Steve speaks to British-born handlers Archie Alexander and Matt Cumani about life as young trainers in Ballarat

They’re a couple of thirty-something likely lads, from England, searching for gold in their adopted home Ballarat in Victoria which is about 17,000 kilometres from the country of their birth. Cambridge born Matt Cumani and London born Archie Alexander are not yet snapping at the heels of the state’s leading trainer Darren Weir, whose principal... Read More

Steve ponders the best horses to come out of Ballarat

In the lead-up to today’s Ballarat Cup, the bar talk turned to ‘who’s the best horse to come out of Ballarat’. The decision was, by no means, unanimous but consensus had it that the Noel Kelly-trained Citadel (Alcimedes) might well be entitled to the accolade. While there were other contenders, it was almost certain –... Read More

Lightly raced colts show their potential in fighting out Sandown Guineas

A pair of lightly raced colts Villermont (All Too Hard) and Peaceful State (Animal Kingdom) showed their potential for further Group success after fighting out a keenly contested Sandown Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) on Saturday. Villermont, who was having only his fourth race start, came from last to score by a head from Peaceful State,... Read More

Sinjaree (AUS)

3 c O’Reilly – Hemem by Redoute’s Choice O: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum T: Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes B: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Waikato W: Moorookyle Park Maiden Plate, 1400m, Sandown Lakeside, 22 November Sinjaree followed his debut second in a Pakenham maiden on 7 November with a narrow but... Read More

European Season review – Part Two -Three-year-olds

O’Brien Guineas dominance continues Aidan O’Brien’s recent stranglehold on the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket, the first two Classics of the European season, continued in May as Churchill (Galileo) and surprise package Winter (Galileo) gave their record-breaking trainer the perfect start to 2017. Churchill, always held in the highest esteem by... Read More

Steve speaks to trainer Archie Alexander

Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander can look forward to the autumn with the spring carnival having franked the form around several of his leading contenders: It was with just a tinge of disappointment that Archie Alexander watched Villermont (All Too Hard) storm to victory in last Saturday’s Sandown Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m). After all, the Aaron... Read More