Our Ivanhowe wins Ranvet first up since Melbourne Cup

When German stayer Our Ivanhowe was acquired by Anthony and Lee Freedman after the Japan Cup in 2014, the Melbourne-based trainers were told they had inherited “the best wet tracker in the world”. And it has taken 14 starts in Australia to justify that billing as, for the first time in his 24-race career, the […]

Pomelo heads Provincial Championship Final odds at Sportsbet.com.au

Kembla Grange trainer Gwenda Markwell reckons she might have to trade in her Winx cap for one emblazoned Pomelo after the mare raced her way into the Provincial Championship Final. The heat was transferred to Saturday’s Rosehill meeting after Gosford was washed out on Wednesday but the slight delay made no difference to Pomelo ($2.45 […]

Golden Slipper 2017 contender passes vet’s inspection

Single Bullet has been given the all-clear to run in the Golden Slipper after taking skin off his front legs in a stable mishap. Trainer Gary Portelli told Sky Sports Radio the colt had undergone a veterinary inspection on Thursday and been passed to run in Saturday’s $3.5 million race . Portelli said Single Bullet […]

Golden Slipper 2017: Favourites draw wide

The two Golden Slipper favourites Houtzen and She Will Reign have drawn wide in barriers 16 and 13 respectively. Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy, the most favoured of the four Lindsay Park-trained runners in Saturday’s $3.5-million race for two-year-olds at Rosehill has barrier eight. A field of 16 plus three emergencies has been accepted for […]

William Buick in form ahead of Golden Slipper 2017

William Buick book-ended his Rosehill program with winners as Godolphin’s leading jockey steered stable stalwart It’s Somewhat home to complement his first-race success on French import Spectroscope. The Norwegian-born British hoop made the ideal start to his secondment in Sydney when Spectroscope scored the card-opening $100,000 Schweppes Handicap (1350m). He then finished with a flourish […]

Sacred Elixir’s straight into Australian Derby 2017

Sacred Elixir will head to Sydney for the Australian Derby without another run. Trainer Tony Pike has ruled out the Rosehill Guineas for the gelding who finished fifth in last Saturday’s NZ Derby won by Gingernuts. The winner of the Group One J J Atkins Stakes in Brisbane last winter, Sacred Elixir ran second to […]

Australian Cup 2017: Jameka to beat the mare curse

Not since champion Makybe Diva more than a decade ago has a mare won the Australian Cup but trainer Ciaron Maher wouldn’t swap Jameka for any other horse in this year’s race. The Caulfield Cup winner is one of two mares in Saturday’s weight-for-age Group One 2000m-feature at Flemington, along with Real Love. Six mares […]

Quality Field for Newmarket Handicap 2017

The Group One Newmarket Handicap at Flemington has attracted 13 runners with favourite Spieth and three-year-old Extreme Choice drawn on opposite sides of the field. Spieth, runner-up in his past two Group One starts at Flemington, has the inside barrier in Saturday’s time-honoured handicap down the 1200m-straight course while Extreme Choice has gate 13 with […]

Newmarket Handicap 2017: Flying Artie to miss race

Three-year-old Flying Artie will not run in the Newmarket Handicap with mucus detected in a scope. His Mick Price-trained stablemate Extreme Choice will now take his place in Saturday’s field for the 1200m-sprint at Flemington. Hong Kong’s champion jockey Joao Moreira, who was booked for Flying Artie, will now ride Extreme Choice. Flying Artie was […]