Bagot Handicap target for Secret Blaze

The Listed Bagot Handicap is the summer target for Secret Blaze who will first try to notch the third win of his preparation in a lead-up race at Flemington. Secret Blaze is coming off a last-start second as favourite in the Listed Pakenham Cup over 2500m on December 7 and he runs again over the […]

Anthony Freedman weighs up Magic Millions Guineas option

Next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas will be considered for King Of Hastings after he returned to winning form at Flemington. The Anthony Freedman-trained gelding’s spring was cut short in late September to target summer races but the three-year-old returned from a let-up with an unplaced run in the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic […]

Trevelyan on target for The Wave 2020

Trainer Chris Meagher can hardly wait to get consistent Trevelyan to the $250,000 The Wave. The Wave (1800m) is one of several new races introduced in a revamped Brisbane and Gold Coast summer carnival. It is designed to bolster the January 4 meeting at the Gold Coast, a week before the main Magic Millions meeting. […]

Boomsara can overcome inside barrier in The Gateway

Eagle Farm trainer Chris Munce says pundits who claim his colt Boomsara races best from wide barriers are only partly right. Boomsara has won three feature races when drawn wide and he turned in the run of the day when third in the Group Three George Moore Stakes from barrier 13 two weeks ago. Group […]

Villiers Stakes 2019 can be a stepping stone for Live And Free

Traditionally the biggest race day of the Sydney summer, the Villiers Stakes meeting at Randwick holds extra significance for trainer John O’Shea. O’Shea will saddle up Live And Free in Saturday’s Group Two race, almost two decades after he won it for the first time with Grey And Gold. That 2000 Villiers victory was an […]

Magic Millions Wyong Classic a launching pad for Team Snowden

A race that has been launching pad towards the rich two-year-old features could again be significant for two Snowden stable youngsters. Peter and Paul Snowden won the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m) four years ago with Capitalist who went on to claim that season’s Gold Coast Magic Millions and Golden Slipper. The Snowdens saddle […]

Villiers Stakes 2019: Quackerjack will not duck task

A long-range plan with Quackerjack comes to fruition in the Villiers Stakes although trainer Mark Newnham admits the four-year-old will carry more weight then he envisaged. The favourite for Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes over the famous Randwick mile, Quackerjack has 56kg. Newnham thought he would get about 2kg less and booked Rachel King with […]

Inglis Nursery: Stonefield could head north for the $500k race

Unraced colt Stonefield is handling everything asked of him which has given co-trainer Troy Corstens confidence to pinpoint a lucrative interstate race for the two-year-old’s debut. Melbourne-based Corstens is planning to run Stonefield in Saturday’s $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) for two-year-olds at Randwick but will also accept for the colt in a race at Flemington […]

Magic Millions Classic: The Drinks Cart has a slight setback

One of the leading contenders for the Magic Millions 2Y0 Classic, The Drinks Cart, has had a slight setback and will miss a scheduled start at Doomben. A brilliant debut winner at the Gold Coast last month, The Drinks Cart was to return in Friday’s Listed Phelan Ready Stakes. He will now run in a […]

Strome among 17 entries for Villiers Stakes field

Talented mare Strome’s step up to stakes grade is likely to be delayed with trainer Gary Portelli going cold on the idea of backing her up in the Villiers. Portelli flagged the idea of running her in Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m) seven days after her eye-catching second in a benchmark race at Rosehill. […]