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Australian Horse Racing News

  • James McDonald hit with big suspension for bad ride

    Top Sydney jockey James McDonald has been suspended for three weeks over his ride on the Joe Pride-trained Threeood at Randwick. Racing NSW stewards, led by Marc Van Gestel, chaired an inquiry on Friday after earlier charging McDonald for failing to take all reasonable and permissable measures to win or… Read More »

  • Humidor out to salvage racing career

    Multiple Group One winner Humidor could be racing for his career when he runs in a stakes race in Perth. Humidor contests the Group Three Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont on Saturday, his third start for trainer Lindsey Smith. The gelding finished 10 first-up over 1400m before rising to 1600m… Read More »

  • Deserved aiming for a city win at Caulfield

    Trainer Matt Cumani is hopeful a first-up country victory is the confidence-booster Deserved needs to return to city winning form at Caulfield. Deserved won at Ballarat to break a 13-month winless streak after the filly won on debut at Sandown last year. Cumani has picked out Saturday’s Take It To… Read More »

  • Mid-winter kick off for imported Melbourne Cup hope

    It may be the middle of winter and the best horses are only just returning to work, but for South Pacific a race at Caulfield will have spring significance. South Pacific makes his Australian debut in the Neds Money Back Odds Handicap that has connections hoping will lead the horse… Read More »

  • Jockey’s Outrageous bid to return a winner

    Twelve months after joining his jockey father on the WJ McKell Cup honour roll, James Innes Jr will try to emulate the feat in another stakes race on the corresponding program. Innes Jr will partner Hawkes Racing gelding Outrageous in Saturday’s Listed Civic Stakes (1350m), hoping to etch his name… Read More »

  • Chris Waller shoots for Gold in McKell Cup

    If premier trainer Chris Waller is to continue his recent dominance of Sydney’s off-season staying races, he will need to break a WJ McKell Cup hoodoo. Having produced the trifecta in both the Lord Mayors and Winter Cups, Waller will send around six of the 14 runners in the McKell… Read More »

  • Brendan McCarthy pits family relations against each other

    Trainer Brendan McCarthy has two horses racing each at Caulfield race which are close family relations. Lucifer’s Reward and Oh So Rewarding are three-quarter brothers and meet for the fourth time in the Neds Same Race Multi on Saturday. Both are by Reward For Effort while the dams of the… Read More »

  • Ryan Maloney answers an SOS at Doomben

    Caloundra trainer David Vandyke has called on the Alligator Blood connection in an attempt to get honest Baccarat Baby back to winning ways. Jockey Ryan Maloney will take over from Michael Hellyer who has ridden Baccarat Baby in 19 of her 22 starts. Maloney will have his first ride on… Read More »

  • John Sargent has extra incentive at Rosehill

    As the trainer and owner of comeback galloper Home Ground, John Sargent has extra incentive to perform a career revamp on the 2018 Geelong Classic winner. “I’m the owner now so I’m not getting any training fees but hopefully I will get some stakes money. You live in hope,” Sargent… Read More »

  • Sydney stables to the fore in G3 Sapphire Stakes

    Sydney trainer Gary Portelli is hoping a trip away will help his mare Strome achieve some belated black-type before she heads to stud. Strome will be chasing her first win or placing in a black-type race in the Group Three Sapphire Stakes at Doomben on Saturday. The Sapphire is the… Read More »

  • La Pulga out to confirm staying prowess

    La Pulga is closely related to one of Australia’s best sprinters in the past decade but the Gold Coast-trained gelding gets a chance to confirm his rating as a future top stayer at Doomben. The winner of seven of his 21 starts, La Pulga will contest his first stakes race… Read More »

  • Kentucky Derby will allow spectators

    The Kentucky Derby, which was rescheduled for September 5 due to coronavirus, will allow spectators onto the grounds to watch the Run for the Roses even as COVID-19 infections surge across parts of the United States, Churchill Downs Racetrack says. “Our team is deeply committed to holding the very best… Read More »

  • Jockeys lose their battle to raise minimum weights

    Victorian jockeys have lost their battle for a rise in the minimum weight which will revert to its pre-coronavirus level from the new racing season. The minimum weight was raised from 54kg to 56kg for day meetings and 55kg to 56kg for night meetings as Victorian jockeys were segregated into… Read More »

  • Chris Waller and Kris Lees out in force for McKell Cup

    They might have different ways of spelling a shared Christian name, but Chris Waller and Kris Lees are in sync with each other when it comes to winning the WJ McKell Cup at Rosehill. Waller and Lees have the odds heavily in their favour in the Listed race with the… Read More »

  • Tommy Berry to get the jump on Rosehill rivals

    If there is a horse in Sydney racing that defies the adage that it is not how you start but how you finish, it is last-start winner Terwilliker. Terwilliker is one of two Rosehill runners who will have in-form jockey Tommy Berry on high alert in the barriers. Berry enjoyed… Read More »

  • Ms Catherine set to bounce back at Caulfield

    Trainer Henry Dwyer will give Ms Catherine another chance to show she is up to tackling stakes company when the filly races at Caulfield. Dwyer is planning to start Ms Catherine in two stakes races at Caulfield next month, but first needs to see the filly is up to the… Read More »

  • Desleigh Forster hoping to write another winning Chapter

    Trainer Desleigh Forster’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances could be rewarded with another stakes win for Chapter And Verse. After a disjointed campaign, Chapter and Verse steps up to 1350m in the Listed Spear Chief Handicap at Doomben. Forster needs three more wins to bring up a career total… Read More »

  • Tricky Gal set to shine in the Sapphire Stakes

    While many of her rivals are on their way to the breeding barn, Sydney mare Tricky Gal will be have her spring claims put under the microscope at Doomben. Tricky Gal will make a belated appearance in Brisbane to tackle the Group Three Sapphire Stakes (1600m) at Doomben. The Sapphire… Read More »

  • Alfa Oro out to continue winning streak at Caulfield

    To be even racing let alone winning after suffering a life-threatening leg injury is a testament to the toughness of Alfa Oro. The lightly raced four-year-old lines up for his seventh start in Saturday’s Neds Handicap at Caulfield after a spiral fracture to the right-fore cannon bone halted his career… Read More »

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