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Quackerjack faces tough Villiers Stakes task

A long-range plan with Quackerjack comes to fruition in the Villiers Stakes although trainer Mark Newnham admits the four-year-old will carry more weight then he envisaged. The favourite for Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes over the famous Randwick mile, Quackerjack has 56kg. Newnham thought he would get about 2kg less and booked Rachel King with […]

Morrissy to be aimed at Magic Millions Cup field

Troy Corstens believes Morrissy is unlucky not to have already already won this preparation but the trainer hopes that turns around at Flemington where the horse will press his claims for a trip to Queensland. Four-year-old Morrissy has two placings from his three starts this campaign including what Corstens describes as a very unlucky third […]

Villiers Stakes 2019: Talented mare unlikely for G2 field

Talented mare Strome’s step up to stakes grade is likely to be delayed with trainer Gary Portelli going cold on the idea of backing her up in the Villiers. Portelli flagged the idea of running her in Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m) seven days after her eye-catching second in a benchmark race at Rosehill. […]

Standish Handicap 2020: Superhard given Flemington lead-up

John Sadler is looking to train his third Standish Handicap winner with sprinter Superhard to get another look at the Flemington straight in the lead-up. Superhard is among 18 nominations for an 1100m-sprint on Saturday which will be the gelding’s final run ahead of the Group Three Standish Handicap (1200m) on New Year’s Day. Sadler […]

Villiers Stakes 2019: Chris Waller to have at least two runners

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller is likely to have at least two runners in Randwick’s summer showpiece, the Group Two Villiers Stakes. The winner of Saturday’s 1600m-race gains an automatic start in the Group One Doncaster Mile in April. Waller has won the Villiers Stakes once with Honor In War when the race was held […]

The Drinks Cart looks to secure Magic Millions Classic start

A track gallop will determine whether leading Magic Millions Classic hope, The Drinks Cart, runs in the Phelan Ready Stakes. The Drinks Cart, a brilliant winner at his only start, can shore up his place in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast if he wins Friday’s Listed Phelan Ready Stakes. The […]

Moroney weights up Magic Millions Guineas option for Star Surprise

Trainer Mike Moroney may be forced to put Star Surprise into open company after the three-year-old scored a first-up win at Pakenham. Moroney said the Group Three Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day may be considered as there was a lack of suitable three-year-old options after Star Surprise took out the John […]

Magic Millions Classic 2020: Blinkers to help Way Beyond at Doomben

Improving two-year-old Way Beyond will wear blinkers for the first time when he attempts to qualify for the rich Magic Millions Classic via a race at Doomben. Way Beyond sits 23rd on the order of entry for the $2 million Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 11. A win in Saturday’s QTIS Two-Year-Old […]

Pakenham Cup 2019: McEvoy can’t fault favourite Secret Blaze

Having secured a first Group One win with his training partner, and son, Calvin, Tony McEvoy is looking to add the Pakenham Cup to their trophy cabinet. Hey Doc claimed the Group One Winterbottom Stakes in Perth last Saturday for the partnership while in Melbourne Secret Blaze won a 2040m-race at The Valley. Following that […]