STEVE’S introducing his advice column this week

Dear Mike (Symons), I understand you’ve been a little stressed of late. Did you miss your beloved Cheltenham festival? My advice is a few days rest and, perhaps, a short holiday. You could go to Sydney for a few days and possibly take in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick. It’s a big handicap race, not... Read More

Russian Revolution Proves His Class In The Galaxy

To this observer it was a stunning effort from a three-year-old competing as favourite against a strong field of older, seasoned sprinters at only his sixth start. His supporters, though, must have had some concerns before the race as the colt became stirred up in the parade yard then needed a shoe replaced behind the... Read More

A Tough Week For The VRC

VRC racing manager Martin Talty has outlined his program changes designed to better allow the staying bred young horse to progress towards the club’s classic races – the Victoria Derby and VRC Oaks, both Group One at 2500 metres. He’s also resurrected an ‘old’ race, over ground, for two-year-olds and hopes that other clubs will... Read More

Rock Giselle (AUS)

O: Dr J M Tickell, Horseshoe Investments Pty Ltd (Mgr: R N Russell), Porter Street Investments Pty Ltd (Mgr: J L C Jones) & K Biggs Enterprises Pty Ltd (Mgr: K Biggs) B: K Biggs Enterprises Pty Ltd & Porter Street Investments T: Lee and Anthony Freedman W: Argyle Maintenance Maiden Plate, 1500m, Sandown Hillside,... Read More

Newmarket Handicap Provides Puzzling Result – Was It Track Bias Or The Lack Of Pace?

On leaving the barriers, jockeys seemed intent on winning a race to the far rails side, tactics which saw a number of key chances, especially the $4.40 second favourite Spieth (Thorn Park), blocked in a crowded field on the inner with only 400 metres remaining. Spieth eventually got some sort of clear running before finishing... Read More

Tulip Gives Pierro His First Stakes Winner In The Magic Night Stakes

Big and strong and a filly of quality, Tulip was coming off a good last start fourth to stablemate Catchy (Fastnet Rock) in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) which looks to be the form race of the juvenile season up to this point. Her performance to win last Saturday had great merit as... Read More