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Hartnell returns in 2019 PB Lawrence Stakes

As nine-year-old Hartnell prepares to launch his latest preparation in a familiar weight-for-age race, trainer James Cummings is convinced the grand campaigner retains his zest for racing. Hartnell resumes from a spell in Saturday’s Group Two PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield, the same 1400m weight-for-age race Cummings has used to start the gelding’s past two spring […]

Quezette Stakes to kick-off Lyre’s Spring campaign

The first of last season’s Group One-winning juveniles is set to step out as a three-year-old in what shapes as an intriguing Quezette Stakes at Caulfield. Blue Diamond winner Lyre makes her season return in Saturday’s 1100m Group Three Quezette Stakes for three-year-old fillies, her first start since finishing third in the Golden Slipper in March. In […]

Benbatl unlikely to run in 2019 Cox Plate

Benbatl is unlikely to return to Australia this year – with targets in Canada and America mooted, his trainer has said. Saeed bin Suroor’s globetrotter won the G1 Caulfield Stakesin Australia last year before having a crack at Winxin the Cox Plate at Melbourne. The Godolphin-owned ultimately came off second best in that encounter, and has been given […]

Kenedna starts Caulfield Cup campaign this weekend

Kenedna will face a quality field when she launches her Caulfield Cup campaign in the P B Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield. Saturday’s Group Two P B Lawrence (1400m)looms as the starting point for a number of potential spring stars including Cox Platefavourite Mystic Journey, evergreen gelding Hartnell and Kenedna who had a highly successful autumn/winter campaign. In […]

Mystic Journey impressing ahead of Cox Plate campaign

Star mare Mystic Journey has won her second barrier trial at Devonport this campaign as she closes in on her new season return. The Australian Guineasand All-Star Milewinner had been scheduled to make her return in the Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday week but Tasmanian trainer Adam Trinder elected hold her back because of a rain-affected […]

2019 Melbourne Cup campaign kicks off for NZ stayer

Sydney Cup placegetter Sir Charles Road is in Sydney to be prepared for a spring campaign aimed at the Melbourne Cup. Trained by Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott, the New Zealand stayer will bypass the Hastings spring carnival to concentrate on Australia starting with a 1400m-race at Randwick on August 17. Owner David Archer said […]