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2017 Melbourne Cup Target for Darabad

2017 Melbourne Cup Target for Darabad

Imported French galloper Darabad may have had just the one run down under to date but already trainer Robbie Laing has named the Melbourne Cup 2017 as the horse’s major spring target. The five-year-old son of Dansili has had just the eight career starts to date, his sole win being a Listed race over the…

Winx Leads Strong Warwick Stakes Nominations

Winx Leads Strong Warwick Stakes Nominations

Champion mare Winx is set to line up amongst a strong field in her first-up run on Saturday after being confirmed as one of eleven 2017 Warwick Stakes nominations this morning. Winx has posted an incredible seventeen-consecutive race wins in the lead-up to her 2017 Spring Carnival campaign and is primed for a typically strong…

2017 Caulfield Cup a Target for Fanatic

2017 Caulfield Cup a Target for Fanatic

Kiwi stayer Fanatic has reportedly taken well to her time in Australia so far and is nearing her first trial for the Lindsay Park operation, ahead of a Spring Carnival campaign which will be geared towards Group 1 targets. Fanatic has been an outstanding performer through the early stages of her racing career and has…

Chocante Out to Emulate Sire in Melbourne Cup 2017

Chocante Out to Emulate Sire in Melbourne Cup 2017

Progressive Kiwi stayer Chocante is on a 2017 Melbourne Cup mission down under this spring chasing a win in the world’s most famous two-mile handicap as his sire Shocking did back in 2009. Trained across the Tasman by the Cambridge-based Stephen Marsh, the rising five-year-old is set to race exclusively in Australia this coming prep….

Appleby’s Frontiersman on 2017 Melbourne Cup Hunt

Appleby’s Frontiersman on 2017 Melbourne Cup Hunt

The Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin galloper Frontiersman is on the hunt for a Melbourne Cup 2017 bid down under this spring racing next-up at Newmarket in the UK this week. The iconic $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) run at Flemington on Tuesday November 7 could be on the cards for the Dubawi stallion…

Makybe Diva Return for Melbourne Cup Winner Almandin?

Makybe Diva Return for Melbourne Cup Winner Almandin?

Five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams is considering a first-up run in the 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes for his latest champion of the ‘race that stops a nation’, but admits it is hard to find a suitable early spring option for Almandin. Monsun gelding Almandin scored an upset over Heartbreak City (2nd) and Hartnell…

Gallic Chieftain Targets Melbourne Cup 2017

Gallic Chieftain Targets Melbourne Cup 2017

The 2017 Melbourne Cup is the long-term spring target for OTI Racing import Gallic Chieftain after his spirited win in Rosehill’s Winter Cup on Saturday. The imported French galloper has been racing down under with Victoria’s leading horseman Darren Weir since October last year and on Saturday broke through for his maiden stakes success. A…

Return 2017 Melbourne Cup Bid for Qewy

Return 2017 Melbourne Cup Bid for Qewy

Last year’s Geelong Cup – Sandown Cup double winning English raider Qewy looks on track for a return trip to Australia this spring for a second shot at the Melbourne Cup in 2017. The Godolphin-raced son of Street Cry is prepared at Newmarket by Charlie Appleby and enjoyed a successful spring bid down under last…

Thomas Hobson Eyes Melbourne Cup 2017 Bid

Thomas Hobson Eyes Melbourne Cup 2017 Bid

Irish horseman William Mullins is eyeing a 2017 Melbourne Cup bid down under this spring with his veteran stayer Thomas Hobson after the galloper’s Ascot Stakes win in England this week. The seven-year-old son of Halling lined-up in the Royal Ascot feature as the 4/1 favourite and, despite being held-up at the back of the…

Spring Carnival plans for 2017 Queensland Oaks winner Egg Tart

Spring Carnival plans for 2017 Queensland Oaks winner Egg Tart

Trainer Chris Waller has earmarked the Group 1 $1m Epsom at Randwick over 1600m as a possible Spring Carnival target for Egg Tart who blew away her rivals to win the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben today. Egg Tart ($3.10 favourite) made it six wins on the trot when Kerrin…