Fifty Stars set to line up in 2019 Ballarat Cup Field

Lindsay Park will have a two-pronged attack on the new look Ballarat Cup which this year carries record prize money of $500,000. Fifty Stars and Alfarris will represent David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the Listed race over 2000m on Saturday. This year the race has been shortened from 2200m to 2000m following […]

Alligator Blood set to take his place in Magic Millions Guineas field

Caloundra trainer David Vandyke has continued his great start to the season and is hoping to capitalise in feature races during the Queensland summer carnival. Caulfield Guineas runner-up Alligator Blood is back in Vandyke’s stable ahead of a short summer campaign. Alligator Blood suffered his first defeat in five starts in the Group One Caulfield […]

Hey Doc ready for Winterbottom Stakes test

Hey Doc has bounced through his Kevin Heffernan Stakes placing and is on target to head west for the Group One Winterbottom Stakes. Co-trainer Tony McEvoy was thrilled with the dual Group One winner’s third in Saturday’s Group Three Kevin Heffernan (1300m) at Sandown, Hey Doc’s first start since September last year. More importantly, the […]

Pacodali set to head west for Kingston Town Classic 2019

A trip to Perth for a Group One race is on the cards for the Lindsey Smith-trained Pacodali after his strong win in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Ridden by Dean Yendall, Pacodali ($6.50) tracked leader Setting Sail in Saturday’s 1800m Group Three race before striding past the Charlie Appleby-trained international visitor in the straight […]

Sandown Guineas 2019: Banquo looks to improve

After a successful Melbourne Cup carnival, the show is rolling on for trainer Danny O’Brien who is looking for feature race success at Sandown. O’Brien won four stakes races during the four-meeting Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington highlighted by his first Melbourne Cup with Vow And Declare and first VRC Oaks with Miami Bound. Another […]

Kris Lees to be well represented on The Hunter day

He won’t be able to dodge an early morning start but Kris Lees can look forward to a more sedate weekend as his hometown of Newcastle prepares to host the inaugural $1 million The Hunter. For the first time in a long time, Newcastle will be the stand-alone centrepiece meeting in NSW on Saturday boasting […]

Humidor and Southern France head 2019 Zipping Classic odds

Imported stayer Ventura Storm has raced consistently without winning this preparation and has also displayed a quirk late in his races which has his connections puzzled. The gelding, who runs in Saturday’s Group Two Zipping Classic (2400m), has a habit of lifting his head late and has done it to varying degrees inside the final […]

Dan O’Sullivan with two runners in 2019 Sandown Guineas field

It has been 14 years since a filly has won the Group Two Sandown Guineas but trainer Tony McEvoy is optimistic Pretty Brazen has the talent to break that drought. Pretty Brazen is one of two fillies in Saturday’s Sandown Guineas over 1600m for three-year-olds, with the Dan O’Sullivan-trained Affair To Remember the other. Both […]

Deamer insists Bon Amis has recovered ahead of The Hunter

Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer says Bon Amis has put an ill-timed virus behind him and is back to his best ahead of the $1 million Hunter. The six-year-old stable star has been carefully managed since his last-start third in the Group Three Show County at Randwick on August 24. Deamer had originally intended to run […]

Zipping Classic: Miss Siska to race for the third straight weekend

Miss Siska is set to race for the third consecutive weekend while facing a distance test in the Group Two Zipping Classic at Sandown. The Grahame Begg-trained mare finished midfield in the Group One Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last Saturday week before backing up seven days later, finishing a close second in the […]