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Country Championships 2019 Field, Odds, Results, Tips

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  • Noble Boy cleared to run in Country Championships Final

    Country Championship favourite Noble Boy has been given a clean bill of health after throwing a scare into the camp. Trainer Todd Blowes told stewards Noble Boy had been unusually keen when he galloped him on Tuesday and he ordered blood tests. The tests came back clear on Tuesday afternoon… Read More »

     
  • Noble Boy finally in Country Championships field

    Noble Boy has been the ruling favourite to win the Country Championship final since before the series began but it has taken him until the last moment to get into the field. Trained by Todd Blowes at Queanbeyan, Noble Boy won his first four starts but faltered when fourth in… Read More »

     
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  • La Scopa favourite for Country Championship Final

    Stakes-placed mare La Scopa has stamped her class on the Country Championship qualifying heat at Grafton and is now the favourite for the final at Randwick. La Scopa is trained by Matt Dunn at Murwillumbah and gave him his fifth winner on Sunday’s program with Jason Collett riding four including… Read More »

     
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  • Blowes’ Boy ready to begin Country Championships journey

    Queanbeyan trainer Todd Blowes is daring to dream of a fruitful Autumn with his promising galloper Noble Boy, who kicks off his Country Championships prep in the TAB Highway (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday. The son of Bon Hoffa hasn’t raced since scoring an impressive Highway win at Rosehill… Read More »

     
  • Gordon’s Leap scores shock Randwick win

    Gordon’s Leap has come from behind to give Port Macquarie trainer Lisa Sheppard one of the biggest wins of her two-decade training career at Randwick. The five-year-old gelding, who started at $17, shot through a gap to score by a short neck in the Highway Handicap (1400m) on Saturday from… Read More »

     
  • Upset in Mudgee heat of Country Championship’s

    Cosmologist will be a surprise starter in the $500,000 Country Championship at Randwick after his win in the qualifying heat in atrocious conditions at Mudgee. Sent out at $51 in Sunday’s heat, Cosmologist went straight to the front with his jockey Eleanor Webster-Hawes unable to see the other runners because… Read More »

     
  • Star Boy claims Highway Handicap

    Brett Cavanough isn’t sure if Star Boy is a Country Championships prospect this year despite winning the Highway Handicap at Warwick Farm. Star Boy ($6.50) was on speed throughout, kicked on the turn and held off the fast-finishing Under The Thumb ($14) to score by a short neck. Cavanough said… Read More »

     
  • Snitz to chase NSW Country Championship

    Promising Snitz earned himself a chance at the Country Championships in NSW when he won at Doomben. Snitz ($3.40), who was having his first run since September, finished too strongly to score his fourth win in eight starts. The Championship is for horses trained in NSW country areas and Snitz… Read More »

     
  • First Sydney runner a winner for Fleming

    Michelle Fleming has managed to find her way to the winners’ stall at Rosehill despite never having been to a Sydney race meeting before. The Tamworth trainer brought The Lion south for Saturday’s TAB Highway (1100m) and capped a big week after two winners from three runners on her home… Read More »

     
  • Victorem confirms promise in Randwick win

    Trainer Jenny Graham has never come to Sydney with two favourites before and for a nervous few moments it looked as if she would have a long trip home to Port Macquarie. After Awesome Pluck ran third in Saturday’s opening event at $2.10, Victorem lined up at the same price… Read More »

     
  • Young trainer follows father’s footsteps

    From a young age, Joe Ible was certain he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a horse trainer. The 26-year-old Canberra trainer has come a long way in the past four years, with 10 horses in work and ambitious plans for gelding Major Sharpe who races at Randwick… Read More »

     
  • Grafton to host first Country C’ship heat

    Grafton will host the first $150,00 heat of next year’s Country Championships series with Wyong to kick off the Provincial Series. The first country heat will be at the Northern Rivers club on February 12 with the Wyong race on February 23. The Country Championship final will be at Randwick… Read More »

     
  • Clearly Innocent solid in barrier trial

    Country Championship winner Clearly Innocent is closing in on his race return with trainer Greg Bennett pleased with his progress. The five-year-old, who hasn’t raced since winning the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone on May 14 after his big win at Randwick, will kick off his campaign in… Read More »

     
  • Explosive Scene firing up for Sydney race

    Explosive Scene’s second in a Highway Handicap on his last trip to Sydney is looking a lot better now and he will come back to try to improve on that effort. The five-year-old finished half a length behind King’s Officer – who has won four Sydney races in quick succession… Read More »

     
  • Rachel Murray retains Chrysolaus ride

    Rachel Murray has retained the ride Chrysolaus in the $400,000 Country Championship with trainer Jane Clement resisting calls from some more high profile jockeys. Chrysolaus won the Wild Card heat at Muswellbrook on Sunday to claim one of two final spots in Saturday’s field. Clement and Murray were a winning… Read More »

     
  • Something Borrowed into Country C’ship

    Jockey Aaron Bullock will get the chance to ride in the Country Championship final at Randwick after all. Bullock rode Pera Pera to win a heat of the series last week but the Mack Griffith-trained gelding will be ridden by premier Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman in the final. Justin Stanley,… Read More »

     
  • Jockey Greg Ryan outed on conduct charge

    An outburst directed at a steward has cost Greg Ryan the chance to ride in the $400,000 Country Championship at Randwick. Second on the all-time Australian winners’ list only to Robert Thompson, Ryan pleaded guilty to insulting behaviour towards Shane Cullen, chief steward for the Hunter and North West region… Read More »

     
 
 
 
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