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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. Last seen running third only two lengths off star sprinter Chautauqua in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at…

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. Moroney was pleased with the early season jumpouts of both one-time Thousand Guineas favourite Alaskan Rose along with his five-year-old Henrythenavigator gelding Yesterday’s Songs. Three-year-old Encosta…

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. Last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival the daughter of Thorn Park enjoyed a stellar campaign backing up from two Group wins over the sprint to…

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. Down from 618 two-year-old first acceptors for this year’s $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), sponsored by , the list of hopeful juveniles for the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival feature is up…

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. The now six-year-old son of California Dane was last seen running third to Chautauqua at the Valley in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m),…

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. A winner of six of his 11 career runs for over $1.13 million in prize money, four-year-old Iffraaj stallion Turn Me…

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. The gelding has proved the picture of consistency to date finishing out of the money just once with eight wins and a second…

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. A six-year-old son of Captain Rio, flying gelding Terravista boasts an impressive record of 10 wins from 19 starts…

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. Last year there were 501 first acceptances into the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), subsequently won this February gone by the Peter & Paul…

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. A six-year-old son of California Dane, the horse has won…