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Ballarat Cup 2019: Prize money increase a carrot for Lindsay Park

Lindsay Park will have a two-pronged attack on the new look Ballarat Cup which this year carries record prize money of $500,000. Fifty Stars and Alfarris will represent David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the Listed race over 2000m on Saturday. This year the race has been shortened from 2200m to 2000m following […]

Alligator Blood to target Magic Millions Guineas riches

Caloundra trainer David Vandyke has continued his great start to the season and is hoping to capitalise in feature races during the Queensland summer carnival. Caulfield Guineas runner-up Alligator Blood is back in Vandyke’s stable ahead of a short summer campaign. Alligator Blood suffered his first defeat in five starts in the Group One Caulfield […]

Winterbottom Stakes: Hey Doc on target for Perth G1

Hey Doc has bounced through his Kevin Heffernan Stakes placing and is on target to head west for the Group One Winterbottom Stakes. Co-trainer Tony McEvoy was thrilled with the dual Group One winner’s third in Saturday’s Group Three Kevin Heffernan (1300m) at Sandown, Hey Doc’s first start since September last year. More importantly, the […]

Kingston Town Classic 2019: G1 on the cards for Pacodali

A trip to Perth for a Group One race is on the cards for the Lindsey Smith-trained Pacodali after his strong win in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Ridden by Dean Yendall, Pacodali ($6.50) tracked leader Setting Sail in Saturday’s 1800m Group Three race before striding past the Charlie Appleby-trained international visitor in the straight […]

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 […]