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Australian Horse Racing News

  • Grahame Begg finds a Gem for the Sandown Guineas

    When Grahame Begg first learned of the Melbourne Racing Club’s delay to the Sandown Guineas meeting it certainly piqued his interest. The Sandown Guineas has been traditionally run a week after the completion of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, but this year the Group 2 race, and the entire card including the Group 2 Zipping Classic, has been pushed back… Read More »

  • David Payne to Soldier on at Rosehill

    Blue Soldier steps out to the 2000m for the first time since arriving in Australia and trainer David Payne believes the import will appreciate the trip. Trainer David Payne has only had Blue Soldier in his stable for a month, but the United Kingdom import has already shown the Rosehill-based… Read More »

  • Dr on a Mission in the Zipping Classic

    The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable is expecting the slightly shorter trip of the Zipping Classic to suit Dr Drill. The 2400m of the Group 2 race is as far as Dr Drill wants according to Eustace who said the imported gelding would take his chance on Saturday. Dr Drill made a race… Read More »

  • ‘Mishani’ making merry with breeders’ bonus

    The concept of the Aquis Breeder’s Bonus, which was originally offered to both announce the presence of the then stud’s new stallion, The Mission, and to keep the focus firmly on the progress of his progeny, has proved to be a resounding success. Two runners, Mishani Warfare (The Mission –… Read More »

  • Addeybb ruled out of another Australian plunder

    Trainer William Haggas has confirmed that the dual Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Addeybb will not be making the trip to Australia next year where he would have been in line to land an historic three-peat in the big race. Speaking to Racing Post, Haggas was happy that… Read More »

  • Korea’s 17th President’s Cup

    It’s The 17th President’s Cup at Seoul’s LetsRun Park Racecourse and will Fantastic Man be the rising star on Korean racing, and will the Koreans be calling-out ‘our new Triple Nine.’ In Fantastic Man winning three of his last four starts, the recent his first Class 1 win by 7… Read More »

  • Surprise Baby ready for return at Caulfield

    Surprise Baby only needs to get through the remainder of the week to have his first start since last year’s Melbourne Cup. Now in the care of Gavin Bedggood at Cranbourne, Surprise Baby is entered for the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. A hock injury has prevented Surprise… Read More »

  • Boom Toowoomba galloper ready to Go at Doomben

    The latest horse to come out of Toowoomba and attract a significant amount of attention will line up at Doomben on Wednesday in a Class 4 Handicap over 1350m. Like the Toowoomba raised Incentivise and Hinged before him this year, the Tom Dougall trained Go Wandji has had prospective buyers… Read More »

  • Waiting game for Hot Zed

    Trainer Lou Luciani will wait and see before deciding on whether to start Hot Zed in Saturday week’s Group 3 A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m), following his win in Saturday’s Carbine Club Stakes (1400m). Hot Zed sat outside Son Of A God in the $125,000 feature and wore him down over… Read More »

  • Nominations are in for Rosehill return

    Rosehill will welcome back metropolitan racing to Sydney, after a two-week stint in provincial regions for the running of The Hunter and The Gong. Headlined by the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m), Saturday’s return to Sydney will also include two other black type races in the Starlight Stakes (1100m) and… Read More »

  • Art Cadeau ready to go at Group level

    It’s a testament to the prize money levels on offer for country-based New South Wales gallopers that the Terry Robinson-trained Art Cadeau has already earned over $1.3 million for his connections, but has yet to compete at Group or Listed level. Winning a Kosciuszko and a Country Championships final goes a… Read More »

  • Golden Sixty makes it 15 in a row

    Golden Sixty has made it fifteen wins on the trot with a facile win in HK$4.75 million G2 BOCHK Private Wealth Jockey Club Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin. It is now twenty-eight months since Golden Sixty tasted defeat back in July 2019. As such, he unsurprisingly started at very restrictive… Read More »

  • Alligator Blood to press on with summer campaign

    It has been twenty-one months since Alligator Blood, at the time one of the stars of the turf, won the Group 1 Australian Guineas. Alligator Blood had another four starts subsequent to that win for trainer David Vandyke, who had blazed a dominant trail with the son of All Too… Read More »

  • Zoustyle back with a bang at Sunshine Coast

    There is no prize for guessing the performance of the day at the opening meeting of the Queensland Summer Carnival at the Sunshine Coast. It was Zoustyle’s performance that left punters gobsmacked as he lowered the 1000m track record to a sizzling 55.80 seconds under the steadying burden of 58kg,… Read More »

  • Chad Schofield to return to Australia

    Jockey Chad Schofield will return to Australia after the Hong Kong International Races in December. Schofield’s original three-month riding contract in Hong Kong turned into a very extended stay with the rider currently competing in his seventh successive season in Hong Kong but now, with a baby boy due in… Read More »

  • Sydney raider assembles strong Caulfield team

    Trainer Matthew Smith will take advantage of a late feature meeting in Melbourne by having a many as four runners at Caulfield. Saturday’s Zipping Classic meeting was put back two weeks at the request of the Melbourne Racing Club and transferred from Sandown to Caulfield. Smith had considered starting Japanese import Keiai Nautique in… Read More »

  • Large numbers entered for Blue Diamond Stakes

    The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable have the highest number of two-year-olds remaining for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes following the closure of First Acceptances. Maher and Eustace account for almost 10 per cent of the 933 two-year-old that remain after First Acceptance closed last week. A total of 933 juveniles were paid up for of… Read More »

  • Tyler Schiller shapes as Mark Newnham’s latest protege

    A desire to give others an opportunity to forge careers in racing is the driving force behind Mark Newnham’s commitment to mentoring the sport’s brightest young riders. A former jockey before he turned his hand to training, Newnham has produced the past three winners of the Sydney apprentices’ premiership –… Read More »

  • Summer stakes targets loom for Steely

    Gerald Ryan had hoped to be saddling up Steely in the feature race at Kembla Grange but in the end he was content to settle for a victory in one of the support events. The five-year-old was nominated for the $1 million The Gong (1600m) but failed to make the 16-horse field,… Read More »


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