Mr Brightside pins ears back to win P.B. Lawrence Stakes

Mr Brightside gave Craig Williams a feature race double at Caulfield. (Photo: Melbourne Racing Club) Mr Brightside has started his spring campaign right where he left off in the autumn, with a gritty win in Saturday’s Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield. The Ben & JD Hayes-trained gelding finished his autumn campaign with a classy win in the Doncaster Handicap in Sydney, so to win first-up over 1400m in the spring was a huge thrill for co-trainer Ben. Given a beautiful ride by Craig Williams in today’s $300,000 event,…

Walk in the Park for West Coast

Shaun Fannin celebrates as West Coast takes out the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge 147th Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton. Photo credit: Race Images South Classy jumper West Coast looked like he was out for a Sunday stroll in the park as he ambled his way to victory in Saturday’s Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge 147th Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton. Sent to the lead from barrier rise by rider Shaun Fannin, the seven-year-old gelding set a leisurely pace throughout, virtually walking the first lap before increasing the…

Zoukerino lifts to claim The Rosebud

Zoukerino nailed Spacewalk right on the post in The Rosebud. (Photo: Racing And Sports) The well-supported Spacewalk looked to have The Rosebud in his keeping at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, but the John O’Shea-trained Zoukerino had other ideas. Spacewalk loomed up and shot to the front in the closing stages of the Listed feature, but after laying in in the concluding stages of the race, the Godolphin colt threw the race away and Zoukerino snatched it from his grasp under Brenton Avdulla. Now with two wins from as many starts,…

Ridgeview Chief back to his best at Tauranga

Promising winter galloper Ridgeview Chief (NZ) (Niagara) shrugged off a disappointing last start performance at Ruakaka to reward his supporters with a five and a half-length victory at Tauranga on Saturday. The Gavin Opie-trained son of Niagara had been well supported at Ruakaka after an impressive performance to win at Pukekohe leading into that race but found nothing after sitting handy to the pace and dropped out to finish second-last on the Soft 5 rated surface. Punters were prepared to forgive that showing and installed him as the well-backed $5.90…

Myers’ golden Riccarton run continues

Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers continued to make the Riccarton Grand National Carnival his own as he produced a winning treble on the final day of the three-day meeting. Myers bagged four wins on the first day last Saturday and then took out the feature event, the Grand National Hurdles (4200m) with Happy Star (NZ) (Fabulous) on Wednesday. First day winner Hooks (NZ) (Fabulous) made it a double for the carnival when he repeated his first day victory in the hands of Kozzi Asano when taking out a rating 75 1200m…

Almanzor colt successful at Rosehill

Good-looking Almanzor colt Manzoice dug into his stamina reserves when railing through to land the Dooleys Handicap (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday for trainer Chris Waller under rider Kathy O’Hara. Manzoice had finished runner-up on debut at Wyong toward the end of last month and, despite a rise in class, went one better to break his maiden when narrowly getting the better of Backrower (Astern) and Savabeel gelding Major Beel (NZ), who had defeated Manzoice at Wyong. The colt raced midfield on the fence and as runners fanned out in…

Walk in the Park for West Coast

Classy jumper West Coast (NZ) (Mettre En Jeu) looked like he was out for a Sunday stroll in the park as he ambled his way to victory in Saturday’s Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge 147th Grand National Steeplechase (5600m) at Riccarton. Sent to the lead from barrier rise by rider Shaun Fannin, the seven-year-old gelding set a leisurely pace throughout, virtually walking the first lap before increasing the tempo starting the final round of the Riccarton circuit. With 1000m to run it looked like West Coast’s race to lose and…

Bound For Home causes upset in Quezette Stakes

Bound For Home caused an upset in the Quezette Stakes at Caulfield. (Photo: Melbourne Racing Club) The Quezette Stakes (1100m) has gone the way of $34 chance Bound For Home, with jockey Declan Bates giving the Archie Alexander-trained filly a perfect ride in the Caulfield feature. Although going into the race with a win and a second to her name from two career starts, punters didn’t want to be with the Rubick filly. Positioned awkwardly on the fence from barrier three, Bates needed some luck in running, but when the…

Giga Kick keeps unbeaten record with Vain Stakes win

Giga Kick got the better of Alpha One in the Vain Stakes. (Photo: Melbourne Racing Club) Clayton Douglas has recorded his first stakes win as a trainer after Giga Kick stormed home to take out the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. The gelded son of Scissor Kick didn’t lead for the first time in his career, but that didn’t stop him from reigning supreme. Sent out as the second favourite behind the in-form Alpha One, Giga Kick and Craig Williams had a job to do in the final…

WA trainer Rob Gulberti looking to defend the Broome Cup title

Superior Smile with trainer Daniel Pearce and jockey Alan Kennedy, alongside Blackwater Bay with jockey Kyra Yuill and trainer Rob Gulberti ahead of today’s $100,000 Broome Cup. Picture: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix. It was not long ago when Rob Gulberti thought he wouldn’t have a horse to defend the Broome Cup with, which he won with Staaden last year. But thanks to the help of his good mate and top Western Australian trainer Adam Durrant, he’ll have $3 favourite with Betfair – Blackwater Bay – attempting to give him his third…