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 […]

North Pacific’s odds firm for the Golden Rose 2020

Michael Hawkes has unveiled ambitious plans for North Pacific, who boasts formlines through the Golden Slipper winner, after the colt outclassed his mid-winter rivals at Rosehill. The $800,000 yearling purchase finished third to Farnan at his only other start in the Silver Slipper Stakes, an impressive reference for the Darley 2YO Handicap (1100m) on Saturday. […]

Vendidit at long odds in Winx Guineas at the Sunshine Coast

Co-trainer Bryan Guy believes lightly raced Vendidit can make a mockery of his odds and cement his new venture with Orbis Bloodstock by winning the Group Three Winx Guineas. The Sunshine Coast Guineas has been renamed the Winx Guineas after the champion mare started her record 33 consecutive wins by claiming the race in 2015. […]

Starla to line up in the Group Three Winx Guineas

Champion trainer Chris Waller has recorded 47 stakes winners this season, but a victory by Starla in the Group Three Winx Guineas (1600m) would be his sentimental favourite. The Sunshine Coast Guineas was this year renamed for champion mare Winx, who scored the first of her record 33 consecutive wins in the race in 2015. […]