Boomsara can overcome inside barrier in The Gateway

Eagle Farm trainer Chris Munce says pundits who claim his colt Boomsara races best from wide barriers are only partly right. Boomsara has won three feature races when drawn wide and he turned in the run of the day when third in the Group Three George Moore Stakes from barrier 13 two weeks ago. Group […]

Villiers Stakes 2019 can be a stepping stone for Live And Free

Traditionally the biggest race day of the Sydney summer, the Villiers Stakes meeting at Randwick holds extra significance for trainer John O’Shea. O’Shea will saddle up Live And Free in Saturday’s Group Two race, almost two decades after he won it for the first time with Grey And Gold. That 2000 Villiers victory was an […]

Magic Millions Wyong Classic a launching pad for Team Snowden

A race that has been launching pad towards the rich two-year-old features could again be significant for two Snowden stable youngsters. Peter and Paul Snowden won the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m) four years ago with Capitalist who went on to claim that season’s Gold Coast Magic Millions and Golden Slipper. The Snowdens saddle […]

Villiers Stakes 2019: Quackerjack will not duck task

A long-range plan with Quackerjack comes to fruition in the Villiers Stakes although trainer Mark Newnham admits the four-year-old will carry more weight then he envisaged. The favourite for Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes over the famous Randwick mile, Quackerjack has 56kg. Newnham thought he would get about 2kg less and booked Rachel King with […]

Inglis Nursery: Stonefield could head north for the $500k race

Unraced colt Stonefield is handling everything asked of him which has given co-trainer Troy Corstens confidence to pinpoint a lucrative interstate race for the two-year-old’s debut. Melbourne-based Corstens is planning to run Stonefield in Saturday’s $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) for two-year-olds at Randwick but will also accept for the colt in a race at Flemington […]

Magic Millions Classic: The Drinks Cart has a slight setback

One of the leading contenders for the Magic Millions 2Y0 Classic, The Drinks Cart, has had a slight setback and will miss a scheduled start at Doomben. A brilliant debut winner at the Gold Coast last month, The Drinks Cart was to return in Friday’s Listed Phelan Ready Stakes. He will now run in a […]

Strome among 17 entries for Villiers Stakes field

Talented mare Strome’s step up to stakes grade is likely to be delayed with trainer Gary Portelli going cold on the idea of backing her up in the Villiers. Portelli flagged the idea of running her in Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m) seven days after her eye-catching second in a benchmark race at Rosehill. […]

Sadler looking to train his 3rd Standish Handicap winner

John Sadler is looking to train his third Standish Handicap winner with sprinter Superhard to get another look at the Flemington straight in the lead-up. Superhard is among 18 nominations for an 1100m-sprint on Saturday which will be the gelding’s final run ahead of the Group Three Standish Handicap (1200m) on New Year’s Day. Sadler […]

Cellarman set to tackle 2019 Villiers Stakes field

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller is likely to have at least two runners in Randwick’s summer showpiece, the Group Two Villiers Stakes. The winner of Saturday’s 1600m-race gains an automatic start in the Group One Doncaster Mile in April. Waller has won the Villiers Stakes once with Honor In War when the race was held […]

Magic Millions Classic: The Drinks Cart looks to secure spot in field

A track gallop will determine whether leading Magic Millions Classic hope, The Drinks Cart, runs in the Phelan Ready Stakes. The Drinks Cart, a brilliant winner at his only start, can shore up his place in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast if he wins Friday’s Listed Phelan Ready Stakes. The […]