McAuliffe’s Special Bond With His King

The Velvet King stamped his Ascot carnival aspirations with a hard-fought win in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday. But for Darren McAuliffe the win means so much more than just automatic entry in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 23. It’s the story of a top horseman and…

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Cockney Crew Storms Back Into Ascot Carnival Contention

Emerging stayer Cockney Crew reignited his Ascot carnival ambitions when he powered back to the winners list in determined fashion at Ascot on Saturday. The Kieran McDonagh-trained four-year-old cast aside the disappointment of his shock last-start defeat when as the short-priced favourite he was nailed on the line by Taxagano at Belmont. But he rebounded…

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Flirtini To Fly Says Simon Miller

Simon Miller believes Flirtini can launch her Ascot carnival campaign with a bang on Saturday. On the back of a top trial win, Flirtini races first-up in the Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m). Miller is confident of a forward showing from the talented mare as she looks to pursue a Winterbottom Stakes campaign. “I think this…

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Rock Magic On Hit And Run Mission

The Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on home soil in Perth still remains firmly in place for Rock Magic who is booked on a flight to Melbourne tonight. Original plans had Rock Magic targeting the Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) first-up in November, en-route to the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes three weeks later. But General…

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No Rush For Allan

Martin Allan says he will adopt a patient approach with Neurological and is not in a hurry to rush him back. The stable flagbearer for Allan’s stable, Neurological has not raced since claiming his first black-type victory in the Farnley Stakes (1400m) at Belmont. The Gingerbread Man five-year-old was considered a major chance in the…

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Cockney Crew To Bounce Back

Trainer Kieran McDonagh says he expects his talented four-year-old Cockney Crew to rebound and reignite his Ascot carnival ambitions on Saturday. Cockney Crew had his colours lowered at Belmont two weeks ago when he was caught on the line by Taxagano after setting the pace over 1600m. The nose defeat as the odds on favourite…

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Niccovi Heavily Supported For Blue Sapphire

Highly talented filly Niccovi is gaining plenty of support for her Melbourne debut in tomorrow’s Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. The Simon Miller-trained Nicconi filly opened $26 with TABtouch for the $500,000 event, but is now one of six runners in single figures at $9.50. The three-year-old went down narrowly to Red…

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Rock Magic On Target For Return After Top Trial

Rock Magic’s Ascot carnival ambitions received a big boost after he returned with an impressive trial performance at Belmont on Monday. After going back to last for Jarrad Noske, Rock Magic cruised past his rivals to record a stylish win over Valour Road and Misty Metal. Making his first public appearance since a Belmont winter…

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Miss West Coast Out Of Classic

Celebrity Queen consolidated favouritism for the $100,000 Crown Perth Classic (1000m) at Ascot tomorrow (Saturday) after a foot issue ruled out Miss West Coast. Part of owner Bob Peters’ powerful ‘cerise and white’ army and trained by Grant and Alana Williams, Celebrity Queen firmed from $2.25 into $1.80 after trainer Trevor Andrews scratched his top…

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