Sign Seal Deliver, Tarn’s Prince set for VRC St Leger

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, trainer Matt Cumani and his staff have had a subdued celebration after Khoekhoe gave the stable its biggest success. But they might let their hair down if either Sign Seal Deliver or Tarn’s Prince can follow Khoekhoe’s win in the $800,000 The Showdown at Caulfield last week by taking out the […]

Swan Hill Cup carnival reduced to just one day

Another popular Victorian racing country carnival has had its meetings cut because of COVD-19 restrictions. The three-day meeting at Swan Hill, scheduled for June 5, 6 and 7, has been reduced to one day, June 7. It follows the reduction of May’s three-day Warrnambool carnival to two days, an all-jumps program on May 5 and […]

Stradbroke Handicap earmarked for Streets Of Avalon

Victorian trainer Shane Nichols had been planning a winter excursion to Brisbane for his stable star Streets Of Avalon. Nichols had earmarked the Group One Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June as an ideal target for Streets Of Avalon after the gelding was unplaced in the All-Star Mile at Caulfield last month. When […]

Te Akau Racing set Australian spring targets

Te Akau Racing boss David Ellis says he is looking to lease boxes at Flemington but has no plans to set up a permanent Australian base. Ellis sent several horses from New Zealand to target autumn races in Melbourne and Sydney with Probabeel and Te Akau Shark winning Group One races and Melody Belle running […]

Vega One set to begin Stradbroke Handicap 2020 campaign

Talented Vega One takes his first step towards a long-held date with the Group One Stradbroke Handicap when he runs at the Sunshine Coast. The Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) is one of only two Group One races to be run in Queensland this winter after the usual carnival was drastically re-shaped because of the economic effects […]

Melbourne Cup 2020 contender to remain in Australia

Beaten Sydney Cup favourite Young Rascal will remain in Australia to be trained by Archie Alexander after OTI Racing secured a 50 per cent interest in the stayer. English trainer William Haggas sent Young Rascal and stablemate Addeybb to Australia for the Sydney autumn carnival. Adeybb will go home with Group One wins in the […]

Mark Pegus sets sights on Warrnambool Cup with Sentimentalist

Less than a week after landing his first professional win as a trainer, Mark Pegus has secured his maiden city success with Sentimentalist at Caulfield. Sentimentlist joined Pegus before his victory in last Sunday’s Stawell Cup and was back in action six days later to claim Saturday’s VOBIS Gold Heath. The gelding was formerly prepared […]

Quick Thinker to end campaign in the Frank Packer Plate

New Zealand trainer Murray Baker has been part of Australian carnivals for many years and has made his mark again this autumn under different circumstances. Baker and his training partner Andrew Forsman have not been able to travel to Sydney because of a month-long Alert Level 4 lockdown in New Zealand amid the COVID-19 outbreak. […]

Danceteria bids to turn around form in the JRA Plate

A tactic that backfired in the Tancred Stakes might prove to be a masterstroke for import Danceteria as he bids to turn around his indifferent autumn carnival form. A Group One winner over 2000 metres in Europe, Danceteria has struggled to produce anything like that effort in four Australian runs. Three of those have been […]

Hugh Bowman to ride King’s Legacy in the Champagne Stakes

The juvenile triple crown is still alive for jockey Hugh Bowman who is confident King’s Legacy has what it takes to deliver him the final leg of the series. With different horses and trainers taking out the Golden Slipper (1200m) and Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), Bowman is the only one still in the running for […]