Melody Belle ready to tackle Missile Stakes

Melody Belle’s trainer Jamie Richards is fast becoming an expert on WhatsApp as he prepares Te Akau Racing’s star gallopers remotely from New Zealand. The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Richards from travelling to Sydney but he is grateful for the foresight of owner David Ellis, who left Melody Belle and Probabeel in Australia after the […]

VRC not giving up on spring carnival crowds

Victoria Racing Club chairman Neil Wilson is still hoping minimal crowds can attend the Melbourne spring carnival and the club is making plans around this scenario. Wilson said the VRC had been working on a number of contingencies in response to the COVID-19 situation but they had the advantage of Flemington being a huge package […]

Hard Landing on track for Listed McKenzie Stakes

Illness interrupted his juvenile season but Hard Landing has put his career back on track and booked a return trip to The Valley with a determined win at his seasonal return. A Group Three winner on debut, Hard Landing was in the frame for the better two-year-old races in the autumn before he was struck […]

Irish Coolmore team preparing Melbourne Cup assault

Coolmore Australia boss Tom Magnier says the Melbourne Cup is high on the agenda for the Irish outfit, but whether they will be players during the spring remains to be seen. Magnier says the Coolmore team in Ireland is planning to have a strong presence in Melbourne during the spring with an emphasis on the […]

Mugatoo on track for Premier’s Cup at Rosehill

A pair of European imports have put the writing on the wall for the spring and given trainer Kris Lees plenty to think about as he plots their respective campaigns. Mugatoo and Korcho, both syndicated by Australian Bloodstock, have stamped their class at Rosehill with impressive victories. Resuming in Saturday’s Listed Winter Challenge (1500m), Mugatoo […]

Instant Celebrity sets sights on Thousand Guineas

Trainer Phillip Stokes has pencilled in a spring program towards the Group One Thousand Guineas for unbeaten Instant Celebrity after the filly’s impressive win in the Listed Oaklands Plate in Adelaide. Instant Celebrity sprinted quickly from back in the field to pass her rivals in the straight in Saturday’s Oaklands Plate (1400m) at Morphettville, winning […]

Grahame Begg sets sights on Caulfield Cup with Nonconformist

Trainer Grahame Begg is planning to kick-off Caulfield Cup hopeful Nonconformist’s preparation on the Memsie Stakes program, but it is unlikely to be in the main event. Begg has high hopes for the lightly raced rising four-year-old this spring and has pinpointed the $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October as his major target. Nonconformist […]

Flight Stakes a potential target for Giovanna

Chris Waller has no intention to spell Giovanna Run after the filly’s all-the-way maiden win, instead naming the Group One Flight Stakes as a potential target. A daughter of Waller’s 2015 Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement, Giovanna Run has the trainer convinced her victory on Randwick’s Kensington track on Saturday is a precursor of bigger […]

Adam Trinder pencilles in PB Lawrence Stakes for Mystic Journey

Trainer Adam Trinder has given star mare Mystic Journey a glowing report after watching the Group One winner cruise around in a barrier trial at Devonport as she builds towards her race return. Mystic Journey finished fourth in an 800m heat on the synthetic track on Tuesday but Trinder said the rising five-year-old did everything […]