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 […]

Rothfire set to return in the Run To The Rose

Rothfire has sailed through his first serious test this campaign with a runaway win in a Doomben barrier trial. With regular rider Jim Byrne aboard, Rothfire began brilliantly to lead Tuesday’s 840m heat and win by 2-1/2 lengths without being extended in the run to the line. The gelding recorded a brilliant 50.87 seconds with […]

Verry Elleegant on track for Melbourne Cup 2020 bid

Premier trainer Chris Waller has trodden a patient path with Verry Elleegant and he believes it has readied her for the rigours of a Cups campaign. The stable managed her carefully as a spring four-year-old last year and did not extend her beyond the 2040 metres of the Cox Plate. But a solid, five-start autumn […]

Melody Belle ready to tackle Missile Stakes

Melody Belle’s trainer Jamie Richards is fast becoming an expert on WhatsApp as he prepares Te Akau Racing’s star gallopers remotely from New Zealand. The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Richards from travelling to Sydney but he is grateful for the foresight of owner David Ellis, who left Melody Belle and Probabeel in Australia after the […]

VRC not giving up on spring carnival crowds

Victoria Racing Club chairman Neil Wilson is still hoping minimal crowds can attend the Melbourne spring carnival and the club is making plans around this scenario. Wilson said the VRC had been working on a number of contingencies in response to the COVID-19 situation but they had the advantage of Flemington being a huge package […]