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Media Sensation the latest good one bred by Linda Huddy

Near the lead throughout, Media Sensation showed plenty of fight to hold off runner-up Valalie (Snitzel) by a half-length while favourite Xpression (Showcasing) came from well back to finish third, another length and a quarter away, in 1:36.43. Last-start winner of the Soliloquy Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m), Media Sensation was bred in Australia by prominent... Read More

Aristia’s VRC Oaks success fills significant gap in Lonhro’s CV

A champion racehorse whose 11 Group 1 successes included five at 2000 metres, Lonhro until the Oaks had just one glaring omission from his sire CV in that he had failed to leave either a Derby or Oaks winner but Aristia has now rectified that gap in her father’s otherwise outstanding stud record. Aristia captured... Read More

Extra Brut a stylish winner of the Victoria Derby

Coming from well back early in the race, Extra Brut sprinted to the lead about 200 metres from home and was then able to hold off the strong finish of Stars Of Carrum (Fiorente) to score by a length with Chapada (Bullet Train) two lengths away in third place. Big disappointment of the race was... Read More

Brave Smash gains second Group 1 in Manikato Stakes

Japanese-bred Brave Smash’s win was decisive despite the margin of only a head over Aidan O’Brien’s raider Spirit of Valor (War Front), as Kementari (Lonhro) flew late to be third, only another half-length further back. Time was 1:09.36 with the last 600 metres covered in 34.84. This was Brave Smash’s second Group 1 triumph in... Read More

Best Solution courageous in the Caulfield Cup

Changes in handicapping and increases to prize-money, though, have made these very different races compared to 20 years ago with fields of far higher quality than in the past. Last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, first run in 1879, is a perfect example of the trend, attracting some well performed, overseas-trained horses, a dominating feature of recent... Read More

Benbatl brings reminders of breeding genius Tesio and champion La Mer

Straight out of quarantine, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Irish jockey Pat Cosgrave, Benbatl outgunned another Godolphin runner, Blair House (Pivotal), to prevail by a half-head with Humidor (Teofilo) another two and a quarter lengths back in third place.Time on the good track was 2:00.84 with the last 600m covered in 34.65.... Read More