Rich Enuff to sprint to Coolmore glory

The Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes is the first of four Group 1 races at Flemington on Saturday. Rich Enuff The hot favourite is Ken Key’s Enuff who was just denied by Shooting To Win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas last time out. The colt had won his first three races this spring including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes and connections are confident that he is still in excellent shape. Michael Rodd will ride… Read More »

Van Percy to Lord it over Lexus rivals

The Group 3 Lexus Stakes on Saturday is a last chance for horses to grab a place in the Melbourne Cup and all but one of the 13 runners still hold an entry for November 4th. Signoff The winner is a guaranteed a start in the big race and Signoff has been installed as a hot favourite. The Darren Weir-trained gelding is currently number 36 in the Cup entries so nothing short of… Read More »

Bondeiger the pick in Victoria Derby

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Hampton Court has been all the rage this week for the 2014 Victoria Derby. Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer last trained the winner of the Derby in 1995 with Nothin’ Leica Dane and Hampton Court faces a maximum of 15 rivals on Saturday. Hampton Court Favourites do not have a particularly distinguished record in the $1.5 million Group 1 event with only Plastered (2004) and Efficient (2006) proving successful in the past ten… Read More »

Goldencents looks a banker in Dirt Mile

Goldencents is regarded by many as the banker of the Breeders’ Cup meeting this year. He has not been out of the first two in his four starts this season and bids to win the race for a second consecutive season. Goldencents If he does so, he will be the first two-time winner in the race’s seven-year history. The son of Mischief faces only eight rivals in the absence of… Read More »

Baffert to strike with Midnight in Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is a nine furlong race for fillies and mares with prize money totalling $2million. Untapable All eyes will be on Rosie Napravnik on Untapable, a three-time Group 1 winner. The filly took on the colts in the Haskell Stakes in July and finished fifth in a rough race but returned to winning form in the Cotillion Stakes last month. A slight worry for her supporters is… Read More »

Sunset to Glow in Juvenile Fillies Turf

European runners have won the last two runnings of The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and are strongly represented again this year. Osaila Frankie Dettori would dearly love to ride another Breeders’ Cup winner, especially for his new patrons Al Shaqab Racing. He partners Richard Hannon’s Osaila who has won three of her six starts. The daughter of Danehill Dancer finished fifth behind the smart Cursory Glance at Royal Ascot… Read More »

Foreteller fancied in Mackinnon Stakes

The $1million Mackinnon Stakes is one of four Group 1 races on a fantastic card at Flemington for Victoria Derby Day on Saturday. He’s Your Man The bookmakers have chalked up He’s Your Man as the early favourite with fifteen runners declared. He owes his position at the head of the market to back-to-back successes in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes and Group 1 Epsom Handicap. The six-year-old has drawn nicely in barrier five… Read More »

Commemorative the value bet in Juvenile Turf

The Breeders’ Cup gets under way at Santa Anita on Friday with the Juvenile Turf over a mile. European runners have a great record in this race having won five of the last six runnings. Hootenanny The favourite is Wesley Ward’s Hootenanny, the winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. That race was over five furlongs and Hootenanny is yet to race beyond six, finding The… Read More »

Intransigent set to defy top weight

The Ladbrokes Handicap at 3.50 at Lingfield on Thursday features a fascinating re-match between two horses that ran at Ascot last time. Intransigent Prince’s Trust and Intransigent both ran in a valuable race over seven furlongs at the start of the month with Intransigent winning impressively by a length and a half. He returned at odds of 16-1 with 6-1 favourite Prince’s Trust proving very disappointing. Intransigent is by Trans Island… Read More »

Hidden Gold to shine for Godolphin

The second Listed race on the card at Lingfield on Thursday is the River Eden Fillies’ Stakes at 3.20. Fourteen runners are entered for this stamina test which is over one mile and five furlongs. Hidden Gold Godolphin run Hidden Gold and Speckled with the former set to start favourite following an impressive victory here earlier in the month. The daughter of Shamardal appeared to have her limitations exposed when… Read More »