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Valley Test for Rebel Dane in Australia Stakes 2016

Valley Test for Rebel Dane in Australia Stakes 2016

Smart Group 1 performer Rebel Dane kicks off his autumn campaign at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Saturday’s 2016 Australia Stakes and trainer Gary Portelli is hoping he can finally break his maiden status at the track.

Rebel Dane resumes racing in the 2016 Australia Stakes shooting for his first win from six starts at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Photo: Race Horse ...

Yesterday’s Songs Targets Newmarket Handicap 2016

Yesterday’s Songs Targets Newmarket Handicap 2016

After a solid Flemington jumpout on Friday morning Yesterday’s Songs looks spot on to begin an autumn campaign targeting the 2016 Newmarket Handicap according to local horseman Michael Moroney.

Yesterday’s Songs is on track for an autumn campaign targeting Flemington’s 2016 Newmarket Handicap on March 12. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Moroney was pleased with the early season jumpouts of both ...

Suavito Trials Ahead of 2016 Futurity Stakes Defence

Suavito Trials Ahead of 2016 Futurity Stakes Defence

A smart Flemington trial from Group 1 winning mare Suavito has trainer Nigel Blackiston confident she will be spot on for a title defence in the Futurity Stakes 2016 next month.

Suavito is set to return from injury this autumn defending her title in the 2016 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in late February. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Last Melbourne Autumn Racing ...

2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Second Declarations

2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Second Declarations

Blue Diamond Stakes 2016 second declarations closed this week leaving 209 youngsters still heading towards the Caulfield classic on February 27.

Inglis Nursery winner Extreme Choice is early favourite of the 209 Blue Diamond Stakes 2016 second acceptances taken this week for the February 27 clash at Caulfield. Photo: Steve Hart.

Down from 618 two-year-old first acceptors for this year’s ...

2016 Australia Stakes First-Up For Rebel Dane

2016 Australia Stakes First-Up For Rebel Dane

Gary Portelli’s consistent six-year-old Rebel Dane looks spot-on for a first-up run in the Australia Stakes 2016 at Moonee Valley Racecourse Saturday week after a smart Randwick trial on Tuesday morning.

Rebel Dane is set to resume racing in Moonee Valley’s 2016 Australia Stakes on January 23. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The now six-year-old son of California Dane ...

CF Orr Stakes 2016 First-Up for Turn Me Loose

CF Orr Stakes 2016 First-Up for Turn Me Loose

Murray Baker’s star Emirates Stakes winning Kiwi raider Turn Me Loose will be back in Melbourne this autumn kicking off another hopefully successful campaign down under in the 2016 CF Orr Stakes next month.

Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose is set to resume racing at Caulfield in the 2016 CF Orr Stakes next month. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos....

2016 Oakleigh Plate First-Up for Fell Swoop

2016 Oakleigh Plate First-Up for Fell Swoop

Canberra horseman Matthew Dale could throw his up-and-coming four-year-old Fell Swoop straight into the deep end during next year’s Melbourne Festival or Racing with a first-up run in the Oakleigh Plate 2016.

Fell Swoop could target a dual state Group 1 sprint double in the autumn with runs in the 2016 Oakleigh Plate and The Galaxy. Photo: Ultimate Racing ...

2015 Lightning Stakes First-Up for Terravista

2015 Lightning Stakes First-Up for Terravista

Joe Pride has one of his stable stars Terravista out for a short spell enjoying a break before the Group 1 winner targets more elite level success in the autumn starting with the Lighting Stakes 2015.

After a Melbourne / Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign Terravista could head to Brisbane for the first time in the winter next year. Photo: ...

2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations

2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes First Declarations

First declarations for next year’s Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse are now out with 618 youngsters heading towards the million dollar classic in late February.

Gimcrack Stakes winner Calliope is one of the top early fancies among the 618 first Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 acceptances. Photo: Steve Hart.

Last year there were 501 first acceptances into the ...

2016 CF Orr Stakes Target for Rebel Dane

2016 CF Orr Stakes Target for Rebel Dane

The opening Group 1 race of the Melbourne Festival of Racing next February is on the agenda for Gary Portelli’s smart stallion Rebel Dane who will have a complete autumn campaign for the first time next season that includes a CF Orr Stakes 2015 run.

Sydney’s Rebel Dane is set to target the 2016 CF Orr Stakes – Futurity ...