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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Mugatoo given a weighty task in the Metropolitan Handicap

    Metropolitan Handicap favourite Mugatoo will need to set a modern day weight-carrying record if he is to give jockey Kerrin McEvoy a first win in the prestigious staying race. McEvoy has won many of the majors on the Australian racing calendar, including three Melbourne Cups, but a Metropolitan Handicap eludes… Read More »

  • Huge Field for the Group One Epsom Handicap

    The field for the Group One Epsom Handicap at Randwick has been released with an group of horses. Funstar opened the all-in markets as one of the favourites but has eased slightly from $9 to $11 after the draw with stablemate Star Of The Seas firming into $6 outright favouritism… Read More »

  • Wide draw no barrier for Funstar in Epsom Handicap

    Glen Boss says a wide barrier draw won’t hinder the Epsom Handicap chances of the Chris Waller-trained Funstar and may even work to her advantage. The top jockey will be chasing his fifth win in the famous Randwick mile and his second in succession after he claimed it on Kolding… Read More »

  • Racing NSW further reduces border restrictions

    Racing NSW today has announced the further easing of restrictions permitting horses to travel from Victoria into NSW, consistent with the advice it has received from its biosecurity expert that it is appropriate to review its position given the reduction in the amount of daily new cases in Victoria and… Read More »

  • Chris Waller with a strong hand in the Epsom Handicap

    Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller confirmed he will have a number of runners in the Group One Epsom Handicap on Saturday, nominating mare Funstar as his top seed. He will also start George Main Stakes winner Kolding, who will carry 56.5kg, half a kilo less than he carted when seventh in the… Read More »

  • Robbie Dolan gets a vote of confidence from Team Edmonds

    The Edmonds stable has given Robbie Dolan a vote of confidence as he prepares to partner talented mare Vanna Girl in the Group One Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Dolan was booked for Vanna Girl after Glen Boss elected to ride Funstar for Chris Waller. “Robbie rides 50 kilos quite easily… Read More »

  • Nature Strip free to take on Classique Legend in Premiere Stakes

    Nature Strip has come through his latest barrier trial without incident and will now take on Classique Legend in the Premiere Stakes at Randwick. The multiple Group One winner’s last visit to the trials ended in high drama when he dislodged James McDonald as the gates opened and competed riderless…. Read More »

  • Defining day for Rob Hickmott’s German stayers

    Robert Hickmott assesses the upcoming meeting at Flemington as the defining day of the spring for his stable stars Schabau and Django Freeman as they both need to win to catapult their way into spring features. From past experience, Hickmott knows how important it is to win on Turnbull Stakes… Read More »

  • Godolphin confirm their horse in The Everest

    Godolphin has locked in Newmarket Handicap winner Bivouac to represent its slot in the $15 million Everest and they remain optimistic Trekking will also gain a start. Vin Cox, Australian managing director for Godolphin, said Bivouac made strong appeal as a dual Group One winner. “Bivouac is a proven Group… Read More »

  • Alligator Blood only ‘fair’ in jump-out

    Trainer David Vandyke was happy enough with Alligator Blood’s work in a barrier trial in-between races at the Sunshine Coast yesterday … but he was reasonably guarded in his comments on his star performer. “It was a fair effort today” said Vandyke. “I wouldn’t say he blew them away. The… Read More »

  • Damien Oliver chasing second Caulfield Guineas, 30 years apart

    It’s been 30 years since Melbourne’s champion rider, Damien Oliver, has landed the coveted Gr 1 Caulfield Guineas. But he could very well add another one to his resume this year after Sydney’s superstar trainer Chris Waller booked him on boom colt MO’UNGA (Savabeel-Chandelier). Market 💰: View the Odds for… Read More »

  • Watch 📺 Nature Strip only okay in trial

    Star sprinter Nature Strip has gone around without event in a trial at Rosehill this morning however he was slow to begin. Nature Strip went around again this morning at Rosehill after dumping his rider James McDonald last week at Randwick and he successfully completed the trial however he was… Read More »

  • Hugh Bowman booked for leading Caulfield Cup ride

    Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman has made a key booking for this years Caulfield Cup. Hugh Bowman will make the trip to Melbourne to ride during the Spring carnival with his first meeting set to be at Caulfield on Caulfield Guineas day where he will continue his partnership with King’s Legacy… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup placed stallion dies

    Melbourne Cup placed Lucas Cranach who was retired to stand at stud at Bullarook Park has sadly passed away. Lucas Cranach was bought by Australian Bloodstock to target the Melbourne Cup in which he ran third behind Dunaden sadly passed away following a freak accident whilst standing at stud. Lucas… Read More »

  • Rothfire’s racing career in doubt

    Star Queensland gelding Rothfire may not race again after suffering a serious injury in the Golden Rose on Saturday. Rothfire who was sent out as the heavily backed odds on favourite in the Golden Rose weakened in the concluding stages of the race to run fourth but a post race… Read More »

  • Rothfire ruled out of The Everest field

    Queensland three-year-old Rothfire will be sidelined indefinitely after fracturing a sesamoid bone during the running of the Golden Rose. The gelding started a popular odds-on favourite in Saturday’s Group One race but tired quickly over the final stages to finish fourth to Ole Kirk. Jockey Jim Byrne dismounted on pulling… Read More »

  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – September 26th Edition

    Another Everest slot was filled, Ole Kirk stamped his class and Russian Camelot showed class and arrogance at Caulfield. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. KEY NEWS: Big Boy Gets Big Chance The form horse of the Spring at the… Read More »

  • Russian Camelot lives up to the hype

    Danny O’Brien branded rising star Russian Camelot as the best horse he had trained after his commanding win in the Group One Underwood Stakes. “He’s the best horse I’ve had anything to do with. He’s a magnificent colt,” O’Brien said after the 1800m event. O’Brien pointed out that Russian Camelot… Read More »

  • Team Hawkes colts fight out Golden Rose finish

    Two superbly bred Hawkes Racing colts have fought out the finish of the Group One Golden Rose as Rothfire’s Everest campaign came under a cloud. The Queensland flyer, who started an odds-on favourite, punctured late to finish fourth and was later found to be lame. But it was all smiles… Read More »

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