Probabeel proves the real deal in Surround Stakes shootout

Two great fillies with two great New Zealand jockeys, and this time it was Opie Bosson and Probabeel that got the result and a group 1 in the Surround Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. Probabeel fulfilled her group 1 potential after being runner-up to Funstar in the Flight Stakes in

Argy-bargy costs Bossie a shot at autumn riches

Quackerjack’s surging win in the Liverpool City Cup was overshadowed by some argy-bargy from Glen Boss on Cascadian at the top of the straight that will see him miss the All-Star Mile ride on Kolding and the Golden Slipper after a high-end careless riding charge. Stewards considered a reckless riding

Alligator earns champion status in Australian Guineas romp

Queensland trainer David Vandyke fought back tears in the immediate aftermath of Alligator Blood’s clinical group 1 performance in the Australian Guineas. The champion three-year-old stamped himself as Australian racing’s biggest star with Saturday’s dominant win at Flemington, where he was joined by a wall of horses at the top

Kiwis to bring ‘A game’ in World Cup knockout clash against Australia

New Zealand have vowed to bring their "A game" and know their marquee players must deliver if they are to topple Australia in a cut-throat women's Twenty20 World Cup clash on Monday. The White Ferns ensured the tournament of a tantalising clash at Melbourne's Junction Oval but only after a

VRC board cleanout has trainers’ support

Outspoken Flemington trainer Wayne Hawkes says club chairman Amanda Elliott and chief executive Neil Wilson have his full support after two more VRC board members resigned on Friday night. John O'Rourke and Peter Fekete, who led calls for "fresh blood" on the board in the lead-up to the December elections,

Sandy Thomson happy with Yorkhill

Sandy Thomson is relishing the task of attempting to revitalise the fortunes of dual Cheltenham Festival winner Yorkhill. The talented but enigmatic 10-year-old has not shown his best form for a while, prompting trainer Willie Mullins and owner Graham Wylie to give him a fresh start. Wylie has given the

Racing rises to the challenge of climate change

Even climate change, a factor for racing in recent weeks, can’t take the enthusiasm away from today’s Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick and Flemington’s Australian Guineas. True blue: Hugh Bowman gives a trademark salute on Avilius.Credit:AAP With the infusion of New Zealanders – Te Akau Shark , favourite in

Warner camp to weigh up appeal against leadership ban

As David Warner prepares to return as captain of Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, his manager has questioned whether the time has come to test whether Warner's leadership ban in Australian cricket should be revoked. James Erskine, an agent to celebrities and sports stars, said there had been a

‘Racing is being robbed’, says Rupert Legh

One of Australia’s most prominent owners says too many stallions are being prematurely retired from racing. Rupert Legh, owner of Exceedance, Brutal and Australian Guineas contender Alabama Express among others, said any deal to sign his horses to stud would include a clause that they must continue racing beyond their