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Wednesday, October 30 2019

Top of the Range (NZ) (Savabeel) has dashed the Melbourne Cup hopes of Brimham Rocks (Fastnet Rock) when beating the Chris Waller-trained gelding by a long head in the Gr.3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, October 29 2019

Relucent (NZ) (Savabeel) has followed a similar path to the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) as Preferment and trainer Chris Waller is hoping for the same result in this year’s Classic at Flemington.

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Saturday, October 26 2019

Promising mare Missed The Alarm (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) confirmed her rating as a future staying prospect when she skipped half a dozen race classes to win at Eagle Farm.

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Saturday, October 26 2019

After 1600m in the Fillies Classic at The Valley, Fascino (NZ) (Charm Spirit) and La Falaise (Canford Cliffs) could not be separated in the Group Two race.

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Friday, October 25 2019

The Hawkes training team has a long and successful history with the family of Zebrowski (NZ) (Savabeel) and they are confident the inexperienced colt will not be out of place in the $1 million Bondi Stakes at Randwick.

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Friday, October 25 2019

Sydney-based New Zealander John Sargent has set his sights on the $1 million Gong (1600m) as Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) returns at Randwick.

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Thursday, October 24 2019

With an eye on next year’s autumn carnival, trainer John Thompson has brought promising three-year-old Battenburg (NZ) (Reliable Man) from Sydney to Melbourne for a feature race and trip away to help season the colt.

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Thursday, October 24 2019

Some owners search their whole lives for a Cox Plate runner.

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Thursday, October 24 2019

Jockey James McDonald needs Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed) to be on her best behaviour when she runs at The Valley for the first time in the Cox Plate.

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, on Thursday announced that he has issued a weight penalty of 1kg to Prince of Arran (GB) in the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

Jockey Michael Rodd must be feeling blessed, both in his career and personal life these days.

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Saturday, October 19 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock sale graduate Gamay (Pierro) is a step closer to delivering on a long-range plan in the VRC Oaks after winning an important lead-up race at Caulfield.

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Thursday, October 17 2019

Danny O’Brien is happy to pit Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2500m) favourite Miami Bound (NZ) (Reliable Man) against the colts and geldings in the Gr.3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) and the trainer is expecting the filly to relish racing over 2000m for the first time.

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Monday, October 14 2019

The former Andreas Wohler trained Torcedor (IRE) will not go forward to the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 5th Racing Victoria stewards’ advised on Tuesday.

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Monday, October 14 2019

Multiple Group One winner Humidor has a great association with the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m).

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Monday, October 14 2019

The David Brideoake-trained Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral) looks likely to head to the Gr.1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 1 after finishing 12th behind Fierce Impact (Deep Impact) in the Gr.1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday

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Sunday, October 13 2019

Three-year-old colt Craftmanship (NZ) (Savabeel) showed plenty of fortitude to take a needle-eye gap over the concluding stages of the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville to score a narrow maiden stakes win.

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Saturday, October 12 2019

Win, lose or draw Vegas Knight (Declaration of War) is heading to the paddock for a rest after he runs in the Caulfield Guineas.

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Saturday, October 12 2019

After spending most of the week in hospital, trainer Kerry Edwards has watched her best horse Rox The Castle race to a satisfying win in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes at Caulfield.

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Saturday, October 12 2019

A week after a filly in her family raced to a Group One win at Randwick, four-year-old mare Tofane (NZ) (Ocean Park) has claimed a valuable stakes race victory of her own at Caulfield.

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Friday, October 11 2019

The prospect of partnering Kiwi-bred stayer Surprise Baby (NZ) (Shocking) in next month’s Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) is enough to make a gruelling few weeks well worthwhile for jockey Jordan Childs.

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Friday, October 11 2019

The New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds has been a great source for Flemington trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra and they are hoping to strike more success with sale graduate Age of Chivalry (NZ) (He’s Remarkable) this weekend.

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Friday, October 11 2019

Craig Williams has yet to ride his Thousand Guineas mount Acting (NZ) (Savabeel) in a race, but well remembers a text message he received about the filly while on holidays.

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Thursday, October 10 2019

Trainer David Hayes, who trains in partnership with son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, has issued a warning to punters not to dismiss Kiwi import Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) in Saturday’s Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

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Thursday, October 10 2019

If Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral) wins the Gr.1 Toorak Handicap, a crack at the A$5 million Cox Plate could prove irresistible.

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

New Zealand-bred galloper Humidor may have only placed tenth in his three resuming runs since returning to racing this spring, but his connections have been pleased with his continued improvement.

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

Connections of Night’s Watch (NZ) (Redwood) hope the decision to bypass the Turnbull Stakes with the gelding will be rewarded with a Group One win in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.

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Monday, October 07 2019

In a last-ditch bid to gain a start in the Caulfield Cup, Sully (NZ) (Reliable Man) will wear blinkers when he runs in the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield.

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Monday, October 07 2019

Melbourne Cup bound gelding Surprise Baby (NZ) (Shocking) has received a one kilogram penalty for the rich two mile feature after his win the Gr.3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington on Saturday.

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Sunday, October 06 2019

The Melbourne Cup dream is alive for connections of Surprise Baby (NZ) (Shocking), the $5,500 gavelhouse graduate who has stormed into favouritism after booking his place in the race with victory in The Gr.3 Bart Cummings (2520m).

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Sunday, October 06 2019

Training partners Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have been knocking on the door of a major race victory and enter two upcoming Caulfield Classics with high hopes.

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Saturday, October 05 2019

The Everest picture has changed significantly with Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly) now a leading market contender despite Hawkes Racing refusing to count him in the mix after his Premiere Stakes win at Randwick.

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Saturday, October 05 2019

Ahead of Surprise Baby’s (NZ) (Shocking) bid to secure a Melbourne Cup berth, the TAB has taken a big bet on the lightly raced local stayer to win Australia’s most famous race.

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Saturday, October 05 2019

Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed) has returned to winning form with a last-gasp victory in the Hill Stakes at Randwick, putting herself back in the frame for the major spring races.

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Saturday, October 05 2019

On a red letter day for trainer Chris Waller, Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) has delivered on the big stage in the Epsom Handicap, beating New Zealand cult horse Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle).

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Friday, October 04 2019

Former Singapore champion Debt Agent (NZ) (Thorn Park) makes his Australian debut for new trainer Jim Conlan at Flemington on Saturday.

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Friday, October 04 2019

Well-related filly Chiaretta (NZ) (Makfi) showed she has inherited her share of the family ability when coming from well off the pace to break maiden ranks when winning the NZB Ready To Run Nov 20 – 21 (1200m) at Te Rapa on Friday.

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Friday, October 04 2019

Expat New Zealand trainer Chris Waller has a strong hand in Saturday’s Gr.1 Epsom (1600m) at Randwick, led by a number of New Zealand-breds.

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Wednesday, October 02 2019

Surprise Baby gets a second chance at securing a start in the Melbourne Cup when he contests the Bart Cummings at Flemington.

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Wednesday, October 02 2019

Still Single showed she was well above average as a juvenile and she’s wasted no time getting on the board this season.

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