Melody Belle set to bypass Cox Plate 2019

New Zealand champion Melody Belle will be seen in Australia this spring but not in the Cox Plate. Trained by Jamie Richards for a Te Akau syndicate, Melody Belle claimed her ninth Group One win in Saturday’s Livamol Classic at Hastings over the same 2040m as the Cox Plate to complete New Zealand’s weight-for-age triple […]

Dual G1 winner set to tackle Toorak Handicap 2019

New Zealander Madison County will get his latest chance to post an Australian Group One win in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield. A dual Group One winner in his homeland over the Toorak distance of 1600m, Madison County is set for his fourth attempt in an Australian Group One race on Saturday with his best […]

Pierata impresses Tommy Berry ahead of The Everest 2019

Joint Everest favourite Pierata has impressed race jockey Tommy Berry in his second last gallop ahead of the $14 million Group One sprint spectacular. Trainer Greg Hickman initially planned to work Pierata between races during Monday’s Warwick Farm meeting. Unable to find a galloping partner, he opted to instead put the five-year-old through his paces […]

Unbeaten Buffalo River set for The Golden Eagle 2019

Buffalo River is unbeaten in three Australian starts and the lightly raced import’s connections are now hoping the gelding can qualify for the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle in Sydney. Trainer Mike Moroney is planning to run Buffalo River in Saturday’s $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) at Randwick which is designed as a lead-in to the […]

Cox Plate decision to be made on Te Akau Shark, Melody Belle

The Te Akau team will decide in coming days whether Melody Belle or Te Akau Shark, or both, will head to the Cox Plate. Melody Belle cemented her status as New Zealand’s best with her win in Saturday’s Livamol Classic to complete the Hastings weight-for-age triple crown while Te Akau Shark joined three-year-old filly Probabeel […]

Freedman announces 2019 Caulfield Guineas, Thousand Guineas runners

Trainer Anthony Freedman is set to be two-handed in the two Guineas races on the opening day of the Caulfield Cup carnival. Freedman says Super Seth and Groundswell will contest the Group One Caulfield Guineas with the stable to be represented by Lyre and Southbank in the fillies division, the Thousand Guineas. Both races are […]

Surprise Baby set for latest Melbourne Cup entry bid

Surprise Baby gets a second chance at securing a start in the Melbourne Cup when he contests the Bart Cummings at Flemington. The winner of Saturday’s race is afforded a ballot exemption into the $8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 5. Surprise Baby missed by millimetres in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington […]

Osborne Bulls out to press Everest claims

Last year’s third placegetter Osborne Bulls will press his claims for the Godolphin slot in the $14 million Everest when he runs in the Premiere Stakes at Randwick. His biggest stumbling block in Saturday’s Group Two 1200m Premiere Stakes appears to be Classique Legend who is already an Everest runner for his Hong Kong owner […]

Aus Bloodstock duo on rise for Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup

The two trainers of imported Cups horses part-owned by Australian Bloodstock have cast their eye over their prospective charges and are looking forward to spring ahead. Newcastle trainer Kris Lees saw Mustajeer for the first time in quarantine at Werribee on Wednesday with Paul Preusker having his second look at Torcedor. Lees said Mustajeer, last-start […]

Melbourne Cup first acceptors released

Defending titleholder Cross Counter headlines 80 first acceptors for this year’s $8 million Melbourne Cup which includes 18 other internationally trained horses. First acceptances for the 3200m Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 5 closed on Tuesday, with Cross Counter and his Charlie Appleby-trained stablemate Ispolini among the acceptors while champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien […]