Melody Belle headlines small Futurity Stakes field

A small field has been declared for the Futurity Stakes but the weight-for-age Group One race is not lacking in quality. New Zealand star Melody Belle has barrier three for her first start of 2020 as she chases her 11th Group One win while Caulfield Guineas-winning colt Super Seth is set to jump from just […]

Hayes confident Faatinah can win first up in Oakleigh Plate

Three years after finishing second to stablemate Sheidel in the Oakleigh Plate, noted fresh sprinter Faatinah is set for another crack at the Group One handicap at Caulfield. Faatinah will be first-up since November in Saturday’s Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and the multiple stakes winner takes in an enviable fresh record as he chases an elusive […]

Blue Diamond Stakes favourite draws barrier one

Assistant-trainer Sam Freedman does not see barrier one as a hindrance to the chances of favourite Hanseatic in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. After coming up with barrier one, Hanseatic eased from $2.30 to $2.40 with PlayUp for Saturday’s Group One Blue Diamond Stakes for two-year-olds over 1200m. Hanseatic is chasing a clean sweep […]

Santa Ana Lane expected to return in the Challenge Stakes

Santa Ana Lane has taken another step towards defending his TJ Smith title with a third-placed finish in a barrier trial at Werribee. The Anthony Freedman-trained sprinter won last year’s TJ Smith and his autumn campaign has been geared towards that race again. He is expected to return in the Group Two Challenge Stakes (1000m) […]

Probabeel and Funstar set for a rematch in the Surround Stakes

New Zealand filly Probabeel has worked home well in a barrier trial at Randwick to show her readiness for a Group One rematch with Funstar. The Jamie Richards-trained Probabeel finished second to Funstar, trained by Chris Waller, in the Flight Stakes in October. The two are scheduled to meet in the Surround Stakes on February […]

Kolding to make his Melbourne debut in the Futurity Stakes

New Zealand star Melody Belle and Group One-winning Sydneysider Kolding will get a look around Caulfield in separate gallops ahead of their clash in the Futurity Stakes. The Jamie Richards-trained Melody Belle will chase her 11th Group One win in Saturday’s 1400m weight-for-age feature which will be her first start since running second to Irish […]

Chenier connections upbeat about Australian Guineas 2020

While Alligator Blood and Catalyst staged a thrilling duel in the C S Hayes Stakes, the comeback performance of Chenier to finish just behind them has his connections upbeat. The Anthony Freedman-trained, Godolphin-owned Chenier missed the spring carnival because of a pelvic fracture and raced for the first time in 10 months in Saturday’s Group […]

Fierce Impact weighs up Futurity Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes options

A crucial track gallop at Warwick Farm will determine immediate plans for Fierce Impact as trainer Matt Smith weighs up Group One options in Sydney and Melbourne. The horse resumed with a slashing second to three-year-old Alabamba Express in the Group One C F Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 8, signalling he was […]

Imperial Lad looks to secure spot in Australian Guineas field

Trainer John Moloney sees the Australian Guineas as potentially the race of the autumn and wants to be a part of it. The Moloney-trained Imperial Lad will attempt to book his place in the Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on February 29 via a benchmark race at Wednesday’s Sandown meeting. The winner of his past two starts, […]

Re-scheduled Inglis Millennium meeting in doubt

The fate of the $2 million Inglis Millennium remains unresolved with Sydney expecting more serious rainfall. After Warwick Farm was washed out on Saturday, the rich sales-related race and the $1 million Inglis Sprint were added to Wednesday’s program at the same track. The surface had improved from a heavy 10 to a 9 on Tuesday with […]