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Zipping Classic 2019: Ventura Storm to have short back up

Imported stayer Ventura Storm has raced consistently without winning this preparation and has also displayed a quirk late in his races which has his connections puzzled. The gelding, who runs in Saturday’s Group Two Zipping Classic (2400m), has a habit of lifting his head late and has done it to varying degrees inside the final […]

Banquo to continue progress in Sandown Guineas 2019

After a successful Melbourne Cup carnival, the show is rolling on for trainer Danny O’Brien who is looking for feature race success at Sandown. O’Brien won four stakes races during the four-meeting Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington highlighted by his first Melbourne Cup with Vow And Declare and first VRC Oaks with Miami Bound. Another […]

Sandown Guineas 2019: Pretty Brazen on second line of betting

It has been 14 years since a filly has won the Group Two Sandown Guineas but trainer Tony McEvoy is optimistic Pretty Brazen has the talent to break that drought. Pretty Brazen is one of two fillies in Saturday’s Sandown Guineas over 1600m for three-year-olds, with the Dan O’Sullivan-trained Affair To Remember the other. Both […]

Zipping Classic 2019: Southern France decision awaits

Imported stayer Southern France is a late nomination for the Group Two Zipping Classic at Sandown with connections keeping their options open. Southern France finished 19th in last Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington in his first Australian start and first run for co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. Nominations for Saturday’s weight-for-age […]

Chapada spring prep to end after Zipping Classic 2019

Mindful of the tough season Chapada had during his three-year-old year, trainer Mike Moroney is happy he decided on a light spring campaign. That brief preparation will wind up at Sandown on Saturday when Chapada runs in the Group Two Zipping Classic (2400m). Chapada ran in three Derbys last season, finishing an unlucky third to […]