Chipping Norton Stakes to define Fierce Impact’s campaign

Sydney’s first top tier weight-for-age race of the year will define the rest of dual Group One winner Fierce Impact’s campaign. The winner of the Toorak Handicap and Cantala Stakes in Melbourne in the spring, Fierce Impact made an impressive return when second in the C F Orr Stakes to three-year-old Alabama Express. Trainer Matthew […]

Catalyst set for Alligator Blood rematch in the Australian Guineas

New Zealand trainer Clayton Chipperfield is confident Catalyst can turn the tables on Queensland star Alligator Blood in the Group One Australian Guineas. Alligator Blood prevailed over Catalyst by a short head when they fought out the C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) last Saturday week. They will clash again in the $1 million Australian Guineas […]

Alabama Express to join star-studded Australian Guineas field

Alabama Express has already upstaged the older horses to win the C F Orr Stakes and will now take on the star three-year-olds in the Australian Guineas. After considering all options trainer Mike Moroney has confirmed a clash with Alligator Blood and Catalyst in Saturday’s Group One 1600m-race at Flemington. Moroney and his fellow part-owners […]

Stablemates look to join All Star Mile field with Blamey Stakes win

Stablemates Fifty Stars and So Si Bon are set to clash again in the Blamey Stakes at Flemington after running the quinella a year ago. Saturday’s Group Two race over 1600m guarantees the winner a wildcard entry to the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield on March 14 which could be an option for […]

Maher/Eustace have numbers on their side in Blue Diamond Stakes

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have numbers on their side in pursuit of a maiden win in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. Maher and Eustace saddle six runners in Saturday’s $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m, three colts – Ideas Man, Rathlin and Tanker – and three fillies – Away Game, A Beautiful […]

McEvoy excited to ride Castelvecchio in Hobartville Stakes

A year after winning the Hobartville Stakes on The Autumn Sun, Kerrin McEvoy has been tasked with delivering a similar result aboard another of Arrowfield Stud’s stallions-in-waiting. The top jockey will have his first race ride on star colt and Cox Plate runner-up Castelvecchio, who resumes in Saturday’s 1400-metre Group Two Rosehill feature. But with […]

Melody Belle headlines small Futurity Stakes field

A small field has been declared for the Futurity Stakes but the weight-for-age Group One race is not lacking in quality. New Zealand star Melody Belle has barrier three for her first start of 2020 as she chases her 11th Group One win while Caulfield Guineas-winning colt Super Seth is set to jump from just […]

Hayes confident Faatinah can win first up in Oakleigh Plate

Three years after finishing second to stablemate Sheidel in the Oakleigh Plate, noted fresh sprinter Faatinah is set for another crack at the Group One handicap at Caulfield. Faatinah will be first-up since November in Saturday’s Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and the multiple stakes winner takes in an enviable fresh record as he chases an elusive […]

Blue Diamond Stakes favourite draws barrier one

Assistant-trainer Sam Freedman does not see barrier one as a hindrance to the chances of favourite Hanseatic in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. After coming up with barrier one, Hanseatic eased from $2.30 to $2.40 with PlayUp for Saturday’s Group One Blue Diamond Stakes for two-year-olds over 1200m. Hanseatic is chasing a clean sweep […]

Santa Ana Lane expected to return in the Challenge Stakes

Santa Ana Lane has taken another step towards defending his TJ Smith title with a third-placed finish in a barrier trial at Werribee. The Anthony Freedman-trained sprinter won last year’s TJ Smith and his autumn campaign has been geared towards that race again. He is expected to return in the Group Two Challenge Stakes (1000m) […]