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  1. Verry Elleegant v Te Akau Shark – Which one would you ride in the Cox Plate because James McDonald has declared his hand. “It was between Te Akau Shark and Verry Elleegant and I’ve gone with Verry Elleegant,” McDonald said. Verry Elleegant being a two-time Group I winner is expected to be in the field […]View the full article
  2. Sir Charles Road will contest the Bentley St Leger Stakes (2600m) at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Trish Dunell Saturday’s A$500,000 Bentley St Leger Stakes (2600m) at Randwick could have a major bearing on the 2019 spring campaign for well-performed New Zealand stayer Sir Charles Road. A highly creditable seventh in the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) last […]View the full article
  3. PICTURE – BOWMAN WITH THE COX PLATE Hugh Bowman has been booked to ride Kings Will Dream in the first Cox Plate of the post-Winx era. Bowman was aboard Winx for the champion mare’s four straight Cox Plate wins from 2015-2018. The Cox Plate field will be announced on Tuesday morning. View the full article
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    STIPES TODAY CALLED OFF Thursday’s meeting at Waipukurau because of a saturated track. Today’s meet at Te Aroha meet was also abandoned because of a track deemed unfit for racing. Any idea when we will get these all weather tracks. Winston?View the full article
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    The Everest Final Field & Emergencies. No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating 1 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 2 58.5kg 120 2 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 1 58.5kg 118 3 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 58.5kg 118 4 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller Tim Clark 12 58.5kg 115 […]View the full article
  6. Michael Walker has been riding in big races since he was 15, but his reaction to his surprise call-up to ride Finche in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup reminded him of why he sometimes puts himself through daily torture to stay at the pointy end of the game. “It was something that blew me away,” Walker explained […]View the full article
  7. Group One winner Volpe Veloce has returned home after her two-run campaign in Sydney. The six-year-old mare finished ninth in the Gr.2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) before tailing the field home in the Gr.2 Shannon Stakes (1500m). “She is back home. She had a week off over there and a week off here,” trainer Graham […]View the full article
  8. Paddy Payne with son Stevie. Photo: It inspired the biggest Australian sports film of the decade, but the story of Michelle Payne’s historic Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) victory has its roots on this side of the Tasman. Ride Like a Girl, the big-screen retelling of Payne’s Cup triumph in 2015 aboard the Kiwi-bred Prince of […]View the full article
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    A minor shoulder injury will keep Danielle Johnson from riding at Te Aroha on Wednesday or the remainder of the week. Johnson missed most of last season while recovering from collar bone surgery.View the full article
  10. Crown Prosecutor returns victorious after the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) earlier this year. Photo: Trish Dunell Stephen Marsh couldn’t be happier with the progress of Crown Prosecutor as he goes into the biggest assignment of his training career this weekend. Marsh will saddle up last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner in the […]View the full article
  11. Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) aspirant Te Akau Shark. Photo: Trish Dunell The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) faces a major selection dilemma next week when assembling the field for this year’s A$5 million Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m). With the retirement of star mare Winx, who won the Cox Plate for a record-breaking four years in a […]View the full article
  12. Rondinella will contest the Gr.3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield on Wednesday. Photo: Trish Dunell Cambridge trainer Roger James had a tough choice to make heading into Caulfield on Wednesday. The experienced horseman, who trains in partnership with Robert Wellwood, was weighing up between a start in the Gr.3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) or the […]View the full article
  13. Less than twenty-four hours on from a stunning Group Two victory by The Chosen One (PICTURED) at Caulfield on Saturday afternoon, co-trainer Murray Baker is already thinking ahead to next weekend where his charge will try to pull off an even greater triumph. Baker, who prepares the Savabeel four-year-old in partnership with Andrew Forsman, has […]View the full article
  14. Impressive three-year-old filly Travelling Light careers home at Matamata. Photo credit: Trish Dunell Lightly raced three-year-old Travelling Light indicated she is on target for some bigger assignments on her immediate horizon as she produced a powerful sprint in difficult conditions to race to a hollow victory at Matamata on Saturday. The Ben Foote-trained El Roca filly […]View the full article
  15. Local mare Polly Grey careers away with the Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup. Photo credit: Trish Dunell Matamata mare Polly Grey scored her biggest career victory when she stormed to a convincing victory in Saturday’s Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup (1600m). The flashy grey five-year-old has proved a revelation over the past six months as […]View the full article