Cellarman set to tackle 2019 Villiers Stakes field

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller is likely to have at least two runners in Randwick’s summer showpiece, the Group Two Villiers Stakes. The winner of Saturday’s 1600m-race gains an automatic start in the Group One Doncaster Mile in April. Waller has won the Villiers Stakes once with Honor In War when the race was held […]

Magic Millions Classic: The Drinks Cart looks to secure spot in field

A track gallop will determine whether leading Magic Millions Classic hope, The Drinks Cart, runs in the Phelan Ready Stakes. The Drinks Cart, a brilliant winner at his only start, can shore up his place in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast if he wins Friday’s Listed Phelan Ready Stakes. The […]

Magic Millions Guineas: Scout remains on course after protest

Gold Coast gelding Scout remained on course for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas but not before surviving a Doomben protest. Scout ($4) scored by a short half-head to Rothenburg ($4.40) with a short neck to Ziemba ($3.2) in the QTIS Three-Year-Old (1350m). But Stephanie Thornton, who rode Rothenburg, claimed Scout had come in on her […]

Gailo Chop set for 2019 Kingston Town Classic

Trainer Matthew Williams is looking forward to his first trip to Perth and laying eyes on Gailo Chop ahead of the Kingston Town Stakes. It has been more than two weeks since Warrnambool-based Williams saw the nine-year-old who runs over 1800m in the final Group One race of the year at Ascot on Saturday. Gailo […]

Secret Blaze sets sights on Pakenham Cup 2019

Having secured a first Group One win with his training partner, and son, Calvin, Tony McEvoy is looking to add the Pakenham Cup to their trophy cabinet. Hey Doc claimed the Group One Winterbottom Stakes in Perth last Saturday for the partnership while in Melbourne Secret Blaze won a 2040m-race at The Valley. Following that […]

House Of Cartier’s Villiers Stakes 2019 plans scrapped

John Sargent has scrapped Villiers Stakes plans for House Of Cartier but remains hopeful stablemate Tinkermosa can keep her stakes goal on track with a solid performance at Rosehill. Sargent had earmarked the Group Two Villiers at Randwick on Saturday week for House Of Cartier but confirmed that was off the table after her poor […]

Magic Millions Classic 2020: $50k required to join field

The cut-off point to qualify for the 2020 Magic Millions Classic looks likely to be at least $50,000 after the first order of entry was released this week. The 16th qualifier on the list has $29,600 but 14 of the two-year-olds already have $49,000 or more. Nearly 20 two-year-old races are running in the next […]

Brisbane Handicap 2019: Heathcote with three runners in field

Robert Heathcote can train his 80th stakes winner on Saturday and it would be apt if it was in the Listed Brisbane Handicap. Heathcote will have three runners in the Brisbane Handicap field – Zafonic Dancer, Kubis and Cool Chap – in the $125,000, race over 1600m at Doomben. In his 21st year as a […]

Catalyst sets sights on 2020 All-Star Mile field

The inclusion of New Zealanders in the public vote for positions in the All-Star Mile has bolstered the Kiwis’ interest in the $5 million race. Melbourne spring Group One winner Melody Belle and her stablemate, Cox Plate placegetter Te Akau Shark, are likely contenders, with connections of New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Catalyst also looking […]

Magic Millions Classic: Kerrisdale ready for Rosehill debut

Trainer Matthew Smith hopes he can transfer the good vibes from his stellar spring to the summer with his eye on the $2 million Magic Millions Classic with Kerrisdale. The Smith-trained Fierce Impact won two Group One races in Melbourne within three weeks, the Toorak Handicap on October 16 and the Cantala Stakes on November […]