Surprise Baby set for latest Melbourne Cup entry bid

Surprise Baby gets a second chance at securing a start in the Melbourne Cup when he contests the Bart Cummings at Flemington. The winner of Saturday’s race is afforded a ballot exemption into the $8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 5. Surprise Baby missed by millimetres in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington […]

Osborne Bulls out to press Everest claims

Last year’s third placegetter Osborne Bulls will press his claims for the Godolphin slot in the $14 million Everest when he runs in the Premiere Stakes at Randwick. His biggest stumbling block in Saturday’s Group Two 1200m Premiere Stakes appears to be Classique Legend who is already an Everest runner for his Hong Kong owner […]

Aus Bloodstock duo on rise for Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup

The two trainers of imported Cups horses part-owned by Australian Bloodstock have cast their eye over their prospective charges and are looking forward to spring ahead. Newcastle trainer Kris Lees saw Mustajeer for the first time in quarantine at Werribee on Wednesday with Paul Preusker having his second look at Torcedor. Lees said Mustajeer, last-start […]

Melbourne Cup first acceptors released

Defending titleholder Cross Counter headlines 80 first acceptors for this year’s $8 million Melbourne Cup which includes 18 other internationally trained horses. First acceptances for the 3200m Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 5 closed on Tuesday, with Cross Counter and his Charlie Appleby-trained stablemate Ispolini among the acceptors while champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien […]

Godolphin import backed to win 2019 Epsom Handicap

Cascadian continues to garner support for the Epsom Handicap with the Godolphin import now into single figures for the $1 million Epsom Handicap. Although he has finished fifth and fourth in his two Australian starts, he is now at $9 from $15 for Saturday’s 1600m Epsom Handicap at Randwick. He had no luck when fourth […]

Japanese trio arrive ahead of the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate

Star mare Lys Gracieux and two other Japanese horses have arrived in Victoria ahead of their major spring carnival targets. Lys Gracieux and fellow 2019 Cox Plate invitee Kluger touched down in Melbourne on Tuesday along with 2019 Caulfield Cup contender Mer De Glace. Their arrival from Japan adds to the international contingent already at […]

Queenslander after a Caulfield Cup start

Brisbane trainer Bryan Dais dreams of having a Caulfield Cup runner and they can become a reality if Looks Like Elvis wins the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington. Looks Like Elvis is the best horse Dais has prepared and will be his first Group One runner when he contests Saturday’s 2000m race that gives the winner […]

Hugh Bowman takes Dalasan ride in Caulfield Guineas

Hugh Bowman will ride favourite Dalasan in the Caulfield Guineas replacing Raquel Clark with connections opting for a strong left-hand whip rider. Co-trainer Leon Macdonald said connections decided on the change after Sunday’s Guineas Prelude in which Dalasan was second to Alligator Blood after again laying in down the straight. Clark, Adelaide’s premier rider, will […]

Leading Cups contender for sale

A 25 per cent share in leading Caulfield and Melbourne Cups contender Mustajeer is to be auctioned ahead of the Ebor winner’s tilt at the Australian spring features. Inglis will take bids through its Digital Online platform next Tuesday and Wednesday. Australian Bloodstock have bought a controlling interest in Mustajeer who has been transferred to […]

Good Fields for George Main and The Shorts

Happy Clapper heads a field of 11 for the Group One George Main Stakes at Randwick. The Pat Webster-trained triple Group One winner has drawn barrier four with race favourite Avilius to jump from eight. Glen Boss will ride Happy Clapper, replacing Hugh Bowman who is recovering from a broken finger. Samadoubt, who beat Happy […]