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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Top jockeys suffer heavy fall at Canberra

    Senior rider Matthew Cahill along with in demand apprentice Ellen Hennessy may not throw a leg over a horse tomorrow even though they are booked on 11 of them between the pair. Both came down very heavily at Canberra in race 4 on Friday. Hennessy, whose vital 3kg claim was… Read More »

  • Royal Ascot off the cards for Zaaki

    Zaaki’s connections have officially abandoned plans for a return to Royal Ascot with the star import a confirmed starter at this year’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Trainer Annabel Neasham on Friday announced via social media that the gelding would aim to defend his Hollindale Stakes and Doomben Cup crowns in preference… Read More »

  • Sydney trainer raids on VRC St Leger at Flemington

    Even John Sargent concedes he was a little worried early on with Bastida, who is the Sydney trainer’s representative in Monday’s $300,000 Listed VRC St Leger at Flemington. The Pierro gelding’s pedigree suggested he would be a stayer, but inglorious performances at his first two starts – a second-last placing over 1500m… Read More »

  • Extreme Choice to stand for $275,000

    Extreme Choice will stand for one of the highest disclosed fees in Australian history for the upcoming breeding season. Newgate Farm finalised its stallion fees late on Thursday and announced that the son of Not A Single Doubt, who is the sire of Stay Inside, She’s Extreme, Espiona, Tiger Of Malay and… Read More »

  • James McDonald key to help Sunborn shine

    Stable star Duais might be in the spelling paddock, but Edward Cummings is keen to continue making inroads in Sydney and he is hoping Sunborn can land another blow for his team at Randwick.Sunborn will tackle a new-look Midway Handicap (1100m), the regular Saturday fixture restricted to fillies and mares this week, and… Read More »

  • Corstens forced into Plan B with Umgawa

    Troy Corstens has long had Saturday’s Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday in mind for Umgawa, just not necessarily the race he will run in. The three-year-old will be racing for the biggest payday of his career in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Mile, but Corstens was eyeing an even bigger prize. The… Read More »

  • Young Tiger poised to pounce

    John O’Shea isn’t sure if Zou Tiger can turn the tables on last-start conqueror Zougotcha when they clash again at Randwick, but he is confident both are talented two-year-olds going places. The Chris Waller-trained Zougotcha camped in behind the speed when they met on a heavy 10 track at Canterbury, chasing down Zou… Read More »

  • Nature Strip, a Champions story that’s being told

    With the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival themed as ‘Where Stories Are Told’ it’s Nature Strip whose now World’s Best Racehorse, equal to Life Is Good, the Pegasus World Cup hero. With both Nature Strip and Life Is Good sitting equal on top of the IFHA World Best Racehorse Ranking on… Read More »

  • Kieran McDonagh hopes for Royal performance in Westspeed Final

    Trainer Kieran McDonagh hopes market support for Lord Lonsdale in the Westspeed Platinum Autumn Final (1200m) at Ascot is well placed. Lord Lonsdale opened $14 with Tabtouch for the $100,000 event, but has now tightened to $9 and is one of three runners in single figure odds. Adam Durrant’s in… Read More »

  • Lindsey Smith in hot form heading into winter

    With a just over a week before the end of April, the Warrnambool-based trainer has bagged 11 victories across Victoria and Western Australia. Headlining his cast of winners has been In The Boat, a genuine surprise packet since transferring from Perth. Since making the move last year, the four-year-old has… Read More »

  • Bella Vella back from the barn

    Group One winning mare Bella Vella will return to racing this Saturday after failing to get in foal for a second season as a broodmare. The Will Clarken trained Bella Vella is now seven years of age, but a zest for racing has encouraged Rosemont Stud to see if she can become… Read More »

  • John O’Shea’s imports ready to rock Randwick

    John O’Shea looks to have an exciting prospect in former Irish galloper Diamil. The curtain has closed on the Sydney autumn carnival, but trainer John O’Shea still has a few bullets to fire as he prepares to unveil a pair of promising imports at Randwick. Four-year-old Diamil will line up in… Read More »

  • Gracias Amigo has heavy task in VOBIS Gold Mile

    Having to carry 57-kilos isn’t ideal for Gracias Amigo as far as trainer Grahame Begg is concerned but that’s the price this five-year-old gelding who has found good form of late has to pay as he lines up in the VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday. “He’s not treated well… Read More »

  • Greg Eurell with strong team on VOBIS raceday at Caulfield

    Greg Eurell will take a team of three runners to Caulfield on Saturday, all with their sights set on the rich incentives offered on the annual VOBIS raceday. While Promises Kept ($26) lines up on the million-dollar Showdown (1200m), he saddles up a pair in the VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m) in Don… Read More »

  • Dragonstone could be a late-autumn gem

    The recent retirement of a stable flagbearer has Mark Newnham looking for a change of fortune at Randwick where he will have up to four runners. Dual Group 1 placegetter Harmony Rose was scratched from last weekend’s JRA Plate on the final day of the Sydney autumn carnival after suffering a leg… Read More »

  • Top UK jockey booked for Artorius at Royal Ascot

    Anthony and Sam Freedman believe jockey Jamie Spencer’s knowledge of the Royal Ascot course and his riding style will benefit Artorius when the sprinter represents Australia at Royal Ascot. The training partners confirmed the booking of the champion rider on Thursday with stable representative Brad Taylor saying they thought about using an… Read More »

  • Henry Dwyer singing Hollerlujah ahead of The Showdown

    Henry Dwyer would love it if all horses translated their sales complex behaviour to the racetrack as well as Hollerlujah , one of the favourites for Saturday’s The Showdown at Caulfield. It was this time last year that the Ballarat trainer bought the daughter of Holler and Littlemiss Sandown for $46,000 at… Read More »

  • Gypsy Goddess set to target G1 Queensland Oaks

    Trainer David Vandyke has confirmed that his star three-year-old filly Gypsy Goddess will now target the Group 1 Queensland Oaks as her main mission during the Queensland Winter racing carnival. The plan is for the daughter of Tarzino to have one lead-up run in the Group 2 The Roses two… Read More »

  • Emerald Kingdom set to defend BRC Sprint crown

    As the roadmaps for different runners heading into the Queensland Winter Carnival begins to take shape, Emerald Kingdom, who won last year’s edition of the Group 3 BRC Sprint, will take a detour north before a likely return to defend his BRC Sprint crown. The Robert Heathcote trained seven-year-old resumed… Read More »


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