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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Sydney Cup stakes lifted extra $600,000

    The Sydney Cup will figure in a $600,0000 stakes increase, ensuring the winner of next year’s race will earn connections a $1 million windfall. Run as part of The Championships during the autumn, the extra prize money has been made available because of joint funding from the Australian Turf Club […]

  • Red Cadeaux’s trainer arrives in Melbourne

    A Melbourne Cup win would be the icing on the cake for Ed Dunlop. The English trainer, who flew into Melbourne on Thursday to oversee the final stage of Red Cadeaux’s Cup campaign, said winning the race had become one of the biggest challenge’s in the thoroughbred world. Red Cadeaux […]

  • Stanley lives Derby dream with longshot

    Less than two years after he started training, Brent Stanley is taking on the big names in the Victoria Derby. A Caulfield Cup-winning rider on Arctic Scent as an apprentice in 1996, the 35-year-old saddles up Royal Standing in the $1.5 million race at Flemington on Saturday. A $61 chance, […]

  • Victoria Derby to bring change of fortune

    Three years ago Sangster won the Derby that eluded his sire Savabeel. The training team behind the 2011 Victoria Derby winner is back in Melbourne with another son of Savabeel to try to do it again. New Zealanders Trent Busuttin and his partner Natalie Young brought Atmosphere to Australia as […]

  • Lord Van Percy to kick Lexus goal: Balding

    English trainer Andrew Balding is not fazed by having Lord Van Percy back-up from the Lexus Stakes to the Melbourne Cup. Thirtieth in the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup, Lord Van Percy must win the Lexus Stakes to gain a start next Tuesday. European stayers are not known […]

  • Rogerson out for another Mackinnon upset

    Costume is a dual Group One winner in New Zealand and a victory in Australia at the highest level will further enhance the value of the foal she is carrying into the Mackinnon Stakes. The Graeme and Debbie Rogerson-trained mare, who has returned a positive test to Pins, is the […]

  • Waller all out with Rosehill Counterattack

    An unraced two-year-old with close ties to two important winners for Chris Waller will provide a momentary Victoria Derby day distraction for the trainer. Because he has eight runners in four of the biggest races at Flemington on Saturday, it’s no surprise Waller is the trainer most likely to land […]

  • Pedigree says speed, Payne says stamina

    Lady Macan will be out to prove the judgment of her trainer is more accurate than any pedigree page when she puts her VRC Oaks credentials on the line in the Wakeful Stakes at Flemington. The filly will be one of 13 runners in Saturday’s 2000-metre contest, a traditional lead-up […]

  • Villiers Stakes target for Sir Moments

    Steve O’Dea believes jockey Tim Bell’s affinity with his star galloper Sir Moments is worth more than an apprentice’s claim. O’Dea’s loyalty to Bell will leave Sir Moments as the effective top weight for the Padua College Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday after the trainer of the two saddlecloth […]

  • Punta’s star on the rise: Heathcote

    A win by Punta Norte at his city debut could partly compensate trainer Rob Heathcote for his disappointment at the scrapping of Saturday’s open staying race at Doomben. Heathcote had Volkhere and Coworth Park entered for the race but Racing Queensland removed it from the program because of insufficient nominations. […]