Magic Wand to take on Melody Belle in 2019 Mackinnon Stakes

Irish mare Magic Wand is an acceptor for the Group One Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington after her midfield finish in the Melbourne Cup. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Magic Wand finished 10th of the 24 runners in Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup over 3200m and connections have paid up for the six-time Group One runner-up to contest […]

Golden Gift 2019: Tanker installed as race favourite

Well-bred sprinter Tanker is the favourite in opening markets for the inaugural $1 million Golden Gift which has a field of 14 two-year-olds. By dual Group One-winning stallion Pride Of Dubai, Tanker out of Listed winner Calcatta, is one of three runners for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in Saturday’s rich race at Rosehill. […]

Damien Oliver to ride Miami Bound in 2019 VRC Oaks

After a memorable Melbourne Cup win with Vow And Declare, Danny O’Brien feels greedy even hoping to add the VRC Oaks with Miami Bound. But the trainer is convinced Miami Bound has a great chance in Thursday’s $1 million VRC Oaks for three-year-old fillies after taking out one of the main lead-up races last Saturday. […]

Craig Williams completes big four with Melbourne Cup win

Vow And Declare has repelled the international invasion to deliver an all-Australian Melbourne Cup victory and a slice of history for jockey Craig Williams. In his 16th Cup ride and eight years after missing the winning mount on Dunaden through suspension, Williams became just the eighth jockey to claim Australian racing’s ‘big four’ of the […]

VRC Oaks 2019: Silent Sovereign to back-up Wakeful Stakes run

Trainer Tony McEvoy is forgiving of Silent Sovereign’s midfield finish in the Wakeful Stakes and is happy to give the filly her chance in the Group One VRC Oaks. Silent Sovereign finished sixth in Saturday’s Group Two Wakeful (2000m) at Flemington and her opposition in Thursday’s $1 million Oaks (2500m) at the same track includes […]

Melbourne Cup 2019: What the key players are saying

THE FINAL WORD ON THE MELBOURNE CUP CONTENDERS Market 💰: View the odds for the Melbourne Cup 1. CROSS COUNTER: “It’s a hard race to win but we think we’ve got the best horse in the race, so we’ll take our chance. He’s a bigger, stronger horse than last year” – trainer Charlie Appleby’s foreman, […]

Finche best backed to win the 2019 Melbourne Cup

Champion trainer Chris Waller is firming to win his first Melbourne Cup as Finche assumed favouritism on the eve of Australia’s most famous race. Japan’s Mer De Glace had been at the top of markets since drawing gate two in Saturday’s barrier draw but by late Monday he was displaced as favourite by Finche who […]

Dettori chasing Melbourne Cup win for the 17th time

Frankie Dettori is famous for his exuberant personality and the controversies that have dotted his career, but mostly he is known for his riding skills. This year Dettori has won 18 Group One races thanks in no small part to trainer John Gosden and his stable including stars Enable and Stradivarius. One race to elude […]

Horses and jockeys hope to break Melbourne Cup hoodoos

No international horse has won the Melbourne Cup twice, and Frankie Dettori has not won the race at all. But both Cross Counter, to be ridden by William Buick, and the flamboyant Dettori aboard Master Of Reality, will bid to rewrite the record books at Flemington on Tuesday. And they won’t be alone. Vow And […]

‘Ordinary bloke’ chases 2019 Melbourne Cup win

Englishman Duncan Smith grew up watching black-and-white film replays of Phar Lap’s 1930 Melbourne Cup win, never imagining he would one day have his own runner in the great race. Smith has made his first trip to Australia to be trackside at Flemington on Tuesday cheering on Raymond Tusk in the 2019 Melbourne Cup. “I’ve […]