Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
Massive Odds on All Races!
Sign-up and start betting with PlayUp in 2 minutes!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Steve Hart
David Payne has continued his wonderful vein of form this spring with Costello

Trainer David Payne has continued his wonderful vein of form this spring with Costello upsetting his more fancied rivals to win the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup.

The $40,000 yearling purchase took his earnings to just under $600,000 with Saturday’s victory and Payne was delighted that he struck a wet track at the right time.

“His last run was on a good three and Tommy (Berry) came in and said, ‘David, he’s feeling it, keep him on a soft surface’ and that’s why we haven’t run him,” Payne said.

“As soon as it rained I threw him in this race. I didn’t think he’d get a run to be honest.

“But once we got in with 54 kilograms and then we drew one I thought, he’s in with a shout.”

With only 25 horses in work, Payne has been in a purple patch of form.

The former champion South Africa trainer also saddles up favourite Montefilia in Thursday’s VRC Oaks at Flemington after she claimed the Group One double of the Flight and Spring Champion Stakes during the Sydney carnival.

“With my little string it’s been very good,” Payne said.

Winning hoop Jay Ford was full of praise for Costello after his first ride on the Americain gelding.

“He’s a quirky animal and he likes to do things his way but he gave me a lovely ride,” Ford said.

“The speed was nice and I was able, from a good gate, just to conserve our energy all the way. He switched off at the right time.”

Costello ($31) ploughed through the heavy conditions to claim Saturday’s 2000m race by a neck over the fast-finishing She’s Ideel ($5) and Morton’s Fork ($31).

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Emily Lang rides five from five at second race day outing

Which rider, having only her second day of race riding, came out as a 4kg claimer for five rides and...

Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh dies

Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh has died following colic-related complications. Rogan Josh was Bart Cummings’ 11th Melbourne Cup winner and had...

Watch 📺 Nature Strip smashes rivals at Royal Ascot

It was ten years since the last Australian horse won at Royal Ascot, and what a day that was with...

Multiple G1 winners racing career in doubt

The racing career of dual Derby winner Hitotsu hangs in the balance following an injury that will see him miss this year’s...

Verry Elleegant to race on in France

Verry Elleegant remains a chance to contest this year’s Arc de Triomphe after Thursday night’s shock announcement that she would be...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...


Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or