Almost Court Wins Listed Canberra Cup

Monday, 12th March 2018

At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Wellfield Lodge's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Almost Court (Alamosa-Cincer Bella, by Victory Dance) scored a strong front-running victory in the $200,000 Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Admiral Jello & Get On The Grange. Almost Court, a son of dual Gr1 winning Kiwi mare Cinder Bella and a $36,000 purchase at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud, improved his record to 7 wins and 3 placings from 15 starts for $237,624 in earnings.


Destiny's Kiss Wins Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup

Monday, 23rd October 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, former Macquarie Stud Gr2 & Gr3-placed stallion Power Of Destiny (Danehill-Jeanetta Cochrane, by Sadler's Wells) added a black-type success when evergreen 9YO bay gelding Destiny's Kiss (Power Of Destiny-A Fairy's Kiss, by Stravinsky) claimed his eighth stakes victory when lumping top weight of 60kg to win the $125,000 Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Alward & Admiral Jello. Retained to race by prominent owner Nick Moraitis when passed in for $7,000 at the 2010 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Destiny's Kiss improved his record to 17 wins (including the Listed Wyong Gold Cup, Listed Australia Day Cup – twice, Listed Christmas Cup, Listed Gosford Gold Cup & Listed Winter Stakes) and 15 placings (including the Listed Gosford Gold Cup) from 75 starts for $1,261,618 in earnings.

Auvray Wins Gr3 Colin Stephen Quality

Monday, 25th September 2017

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, 6YO French-bred gelding Auvray (Le Havre-Ameyrah, by In The Wings) broke through for his first stakes victory in Australia when grinding out a tough win in the $150,000 Gr3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Admiral Jello & Broadside. Auvray, an €800,000 purchase by the China Horse Club at the Arqana Arc Sale in 2014, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 Prix Chaudenay & Gr3 Prix de Lutece) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 Newcastle Gold Cup) from 28 starts for $550,816 in earnings.

Broadside Wins Gr3 Newcastle Gold Cup

Monday, 18th September 2017

At Newcastle in the Hunter region of NSW, White Robe Lodge's regally bred stallion Raise The Flag (Sadler's Wells-Hasili, Kahyasi) added a black-type success when 6YO bay gelding Broadside (Raise The Flag-Anam Cara, by Straight Strike) opened his stakes account when scoring a bold front-running win  in the $175,000 Gr3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) for 3YO+, defeating Auvray & Admiral Jello. Broadside improved his record to 6 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed McKell Cup) from 13 starts for $294,493 in earnings. Broadside will make his next appearance in the $750,000 Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Royal Randwick on 30 September. "We were disappointed last start but he had legitimate excuses being first-up over 1900 metres. To produce a run like that second-up takes a tough horse," said co-trainer Adrian Bott. "He'll head to the Metropolitan [Gr1] next and he's in some of the feature races in Melbourne."


Queensland Derby Final Field & Barriers

Thursday, 9th June 2016

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $600,000 Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) to be run at Eagle Farm this Saturday. The current favourite for the race is the Darren Weir-trained South Australian Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name who is at $4.40 with TAB, ahead of Eagle Way at $4.80, Mackintosh at $5, and Eschiele and Etymology who are both available at $8.50. The final field is:

1. HOWARD BE THY NAME (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 57kg (2)

2. ETYMOLOGY (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 57kg (19)

3. MACKINTOSH (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 57kg (5)

4. CYLINDER BEACH (Desleigh Forster-Michael Cahill) 57kg (10)

5. I'M BELUCCI (Desleigh Forster-Jim Byrne) 57kg (12)

6. ENCOSTA LINE (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (8)

7. EAGLE WAY (Bryan Guy-Tommy Berry) 57kg (11)

8. RODRICO (Chris Waller-Joao Moreira) 57kg (13)

9. COLONEL CUSTER (Bjorn Baker-Adam Hyeronimus) 57kg (18)

10. RED ALTO (Paul Banks-Damien Oliver) 57kg (7)

11. MULTIFACETS (Chris Waller-Tim Clark) 57kg (9)

12. BRAZEN (David Vandyke-Zac Purton) 57kg (17)

13. ESCHIELE (John O'Shea-Damian Browne) 57kg (3)

14. ADMIRAL JELLO (Kris Lees-Aaron Bullock) 57kg (15)

15. SNAPPER (John Morrisey-Ryan Wiggins) 57kg (14)

16. MAVEN WIZ (Anthony Cummings-Tye Angland) 57kg (1)

17. STAR ZONE (Brian Gentle-Jason Collett) 57kg (6)

18. HARVARD (Ciaron Maher-Dwayne Dunn) 57kg (16)

19e. SLAUGHTER BAY (Bryan Dais) 57kg (4)