It's In The Blood


Rarely would you see the progeny of three such illustrious racemares complete a trifecta as they did in the 1100-metre two-year-old fillies’ handicap at Flemington on Saturday.  Argentia powered home first on debut, one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Viviane, with Invincible Caviar a further half-length back in third.  And how’s this for a trio... Read More

Riot And Rose

That song about the old grey mare doesn’t speak too fondly of her, reminding the listener – again and again – that “she ain’t what she used to be”.  But in the case of the unbeaten Riot And Rose, old grey mares have served the pedigree particularly well.  The gelding, himself a flashy grey, has... Read More


For most of our lifetimes, Australians’ knowledge about racing in Brazil was limited to probably three things:  The country produced Joao Moreira (and for the nightowls here, British-based gun Silvestre de Souza)  Horses from Brazil share a birthday with those from Australia (well they must, if you think about it)  And when you go to... Read More


It seems Group 1s can be like the proverbial public bus. You can wait a long time for one, and then they all come together.  Eighteen months after his third attempt at a Group 1 victory, the remarkable late-starter Eduardo (Host) broke through at the top level by claiming The Galaxy (Gr 1, 1100m) at... Read More

Private Eye

Making racehorses is all about the mother, a lot of people say. It’s just that sometimes you’ve got to look through the dam to see the quality. Or perhaps straight over her, as you could in this case.  Private Eye took another major step in what’s becoming a very promising career by winning Saturday’s Queensland... Read More

Captivant (AUS)

For Hunter Valley breeder Senga Bissett, it’s a good thing she trusted her eye when she ventured to the National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast six years ago.  Or perhaps more accurately, it was just as well – for Bissett, for Newgate Farm, the China Horse Club, Team Snowden and others – that she... Read More