In a big result for owners and breeders, more than $600,000 in prizemoney and bonuses has been injected into four new races on a key Ascot carnival program in December.
Friar Fox became the first winner of back-to-back Boulder Cups in more than 70 years when she lifted late to score a thrilling win in the Listed feature at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
If Michael Grantham heeds the advice of top jockey Chris Parnham, he will set emerging galloper Kaptain Kaos on a path to the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.
The Justine Erkelens-trained stayer will be out to become the first back-to-back winner of the Boulder Cup since Trectratic, who won in 1946 and dead-heated with Chatalong the following year.
Another win by Iseered Iseered will force Luke Fernie to turn his attention to feature sprints at the Ascot carnival, with none bigger than the $1 million Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 27.
The star WA mare has been ruled out of the rest of the Melbourne spring carnival after she was scratched from Saturday’s Makybe Diva Stakes with an elevated temperature.
Top jockey Brad Rawiller’s hard wasting to ride at his lightest weight since moving to WA paid off when he lifted Tellem We’re Comin to a drought-breaking win in the Farnley Stakes.
Notorious One and Tellem We’re Comin have commanded most of the attention ahead of Saturday’s Farnley Stakes, but trainer Peter Fernie believes Western Temple has a realistic shot of toppling the two favourites.
The former top Victorian hoop, who relocated to WA last November to reignite his career, will get down to 55.5kg to maintain the ride on Tellem We’re Comin.
Tommy Shelby became the second WA dog to be crowned Australian Greyhound of the Year when he was named the nation’s best chaser for the 2020-21 season on Tuesday night.
Cup Night is back in full work but trainer Bernie Miller won’t hesitate to rule him out of another crack at the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in November if he isn’t 100 per cent.
A dual stakes winner and $736,380 earner for trainer Adam Durrant, Massimo was bought by the Gangemi stable for $150,000 in an Inglis online sale in June.
Heavily backed from $9.50 to $4.40, the Lindsey Smith-trained entire settled outside of the lead and dashed clear when Azzopardi snatched the lead just before the home turn.
Superstorm booked a start in the Cox Plate by winning the Feehan Stakes, but owner Bob Peters is well aware of the task he faces against Australian racing’s latest star, Zaaki.
Talented mare La Farola and former interstate gallopers Campese and Phoneme will give the former jockey a strong hand at the low-key meeting.
Dan and Ben Pearce will get a guide on the spring carnival credentials of Dig Deep and Vital Silver’s comeback from a throat operation when the duo trials at Lark Hill on Monday.
Trainer Luke Fernie is optimistic Iseered Iseered will pass a big test when the promising sprinter tackles Saturday’s $100,000 Jolly Beggar Stakes (1000m) at Belmont Park.
WA star Superstorm gained valuable experience at Moonee Valley in a track gallop on Tuesday morning and worked strongly ahead of Saturday’s Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m).
Pike’s racing manager Dale Verhagen’s phone ran hot over the weekend after leading rider Jamie Kah and prolific Group 1 winners Mark Zahra and Ben Melham were slapped with three-month suspensions.
Lindsey Smith, who operates stables in WA and Victoria, was buoyed by vision of the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) runner-up’s gallop at his Oldbury property on Tuesday.
Former Fremantle Dockers goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne’s racing career has received a huge boost after leading owner Bob Peters sent him five horses to train.
Steve Wolfe’s Ascot carnival assault will start to warm up when Ex Sport Man and Watch Me Dance trial on Monday, but the trainer’s plans to get Red Can Man back from Victoria have hit a snag.
Brad Rawiller has been booked to ride dual stakes winner Tellem We’re Comin in Saturday’s Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m) at Belmont Park.
Jockey Mitchell Pateman has been suspended for four weeks for handing a piece of his gear off before weighing in when riding a winner at Kalgoorlie last Sunday week.
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