Bart Ready For David And Goliath Battle

Trainer Lindsey Smith is confident he has veteran galloper Black Heart Bart primed to cap his comeback to racing with a win in Saturday’s Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley. Connections paid the $200,000 late nomination fee to the Weight-For-Age classic for the son of Blackfriars and was among the final field…

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Miller Stable Rocked By Injury

Simon Miller’s Ascot carnival stocks has been rocked following a horror 48 hours for the stable. Star mare Lady Cosmology has been retired, Rio Del Mar’s future is in grave doubt and Dance Music’s Winterbottom hopes have been dashed. Sadly, Lady Cosmology ran her final at Ascot last Saturday when she finished a slashing fourth…

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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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