Denis Pagan excited over Victoria Derby runner

It was only four months ago former AFL coach Denis Pagan was granted a trainers’ licence and since then he has made an extraordinary transition to his late-career passion. Pagan has already trained a city winner and on Saturday at Flemington, he finds himself with a runner in the Group One Victoria Derby. He will […]

Godolphin trio on track for The Golden Eagle at Rosehill

James Cummings is aiming to convert silver into gold when Godolphin’s high-class trio tackle the $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill. Cummings already possesses the Silver Eagle trophy courtesy of talented mare Flit, who is joined in Saturday’s race by Australian Oaks winner Colette and emerging star Criaderas. After a week of solid rain, and […]

Melbourne Cup dream alive for Lexus Hotham Stakes runners

The Melbourne Cup dream is still flickering for connections of Carif and they will roll the dice one final time in a last-ditch bid to get him into the race. The stayer, who sports the black and white checked silks with yellow sleeves made famous by the late Dato Tan Chin Nam, is number 36 […]

Think It Over a live chance in the Rosehill Gold Cup

Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker only ever has 20 or so horses in work and one of them, Think It Over, is a live chance in the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup. The horse was a strong last-start winner of the Group Three Craven Plate on October 17 and Parker is happy with the way the […]

Young Werther ready to go in Victoria Derby at Flemington

Danny O’Brien doesn’t adhere to the norms of Australian training and that is why he’s happy to try to win the Victoria Derby with Young Werther at the horse’s third start. Earlier this year, O’Brien showed he was capable of producing a similar feat when Russian Camelot claimed the South Australian Derby at his fifth […]

Cherry Tortoni on track for Victoria Derby 2020

Trainer Patrick Payne has assessed Cherry Tortoni’s win in the Moonee Valley Vase as a good tune-up for the Group One Victoria Derby. The three-year-old has firmed into $6 for next Saturday’s classic and Payne has confirmed he will back-up, provided he comes through the race well. “We’re really mindful that he’ll be a nice […]

Quiet Cox Plate to be like no other

The WS Cox Plate will lack its usual amphitheatre-like atmosphere when the race is run at an empty Moonee Valley. Cox Plate day usually has about 30,000 racegoers with the countdown to the $5 million Cox Plate producing scenes that are unique in world racing. Crowds get closer to the horses at Moonee Valley than […]

Cox Plate owners shut out of Moonee Valley meeting

The Victorian government has reversed its decision to allow owners on course for two feature Moonee Valley race meetings following community pressure. Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula said he made a mistake in declaring he would permit a small number of owners trackside to watch their horses race. “The decision to allow some owners on […]

New Zealander star confirmed for the Mackinnon Stakes

Star New Zealander Melody Belle has been confirmed for a trip to Melbourne where she will have the chance to avenge her Mackinnon Stakes defeat. The mare posted Group One win number 12 in the Livamol Classic at Hawkes Bay on Saturday to earn her passage across the Tasman. Managing owner John Galvin said Melody […]

Lazy Endanger to target the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington

Sam Freedman described Endanger as a horse on the way up after his tough victory in the Listed Gothic Stakes at Caulfield. Freedman said Endanger would now follow a traditional path for the winner of Saturday’s race and target the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington on October 31 and the Sandown Guineas a fortnight later. […]