First tests come back clear for horses in Newmarket quarantine

Exciting Godolphin trio Benbatl (Dubawi), Best Solution (Kodiac) and Prize Money (Authorized) looked in excellent order as they all made their way steadily up Warren Hill together. All trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the trio have lofty targets when they land in Australia with Benbatl likely to clash with Winx (Street Cry) in the Cox... Read More

The weekend’s racing provides significant pointers for Melbourne

Anxious wait for Nakeeta and Withhold The initial reaction to the publication of the weights focussed on the unsurpassed quality on display this season and the numerical strength of the overseas challenge – 22 of the top 50 in the order of entry are trained in Europe – has undoubtedly given the race more depth... Read More

All horses out for exercise on second day in quarantine

The Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran (Shirocco) looked in good order as he made his way steadily round Side Hill, under the watchful eye of his young trainer. The five-year-old gelding will run first up in the Herbert Power Stakes (Gr 2, 2400m) at Caulfield on October 13 and also holds an entry in the... Read More

Imports add an interesting angle to Melbourne Cup debate

Unsurprisingly, three are from the Darren Weir stable and the other with the Liam Howley-Lloyd Williams operation. Furrion, Kemono and Tosen Basil step out for Weir while Orderofthegarter represents Macedon Lodge. And as early as next weekend we are likely to see the first of a multitude of 2018 international runners with the Charlie Appleby... Read More

Horses in Quarantine in Newmarket

Count Octave, Andrew Balding (UK) Duretto, Andrew Balding  (UK) Red Verdon, Ed Dunlop (UK) Withhold, Roger Charlton (UK) Sound Check, Michael Moroney (AUS) Finche, Chris Waller (AUS) Dal Harraild, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace (AUS) Casterton, Andre Fabre (FRA) Danon Distance, Shozo Sasaki (JPN) Pharrell, Jean-Claude Rouget (FRA) Marathon Man, Carlos Lerner (FRA) Shraaoh, Chris... Read More

Nature Strip’s ratings now support what his sectional times have been indicating

Suggested as a worthy contender for the $13 million Everest (1200m) after his win in a three-year-old handicap (1100m) at Flemington on June 23, slot-holders for that race certainly did not rush offers of a start for Nature Strip who held a rating clearly below his likely rivals. At that stage Nature Strip had not... Read More