Archedemus causes big upset in The Gong

Jockey Jay Ford has turned back the clock with a daring ride aboard Team Hawkes gelding Archedemus to win the $1 million The Gong. Ford was the regular partner of champion sprinter Takeover Target, who he rode to eight Group One wins during the 2000s, and has been mainly plying his trade on the provincial […]

Irish Flame fights on for Ballarat Cup win

Despite a torrid run, former Kiwi galloper Irish Flame has continued his purple patch of form and demonstrated his toughness with a narrow win in the Ballarat Cup. It was ex-New Zealanders to the fore as he is trained by former champion jumps jockey Brett Scott and ridden by Kiwi Michael Walker. Irish Flame was […]

Stolen Jade is the apple of Clarry Conners’ eye

Clarry Conners was initially mesmerised by Stolen Jade’s beauty but he is quickly being won over by her talent. The mare remains undefeated this preparation after taking out Saturday’s Traffic Logistics Handicap (1200m) at Kembla Grange to earn herself a trip to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions carnival in January. The four-time Golden […]

Bargain buy Readily Availabull races into Magic Millions Classic

An idea hatched by Warwick Farm trainer John Sargent a couple of years ago paid off handsomely when his two-year-old Readily Availabull stormed home to win the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic. The youngster is now Magic Millions Classic-bound after winning at Ballarat on Saturday and securing enough prize money to ensure he will gain a […]

Tradewind causes upset in Eureka Stockade

Adelaide raider Tradewind has emulated his sire Trust In A Gust by winning the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat in a boilover. In taking out the 1400 metre race for three-year-olds, Tradewind, a member of Trust In A Gust’s first crop, gave the Swettenham Stud-based stallion his best winner from a handful of runners. His trainer […]

Shelby Cobra out to extend winning streak at Ballarat

Mike Moroney is hoping rising star Shelby Cobra can answer one burning question when he bids to extend his winning streak at Ballarat. Moroney is in two-minds about whether the three-year-old is purely a sprinter or if he will be even better extended to a mile. Shelby Cobra is a $1.40 favourite with TAB fixed […]

Butter Blonde on track for Magic Millions Clockwise Classic

Stakes-placed filly Butter Blonde will have a key gear change for the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat after struggling in her first serious gallop in the reverse direction. The filly competed in a right-handed jump out earlier this week, which is part of the qualification criteria for Saturday’s race, and co-trainer Adrian Bott admits […]

Kerrin McEvoy weighing up Hong Kong trip

Kerrin McEvoy is yet to commit to riding Classique Legend in the Hong Kong Sprint as he waits to see if there is any change to current quarantine requirements. As it stands, the top jockey would have to spend Christmas in isolation if he travelled to Hong Kong for the Group One ride on December […]

Allibor takes out the Sandown Guineas

Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde took out his second Sandown Guineas when maiden Allibor held off Sydney filly Sweet Reply to win narrowly. Wilde decided to tackle the Sandown Guineas with Allibor only after he finished fourth at Flemington last Saturday over 1400 metres. Wilde won the race in 2011 with So Swift, who had only […]

Allibor on track for the Sandown Guineas

In-form trainer Symon Wilde has tasted success in a Sandown Guineas before and he’s hoping he can add a second win with Allibor. Training with his father Bill, Wilde claimed the 2012 Sandown Guineas with So Swift, who was having his fifth start, and Allibor is also lightly-raced having had only three starts. So Swift […]