She Will Reign Races To Golden Slipper Favouritism

The filly made her racecourse debut only a week earlier at the provincial Kembla Grange track when she jumped brilliantly and led throughout, drawing clear without effort to win by more than eight lengths, running the 1000 metres in 56.04, just a fraction outside the track record. Just as telling was her sizzling time of... Read More

Goodwill To All Men

OK, let’s get one thing straight from the word go. No person, no animal ever passes away. Never has, never will. They die! We’re born (we didn’t pass in), we live, we die. Deal with it. “Oh, I’m sorry to hear your father passed away,” you say. What, that will soften the blow for me?... Read More

Is it sport or business? Steve looks at one of racing’s perennial questions.

It began by pitting one horse and rider against another in the spirit of competition. Yes, of course, the odd side bet followed but it was the sport which mattered most. So it was certainly refreshing, over the past week, to hear the following responses from Zac Purton and Hugh Bowman when I asked them... Read More

Trio Of Two-Year-Olds Impress In Winning Debut Performances

Firstly, the Lindsay Park-trained filly Catchy (Fastnet Rock) staged an excellent effort in coming from the tail of the field to win the Two-Year-Old Plate (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Craig Williams eased Catchy from her outside barrier (7) and she settled in last place in the seven-horse field, tracking a good tempo.... Read More

Debonairly (AUS)

O: Speedway Stables LLC B: Makybe Racing & Breeding T: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott S: $320,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale V: Milburn Creek P: Marette Farrell / Gai Waterhouse Racing Won: Schweppes Maiden 2YO Plate (1100m), Warwick Farm, 14 December 2016 Debonairly, who won a barrier trial over 807 metres... Read More

Japanese Horses Star In Hong Kong

The victory of champion Maurice (Screen Hero), the favourite, in the day’s richest event, the Hong Kong Cup (Gr 1, 2000m), by three lengths in a time of 2:00.95 was suitably impressive and the perfect end to a wonderful racing career in which he won 11 of 18 starts, six of his successes coming in... Read More