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Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo has made a triumphant return to racing with a Group Three victory at Newbury with a third trip to Australia in trainer Hughie Morrison’s mind. Entering the final furlong (200m), Morrison’s stable star looked as if he would run fourth but unleashed a powerful finish at the end of the 2400m […]
As always before a big race, one of Winx’s owners is on hand to draw her barrier. For the last time on Tuesday that task fell to Peter Tighe ahead of Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Of nine barriers, Tighe pulled out No.9, not that it really matters to the champion Winxwho, if things go to […]
Dual Golden Slipper-winning trainer Peter Snowden believes there is a sense of timing about Cosmic Force who has assumed favouritism for this year’s $3.5 million race after the barrier draw. Cosmic Force streeted his rivals by seven lengths on a heavy track in Saturday’s Pago Pago Stakes and has firmed from $6 to $5 favourite […]
Adelaide trainer Chris Bieg is enjoying the ride with Blue Diamond Stakes placegetter Free Of Debt who will run in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper.. Free Of Debt won his first two starts in Adelaide and Melbourne before prominent racing and breeding operation Aquis Farm came calling and bought into the […]
A carnival of ups and downs for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby’s travelling team from England could yet reap its greatest success with Cross Counter in the Melbourne Cup. While Appleby’s travelling party struck early this spring with Jungle Cat in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in September, there have also been some low […]
A total of 47 horses remain in contention for the Melbourne Cup following second acceptances for the $7 million race at Flemington. Among the 47 are 15 internationally trained horses of which 11 are currently guaranteed a start in the race on November 6. With a safety limit of 24, places are still up for […]
Connections of the appropriately named Thinkin’ Big are doing just that with the talented colt who is favoured to win the Victoria Derby. And if successful in Saturday’s $2 million Victoria Derby at Flemington, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt could step out in the $7.3 million Melbourne Cupthree days later. “We haven’t given […]
The final group of international contenders scheduled to contest spring carnival features are bound for Melbourne. A group of eight horses, all nominated for the 2018 Melbourne Cup, departed London on Friday morning (AEDT) and are scheduled to arrive in Victoria on Saturday to begin two weeks of post-arrival quarantine at Werribee. Among the horses […]
Avilius has won a start in the Melbourne Cup after surviving a protest to claim The Bart Cummings at Flemington. Success in Saturday’s 2500m handicap gave the winner a ballot exemption into the $7 million Melbourne Cup 2018 on November 6. A protest was lodged by Michael Walker, rider of the runner-up Jaameh, for alleged […]
Classy European stayer Torcedor is out of Melbourne Cup contention after spiking a temperature. Nine horses entered quarantine in England and Ireland overnight but the Andreas Wohler-trained Torcedor did not enter quarantine in Europe, meaning he will not be travelling to Melbourne for this year’s Cup. The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite, who finished second in […]