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Shoals in Good Shape for Group 1 Surround Stakes 2018

Shoals in Good Shape for Group 1 Surround Stakes 2018

The recently upgraded 2018 Surround Stakes is shaping-up as a nice early Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival aim for Anthony Freedman’s Myer Classic winning filly Shoals. The three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock beat home the older mares carrying the light-weight to a narrow victory at Flemington on VRC Derby Day last November in the…

2018 Standish Handicap Field Features Tshahitsi

2018 Standish Handicap Field Features Tshahitsi

New Year’s Day racing is headlined by Flemington’s Standish Handicap 2018 in Melbourne, the field for which features the return of gun Tasmanian galloper Tshahitsi. Due to run as Flemington Race 6 at 4:20pm (AEDT) on January 1, this season’s Group 3 $150,000 Standish Handicap (1200m) has drawn a final field of 13 sprinters. Among…

Petition Tops 2017 Summoned Stakes Field & Odds

Petition Tops 2017 Summoned Stakes Field & Odds

Classy and consistent Mornington-trained mare Petition has opened top of the Summoned Stakes 2017 odds to post her first stakes win in the Ladbrokes Park Group 3 event this weekend in MelbournPho Closing the bumper Zipping Stakes Day card as Sandown Race 10 at 5:55pm (AEDT) on Saturday afternoon, this season’s Group 3 $150,000 Le…

Merchant Navy sails to victory in Coolmore Stud Stakes

Merchant Navy sails to victory in Coolmore Stud Stakes

Brilliant three year old Merchant Navy came with a wet sail to score a narrow but classy win in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington today. Merchant Navy was coming off a last start tenth in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 23…

2017 Victoria Derby Draw No Issue for Main Stage

2017 Victoria Derby Draw No Issue for Main Stage

One-time favourite in Victoria Derby 2017 betting, Main Stage eased out in the markets after a wide draw for Saturday’s Flemington feature, but co-trainer Trent Busuttin remains confident. Former Kiwi-based Busuttin won the Melbourne Cup Carnival staying showdown back in 2011 with Sangster and chases another win with Main Stage in Saturday’s Group 1 $1.5…

2017 Wakeful Stakes Field & Odds: Bring Me Roses Favourite

2017 Wakeful Stakes Field & Odds: Bring Me Roses Favourite

VRC Oaks-bound Bring Me Roses is the clear favourite in Wakeful Stakes 2017 betting this Saturday on Derby Day after the non-acceptance of Pinot. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Ethereal Stakes winner Pinot is set to bypass the Group 2 $300,000 G.H. Mumm Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on Day 1 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival…

Astoria Has Credentials of a Victoria Derby Winner

Astoria Has Credentials of a Victoria Derby Winner

Godolphin head trainer James Cummings chases back-to-back wins in the three-years-old major at Flemington this Saturday and believes Astoria has the right credentials to take out the 2017 Victoria Derby. Last Melbourne Cup Carnival Cummings prepared Prized Icon (2016) for an upset win at 16/1 in the Group 1 $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m)….

Victoria Derby 2017 Betting Update: Ace High New Favourite

Victoria Derby 2017 Betting Update: Ace High New Favourite

David Payne’s Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High has been elevated to the top of post-field 2017 Victoria Derby betting after a favourable draw. The official field and barriers for Saturday’s Group 1 $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) are now out and pre-acceptance favourite Main Stage has eased right out after a wide barrier…

VRC Oaks Hope Bring Me Roses Runs in Wakeful Stakes

VRC Oaks Hope Bring Me Roses Runs in Wakeful Stakes

Tony McEvoy is keen to complete the Wakeful Stakes – VRC Oaks 2017 double this Melbourne Cup Carnival with in-form filly Bring Me Roses. The daughter of High Chaparral put the writing on the wall at Flemington on October 7 with her impressive two and a quarter length victory in the Group 2 Edward Manifold…

2017 Moonee Valley Vase Winner Aloisia Odds-on for VRC Oaks

2017 Moonee Valley Vase Winner Aloisia Odds-on for VRC Oaks

A flawless performance over the colts and geldings to win the Moonee Valley Vase 2017 in a runaway has the Aaron Purcell-trained filly Aloisia odds-on for the VRC Oaks next race. Backing up from her upset victory at Caulfield in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), the well-bred daughter of Azamour was even more impressive…