BROCKMAN ALL SMILES AFTER DEBUTANT’S WIN

He’s keeping his cards close to his chest, but judging by the smile post-race you get the impression veteran trainer Vern Brockman believes Toropa shapes as an Ascot carnival horse. Toropa kicked off her career in the best possible manner with a fighting win on debut in the Book Your Christmas In July Celebration at…

DISTANCE RISE NO PROBLEM FOR BITOFMERIT

Bunbury trainer Michael Campbell holds high hopes Bitofmerit can continue his winning momentum when tackling a distance probe at Belmont on Saturday. Campbell flirted with starting Bitofmerit in the Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m), but opted for the Furphy Handicap (1400m) as a better alternative. Bitofmerit is out to claim his second straight win at his…