Europeans Continue To Dominate Staying Features

Well, perhaps not entirely complete given the handful of overseas-trained and bred stayers likely to contest either of the distance features this Saturday at Sandown Hillside; chiefly Beautiful Romance (New Approach) in the Zipping Classic (Gr 2, 2400m) and Francis Of Assisi’s stablemate Qewy (Street Cry) in the Sandown Cup (Listed) over 3200 metres. Irrespective... Read More

Almandin A Third Melbourne Cup Winner For His Sire Monsun

For 76-year-old part-owner Lloyd Williams, it was his fifth win in the world’s richest distance handicap as Williams had previously shared ownership of Just A Dash (Whiskey Road), successful in 1981, What A Nuisance (St Puckle), the 1985 winner, Efficient (Zabeel), popular grey winner in 2007, and most recently the import Green Moon (Montjeu) in... Read More

Invincible Star (AUS)

O: D W Lilley, Mrs S Lilley, D K Dong, D E Lowe, Ms G C Coward, Ms F Bishop, C Charalambous, T J Pender, Ms M N Zuluaga Ruiz, L Polglase, S A Barton, A A Smith, G J Whitford, Mrs C L Lowe & R C Lowe B: Mr A D Mitchell T:... Read More

Flying Artie Runs Brilliant Sectional Times In Taking Out Coolmore Stud Stakes

After being twice-placed at Group One level in his first four starts, Flying Artie was having his second run this preparation after a setback following his third in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) in March. He was patiently ridden by Hugh Bowman, settling in last place in the nine-horse field with cover. He... Read More

First Group One Winner For Helmet

The colt, who ran a close fourth to Churchill (Galileo) in the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Newmarket at his last start, travelled well in behind the leader in the early stages under Christophe Soumillon. Bay Of Poets (Lope De Vega) led the field into the home straight at an honest gallop, but Thunder... Read More

Steve reflects on the ‘great race’ as the dust has settled on the 2016 Melbourne Cup

And he probably had more to do with the training of a third, Efficient (Zabeel) than his ‘official’ trainer back in 2007 but I probably don’t need to go there again! It was, of course, a second win in the race for the very successful, in-form, affable and unassuming jockey Kerrin McEvoy. It was a... Read More