News About Mark Zahra

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…

Zahra Takes Mosheen Ride in 2012 Bobbie Lewis Quality

Zahra Takes Mosheen Ride in 2012 Bobbie Lewis Quality

With regular jockey Danny Nikolic currently serving a ban from riding, Mark Zahra has been appointed to ride Mosheen in tomorrow’s Group 3 2012 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

Nikolic was originally scheduled to appeal an indefinite riding ban today but that has been put back to next week forcing connections to find a replacement.

It will be…

Elite Elle Tops McNeil Stakes Odds 2012

Elite Elle Tops McNeil Stakes Odds 2012

The race may have lost its headliner with Samaready ruled out of the 2012 McNeil Stakes but there’s still a hot favourite in the Caulfield feature this Saturday with the unbeaten Elite Elle looking to maintain her perfect record at start number five.

Drawn wide in barrier 10 of 12 for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m)…

Doomben 10,000 Form Guide 2012 & Betting Preview

Doomben 10,000 Form Guide 2012 & Betting Preview

Winter punters around the country are getting set to place their bets on the 2012 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane this Saturday, and below the Races.com.au crew have the most comprehensive Doomben 10,000 form guide analysis and betting preview detailing all the Doomben 10,000 facts and stats you need to back a winner!

The $650,000 Group 1 Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000

SA Chairman’s Stakes 2012 Final Field & Barriers

SA Chairman’s Stakes 2012 Final Field & Barriers

This Saturday Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse will host their biggest day in history with Black Caviar coming to town, another of the Group features on a crack eight race card being the 2012 SA Chairman’s Stakes.

A final field of 16 starters plus one emergency has been accepted for this year’s edition of the $115,000 Group 3 SA Chairman’s Stakes (2000m)…