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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Steve O’Dea overdue for change of luck in Sunshine Coast Cup

    No-one would begrudge trainer Steve O’Dea a change of big race luck with Scallopini in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup. O’Dea is having another successful season and is firmly entrenched in the metropolitan trainers premiership top 10 with 17 winners. He went to the Magic Millions day a fortnight ago… Read More »

     
  • Rapid Racing ready to be launched at Flemington

    Craig Williams and Damien Oliver will head a team of metropolitan jockeys competing against a country side at a twilight meeting at Flemington. The meeting on February 9 will feature two teams of seven with all races on the straight course. The Victoria Racing Club has dubbed the Sunday meeting… Read More »

     
  • Trainer confident outsider can cause upset

    Buoyed by strong barrier trial performances from his stable stars, Anthony Cummings is optimistic two-year-old Fayerra can defy her odds and be competitive at Randwick. With the autumn carnival around the corner, Cummings ramped up preparations for Libertini, Vegadaze and Prince Fawaz on Thursday with all stepping out at a… Read More »

     
  • Southern Lad set to go the distance in stakes test

    Southern Lad will be looking to continue trainer John O’Shea’s outstanding mid-season form at Randwick, and notch a victory that has the potential to set him on a Group One path. O’Shea has trained 14 metropolitan winners this season, nine of them since January 1 including a treble on the… Read More »

     
  • Ziemba to continue family tradition

    Trainer Robert Heathcote has more than one reason to hope promising three-year-old Ziemba can win at the Sunshine Coast. Ziemba will be joined by stablemates Stuttering and Mosshiki to give Heathcote a strong hand in Saturday’s QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1600m). Heathcote has been the form Brisbane trainer since the start… Read More »

     
  • VRC Oaks winner nearing return

    Group One VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound will ramp up preparations towards her return when she contests a Flemington jump-out. The three-year-old filly played her part in a memorable Melbourne Cup carnival for trainer Danny O’Brien last spring, winning both the Group Two Wakeful Stakes and Group One VRC Oaks…. Read More »

     
  • Sir Elton on song for tough Randwick test

    A belated change to the race program has resulted in promising sprinter Sir Elton facing an immediate test of his capabilities when he resumes at Randwick. Trainer Adam Duggan admitted he had to get his head around the alterations after the four-year-olds and upwards event was combined with a three-year-old… Read More »

     
  • Stephanie Thornton’s claim to assist Just Orm

    The booking of in-form apprentice Stephanie Thornton is expected to be the key to Just Orm breaking his open company duck at the Sunshine Coast. Thornton will claim 1.5kg on Just Orm bringing his weight down to 52.5kg in Saturday’s Coastal BMW Open (1000m). It is arguably the most competitive… Read More »

     
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  • River Racer on track for Sunshine Coast Cup

    River Racer is unlikely to be regarded among Queensland’s greatest mares but she will be remembered as one of the most honest to race in the state. River Racer needs only to finish in the placings in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Saturday to take her earnings past… Read More »

     
  • Michael Hellyer to celebrate 600 winners

    Popular jockey Michael Hellyer would love to celebrate reaching 600 career wins with another feature race success at his favourite track, the Sunshine Coast. Hellyer rode his 600th winner on Deep State at the Sunshine Coast last Sunday. The seaside track has been a happy hunting ground for Hellyer with… Read More »

     
  • Watch: Dreamforce impresses in trial win

    Multiple Group One placegetter Dreamforce has signalled he is in for a good preparation with a solid barrier trial win at Randwick. The John Thompson-trained seven-year-old beat three-year-old Standout in the first of two 900m-heats on the course proper on Thursday. There was less than five lengths covering the 10-horse… Read More »

     
  • Three-way tie for world’s best racehorse

    In a three-way tie, Enable, Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist have been named as the top-rated horses in the world. The John Gosden-trained Enable just failed in October to become the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe three times. The horse who denied her a special place… Read More »

     
  • Blue Diamond Stakes favourite set to return at Caulfield

    Jockey Luke Currie has already won this season’s Magic Millions Classic and will get a better idea about his hopes of back-to-back Blue Diamond Stakes victories when favourite Hanseatic resumes in one of the Previews. Currie is well placed to judge the potential of young horses, having won two of… Read More »

     
  • Josh Cartwright rides city double at Sandown

    Jockey Josh Cartwright has landed a satisfying city double at Sandown as he continues to rebuild his riding career in Victoria after serving a lengthy suspension. A victory on the Nick Harnett-trained colt Seafield Road in Wednesday’s Le Pine Funerals Plate (1300m) gave Cartwright his first city success since his… Read More »

     
  • Popular grey Albumin set for Carrington Stakes

    After a race day he would rather forget, trainer Gerald Ryan is hoping to come away from Randwick in a happier frame of mind. Ryan had high expectations for two-year-old Return With Honour at Rosehill on Saturday but the heavy track put paid to the colt’s chances and those of… Read More »

     
  • Godolphin say no more Bull

    Popular Godolphin sprinter Osborne Bulls has been retired as a multiple Group One placegetter. Godolphin announced on Wednesday the six-year-old would join its Lifetime Care Program, which retrains ex-racehorses in other disciplines. The gelding retires with nine wins from his 20 starts and nine placings, including five seconds at Group… Read More »

     
  • First positive detected for synthetic blood agent

    Australia is among the jurisdictions maintaining vigilance in testing for substances such as the synthetic blood agent known as ITPP. A French laboratory has detected the first positive result in a racehorse to ITPP, or myo-inositol trispyrophosphate. The substance was detected in a urine sample from Akoya, the winner of… Read More »

     
  • Decision soon on Danny Nikolic application

    A decision is expected within a fortnight whether former jockey Danny Nikolic can resume riding in Queensland. Nikolic applied for a Queensland provincial class licence just before Christmas and the matter was adjourned until the new year. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission licensing division has collected submissions on the application,… Read More »

     
  • Carrington Stakes start pending for Crack Me Up

    A decision whether Carrington Stakes topweight Crack Me Up runs at Randwick or the Sunshine Coast has yet to be made. The 2017 Villiers Stakes winner has had two starts after being sidelined for 12 months, including a close fifth in the Group Three George Moore Stakes, finishing less than half a… Read More »

     
 
 
 
 
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