Japanese import Lord Langley will be out to spring a surprise in the Toorak Handicap. Picture: Michael Klein

AS baptisms of fire into Australian racing goes, it doesn’t get much tougher than Lord Langley’s task in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield.     Facing a string of last-start winners including Hartnell, Jungle Cat, I Am A Star, Cliff’s Edge and Noire, the Japanese import is winless in more than two […]

Japanese raider Chestnut Coat has been the biggest firmer for the Melbourne Cup.

BEFORE Best Solution was confirmed for the Melbourne Cup, one punter took a calculated gamble the Goldolphin stayer would be heading to Australia.     The $51 was snapped after with the TAB accepting a $350 wager before Best Solution’s Group 1 success in the Grand Preis von Baden (2400m) in Germany on Sunday.   […]

Super colt The Autumn Sun thunders to victory in the Golden Rose Stakes.

    The Autumn Sun powers to victory in J.J. Atkins Plate during the Queensland winter.Source:AAP     THE Nooch has come in off the long run with his damning assessment of the Hughie Bowman’s ride in the Turnbull Stakes on champion mare Winx last week in Sneaky Chance podcast’s new segment Forgive And Forget. […]

Trainer Seona Thompson with last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Ando

In between riding at Seymour and Pakenham on Thursday, Ben Thompson tried to come to terms with one of the most eventful weeks of his young life.     Last Friday, the 21-year-old rode at Kranji in Singapore for the first time and partnered Mister Yeoh to a Group 2 win — his first at […]

Veteran stayer Who Shot Thebarman has been allotted 55.5kg in the Cups. Picture: AAP

BRACING for an international invasion of unprecedented size, Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter concedes locally-trained horses face a difficult challenge to keep the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups in Australia.     With Humidor heading the weights for both Cups with 58kg, Carpenter expects northern hemisphere runners to target the spring carnival in record numbers. There are […]

Suncraze (right) is back in Sydney after failing on a heavy track at Flemington on Mlebourne Cup Day. Picture: Simon Bullard

KIM Waugh will unleash emerging star mare Newsfan at Rosehill Gardens once again on Saturday and she’s got no doubt about her ability to back up her scintillating first-up win a fortnight ago.     The five-year-old exploded at Rosehill two weeks ago to win over 1200m and Waugh says she’s ready to do it […]

Trainer Angela Davies is expecting a big run from Magic Name at Port Macquarie. Picture: AAP

TRAINER Brett Dodson thinks he’s got Florelle ready to win the main race on the card at Port Macquarie today.     The Coffs Harbour trainer has plenty of reasons to be confident about Florelle’s hopes in the seventh race over 1200m despite the fact it’s her first go at the track.   Dodson has […]

Magic Circle gallops during a Werribee trackwork session. Picture: Getty Images

FLAMBOYANT British billionaire Marwan Koukash has promised to parade around in just his skimpy underwear if his horse Magic Circle wins the Melbourne Cup next week. Koukash said winning the Melbourne Cup would be like “having sex for the first time” — and that his unusual celebration was no stunt. Speaking after Magic Circle drew […]

Emma Stewart continues to be a dominant force in harness racing circles

HAVING half the field may not be enough for dominant trainer Emma Stewart to win the marquee race of Breeders Crown Super Saturday at Melton.     Stewart qualified six of the 12 finalists for the Group 1 Crown final for three-year-old colts and geldings, but doesn’t have the favourite.   That tag belongs to […]

Thoroughbred action heads to Coffs Harbour in NSW on Tuesday afternoon.

  Joe Janiak, famous as the owner-trainer of champion Takeover Target, will be cheering from afar when his filly Texas Target lines up in the Racing Dreams Maiden (1000m). “I’m in Broken Hill for the (Outback) Cup meeting on Saturday,’’ Janiak said. “I’ve been here about six times now, it is a great place. “But […]