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Australian Horse Racing News

  • McEvoy colt set to debut at Caulfield

    Two-year-old colt Kahaylaan has shown co-trainer Calvin McEvoy enough to take him to town for his debut. Kahaylaan is one of 36 nominations for Saturday’s 1100m handicap for two-year-olds at Caulfield where there will be a field limit of 14 plus emergencies – acceptances are due on Wednesday. A son… Read More »

  • Leading trainers want Melbourne Cup date change

    Trainer Danny O’Brien would like to see the whole spring carnival shifted and the Melbourne Cup run in the first week of December. A major overhaul could be on the agenda with the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) exploring the option of moving its Caulfield carnival, including the Caulfield Cup, from… Read More »

  • G1 winning stayer sold to Hong Kong

    Yet another class Aussie galloper, is going off to race in Hong Kong. While the owners of MASKED CRUSADER have knocked back $3m as we know, the owners of SHADOW HERO haven’t. The super 3YO, has thus far won 4 races in Australia, a pair of them at Gr 1… Read More »

  • Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival could be overhauled

    Melbourne’s spring racing carnival may be overhauled because of a clash with the rescheduled AFL finals. The 2400m Group 1 Caulfield Cup, one of the biggest races of the season and a key lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, could be moved from mid-October to the end of November. The Herald… Read More »

  • Stradbroke Handicap places up for grabs at Doomben

    In-form Sydney colt Dawn Passage is the early favourite to win the Fred Best Classic at Doomben and clinch his spot in the Group One Stradbroke Handicap. The Group Three Fred Best Classic (1350m) on Saturday features a number of three-year-olds who also hold nominations for the Stradbroke Handicap a… Read More »

  • Gobstopper jumps into Grand National Hurdle contention

    Well-related gelding Gobstopper is making his mark during this year’s Victorian jumps racing season and trainer Eric Musgrove is now plotting a path for him to the Grand National Hurdle. By Tavistock out of Bagalollies, Gobstopper’s siblings include former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther and recent Group One… Read More »

  • Hey Doc returns ahead of big spring targets

    Hey Doc has returned to work after a spell and will be given a slow build-up before the three-time Group One winner is locked into spring targets. Six-year-old Hey Doc has not started since unplaced in the Group One CF Orr Stakes in early February. “He only came back into… Read More »

  • QRIC warns of heightened risk of Hendra virus this year

    The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has called on horse owners and trainers to be particularly aware of the threat of Hendra virus this year. QRIC Veterinary Services and Animal Welfare Director Dr Martin Lenz said now is the time to get serious about vaccination against Hendra virus. A global… Read More »

  • Zac Purton, Joao Moreira HK stoush down to the wire

    Australian jockey Zac Purton remains locked in a enthralling tussle with arch-rival Joao Moreira as he tries to defend his Hong Kong jockeys’ premiership crown. Purton rode four winners at Sha Tin on Sunday, including Exultant in the Champions & Chater Cup, the final Group One race of the Hong… Read More »

  • Raising the Breeders Cup Bar

    Bob Baffert Racing Stables has announced their seasoned stars are in full training, heading towards the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on 6,7 November, chiefly for the $7m Longines Classic. What of Bob Baffert’s stars who don’t make the Longines Classic of 1¼m. There’s dropping back to the $2m Big Ass… Read More »

  • Top NZ jockey set to move to Australia

    Prominent jockey Jason Waddell will quit New Zealand racing to ride in Australia as soon as travel between the two countries can resume. Waddell, regarded as one of New Zealand’s best riders with 13 Group One wins to his credit, said he had thought long and hard about the move…. Read More »

  • Top Queensland sprinter out of G1 Stradbroke Handicap

    Top Queensland sprinter Tambo’s Mate has been injured and will miss the Group One Stradbroke Handicap. Tambo’s Mate had beaten the ballot for the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 6 after winning the Group Three BRC Sprint at Doomben three weeks ago. The gelding ran seventh in the… Read More »

  • Damian Lane racks up more winners in Japan

    Australian jockey Damian Lane has added another handful of winners to his tally in Japan but has come up short in the Group One Japanese Oaks won by emerging star Daring Tact. Lane rode five winners at Tokyo at the weekend, with a treble on Saturday and a double on… Read More »

  • Birdsville races scratched due to COVID-19

    Queensland’s iconic Birdsville horse racing carnival is the latest COVID-19 victim, with organisers announcing this year’s event has been scratched. The event, known as the Melbourne Cup of the outback, have been held since 1882 and is a major tourist drawcard for operators in the state’s far west. The races,… Read More »

  • Brad Stewart could miss Stradbroke Handicap meeting

    Jockey Brad Stewart is the latest to need a stay on a suspension if he is to ride at the big Group One day of racing at Eagle Farm. There is an increasing shortage of top jockeys in Queensland which has been exacerbated by injury, suspensions and coronavirus restrictions imposed… Read More »

  • Officials confident UK racing can resume

    Brant Dunshea, chief regulatory officer at the British Horseracing Authority, has expressed his confidence that racing will be able to resume in Britain on June 1. Racing was last staged on March 17 and the government announced earlier this month that no professional sport, even behind closed doors, would take… Read More »

  • Classy Exultant defends crown in Hong Kong

    Exultant showed all his class to dig deep and defend his crown in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. Known as Irishcorrespondent when with Michael Halford in Ireland, the Tony Cruz-trained six-year-old finished second in the Group One feature in 2018, but went one… Read More »

  • Watch: German import in Flemington eye-catcher

    Trainer Robert Hickmott has described the performance of German import Django Freeman as “super” after the entire’s Australian debut placing at Flemington. With Craig Williams in the saddle, Django Freeman finished third behind Reykjavik and Shot Of Irish in Saturday’s Apache Cat Handicap over 1600m. Reykjavik storms home over the… Read More »

  • Exhilarates set to stake Stradbroke Handicap claim

    Godolphin will use a proven strategy with accomplished filly Exhilarates in anticipation she can add further depth to the stable’s Stradbroke Handicap team. Exhilarates is campaigning in Queensland, where she first made a name for herself, and returned to racing with a Gold Coast Guineas placing. She will run in… Read More »

  • Robbie Dolan ready for next chapter

    It took a leap of faith for Irish-born apprentice Robbie Dolan to move to Australia and he is again prepared to back himself as he launches into the next phase of his riding career. The 24-year-old notched his 80th winner last week to outride his allowance and Saturday’s Randwick meeting… Read More »

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