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Chris Waller’s star sprinters to clash in Lightning Stakes

Chris Waller has locked in Royal Ascot plans for The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes while Nature Strip remains a serious chance to join his stablemate on the international stage. The top sprinters are both slated to return in the Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington and are continuing to build well towards their first-up […]

Alligator Blood to trial ahead of Australian Guineas preparation

Queensland racegoers will get their last chance to see star three-year-old Alligator Blood at the track this season when he runs in a barrier trial at the Sunshine Coast. Trainer David Vandyke had originally considered giving Alligator Blood a track gallop but accepted the club’s offer of a barrier trial between races on Sunday. “We […]

Expressway Stakes meeting transferred due to extreme heat

The Expressway Stakes meeting has been transferred from Rosehill to Randwick with a forecast for extreme heat in Sydney. Temperatures in Sydney’s west are forecast to reach 40 degrees on Saturday but are cooler at 33 deg in the east. Randwick also has the benefit of sea breezes. Alizee is the early favourite for the […]

Nick Ryan on weather watch ahead of Manfred Stakes

Melbourne’s weather will have the final say on the autumn reappearance of Express Pass. Trainer Nick Ryan has accepted with the three-year-old in the Alinta Energy Handicap (1000m) at The Valley on Friday night and the Group Three Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Ryan prefers The Valley option but a predicted top temperature […]

Dame Giselle wins trial ahead of Golden Slipper campaign

Godolphin Group One winners Bivouac and Kiamichi have shown they are ready for their autumn campaigns with barrier trial wins at Rosehill. Golden Rose winner Bivouac won the first of two course-proper heats over 900m on Tuesday, edging Hush Writer on the line. Last year’s Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi led all the way to beat […]

Catalyst sets sights on C S Hayes Stakes

Trainer Clayton Chipperfield has had a change of heart and boom New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst will not wear blinkers in Australia. After the gelding’s sluggish start in Saturday’s Group Three Mr Tiz Trophy victory at Ellerslie, the trainer’s immediate thoughts were to re-apply the blinkers. But after studying the replay, Chipperfield said it was not […]