Cox Runners Withdrawn

A visit from the Compliance Assurance Team at the stables of Brian Cox on Thursday morning resulted in four horses being scratched from their engagements at Wangaratta later that day. During a routine stable inspection, the Compliance Assurance Team confiscated a substance that Cox refused to identify. Acting under the provisions of AR8(m), Stewards ordered…

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Kia Ora Koutou Derby Favourite

Group 1 galloper Kia Ora Koutou has been installed a pre-post $2.75 favourite for the $400,000 WATC Derby on April 16. The son of Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars was unbeaten in four starts at Pinjarra and Belmont earlier this season before travelling to Flemington for the G1 Victoria Derby. He settled in the back half…

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Adelaide Cup: Final Field And Barrier Draw

Premier Victorian trainer Darren Weir has accepted to run Signoff in Monday’s Group II Adelaide Cup (3200m). Up Cups is one of 18 acceptors for Monday’s Adelaide Cup. Photo: Magic Millions Signoff strolled to an easy win in the Group III Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville last Saturday but the Ballarat trainer flagged the…

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Vale Bede Murray

Popular South Coast of New South Wales trainer Bede Murray has passed away peacefully in his sleep overnight at the age of 80. Bede Murray. Photo: Steve Hart. Murray started his training career in 1962 at his Conjola property “Rissmore”, south of Nowra. “Horses in the country do better as it’s closer to their natural…

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Childs Striving For Geraldton History

An intriguing sidelight to Geraldton’s meeting on Wednesday is the battle between young gun, Sarah Childs and veteran horseman, Gordon Spowart for leading trainer. It’s exciting new territory for Childs who is in search of her first Geraldton trainer’s premiership while Spowart is looking to extend his record-breaking tally to 19. With five meetings remaining…

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State Honours For Casey

Jake Casey will represent Western Australia in the first leg of the National Apprentice challenge at Sandown on Thursday. Casey will partner the Robert Griffiths-trained Flying Geepee, a Flying Spur three-year-old who is returning from a spell. The gelding, who has drawn the widest gate in the field of ten, has one win and three…

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