It's In The Blood


Some generational depth of both the human and equine variety has come to the fore in Kote, the headstrong son of Choisir, who’s emerging as a sprinter to watch for his trainer – and breeder – Anthony Cummings.   As a teenager in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, Cummings would travel to stud farms... Read More

Cardinal Gem

Choisir (Danehill Dancer) may be gone, but the grand stallion is still giving and it appears certain his influence will be felt for many years to come, both here and abroad. Coolmore’s former dual-hemisphere titan, who died last December aged 22, notched his 103rd stakes winner on Saturday when the Grahame Begg- trained Cardinal Gem... Read More

No Compromise

For almost 150 years, a host of great Australian cricketers have worn the baggy green with distinction. And now that iconic sporting symbol is being represented on another field through a smaller but exceptional band of equine athletes who are honouring its name. The Baggy Green in question this time is not a piece of... Read More

I Wish I Win

When Waikato Stud’s Pins mare Make A Wish gave birth to a Savabeel colt in 2017, it didn’t take long for the excitement to build. For Make A Wish – a dual winner whose dam and granddam were multiple stakes winners – it was her first colt after five straight fillies. It was her third... Read More

So Dazzling

Old hands and new have combined to bring us So Dazzling, the latest piece of equine excitement amidst the seemingly unstoppable rise of So You Think (High Chaparral), and an early favourite for the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m). In terms of the former camp, she’s the emerging potential star from New Zealand expat John... Read More


If Theo Marks Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Kiku (Zoustar) wins the Epsom (Gr 1, 1600m), her owners might want to turn their eyes skyward – not to the stars evoking those on her silks, but to the nearest pair of golden arches, and say a prayer of thanks to Ronald McDonald. Fast food, and... Read More