Ricky Yiu hopes Nimble Nimbus can advance in FWD QEII Cup

Nimble Nimbus (No. 12) is a six-time winner in Hong Kong. Nimble Nimbus has been one of this season’s surprise packages and trainer Ricky Yiu is remaining optimistic the Sacred Falls gelding can step it up again when he contests the HK$28 million Group 1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, April 28. The six-year-old has been a solid competitor with six wins across his 29-start career. He didn’t tackle his first Group race until his 24th outing, however, since then he has evolved into a Group…

North Bridge seeks first Group 1 triumph

North Bridge is a six-time winner. A six-year-old, North Bridge has been selected to run the HK$28 million Group 1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) with two fellow Japanese compatriots, Prognosis and Hishi Iguazu, on FWD Champions Day at Sha Tin on Sunday, April 28. North Bridge is a son of three-time winner in Hong Kong, Maurice. He won a newcomer race over 2000m in 2020 at Chukyo to commence his career before grabbing his first Group race win in the 2022 Group 3 Epsom Cup (1800m) – first-up after a…

Passive Aggressive to line up in Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes

Passive Aggressive will chasing Group 1 glory at Morphettville. (Racing Photos) Grahame Begg’s charge, Passive Aggressive, is gearing up to take on the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville this Saturday, marking a significant return to the track after her initial retirement last year, which followed her eighth-place finish in the 2023 renewal of the same race. Despite the retirement announcement, owner Jonathan Munz brought her back to Begg after she failed to conceive to I Am Invincible. The decision proved fruitful, with the five-year-old daughter of Fastnet…

Magic Time to head to Queensland in bid to further Group 1 haul

Magic Time overhauls Amenable to claim the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick. Photo: RacingNSW Grahame Begg confirmed that Magic Time, the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) victor from last Saturday, is set to venture to Brisbane aiming to enhance her elite-level achievements. The four-year-old daughter of Hellbent, now a dual Group 1 winner following her recent triumph, is eyeing the Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm on June 1. “She will go to Brisbane where there are a number of Group 1 races she…

The Astrologist to chase Queensland Group 1 success

The Astrologist will likely head to Queensland in search of Group 1 glory. (Photo by George Sal/Racing Photos) The Astrologist, a rising eight-year-old sprinter, is set to embark on a Queensland campaign this winter. Trained by Leon and Troy Corstens, the seasoned gelding, who ventured to both Dubai and the UK last year, will continue his campaign at Caulfield on Saturday before heading north to the Sunshine State. Troy Corstens outlined their plans. “We’re going to run in the Super VOBIS race at Caulfield, he gets in quite well at…

Esti Feny to chase Melbourne Cup berth after Mornington Cup win

Esti Feny ridden by Daniel Stackhouse wins the Mornington Cup. (Photo by George Sal/Racing Photos) Esti Feny has secured a coveted ballot exemption for the prestigious Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) following a commanding victory in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m). Trainer Matthew Smith is now setting his sights on the next challenge: the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m), where the Hungarian import aims to clinch another ballot-free entry into the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m). In a conversation with Racing.com, Smith expressed his optimism. “It’s the first time in…

Newcastle races preview, tips & quaddie | Wednesday, April 24

What Newcastle Races Where Newcastle Racecourse – 100 Darling St, Broadmeadow NSW 2292 When Wednesday, April 24, 2024 First Race 12:50pm AEST Visit Dabble Provincial racing on Wednesday heads to the Hunter region of New South Wales, where Newcastle Racecourse is set to host a competitive eight-race program. The rail is out +7m for the entire circuit, and although the surface is rated Soft 7 at the time of acceptances, the forecast of sunny skies in the lead-up promises an upgrade into the Good range. The opening event is set…

Allpress and Pitman’s register 100th win as combination

Lisa Allpress drives Star Ballot (outside) to victory over Pitman stablemate Tomyturbo at Riccarton. Photo: Ajay Berry (RIS) A week after becoming only the second New Zealand trainer to reach 2000 wins, South Island racing icon Michael Pitman teamed up with jockey Lisa Allpress to celebrate another notable milestone at Riccarton. Pitman and his son and training partner Matthew saddled the quinella in the $35,000 staying event, with Star Ballot edging out stablemate Tomyturbo by half a length. Star Ballot was ridden by Allpress, who notched up her 100th career…

Sacred Satono returns a winner at Ellerslie

Sacred Satono demonstrates his class with a comfortable victory at Ellerslie on Saturday. Photo: Kenton Wright (Race Images) Class galloper Sacred Satono put his name firmly in the frame for a proposed Queensland Winter Carnival venture when he kicked off a new campaign with an impressive victory at Ellerslie in the opening event. The Bruce Wallace and Grant Cooksley-trained four-year-old had last been seen on raceday when finishing midfield in the Aotearoa Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Karaka Millions night and stripped in good condition despite not having trialled before…

Russian Satire impresses at Ellerslie

Russian Satire sprints clear of stablemate Ethereal Star to score in the Rating 75 1500m event at Ellerslie. Photo: Kenton Wright (Race Images) Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman will look to add black type to Russian Satire’s outstanding pedigree page after a last-to-first win at Ellerslie. Russian Satire is raced by her breeder David Paykel and comes from an exceptional family. She is by Russian Revolution out of Paykel’s More Than Ready mare Serious Satire, whose three wins included the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m). Second dam Zarzuela was a…