Moonee Valley’s Australia Stakes Meeting Produces Several Sectional Times Stars

The opening race, the Maiden Plate (1200m) saw the debut performance of the Irish-bred four-year-old Handsome Thief (Shamardal) and his effort suggested that he is a horse with a very bright future in Australia. Raced by Paul Fudge’s Waratah Thoroughbreds and trained by Darren Weir, Handsome Thief could not have been more impressive, racing away... Read More

That Rings A Bell (AUS)

O: Crab P/L Syndicate (Mgr: B L Solomon), B J Barwick, Mrs A J Barwick, R H Kirby & Mrs C E Kirby B: Mr B Solomon T: Danny O’Brien W: Maiden Plate, 1400m, Sandown Lakeside, 1 February S: 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale 15 yearling V: Widden Stud $45,000 P: Danny O’Brien... Read More

Volpe Veloce Remains Unbeaten After Taking Karaka 3YO Mile

Coming from well back in the straight, Volpe Veloce showed grit and determination to defeat Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock) with Jon Snow (Iffraaj) a close up third. Time was 1:35.01 with the favourite, Group One winner Sacred Elixir (Pour Moi), in fourth place. Twice a winner at two years last season, Volpe Veloce has won... Read More

There is always a sense of the surreal, at any yearling sale, from the observer’s point of view.

I will finish up with a share or two in a horse because I’m not very good at saying ‘no’ and I’ve learned that racehorse trainers are like children. The only word which means no is no. It’s a touch surreal and, of course, serendipitous (my favourite word as regular readers will be aware) as... Read More

Winx World’s Best Turf Performer

Where could ‘we’ take the wonderful daughter of Street Cry (Machiavellian)? Tomorrow morning we watch the US$12,000,000 Pegasus World Cup (Gr 1, 9f) at Gulfstream Park. Could that be an option next year, coming three months after her third Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) bid – if trainer Chris Waller was in any way serious... Read More

Impavido (AUS)

O: Bjorn Baker Racing (Mgr: B Baker) B: Mr G Harvey T: Bjorn Baker W: Maiden Handicap, 1400m, Kembla Grange, 24 January S: 2015 $120,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale B: Bjorn Baker Racing / Blandford Bloodstock V: Baramul Stud An impressive debut victory by Impavido, who broke from barrier seven and was settled... Read More