Warning begins Melbourne Cup campaign in Makybe Diva Stakes

The Anthony and Sam Freedman stable will saddle up two runners on the under card races at Flemington this weekend day mare Southbank in the Let’s Elope Stakes and three-year-old Supreme Idea in the Cap D’Antibes Stakes. Freedman believed Southbank was back in the form she was in last spring when she finished third in […]

Alligator Blood short odds for Doomben comeback

Alligator Blood is an odds-on favourite for his return to racing at Doomben but trainer David Vandyke is keeping a lid on expectations. TAB fixed odds has installed Alligator Blood, the winner of the Group One Australian Guineas at Flemington in February, a $1.70 favourite for Saturday’s XXXX Dry Open Quality Handicap (1110m). Although the […]

Aysar on track for Caulfield Guineas 2020

Although it wasn’t a win by a big margin, co-trainer Ben Hayes saw enough for three-year-old Aysar to continue on a path to the Caulfield Guineas. “He’s a pretty exciting horse going forward,” Hayes said after Aysar took out Wednesday’s benchmark 64 for three-year-olds over 1300 metres. Hayes pointed out that the colt was about […]

Gytrash upsets Nature Strip in Concorde Stakes at Randwick

Trainer Gordon Richards has waited half a century to get a horse as good as Gytrash, who has announced himself as a serious Everest threat with a Concorde Stakes victory over star sprinter Nature Strip. The pair met for just the second time at Randwick on Saturday and as it was in the Lightning Stakes […]

Paths Of Glory takes out the Wyong Cup

Rachel King has made a clean sweep of the feature races at Wyong with her Cup victory aboard the Richard and Michael Freedman-trained Paths Of Glory the icing on the cake. In a busy finish, Paths Of Glory’s ($13) stamina kicked in and he outstayed The Lord Mayor ($6) by a long neck, denying Chris […]

Feehan Stakes runners chase Cox Plate golden ticket

Matthew Williams is approaching the Feehan Stakes as a line in the sand run for his smart galloper Harbour Views. Williams believes everything is in order for Harbour Views to showcase his ability and he will walk away knowing whether the horse is a legitimate Group One spring contender. The trainer believes he is and, […]

Paul Preusker sets sights on Cox Plate with Surprise Baby

Trainer Paul Preusker believes his star stayer Surprise Baby can secure a start in the Cox Plate by winning the only race which carries a golden ticket into it, the Group Two Feehan Stakes at The Valley. Preusker said even if Surprise Baby didn’t win he wanted to see enough to justify running him in […]

Holyfield on track for the Caulfield Guineas 2020

On the back of a terrific juvenile season, trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are emerging as major players in the better three-year-old races this spring. The training partners made a clean sweep of the two age-restricted features at Rosehill on Saturday, winning the San Domenico Stakes (1100m) with Anders and the Ming Dynasty Quality […]

Nominations released for Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup

Racing Victoria officials have been amazed with the quantity and quality of nominations for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups despite uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Entries for the features were announced on Thursday and the 2020 Caulfield Cup, which will be run on October 17, attracted 177 nominations, an increase of 29 from last […]