Griffiths juveniles to best tested in Blue Diamond Previews

Robbie Griffiths will put four of his stable’s two-year-olds to the test in Blue Diamond Previews at Caulfield to determine if they are contenders for Victoria’s premier juvenile race. The Blue Diamond series kicks off on Saturday with the colts and geldings Preview over 1000m and the fillies Preview over the same distance. The respective […]

Yulong January heads John Dillon Stakes odds

Yulong January has taken all before him during a summer winning spree and his co-trainer Ciaron Maher is confident the progressive gelding can continue his rise in the John Dillon Stakes. After finishing fourth at Kyneton in the first start of his current campaign in early November, four-year-old Yulong January has pieced together four straight […]

River Racer to tackle Listed Sunshine Coast Cup

River Racer is unlikely to be regarded among Queensland’s greatest mares but she will be remembered as one of the most honest to race in the state. River Racer needs only to finish in the placings in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Saturday to take her earnings past $800,000. It is a marvellous […]

VRC Oaks winner sets sights on autumn G1 races

Group One VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound will ramp up preparations towards her return when she contests a Flemington jump-out. The three-year-old filly played her part in a memorable Melbourne Cup carnival for trainer Danny O’Brien last spring, winning both the Group Two Wakeful Stakes and Group One VRC Oaks. O’Brien also won the Melbourne […]

Quality field assembled for Group Two Australia Stakes

Five individual Group One winners are set to clash in the Group Two Australia Stakes at The Valley, which has attracted a field of nine. Multiple Group One winner Hey Doc is the early favourite for Friday night’s Australia Stakes, which also includes fellow elite-level winners Scales Of Justice, Begood Toya Mother, Manuel and three-year-old […]

Blue Diamond Stakes favourite on track for Caulfield return

Jockey Luke Currie has already won this season’s Magic Millions Classic and will get a better idea about his hopes of back-to-back Blue Diamond Stakes victories when favourite Hanseatic resumes in one of the Previews. Currie is well placed to judge the potential of young horses, having won two of the past three Magic Millions […]

Nature Strip to return in Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

Star sprinter Nature Strip has shown he is on target for a first-up tilt at the Lightning Stakes at Flemington where he can add a fourth Group One win to his record. Nature Strip cruised to a barrier trial win at Warwick Farm on Tuesday. He easily led the 900m-heat on the course proper and […]

Streets Of Avalon ready to resume in John Dillon Stakes

After shelving thoughts to campaign Streets Of Avalon in Dubai, trainer Shane Nichols has turned his attention to a Melbourne summer and autumn preparation. That begins in Saturday’s Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. Nichols also nominated Streets Of Avalon for Friday night’s Group Two Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley but confirmed the […]

Superium cleared to run in Carrington Stakes

Joe Pride will try to salvage Superium’s campaign after his enforced scratching from a major summer target. Superium was withdrawn from the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast last Saturday week when Queensland veterinary stewards ruled on race eve his action was not satisfactory. The decision rankled his trainer but Pride has […]

Newmarket Handicap back in training ahead of Royal Ascot trip

Sunlight will not be ready to defend the Newmarket Handicap but the star sprinting mare is still being aimed at Royal Ascot after an off-season injury setback which required surgery. Four-year-old Sunlight suffered a chip to the outside of a splint bone in a hind leg in a spelling paddock accident after her spring campaign. […]