O’Shea backing Pizarro to step up in Expressway Stakes

John O’Shea has confidence his developing four-year-old gelding Pizarro will step up to Group 2 level in the Expressway Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday. John O’Shea is backing improving sprinter Pizarro to step up and compete well against stars Golden Mile and Forbidden Love in the Expressway Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. The four-year-old goes into the $250,000 feature over 1200m as a $9 winning chance with online bookmakers. Last year’s Canterbury Stakes and George Ryder Stakes winner for Michael Freedman, Forbidden Love, is a $3 fancy. Reigning Caulfield…

Sapphire Coast racing tips, top odds & quaddie | Sunday 29/1/2023

What Sapphire Coast Races Where Sapphire Coast Turf Club – 1695 Sapphire Coast Dr, Wallagoot NSW 2550 When Sunday, January 29, 2023 First Race 1:15pm AEDT Visit Ladbrokes Country racing heads to the Sapphire Coast on Sunday afternoon for a competitive eight-race program. We’ve got two feature races with a combined total of $130,000 of prizemoney on offer in the Showcase Sprint and Showcase Cup. The rail is in the true position the entire circuit for race-day, and while the track is listed as a Good 4, predicted rain on…

Cunningham counting down to Karaka

Curraghmore principal Gordon Cunningham is heading into Karaka 2023 in a buoyant mood after the success of his farm’s graduates last year. The farm had four individual Group One winners and seven individual stakes winners, showcasing the quality of athlete raised at the Waikato thoroughbred nursery. “All those horses give you every encouragement that there are more good horses to excel from the same paddocks as they grew up in,” Cunningham said. Curraghmore will offer a 27-strong Book 1 draft, with the sale kicking off at 11am on Sunday, and…

Group One farewell program for quality mare

Well-performed mare Coventina Bay (NZ) (Shamexpress) will see out her career in the best of company before she is likely to be sold as a broodmare prospect. The daughter of Shamexpress is a dual top-flight winner and will strip in top order when she bids to add to her record in the Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday. Coventina Bay finished runner-up two starts back in the Gr.2 Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) before she was unplaced after beginning awkwardly in the Gr.1 Telegraph (1200m) and will now…

Latta hoping for dramatic turn in Oaks build-up

Palmerston North trainer Lisa Latta knows an Oaks filly when she sees one. Latta has twice won the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham –  with Wharite Princess (NZ) (Reliable Man) in 2004 and Sentimental Miss (NZ) (Reliable Man) in 2019 – and in recent years twice produced the runner-up through Platinum Witness (California Dane) in 2015 and Charms Star (NZ) (Per Incanto) in 2021. So when she speaks with reverence of her current star filly Diss Is Dramatic (NZ) (Dissident), it would pay to take note. “She’s a…

Haunui fillies in favour at Karaka

The foot traffic at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka sales complex has Haunui Farm principal Mark Chitty buoyed ahead of the National Yearling Sale, which kicks off at 11am this coming Sunday. The Karaka farm will offer 26 yearlings in the Book 1 session of the sale, including a quality line-up of 12 fillies. “We have got a nice group of fillies amongst the 52 that we take to auction over the week. Hopefully they are finding favour with prospective buyers,” Chitty said. Amongst the filly offering is lot 344, the…

Hoysted happy with Chaillot ahead of Sunshine Coast Cup

Chaillot, ridden by Daniel Moor, on the way to the barriers prior to the running of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on September 17, 2022. (Photo by George Sal/Racing Photos) Matthew Hoysted could not be happier with Chaillot’s work on the track heading into the Sunshine Coast Cup on Saturday. Hoysted and co-trainer Steven O’Dea believe the six-year-old will prove to be a good acquisition for their stable, the mare to start her first race for them in the Listed feature worth $150,000 and over 1400m. She goes…