Melbourne Cup 2019 spot up for grabs in Hotham Handicap

Gai Waterhouse will launch a final bid to get to the Melbourne Cup with Japanese-bred, French import Hush Writer. The Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained stayer is one of 28 nominations in Saturday’s Hotham Handicap with the winner afforded a start in the Melbourne Cup on November 5. Prince Of Arran won the Hotham Handicap last […]

Thought Of That ready to tackle 2019 Victoria Derby

Donald may not be on the radar for those searching for potential Classic winners, but the track in north-central Victoria is one Ciaron Maher recommends. Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace, points to VRC Oaks winner Set Square racing at Donald early in her career while Victoria Derby prospect Thought Of That broke […]

The Golden Eagle 2019: International withdrawn from race

Irish visitor Ten Sovereigns will not run in the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill. The 1500m-race for four-year-olds on Saturday was a post-Everest option for July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns but trainer Aidan O’Brien has told Racing NSW stewards the horse will not take part. Ten Sovereigns finished last of the 12 runners […]

Empire Rose Stakes 2019: Melody Belle to be ridden by Opie Bosson

Cox Plate placegetter Te Akau Shark will return home to New Zealand for a spell with trainer Jamie Richards to switch his attention to stablemate Melody Belle. The mare runs on Saturday at Flemington where she will try to add the Group One Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) to her three elite level wins at home […]

Sunlight ready to tackle The Golden Eagle 2019 field

After digging deeper into Sunlight’s performance in The Everest, co-trainer Tony McEvoy is happy to bite the bullet for a shot at the Golden Eagle. Sunlight finished 10th behind Yes Yes Yes in The Everest on October 19, leaving the trainer puzzled and searching for answers. “When we dissected the race she still ran the […]

Melbourne Cup: Mirage Dancer comes through Caulfield Cup well

After his third in the Caulfield Cup on his Australian debut, Mirage Dancer is on target for his bid for Melbourne Cup glory. Now trained at Cranbourne by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the former Sir Michael Stoute-trained horse finished 1-1/4 lengths from Japanese horse Mer De Glace in the $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) […]

Master Of Wine eyes 2019 Melbourne Cup field

All options remain on the table for up-and-coming stayer Master Of Wine after he produced a dazzling turn of foot to win the City Tattersalls Club Cup at Randwick. His victory came nine years after the Hawkes team last claimed the race with Maluckyday, who went on to win the Lexus Stakes that spring and […]

Melbourne Cup 2019: Ben Melham free to ride

Jockey Ben Melham is clear to ride Mirage Dancer in the Melbourne Cup despite a suspension at The Valley. Melham plans to appeal the severity of an eight-meeting suspension for careless riding aboard Broadwayandfourth in Saturday’s Crockett Stakes. The suspension starts immediately ruling Melham out of next Saturday’s meeting at Flemington where he has the […]

The Golden Eagle 2019: Arcadia Queen set to join field

Arcadia Queen will run in the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle unless she gives trainer Chris Waller a reason to pull the pin. After beating only Irish visitor Ten Sovereigns home as the $5 favourite in the $14 million Everest, trainer Chris Waller confirmed the classy mare would head to Rosehill for the new feature […]

Cox Plate 2019: Michael Rodd to make hit-and-run visit

Cox Plate-winning jockey Michael Rodd is making a hit-and-run visit to Melbourne to partner a former Singapore Horse of the Year at The Valley. The ex-pat Australian, now in his fifth season riding in Singapore, won the Cox Plate in 2008 on Maldivian and partners Debt Agent in the Group Two Crystal Mile on Saturday. […]