Siyouni’s Aylmerton emerges as a serious Slipper contender

Stylish winner of a mid-week maiden at Canterbury at his only other start, Aylmerton may well prove to be special. A well grown, powerful, mature colt of quality, he very much resembles his France-based sire and has an exceptionally strong female pedigree.   Bred in NSW by Dr David Chaikin at his Woodpark Stud south... Read More

It’s time to ask questions about the perennial problem of track biases

We go all the way back to December 1939 for the club to decide that a hedge on the inside of the track, on the flat side, was making the track much quicker there.   No, I wasn’t there then but I doubt it could have been much quicker on the inside than it was... Read More

The Victorian A grade trainers list is now irrelevant and anachronistic

The point is what in the heck is an A licensed racehorse trainer? This is the first category listed under licensed trainers. It’s still relatively exclusive with around 70 names listed but, once upon a time, it carried a certain gravitas as well as exclusivity. And certain benefits which are now virtually irrelevant according to... Read More

Honorable Mention (NZ) 3 g Rip Van Winkle – Honor Bound by Honor Grades

New Zealand-bred three-year-old Honorable Mention put up a really promising performance in winning on debut at Ballarat on Wednesday.   A son of Group One-winning mare Honor Bound (Honor Grades), he settled in third place on the rails in the early stages of the race before he was switched out deep on turning for home... Read More

Favourite Cliff’s Edge set a suicidal pace in Saturday’s Australian Guineas

The winner Grunt (O’Reilly), a New Zealand-bred colt from the Mick Price stable, was patiently ridden by Damien Oliver and remained back in sixth place before coming with a well-timed bid to score by half a length in the quick time of 1:34.99. Another lightly raced and promising colt Peaceful State (Animal Kingdom) ran on... Read More

Shoals lives up to superb pedigree in Surround Stakes

I was reminded of this tried and true recipe when the superbly bred filly Shoals (Fastnet Rock) became the first winner of the ATC Surround Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) since its elevation to Group One status as a set weights event for three-year-old fillies. Settling second, Shoals reached the lead at the 100 metre mark,... Read More