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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Boys facing a Royal challenge in Epsom

    In a stable rich in weight-for-age stars, Royal Descent stands out. The only mare in Saturday’s Epsom Handicap, she also adds a rare feminine touch to trainer Chris Waller’s Group One record. The champion trainer’s dominance of Sydney racing has been built on the back of tough geldings and classy […]

  • Smokin’ Joey set for return at Flemington

    Group One-winning sprinter Smokin’ Joey will follow a similar program to 12 months ago when he lines up at Flemington on Saturday. Just as he did a year ago, Smokin’ Joey kicks off his spring campaign in the Gilgai Stakes over the straight 1200-metre course. After that the now seven-year-old […]

  • Gris Caro up for the challenge in Turnbull

    Former French galloper Gris Caro takes on Group One company for the first time when he contests the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. The 2000-metre contest will be his final outing before the Caulfield Cup on October 18. Gris Caro is exempt from the ballot for the Caulfield Cup […]

  • First Seal set to take Flight for Thompson

    A tumultuous era ended for John Thompson this week but in filly First Seal he might already have the horse to underpin his future. The dispersal sale of Patinack Farm stock wound up on Wednesday and with it Thompson’s official ties to owner Nathan Tinkler. Thompson remained Tinkler’s head trainer […]

  • Stakes high for La Amistad in Metrop

    It’s tough having a three-time Melbourne Cup winner for a sister. It’s harder still to manage expectations when you’re training her younger sibling. That is the challenge that has faced Hawkes Racing as the stable negotiates the spring campaign of Makybe Diva’s three-quarter relation La Amistad. Spoken of as a […]

  • Fast Facts on the Turnbull Stakes

    THE TURNBULL STAKES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW HISTORY: First run 1948 when won by Beau Gem. Handicap until 1963. Weight-for-age 1964-70. Now set weights and penalties * Group One since 2006 NOTABLE WINNERS: Comic Court (1949-50), Rising Fast (1954), Redcraze (1955), Tobin Bronze (1966), Galilee (1968), Leilani (1974, […]

  • Botti spring quartet arrive in good order

    The four-horse European team of trainer Marco Botti in Melbourne for the spring carnival have settled in well following their arrival last Saturday. The quartet are undergoing quarantine at Werribee racecourse and Botti’s assistant trainer Paul Francis reports they have settled in well. The four gallopers are owned by Australian […]

  • Plate a must-win race for Romance: jockey

    There is no ducking and weaving from James McDonald regarding expectations for New Zealand mare Rising Romance in Saturday’s Craven Plate at Randwick. On the third line of Caulfield Cup betting, the mare is also the warmest favourite on the Epsom Handicap day program. With Hawkspur missing the Craven Plate […]

  • Kelly primed for two-state training double

    Gold Coast trainer David Kelly hopes top jockey Craig Newitt proves a good judge in two states on Saturday. Kelly has smart sprinter Final Crescendo in the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington and Aldini in the Broadbeach Junior AFL Handicap at the Gold Coast. Newitt chose Final Crescendo ahead of other […]

  • Heathcote goes for local knowledge angle

    The old racing adage of booking local jockeys for certain racetracks will get a test when trainer Robert Heathcote tries to end a run of Gold Coast outs on Saturday. Heathcote has trained more than 1000 winners but only six of those have been at the Gold Coast. His aversion […]