DROUGHT BREAKING WIN ERASES SELF DOUBTS FOR WEINERT

It’s amazing what a win can do for your self-confidence. Despair turns to belief; hopelessness leads to optimism. For Indianna Weinert, Royal Choisir’s drought-breaking victory at Ascot last Saturday could not have come at a better time personally and professionally. Weinert is relatively new to training, just in her second season and celebrated success for…

INTERSTATE RAIDER CONFIRMED FOR THE QUOKKA

Leading Victorian co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are heading west with classy mare Bella Nipotina for a shot at Western Australia’s inaugural slot race, the $4 million The Quokka at Ascot. Corporate bookmakers Ladbrokes announced on Monday the five-year-old daughter of Pride Of Dubai would race as their slot holder,  the first interstate raider…

INTERSTATE RAID FOR FERNIE TRIO

Quality filly Laced Up Heels will be joined by stablemates Wild Belle and Shaddow Fear in an upcoming Melbourne campaign. The $5 million All Star Mile at Moonee Valley on March 18 is the main target for Laced Up Heels, who created a big impression last year. In her maiden campaign the daughter of Toronado…

KARRAKATTA PLATE CHAMPION RETIRED

Dig Deep has been retired. The Deep Field six-year-old ran his final race in last Sunday’s Mt Barker Sprint (1300m) when unplaced. Described by co-trainers Dan and Ben Pearce as honest and competitive, Dig Deep claimed his biggest scalp as a two-year-old when he won the 2019 G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m). Ridden by Jarrad Noske,…

ADELAIDE CUP FOR STAFFORD’S LAD

The idea of taking Stafford’s Lad on an interstate trip looms as an appealing prospect for top Perth trainer, Dan Morton. A South Australian campaign is on the cards for Stafford’s Lad with the G2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) viewed as an ideal target. Morton wanted to race Stafford’s Lad in last year’s Adelaide Cup, but…

PERTH CUP DREAM ALIVE FOR BEN PEARCE

Trainer Ben Pearce has been chasing the dream of winning the Perth Cup for two decades. It’s been a driving ambition, prior to branching out solo and before forming a successful co-training partnership with his brother, Dan. The seeds of Pearce’s Perth Cup vision was first sown when he worked with Geoff Durrant, father of…

PETERS LOOKS FOR INSPIRING END TO CARNIVAL

Leading owner Bob Peters will be out to end an unusually quiet Ascot racing carnival on a high note in this week’s TABtouch-Perth Cup (2400m). Peters, along with wife Sandra, have won the New Year’s Day feature on 10 previous occasions, including the most recent edition with Midnight Blue. They will be represented by Pure…