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  • Gris Caro up for the challenge in Turnbull

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 3:18 pm

    Former French galloper Gris Caro takes on Group One company for the first time when he contests the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. The 2000-metre contest will be his final outing before the Caulfield Cup on October 18. Gris Caro is exempt from the ballot for the Caulfield Cup […]

     
  • First Seal set to take Flight for Thompson

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 2:36 pm

    A tumultuous era ended for John Thompson this week but in filly First Seal he might already have the horse to underpin his future. The dispersal sale of Patinack Farm stock wound up on Wednesday and with it Thompson’s official ties to owner Nathan Tinkler. Thompson remained Tinkler’s head trainer […]

     
  • Stakes high for La Amistad in Metrop

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 1:36 pm

    It’s tough having a three-time Melbourne Cup winner for a sister. It’s harder still to manage expectations when you’re training her younger sibling. That is the challenge that has faced Hawkes Racing as the stable negotiates the spring campaign of Makybe Diva’s three-quarter relation La Amistad. Spoken of as a […]

     
  • Fast Facts on the Turnbull Stakes

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 1:30 pm

    THE TURNBULL STAKES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW HISTORY: First run 1948 when won by Beau Gem. Handicap until 1963. Weight-for-age 1964-70. Now set weights and penalties * Group One since 2006 NOTABLE WINNERS: Comic Court (1949-50), Rising Fast (1954), Redcraze (1955), Tobin Bronze (1966), Galilee (1968), Leilani (1974, […]

     
  • Botti spring quartet arrive in good order

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 1:30 pm

    The four-horse European team of trainer Marco Botti in Melbourne for the spring carnival have settled in well following their arrival last Saturday. The quartet are undergoing quarantine at Werribee racecourse and Botti’s assistant trainer Paul Francis reports they have settled in well. The four gallopers are owned by Australian […]

     
  • Plate a must-win race for Romance: jockey

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 12:12 pm

    There is no ducking and weaving from James McDonald regarding expectations for New Zealand mare Rising Romance in Saturday’s Craven Plate at Randwick. On the third line of Caulfield Cup betting, the mare is also the warmest favourite on the Epsom Handicap day program. With Hawkspur missing the Craven Plate […]

     
  • Kelly primed for two-state training double

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 11:54 am

    Gold Coast trainer David Kelly hopes top jockey Craig Newitt proves a good judge in two states on Saturday. Kelly has smart sprinter Final Crescendo in the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington and Aldini in the Broadbeach Junior AFL Handicap at the Gold Coast. Newitt chose Final Crescendo ahead of other […]

     
  • Heathcote goes for local knowledge angle

    Australian Horse Racing October 2, 2014 11:42 am

    The old racing adage of booking local jockeys for certain racetracks will get a test when trainer Robert Heathcote tries to end a run of Gold Coast outs on Saturday. Heathcote has trained more than 1000 winners but only six of those have been at the Gold Coast. His aversion […]

     
  • Tapestry poised for Arc call-up

    International Horse Racing October 2, 2014 9:06 am

    Tapestry has emerged a possible challenger for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Coolmore planning to pay a late entry to put her in Europe’s most prestigious race. The addition of Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old, who lowered the colours of Arc pre-post favourite Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks in August, […]

     
  • Treble ensures Berry owns Canterbury card

    Australian Horse Racing October 1, 2014 5:30 pm

    Tommy Berry will be missing from Sydney’s biggest day of the spring but he left nobody in doubt about his form with a trio of winners at Canterbury. The star jockey heads to Flemington on Saturday to continue his association with Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer, sacrificing what would no […]

     
 
 
 
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