Capactiy field for the Robert Sangster Stakes 2020

Star sprinting mare Sunlight has drawn a wide barrier in a capacity field of 16 plus two emergencies for the Group One Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville. A three-time Group One winner, four-year-old Sunlight has drawn barrier 16 for Saturday’s 1200m feature for fillies and mares while star two-year-old Away Game has barrier four. Away […]

Thornton chasing G1 glory in Australasian Oaks 2020

Victorian jockey Damien Thornton hopes his commitment to self isolate in South Australia for two weeks will be rewarded with Group One glory during the Adelaide carnival. With the lure of some prized rides on offer from the Anthony Freedman stable, 24-year-old Thornton travelled to South Australia and quarantined for two weeks as required under […]

Trainers push to upgrade QLD Winter Carnival

The success of the Sydney autumn carnival has sparked a renewed push for a further upgrade of Queensland’s winter racing. Racing Queensland originally scrapped the winter carnival features because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic implications. But it has since issued a revised schedule of 25 black-type races including the reinstatement of two Group […]

Silvera stakes claim for Stradbroke Handicap 2020

Silvera has lived up to an impressive barrier trial to push his claims for a tilt at the Group One Stradbroke Handicap with a win at the Sunshine Coast. Trainer Tony Gollan scratched Silvera twice in recent weeks and instead trialled him at Doomben on Tuesday where he was a strong second to stablemate Just […]

Royal Crown ready for VRC St Leger test

Robbie Griffiths has completed the first part of the the job he was given when fellow Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent transferred promising three-year-old stayer Royal Crown to his stable. The task was to win the Galilee Series Final (2400m) at Caulfield on April 11 with Royal Crown stepping up to the plate in convincing fashion. […]

Graff set to resume in Hawkesbury Gold Rush

The annual stand-alone meeting at Hawkesbury, being held at Rosehill this year because of coronavirus restrictions, has attracted quality fields, a trend trainer Kris Lees expects to continue into the winter. Lees has several leading chances on the eight-race card, headed by dual Group One winner In her Time in the Hawkesbury Crown, and says […]

Waterhouse, Bott set sights on the VRC St Leger 2020

Co-trainer Adrian Bott is confident Sacramento has the right profile to continue the stable’s recent domination of the VRC St Leger at Flemington. Trainer Gai Waterhouse has won the Listed VRC St Leger four times in the past seven years with Hippopus (2013), Order Of The Sun (2014), Runaway (2018) and Transact (2019). The past […]

Gotta Kiss and Isotope set for JJ Atkins Stakes clash

A strong trial by filly Gotta Kiss has set the stage for an exciting showdown with Isotope at the Sunshine Coast. The pair clash in Saturday’s QTIS 2YO Handicap (1000m) which will be a forerunner to stakes races in the winter. Both are likely to chase races such as the Group Two Champagne Classic on […]

Sign Seal Deliver, Tarn’s Prince set for VRC St Leger

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, trainer Matt Cumani and his staff have had a subdued celebration after Khoekhoe gave the stable its biggest success. But they might let their hair down if either Sign Seal Deliver or Tarn’s Prince can follow Khoekhoe’s win in the $800,000 The Showdown at Caulfield last week by taking out the […]

Swan Hill Cup carnival reduced to just one day

Another popular Victorian racing country carnival has had its meetings cut because of COVD-19 restrictions. The three-day meeting at Swan Hill, scheduled for June 5, 6 and 7, has been reduced to one day, June 7. It follows the reduction of May’s three-day Warrnambool carnival to two days, an all-jumps program on May 5 and […]