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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Jason Deamer juvenile revives Lovely memories

    Tried horses are the bread and butter of Jason Deamer’s stable but the Newcastle horseman has a handy blueprint when it comes to nurturing a talented two-year-old. Deamer was working for trainer David Throsby during the early 2000s and was heavily involved with Lovely Jubly during a stellar juvenile season in… Read More »

  • McEvoy fillies take aim at Twilight Glow Stakes

    The absence of impressive Melbourne Cup Carnival winner Espiona from the Twilight Glow Stakes at Caulfield is music to the ears of Tony and Calvin McEvoy. Espiona looked a seriously good galloper after her demolition job in the Listed Desirable Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on November 4. Runner-up that day, 6-½ lengths astern, was the… Read More »

  • Matt Laurie on a learning curve with Chartres

    Trainer Matt Laurie will find out a bit more about his lightly raced galloper Chartres when the three-year-old runs in the Sandown Guineas. The Group 2 race over 1600m at Caulfield on Saturday was an afterthought for Laurie and the connections of the son of Toronado. With all four career runs being over 1200m, Laurie… Read More »

  • Soldier and Bride to clash in ATC Cup

    Stable bragging rights will be up for grabs when barn mates Kiss The Bride and Soldier Of Love renew their rivalry in the Listed ATC Cup at Rosehill. The pair went head-to-head over the 2000 metre course in the Rosehill Gold Cup two starts ago, finishing third and fourth, with Kiss… Read More »

  • Tony Gollan’s Mate to make Sydney debut

    The possibility of a wash out at the Gold Coast has been a driver in Tony Gollan’s decision to bring wet track specialist Tambo’s Mate to Sydney, but it isn’t the only factor. The in-form sprinter is among acceptances for both the Recognition Stakes (1400m) and the Starlight Stakes (1100m)… Read More »

  • Cup Night spot on for the Winterbottom Stakes

    Jockey Pat Carbery is confident a plan hatched by trainer Bernie Miller several months ago will pay big dividends when Cup Night contests the Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday. Cup Night, who contested last year’s Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingston Town Classic (1800m), has… Read More »

  • Mr Burgundy breaks through at Gosford

    Despite a heavy market drift nearing the jump, Mr Burgundy was able to defy the lack of support and score smartly in the first event at Gosford on Wednesday. Falling below black figures when the original race favourite came out Tuesday afternoon, punters had the opportunity to cash in on a… Read More »

  • Convict Sam rewards patient owners

    The perseverance of owner John Allen has paid a dividend at Sandown with Convict Sam scoring in a blanket finish. Convict Sam spent more than two years away from racing after injuring a tendon as a three-year-old and after one start in his current campaign made it back into the… Read More »

  • Prime Candidate’s chances hinge on track

    Track conditions will determine whether Prime Candidate takes his place in the Festival Stakes with the gelding an unlikely starter if the surface deteriorates to heavy. While the seven-year-old can handle soft tracks, trainer Bjorn Baker is not keen to run him on anything worse. “He is one where, if it does… Read More »

  • Damien Thornton holds trust in Guardian Spirit

    Jockey Damien Thornton’s opinion of Guardian Spirit has been vindicated with the Godolphin-owned galloper scoring at Sandown. Thornton made the trip to Geelong to partner Guardian Spirit in his maiden win before making the trip back to Flemington to complete duties on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Guardian… Read More »

  • Heavy track expected for Festival Stakes meeting at Rosehill

    The Festival Stakes meeting at Rosehill is expected to be held on a heavy track with the latest weather forecasts predicting almost 50 millimetres of rain to fall. Track manager Shaun Patterson said the forecast was changing by the hour and initial predictions for 30mm of rain across Thursday and… Read More »

  • Port Louis out to break maiden in G2 Sandown Guineas

    Port Louis has been a cause of frustration for his trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace . Port Louis has untapped ability, but is still a maiden after eight starts withfive placings to his credit including two in stakes grade races. Maher and Eustace are chasing a ‘black type’ win with the son of Maurice and hope the… Read More »

  • Sound chasing back-to-back wins in the Zipping Classic

    German-bred import Sound has been a mainstay of staying races in Melbourne since his arrival in Australia for the Spring Carnival of 2018. He has competed in two Melbourne Cups, two Caulfield Cups, two Sydney Cups and even travelled to New Zealand for their feature staying races. But while his form has justified him running those races, Sound has… Read More »

  • Ellsberg early favourite for the Festival Stakes

    Trainers Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou appear to have pulled the right rein in deciding not to run Ellsberg in The Gong with the horse opening favourite for the Festival Stakes on his home track. Ryan said they did consider heading to last weekend’s Kembla Grange feature but decided the timing… Read More »

  • Interstate trip beckons for Expat

    Mark Newnham believes prolific winner Expat is ready to raise the bar this campaign by adding some valuable black type to her pedigree. The winner of five of her nine starts, the speedy mare resumes in the Elite Turf Handicap (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday and will have no trouble handling… Read More »

  • Tim Donnelly doesn’t plan to just be a Participator in Highway

    Enjoying a bright start to his career, Participator heads to Sydney on Saturday to contest the 1200m event in just his third outing. Winning both career starts to date, the lightly raced three-year-old son of Contributer has not gone unnoticed by the handicappers and will be forced to lug the top weight… Read More »

  • Jericho Cup attracts a quality field

    Australia’s longest flat race, the 4600m Jericho Cup, which will take place at Warrnambool this Sunday, has attracted a full field of fourteen runners (with four emergency acceptors). The race is a BM90, high weight race with a minimum weight of 65kg … which is the weight that will be… Read More »

  • Jarrad Noske to Rock the Winterbottom Stakes

    Hugh Bowman and Winx. Luke Nolen and Black Caviar. Glen Boss and Makybe Diva. Think about those three jockeys and you are drawn to their bond and association with the greats of Australian racing. In Perth, you can extend that connection between rider and horse to Jarrad Noske and Rock Magic. Noske… Read More »

  • Chris Waller excited to take on Europe’s best

    Chris Waller isn’t packing his travel bags just yet … but he does have some exciting plans for doing so next year with the likes of the Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant, The Everest winner Nature strip and the Coolmore Stud winner Home Affairs all in the frame to undertake… Read More »


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