Feehan Stakes runners chase Cox Plate golden ticket

Matthew Williams is approaching the Feehan Stakes as a line in the sand run for his smart galloper Harbour Views. Williams believes everything is in order for Harbour Views to showcase his ability and he will walk away knowing whether the horse is a legitimate Group One spring contender. The trainer believes he is and, […]

Paul Preusker sets sights on Cox Plate with Surprise Baby

Trainer Paul Preusker believes his star stayer Surprise Baby can secure a start in the Cox Plate by winning the only race which carries a golden ticket into it, the Group Two Feehan Stakes at The Valley. Preusker said even if Surprise Baby didn’t win he wanted to see enough to justify running him in […]

Holyfield on track for the Caulfield Guineas 2020

On the back of a terrific juvenile season, trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are emerging as major players in the better three-year-old races this spring. The training partners made a clean sweep of the two age-restricted features at Rosehill on Saturday, winning the San Domenico Stakes (1100m) with Anders and the Ming Dynasty Quality […]

Nominations released for Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup

Racing Victoria officials have been amazed with the quantity and quality of nominations for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups despite uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Entries for the features were announced on Thursday and the 2020 Caulfield Cup, which will be run on October 17, attracted 177 nominations, an increase of 29 from last […]

Melbourne Cup 2020 hopeful wins at Sandown

The dream for country – trained mare Super Girl to gain a start in the Melbourne Cup has moved a step closer with her first-up victory at Sandown. After watching Super Girl’s win in Wednesday’s benchmark 70 race over 1500 metres, her Bendigo-based trainer Josh Julius said the focus of her spring campaign was to […]

Sweet Deal wins Toy Show Quality at Randwick

John Thompson feared Sweet Deal would be outsprinted in the Toy Show Quality but instead found himself hankering for the finishing line. Concerned the mare would find the 1100 metres too sharp under her top weight, Thompson was delighted to see Sweet Deal put herself in the race and hit the front in the straight. […]

Caulfield Guineas contender to resume in the McKenzie Stakes

Danny O’Brien took all before him last spring and he again has a powerful contingent aimed at carnival riches with three of his squadron set for action at Moonee Valley. They are three-year-old colt Flying Award, last year’s VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound and Team Williams stayer Orderofthegarter. O’Brien has a big opinion of Flying […]

Josh Parr to ride Quackerjack in the Group One Winx Stakes

In the past three months, there have been times when Josh Parr feared his riding career was over, moments when he contemplated a fate even worse. But the popular jockey has come through the other side and will make his long-awaited return to Sydney racing on Saturday, in time for the first Group One meeting […]

Opacity to resume in the Tramway Stakes

After returning to the independent training ranks three years ago following his tenure at Godolphin, John O’Shea had to virtually start over. Rebuilding his stable from the ground up, patience was his best friend as he blooded a team of mostly young and inexperienced horses. But with 27 Sydney winners last season, almost triple his […]