Futurity Stakes option for Mystic Journey ahead of All Star Mile

Mystic Journey is recovering from a setback with next month’s Group One Futurity Stakes now a possibility for the mare’s return ahead of the All-Star Mile. Trainer Adam Trinder told Victorian stewards on Wednesday the defending All-Star Mile champion had a soft tissue infection in her left front limb and was undergoing veterinary treatment, meaning […]

Banquo to target 2020 Australian Guineas field

The Group One Australian Guineas features prominently in trainer Danny O’Brien’s plans for lightly raced colt Banquo, who is set to kick off his campaign over a sprint distance at Flemington. Banquo began his career with New Zealand trainer Stephen Marsh and raced twice in Melbourne as a late-season two-year-old, remaining in Victoria to join […]

Blue Diamond Stakes target for Return With Honour

While much-anticipated rain in Sydney would be welcome, the weather could have an impact on the programs of several runners at Rosehill. Trainer Gerald Ryan has promising two-year-old Return With Honour scheduled to race over 1100 metres but is also looking at options if the track comes up too wet. Up to 40mm is predicted […]

Satorial Splendor one of two 3YO colts in Kensington Stakes field

Trainer John Sadler is waiting for the day Group Three-winning colt Sartorial Splendor puts it all together in a race. He hopes that might be during the three-year-old’s upcoming preparation, which is scheduled to begin in Saturday’s Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Sartorial Splendor has two wins from seven starts, highlighted by the Group […]

Muntaseera to target 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes

One of the early favourites for the Blue Diamond Stakes has finished strongly in a Rosehill barrier trial as she prepares for her race return. Muntaseera was an impressive winner at Rosehill on November 30 at her second start after a stakes placing in Melbourne on debut. The two-year-old filly made her first public appearance […]

Catalyst on track for Australian Guineas and All Star Mile

Star New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst has impressed in a barrier trial in his homeland which has also featured Cox Plate placegetter Te Akau Shark. This season’s Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner, Catalyst strode to the line in Tuesday’s trial at Matamata to win the heat by two lengths from Te Akau Shark who […]

Kensington Stakes attracts just eight nominations

The Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington is shaping as a small but select field with the eight nominations headlined by Group One-winning colt Microphone and Group Two winner Time To Reign. Nominations for Saturday’s 1000m straight-track Kensington Stakes have been extended until Tuesday, with the entries also featuring another three-year-old colt taking on older horses, […]

Kolding among selections for the All-Star Mile

Spring star Kolding headlines a strong team of barrier trial runners at Rosehill for champion trainer Chris Waller. The winner of the Group One Epsom Handicap and $7.5 million Golden Eagle, Kolding runs in one of two 900m open heats on Tuesday. Waller hopes Kolding is among selections for the All-Star Mile at Caulfield in […]

Away Game likely to target 2020 Golden Slipper

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher struggled to think of a more satisfying win in his career after Away Game won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. All week Maher, who co-trains with David Eustace, had been predicting Away Game was ready to fire on the big stage but his claims were ignored by most. Despite starting at $41, […]

The Candy Man sets sights on the Doncaster Mile 2020

Crowd favourite The Candy Man is headed for a short spell before being prepared for a Sydney autumn campaign. The Candy Man ran sixth as favourite in Saturday’s Magic Millions Trophy (2400m) won by Primitivo after looking in contention on the home turn. The popular grey was found to be suffering from the thumps after […]