Hey Doc likely to enter Kevin Heffernan Stakes field

After a lengthy build-up, dual Group One winner Hey Doc is ready for his return from injury at Sandown after being sidelined for more than a year. Hey Doc has not started since finishing unplaced in the Group Two Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington in September last year. He pulled up sore from the race […]

Southern France could accept for Zipping Classic field

Imported stayer Southern France is a late nomination for the Group Two Zipping Classic at Sandown with connections keeping their options open. Southern France finished 19th in last Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington in his first Australian start and first run for co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. Nominations for Saturday’s weight-for-age […]

Sandbar sweats on spot in The Hunter 2019 field

Fresh from celebrating his first Flemington winner with Akari during Melbourne Cup week, Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup is hoping last-start winner Sandbar can force his way into the field for The Hunter. Akari won the Listed Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) on the Melbourne Cup program on Tuesday. Widdup’s attention is now closer to […]

Levendi could return in Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Sandown

After an absence of more than 18 months from the racetrack, Australian Derby winner Levendi is on the verge of a return. The Peter Gelagotis-trained horse is among 18 nominations for the Group Three Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on Saturday. Levendi has not raced since winning the 2018 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick. […]

Chapada among 2019 Zipping Classic nominations

Mindful of the tough season Chapada had during his three-year-old year, trainer Mike Moroney is happy he decided on a light spring campaign. That brief preparation will wind up at Sandown on Saturday when Chapada runs in the Group Two Zipping Classic (2400m). Chapada ran in three Derbys last season, finishing an unlucky third to […]

Melody Belle’s Autumn plans to include All-Star Mile

The $5 million All-Star Mile in Melbourne features in the proposed autumn plans for star New Zealand mare Melody Belle. The five-year-old won her 10th Group One race, and first in Australia, in the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup carnival before backing up seven days later for […]

Brave Song to contest The Hunter at Newcastle

Peter and Paul Snowden have thrown their support behind the inaugural $1 million The Hunter meeting at Newcastle with the stable likely to have two runners in the main race. Peter Snowden says the concept of stand-alone Saturday provincial meetings, held on the heels of the major carnivals in Sydney and Melbourne, is a great […]

Reykjavik to target Railway Stakes and Kingstown Town Stakes

A crack at two Group One races in Perth await the Lindsey Smith-trained Reykjavik after his hard-fought victory in the Group Three Chatham Stakes at Flemington. Five-year-old Reykjavik ($11) enjoyed a box-seat run from the inside barrier in Saturday’s 1400m race and he hit the front just inside the 300m under jockey Dean Yendall. Favourite […]

Santa Ana Lane flying ahead of Darley VRC Sprint Classic

Star sprinter Santa Ana Lane gets the chance to cap a successful Melbourne spring carnival for the Anthony Freedman stable when he attempts to defend the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington. Santa Ana Lane goes into Saturday’s $2 million weight-for-age VRC Sprint Classic off a last-start second in the $14 million Everest in Sydney. He […]

What you need to know about the Mackinnon Stakes 2019

MACKINNON STAKES * $2 million Group One, 2000m, weight-for-age * Run as race eight at Flemington on Saturday, November 9, 4.55pm AEDT HISTORY * The 2000m-race was formerly held on Victoria Derby Day and used as a Melbourne Cup lead-in * The Victoria Racing Club decided its importance as a Cup pathway had diminished and […]