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. […]

Faatinah ready to tackle 2019 Manikato Stakes

Champion trainer David Hayes believes the timing of this year’s Everest makes the $1 million Manikato Stakes at The Valley an attractive target for Faatinah who gets his latest chance at an elusive Group One win. Friday night’s Manikato is six days after the majority of the country’s top sprinters faced off in the $14 […]

Prince Of Arran makes 2019 Melbourne Cup field

Last year’s Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince Of Arran is now virtually assured a start this year race after being given a 1kg penalty for his win in the Geelong Cup. The penalty for Prince Of Arran’s win in Wednesday’s Group Three race at Geelong takes the Charlie Fellowes-trained international visitor’s Melbourne Cup weight to 54kg […]

Long Jack sets sights on 2019 Victoria Derby

A better-behaved Long Jack has stamped his claims for a tilt at the Victoria Derby with a strong staying performance to win the Geelong Classic. Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman, won the Geelong Classic two years ago with Weather With You who went on to finish eighth behind Ace High in the […]

Prince Of Arran waits on Melbourne Cup 2019 penalty

Tash Eaton, the travelling assistant for English trainer Charlie Fellowes, has implored the Racing Victoria handicapper to penalise Prince Of Arran for the Melbourne Cup after a fighting victory in the Geelong Cup. Last year’s Melbourne Cup third placegetter, Prince Of Arran is 36th in the order of entry into this year’s race, but can […]

Danceteria set for Cox Plate 2019 challenge

International visitor Danceteria’s year in Europe has been tailored with the $5 million Cox Plate in mind and despite missing a lead-up race the horse’s connections are confident he is ready for his major target. Danceteria is trained by French-born, English-based David Menuisier and races in the colours of syndicator Australian Bloodstock. The gelding is […]

Santa Ana Lane in contention for VRC Sprint Classic 2019

Several runners from Australia’s richest race ,The Everest, remain in contention for the feature sprint race of the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington. The first round of acceptances was taken on Tuesday for the $2 million VRC Sprint Classic, run over the straight 1200m course on November 9. Only three of the 12 runners from […]