• Trainer disqualified for four months

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 5:15 pm

    Toowoomba trainer Jai Phillips has been disqualified for four months on a charge related to animal welfare. Phillips pleaded guilty to failing “to provide reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty, to take steps as necessary to alleviate any pain, and failed to provide for veterinary treatment where such […]

  • Flying filly faces first-up Valley test

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 5:15 pm

    A dash over 955 metres against her own sex is just about the softest option Robert Smerdon could come up with for the return of promising filly Shamal Wind. But her appearance at the top of the weights and the head of the betting in the 13th heat of the […]

  • Irish import poised for Aussie debut

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 5:00 pm

    Trainer Martin McInerney spent part of 2012 scouting for thoroughbred talent in Europe and South America. His search turned up Punch Your Weight, a four-year-old Irish gelding who will make his Australian debut at Warwick Farm on Saturday. The winner of his only two starts in Ireland, Punch Your Weight […]

  • Sumakaray chases first stakes win

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 4:00 pm

    The stakes success of Avoid Lightning last weekend has given trainer Brian Cox an added confidence boost as he prepares Sumakaray for her biggest test at Caulfield. Three-year-old Sumarakay hasn’t started since winning at Moonee Valley on December 29 when she defeated South Australian mare Avoid Lightning. The David Jolly-trained […]

  • Schweida says colt is ready for Farm test

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 3:45 pm

    Better Than Ready’s belated return to racing is back on schedule after an eventful week for the colt and his trainer Kelly Schweida. The three-year-old resumes in the Coca-Cola Amatil Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday where he will carry the minimum weight of 54 kilograms at his first […]

  • Veterans could spring Expressway Stakes upset

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 3:45 pm

    Chris Waller isn’t heading into Saturday’s Expressway Stakes expecting veterans Danleigh and Albert The Fat to come away with the top prize. But he won’t be surprised if either of them do. The pair will resume in the Group Two Warwick Farm sprint, which also marks the stable debut of […]

  • Smerdon denies involvement in Oliver bet

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 3:45 pm

    Prominent Victorian trainer Robert Smerdon played a fundamental role in an illegal bet placed by jockey Damien Oliver on a rival horse and should be dealt with accordingly, a racing tribunal has heard. Smerdon is charged with engaging in conduct prejudicial to the image of racing by passing on the […]

  • Nash Rawiller nearing return from injury

    Australian Horse Racing February 7, 2013 3:45 pm

    Leading jockey Nash Rawiller says he’s on target for a race return in two weeks after riding a horse in trackwork for the first time this year on Thursday. Rawiller broke his ankle in an incident in the barriers at a Rosehill trial session on December 18. The dual Sydney […]

  • Chris Symons redeems himself with Sandown win

    Australian Horse Racing February 6, 2013 6:00 pm

    Chris Symons knew he owed trainer Greg Eurell a winner and he provided it courtesy of his first city victory since his return from a broken foot. Symons was out of the saddle for more than four months after breaking his foot when a prominent apprentice accidentally reversed his car […]

  • Almost 200 still in Golden Slipper 2013 mix

    Australian Horse Racing February 6, 2013 5:30 pm

    The Golden Slipper build-up is gaining momentum with the Australian Turf Club receiving 196 entries at the second acceptance stage. Among them are the Gai Waterhouse-trained Breeders Plate winner Whittington and unbeaten Victorian filly Villa Verde trained by Shaun Dwyer. Waterhouse, who won her fourth Slipper with Pierro last year, […]

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