Manikato Stakes 2019: Bivouac heads odds

After the Godolphin team opted not to run star colt Bivouac in The Everest, the three-year-old is poised to start a short-priced favourite in the Group One Manikato Stakes at The Valley. Godolphin decided to run five-year-old mare Alizee in its slot in Saturday’s $14 million Everest in Sydney, which was won by three-year-old colt […]

Cox Plate 2019: Te Akau Shark makes field of 14

New Zealand star Te Akau Shark and Sydney three-year-old Castelvecchio have been included in the 14-horse field for the Cox Plate. The two were among those in danger of missing a start but have been included with dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor named first emergency. But Te Akau Shark will have to contend with the […]

2019 Cox Plate attracts a full field

The Cox Plate will have a full field of 14 plus four emergencies with eighteen horses paid up for the $5 million race. The decision which horses make the field will be decided by the committee of the Moonee Valley Racing Club on Tuesday morning. Winx has won the past four Cox Plates with her […]

The Golden Eagle 2019 internationals arrive in quarantine

Three northern hemisphere-trained horses targeting the inaugural Golden Eagle in Sydney are settling into quarantine at Canterbury in preparation for the $7.5 million race at Rosehill. The Golden Eagle (1500m) for four-year-olds will be run on November 2 and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Never No More, Richard Hannon-trained Beat Le Bon and Michael O’Callaghan-trained I Am […]

Mer De Glace to carry 56kg in 2019 Melbourne Cup field

Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace has been given a 1kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup. The Hishasi Shimizu-trained Damian Lane-ridden Mer De Glace became the second Japanese horse to win the Group One Caulfield Cup on Saturday, joining Admire Rakti (2014). The penalty for Mer De Glace for the $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) […]

Geelong Cup 2019: Quality field assembled

Four internationally trained horses including last year’s Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince Of Arran feature among the field of 11 for the Group Three $400,000 Geelong Cup. The Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran finished second in the Group Two Herbert Power Stakes in his return to Australian racing on October 12 and has drawn the outside […]

Mark Newnham remains confident ahead of Victoria Derby

Thought Of That has emerged as one of the main Victoria Derby 2019 contenders after his dominant win in the Caulfield Classic but Sydney trainer Mark Newnham remains confident he has the right horse to win the $2 million Victoria Derby at Flemington. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Thought Of That backed up an […]

Melbourne Cup 2019 back on track

Assistant trainer Sam Freedman says the stable has dodged a bullet with Steel Prince who will progress his Melbourne Cup claims at Geelong. Steel Prince was to have his final lead-up for the $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 5 in the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield on October 12. Sfter being […]

Damian Lane set for Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup rides

A “massive” year for Damian Lane could reach even greater heights in coming weeks as the jockey bids to add the Cox Plate 2019 and Melbourne Cup to his list of major race wins. Lane won the Golden Slipper in March on Godolphin’s Kiamichi and on Saturday claimed his first Caulfield Cup, winning the $5 […]

Vow And Declare ready to tackle Melbourne Cup field

Trainer Danny O’Brien expects Caulfield Cup runner-up Vow And Declare to be much better suited at Flemington in the Melbourne Cup. But the four-year-old stayer could have to rely on attrition to get into race. Vow And Declare beat all but Japanese visitor Mer De Glace in Saturday’s $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) in the […]