Surprise Baby kept safe ahead of Melbourne Cup 2019

Trainer Paul Preusker says his job is done with local hope Surprise Baby ahead of the Melbourne Cup. His focus now is keeping the stayer safe ahead of Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington with the fitness work all complete. Surprise Baby is one of only three runners in the 24-horse field to have […]

Gai Waterhouse without a 2019 Melbourne Cup runner

The ebullient Gai Waterhouse is a notable omission from this year’s Melbourne Cup build-up after Hush Writer failed in a last-ditch bid to book a start. It is the first time in five years, and just the third in a decade, that one of Australia’s most popular trainers has not been represented in the country’s […]

Hotham Stakes winner set for Melbourne Cup 2019

Hotham Stakes winner Downdraft has come through the Flemington race well as he prepares to run on a quick back-up in the Melbourne Cup. Downdraft’s win in Saturday’s 2500m-race confirmed his spot in Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington where he will be one of four runners for Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien. O’Brien […]

Stephen Baster set for Melbourne Cup carnival swansong

After a distinguished 28-year career in the saddle, Stephen Baster is calling it quits at the conclusion of the Melbourne Cup carnival. Baster fronts up for his final last Victoria Derby meeting at Flemington on Saturday with three rides including Chief Ironside in the Group One Cantala Stakes (1600m), a race he won in 2006 […]

Waller chooses Golden Eagle meeting over Victoria Derby day

Unable to be in two places at once, Chris Waller has decided to play at home, choosing the Golden Eagle meeting at Rosehill over Flemington’s Derby day. Waller-trained stars Arcadia Queen ($3.10) and Kolding ($5) will be at Rosehill for Saturday’s new 1500-metre Golden Eagle for four-year-olds worth $7.5 million. With four Group One races […]

What you need to know about the Victoria Derby 2019

VICTORIA DERBY * The $2 million Victoria Derby is a Group One Classic for three-year-olds run over 2500m at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse * It will run as race seven at 3.45pm AEDT on Saturday, November 2 HISTORY * First run in 1855 when won by Rose Of May, the Victoria Derby pre-dates the Melbourne Cup […]

Princess Jenni ready to tackle 2019 Empire Rose Stakes

Trainer David Brideoake will not worry about what conditions are thrown at Princess Jenni as she attempts to close out her spring campaign with a Group One win. Princess Jenni is one of the leading fancies for the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on Saturday with Brideoake saying the mare has had the perfect lead-up […]

2019 The Golden Eagle: Arcadia Queen odds shorten

Punters have crowned Arcadia Queen favourite but Chris Waller is adamant stablemate Kolding is every bit as good a chance for the inaugural Golden Eagle. The champion Sydney trainer will saddle up the Group One-winning duo in the new $7.5 million Golden Eagle showpiece exclusively for four-year-olds at Rosehill. Punters have backed Arcadia Queen from […]

2019 Melbourne Cup: Celebrities shun the Cup

The Melbourne Cup is about everyday people and not celebrities, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says, as a number of stars shun the race that “stops the nation”. Singer Taylor Swift revealed last month she wouldn’t be going ahead with a planned performance, while actress Lana Condor pulled the plug on her attendance last week, with […]

Chris Waller chasing another Cantala Stakes win

Toorak Handicap runner-up Night’s Watch features among a strong contingent for Chris Waller in the Cantala Stakes as the trainer bids to win the Group One handicap for a fourth time. Waller’s representation in Saturday’s 1600m race at Flemington also includes Epsom Handicap placegetter Star Of The Seas and eight-year-old gelding Life Less Ordinary while […]