she starts Frespanol, the early favourite for the Rosehill feature. Frespanol, who beat subsequent Group One Emirates Stakes placegetter Rock Sturdy at Randwick two starts ago, will be joined in Saturday’s race by stablemate Pheidon […]

  • Criterion gallop adds interest at Valley

    David Hayes will be represented by a number of chances at Moonee Valley but the best horse he takes to the track won’t be competing in a race. Hayes and co-trainer Tom Dabernig have five runners set to compete at Saturday’s meeting including Group Two-winning sprinter Churchill Dancer, the $3.70 […]

  • Matthews disqualified over cobalt swabs

    Veterinarian Dr Adam Matthews has been disqualified for 5-1/2 years over the Midsummer Sun cobalt case. Racing NSW stewards handed down the penalty on Thursday after charging Matthews with six breaches of the Australian rules of racing. The cumulative punishment from the six charges equated to a ban of 14-1/2 […]

  • Childs loses appeal, misses Valley meeting

    Jordan Childs has had to be replaced from his rides at Moonee Valley after the apprentice failed in an appeal against a careless riding suspension. Childs was booked for four rides at Moonee Valley on Saturday but will miss the meeting after his appeal against a seven-meeting ban was dismissed […]

  • Pepper chasing city win with The Big Rig

    Canberra trainer Luke Pepper hasn’t had many runners this year but his strike rate has been good. With four winners from 18 starters this season, Pepper is hoping four-year-old gelding The Big Rig will not let the average down at Rosehill on Saturday. His task has been made harder by […]