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Early 2014 Crown Oaks Dream for Crafty

Early 2014 Crown Oaks Dream for Crafty

Robert Smerdon’s Qatar Bloodstock-owned filly Crafty showed early Crown Oaks 2014 potential when successfully stepping up to a mile for her winning Taj Rossi Series Final performance at Flemingtonover the weekend.

The opening race on the ‘Finals Day’ program, the $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) was won in an upset on Saturday with Manhatta Rain filly Crafty scoring…

Smerdon Has Every Faith in Queensland Oaks 2014 Duo

Smerdon Has Every Faith in Queensland Oaks 2014 Duo

With 2014 Queensland Oaks first acceptances closing today ahead of Saturday week’s showdown, Melbourne trainer Robert Smerdon has confirmed a start in the classic for both Rezoned and Every Faith.

There are currently 70 fillies in the mix for this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) after connections paid the $11,550 late entry fee for the Luke Oliver-trained Khutulun

Rezoned Wins SA Fillies Classic 2014 for Punters

Rezoned Wins SA Fillies Classic 2014 for Punters

The second race at Morphettville Racecourse this afternoon has been won by the favourite Rezoned who took out the 2014 SA Fillies Classic atoning for her disappointing Group 1 run in at the track last start.

There was a bumper 16 starter field for this year’s $115,000 Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) with a number of livewire chances in…

Karacatis Jolly Good Ahead of The Goodwood 2014

Karacatis Jolly Good Ahead of The Goodwood 2014

Fresh off a SA Derby win at the track last weekend, Adelaide trainer Richard Jolly is after back-to-back Group 1s this Saturday with Karacatis to fly the stable’s flag in the 2014 The Goodwood.

Handing Jolly, who as a 16-year-old rode Saratov to win the 1989 Perth Cup, his first Group 1 win as a trainer Choisir three-year-old Kushadasi last…

Thunder Fantasy Flying Ahead of Australian Guineas

Thunder Fantasy Flying Ahead of Australian Guineas

Talented three-year old Thunder Fantasy has experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence since debuting on course in 2013, following up two strong victories at the beginning of his spring preparation with a memorable third behind Polanski and Complacent in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 2nd.

Having returned to the track in scintillating form this preparation,…

2014 Autumn Stakes Results – Thunder Fantasy Claims First-up Victory

2014 Autumn Stakes Results – Thunder Fantasy Claims First-up Victory

Thunder Fantasy has kicked off his 2014 calendar in the best possible way with a comfortable victory in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield this weekend.

Early favourite for the 2014 Autumn Stakes Polanski was a late scratching overnight, opening the door for David Payne-trained colt Rock Hero to jump as $3.30 market leader.

Representative of Anthony Cummings’…

2014 Autumn Stakes Betting Preview and Tips

2014 Autumn Stakes Betting Preview and Tips

The Group 2 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes is set to run at Caulfield on Saturday and while not the day’s featured event, is offering punters a particularly impressive field including previous winners at Group 1 level.

The 2014 Autumn Stakes will be the first opportunity for several notable runners to take to the track competitively and begin campaigns towards…

2013 Aurie’s Star Handicap Field Announced

2013 Aurie’s Star Handicap Field Announced

Former WA star Luckygray leads a top field of spring sprinters kicking off carnival campaigns in the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2013 down the Flemington straight in Melbourne this Saturday.

Now prepared by Robert Smerdon in Victoria, for whom they debut for on the weekend, the dual Group 1 winning Luckygray will carry the 60kg top-weight when jumping from barrier nine…

Late Charge Towards Caulfield Guineas 2013

Late Charge Towards Caulfield Guineas 2013

While admitting there’s still a way to go before the 2013 Caulfield Guineas rolls around this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Patrick Payne is hoping his weekend winner Late Charge can make the grade after their nice effort at Flemington.

It is an ambitious aim but the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12 is certainly…

Shamal Wind Scores Big Win in Heritage Stakes 2012

Shamal Wind Scores Big Win in Heritage Stakes 2012

Robert Smerdon-trained filly Shamal Wind produced a performance suggesting there will be bigger things to come when recording a convincing win in the Listed 2012 Heritage Stakes (1200m) at Flemington today.

The Dubawi three-year-old was having just the second start of her career but quickly made light work of her more experienced rivals.

Ridden by Mark Zahra, the raw youngster…