Eagle Farm moments: Plush takes fast lane

Group 1 racing returns to Eagle Farm on Saturday for the first time in two years. To celebrate the occasion, we have canvassed some of Queensland’s best known racing media personalities to tell us their most memorable moments at the famous venue. Today, AAP’s Mark Oberhardt, a long-time The Courier-Mail journalist as well as being a frequent voice on Brisbane’s […]

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Accidental Agent on course for Ascot

Eve Johnson Houghton was delighted with Accidental Agent’s return to action in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and is excited about defending his Queen Anne title at Royal Ascot. Sent off a 33-1 chance on his comeback, just as he had been when causing a shock at the big meeting last year, Accidental Agent finished third behind Mustashry and Laurens […]

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Allen goes it alone to close in on Victorian ton

Six-time Group 1-winning jockey John Allen had a point to prove after Darren Weir’s dramatic fall from grace. After being put on the map by the exiled trainer many expected the talented Irishman to be starved of rides. It only motivated Allen, the eighth most winningest jockey in country with 106 Australian victories this season, including a career-high 99 Victorian […]

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Pretty Polly next for Worth Waiting

David Lanigan will resist the temptation of running Worth Waiting at Royal Ascot and send her straight to the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. The Newmarket handler will return the daughter of Bated Breath to Group One company after earmarking the mile-and-a-quarter Group One prize on June 28 as her next target. After seeing her bid for a […]

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Pistoletto wins Naas trial for Aidan O’Brien

Pistoletto overcame some superficial injuries to land short odds and book his place at Royal Ascot in the Coolmore Gustav Klimt Race at Naas. Aidan O’Brien’s War Front colt was expected to tee himself up for a journey to England, facing just three rivals, and was sent off the 1-5 favourite under Ryan Moore. Pistoletto did, though, become unsettled at […]

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East confirmed on track for Curragh Classic

Kevin Ryan’s East has been given the green light to contest the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Winner of her first two starts, the Frankel filly went on to finish second to the impressive Newspaperofrecord at the Breeders’ Cup. Making her seasonal debut in the French 1000 Guineas, she ran another meritorious race when third, beaten just over […]

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Furrion kept safe with Hayes star to miss Ramsden

Furrion will miss Saturday’s Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington — and the chance of a guaranteed Melbourne Cup start — because of a slight leg injury. “If you pressed on, you could miss the spring,” co-trainer David Hayes said of the four-year-old gelding, winner of this month’s Warrnambool Cup. “My experience tells me with a good horse the slightest […]

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Dubious path with baby doesn’t worry Maher

Trainer of the moment Ciaron Maher believes Dubious is the right type of colt to be thrown into the deep end in Saturday’s Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup. Maher is going against convention and taking on older horses in the WFA race (1300m), rather than staying with the two-year-old path in the BRC Sires (1400m). Being a son of top […]

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Melbourne Cup ‘golden ticket’ pathway rewards patience, says OTI boss

OTI Racing boss Terry Henderson believes the newly configured Andrew Ramsden Stakes – which now carries a win-and-you're-in golden ticket to the Melbourne Cup – will grow in stature as a spring stepping stone for young stayers. Henderson has three horses aimed at Saturday's 2800m race at Flemington which has been changed to weight-for-age conditions for three-, four- and five-year-old […]

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Michael Verney: 'Willie Mullins can have the last laugh as O'Leary opts to call it a day'

The parade ring is always an interesting place following big festival races and while pleasantries are exchanged between winning and losing connections, Michael O’Leary must have grown tired of being on the wrong end with Willie Mullins. Revelations earlier this week that O’Leary will phase out his powerful Gigginstown House Stud operation in the coming years, to spend time with […]

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