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  • Nine initial entries for Australia Stakes

    Japanese import Brave Smash headlines the Group Two Australia Stakes nominations which have been extended.The Darren Weir-trained entire Brave Smash's first Australian racing preparation culminated in his third to Redzel and Vega Magic in the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in Octob...

  • Trapeze Artist wins Winx barrier trial

    Almost lost in the publicity surrounding the return of Winx in a barrier trial at Rosehill has been the effort of Trapeze Artist, winner of the 900m-heat in which the champion finished midfield.The Gerald Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist, an upset winner of the Golden Rose in September, was in contr...

  • Blue Diamond Preview plans for Secret Lady

    Secret Lady has come out of her Magic Millions Classic run so well Sydney trainer Gary Portelli has now turned his attention to a stakes race in Melbourne. Portelli has nominated Secret Lady for Saturday's Group Three Blue Diamond Preview for two-year-old fillies at Caulfield over 1000m ...

  • Winx pleases Bowman in barrier trial

    Winx has shown she is physically on track for her next campaign in a barrier trial at Rosehill but importantly her jockey Hugh Bowman has been thrilled with her mental wellbeing. The champion was not over-exerted when midfield in her 900m-heat at Rosehill on Monday morning but it was how she...

  • Italia Bella to resume at Doomben

    Promising three-year-old Italia Bella is set to take the first step towards the autumn carnivals when she returns at Doomben. Italia Bella is still a maiden but was one of the finds of the winter carnival running three placings in four starts. At her most recent run in August she was thir...

  • Thorndon Mile winner Stolen Dance retired

    Stolen Dance will bow out a Group One winner with the decision made to immediately retire the pregnant mare on the back of her victory in the Thorndon Mile.She left the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman on Monday, two days after her win at Trentham."She went off this morning,"...

  • Oakleigh Plate the target for Snitty Kitty

    The Oakleigh Plate is in trainer Henry Dwyer's sights with sprinting mare Snitty Kitty who will continue preparations towards her Group One target in a jump-out at Caulfield. Snitty Kitty will run over 800m on Tuesday as a stepping stone to her planned return in the Listed W.J Adams Stak...

  • Criquette Head-Maarek announces retirement

    Trail-blazing French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has announced she is to retire after a career spanning more than 40 years.Head-Maarek says the time is right to call it a day and she will saddle her last runners on February 1.She will still be involved in the sport and plans to devote more ti...

  • Winx fit and healthy ahead of trial

    Trainer Chris Waller is not expecting too much from Winx's barrier trial at Rosehill or from the body which determines the world's best racehorse. Winx will step out on Monday in a heat which includes top sprinter Redzel and three-year-old Group One winners Ace High and Trapeze Artis...

  • Long Leaf to begin Diamond path in Preview

    Lindsay Park's assault on this year's Blue Diamond series will begin in the Previews at Caulfield. The stable had six runners in last year's Group One Blue Diamond Stakes for juveniles, with five finishing in the first seven headlined by brilliant winner Catchy. Lindsay Park t...

  • Super Too to take on best in Lightning

    Speedster Super Too will take on the sprinting heavyweights in the Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington. Trainer Marc Conners took the mare to Melbourne twice in the spring for a win in the 955m-series at Moonee Valley and a second in the Group Two Caulfield Sprint. In the speed conte...

  • Desleigh Forster chases rider for Someday

    Trainer Desleigh Forster is searching for a new rider for veteran Someday in the Sunshine Coast Cup. Someday was ridden by Melbourne's Michael Walker when he won the $300,000 Listed Bernborough Handicap on December 30. Walker is unavailable on Saturday and Forster has been chasin...

  • Linda Meech suspended for 23 meetings

    Victoria's leading jockey Linda Meech has been suspended for more than three weeks after being found guilty of improper riding in a race at Kilmore.The 23-meeting ban, to start after Tuesday's Terang meeting, was imposed by stewards after the resumption of an inquiry into an incident in the str...

  • Queensland Stewards again warn on arsenic

    Queensland stewards have again warned trainers to be alert for horses inadvertently ingesting arsenic from wood shavings or yard posts.There have been several cases across Australia of horses returning positive swabs to arsenic after eating treated timber.The latest warning came after Sunshine ...

  • Un De Sceaux wins third Clarence Chase

    Un De Sceaux has created history as the first three-time winner of the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.The Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old notched his eighth Grade One victory on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) and firmed to 7-2 favourite to defend the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham."Any time you make his...

  • Rock 'N' Gold takes out Kensington Stakes

    Rock 'N' Gold started the longest price of three runners for the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable in the Kensington Stakes but the gelding has upstaged rivals to win the Listed sprint.Seven-year-old Rock 'N' Gold ($17) resumed from a let-up in Saturday's 1100m straight race and after sett...

  • Faraway Town a winner again at Randwick

    More than two years after her first win, Faraway Town has finally greeted the judge again. Although it's been a long time since she won a two-year-old handicap at Rosehill in November 2015, the Matthew Smith-trained mare has racked up five placings since including a third in the 2016 Gro...

  • Thornton's Doomben victory full of drama

    Apprentice Boris Thornton scored his first Brisbane Saturday metropolitan win but not before plenty of drama at Doomben.Thornton drove the favourite Desmon's Pride ($2.90) to a a half-head win over Courtza King ($3.50) in the Relaxed Racing Handicap.However, Ruby Ride who rode fourth-placed Ros...

  • Memes back with a bang in Summer Sprint

    Tiny mare Memes has staked her claim as a potential autumn sprint star with a triumphant return to racing at Randwick. The Jason Coyle-trained Memes was the find of last autumn and winter, progressing from a Kembla Grange maiden win to three victories at Randwick. She was unplaced when tr...

  • One For Later wins at Flemington at $151

    A seven-year-old mare on a path to a jumping campaign has caused a major upset at Flemington, winning at a starting price of $151.One For Later, trained by Allan Peterson at Warrnambool, surged clear of her rivals in the straight in Saturday's Dolly's Dream Handicap (2000m) to win by two length...

  • Senior rider policy a key for Doomben win

    Trainer Darryl Hansen's commitment to keeping senior riders on promising three-year-old Bat A Kat again proved a winner at Doomben.Bat A Kat ($6.50) was asked to carry 3kg more than his previous win at the Gold Coast when he was too strong in the James Boag's Premium Handicap (1350m).He scored ...

  • Nick Ryan lands first city win as trainer

    As a former champion apprentice jockey, Nick Ryan was a regular winner in town.On Saturday at Flemington, Ryan brought up his first city winner as a trainer and couldn't hide his delight.Up-and-coming three-year-old Mahamedeis overhauled his rivals in in the Patrobas Handicap (2000m) to bring u...

  • Danny Williams claims quinella in Highway Handicap

    Acquittal and Kopi Luwak share top billing at Goulburn trainer Danny Williams' stable and the two have shown why with their one-two finish in the Highway Handicap at Randwick.Williams admitted on weights and measures he had a leaning to Acquittal in Saturday's 1400m-race but punters went the ot...

  • Snicki Minaj earns Inglis Classic start

    Smart two-year-old filly Snicki Minaj atoned for an unlucky first-up run to earn a chance at the Inglis Classic in Sydney with her Doomben win on Saturday.Snicki Minaj, the $3.10 favourite, went straight to the lead and raced away to beat Clockwise ($4.60).The filly ran seventh in the Listed Ca...

  • High-priced Estijaab impresses on debut

    Expensive filly Estijaab has lived up to her breeding with an emphatic debut at Randwick which has put her firmly in line for the major juvenile races. By champion sire Snitzel out of dual Group One winner Response, Estijaab is raced by Emirates Park which paid $1.7 million for the filly at ...

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