It's In The Blood


It’s taken more than seven years but trainer John O’Shea is at last savouring some lucrative rewards from Hallowed Crown (Street Sense).   O’Shea trained the Gooree Park homebred as an early two-year-old with some promise, but was forced to give him up before he’d raced in early 2014 when O’Shea became Godolphin’s Australian trainer.   Bart... Read More


If you’re into breeding horses, and don’t mind a bit of nominative determinism, you could hardly do better in your pursuit of a fast one than naming your galloper Ayrton.  That’s what Waikato boutique breeder and Formula 1 fan Greg McCarthy did two years ago with the second colt he created by outstanding former British... Read More


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