Author: Oz Race

Winless since capturing the Listed Summer Scorcher at Ascot three years ago, Indian Pacific jumped straight to the front and never looked back to land the Listed Entry Education Abell Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Ridden by Jamie Mott and making his third start for Nick Ryan and carrying the colours of his former trainer Neville Parnham, the 7-year-old son Zoustar defeated the fast-finishing Plaing God mare Nunthorpe by a neck with the Maurice (JPN) entire Bank Maur a hard-charging third. A $110,000 purchase for Parnhams Racing Stable from the Bowness Stud draft at the 2018 Inglis…

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The Happy 70th Paul Sinclair Hcp (1200m) for two-year-old at Moonee Valley on Friday settled down to a match race from go to whoa between the Shalaa (IRE) filly Sassy Jenni and the Capitalist colt Sky Cap. The Ben, Will, and JD Hayes-trained Sassy Jenni refused to be headed at her career debut under Zac Spain to defeat the Sky Cap a half neck with the Shamus Award colt Sammaan City third of the five runners. A $160,000 purchase for T Ottobre’s Cape Schanck Stud from the Corumbene Stud draft at the 2023 Magic Millions, Sassy Jenni is the second…

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Legarto catapulted herself into the spotlight in last year’s A$1 million Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m), and Te Akau Racing is hopeful another Kiwi filly can follow suit in the Flemington feature on Saturday. That filly is Quintessa, a daughter of Shamus Award that has only once finished out of the top two in seven raceday starts, with her quartet of victories including the Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in January. Mark Walker, and his New Zealand co-trainer Sam Bergerson, gave Quintessa her biggest challenge to date in last month’s Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa, and she…

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Winning a Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) is nothing new for Roger James, with the Cambridge trainer looking to extend his tally in the Classic to an even half dozen at Ellerslie on Saturday, while training partner Robert Wellwood will be looking for his first. Tidal Light (1986), Roysyn (1995), Zonda (1997), Hades (1999), and Silent Achiever (2012) currently fill Kingsclere Stables’ honour roll of New Zealand Derby winners, and they have a $1.40 chance in Orchestral to enhance their record this weekend in the Trackside-sponsored contest. Wellwood is now into this sixth season training in partnership with James, and…

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Te Akau Racing have locked in the next assignment for their star sprinter Imperatriz, with the nine-time Group One winner looking to add to her elite-level tally in the Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington next Saturday. The daughter of I Am Invincible was victorious first-up in the Gr.1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at the Melbourne track last month, putting to bed any doubts following a lacklustre trial. Te Akau Racing was considering heading to Sydney to tackle the Gr.1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on the same day but have opted to stay close to their Cranbourne base. “Careful…

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With her Ole Kirk half-brother headed to the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, the Tony Gollan-trained Venturer scored a timely win over 1000m at Ballina on Friday. Venturer with an adventurous run from Ballina!@tonygollan pic.twitter.com/RkoJ2Xz97b — SKY Racing (@SkyRacingAU) March 1, 2024 Ridden by Angela Jones and starting for the first time in 23 weeks, the 3-year-old daughter of Capitalist left it late to overpower the equal favourite Jewels Statement (Press Statement). A winner at the Sunshine Coast on debut, Venturer was not far from the winner when sixth at Eagle Farm last September. A sister to the Group II…

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The remarkable rise of Justify (USA) enters another phase on Saturday with two chances to add a first Australian Group 1 winner to those garnered in Europe and America. Last season, Coolmore Stud’s Triple Crown winner sired the Champion 2YO Colt in Europe, City Of Troy, and the Champion 2YO Filly in Europe, Opera Singer. The son of Scat Daddy also had the Champion 2YO Filly in the USA of 2023, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Frizette Stakes heroine, Just FYI. An extraordinary feat, indeed. Then add Hard To Justify, Aspen Grove and Arabian Lion, who have all reached the…

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Trevor Andrews has no qualms thinking A Lot Of Good Men can exact revenge on Russian To The Bar in Saturday’s Listed Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) at Ascot. Russian To The Bar had the wood on A Lot Of Good Men in the Challenge Stakes (1500m) 10-days ago, but Andrews is confident of a turnaround. A Lot Of Good Men ran a close third, but a 2kg weight turnaround in his favour and the mile trip can help him turn the tables on Russian To The Bar. More of a pressing concern for Andrews is a perceived lack of pace…

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Scott Embry’s tips provided courtesy of TABtouch blog Saturday 2 March 2024 RACE 1 BONJOY sets out on a 4-peat mission as she continues to burst her way brilliantly through the grades. She’s gone from a 0MWLY to a Westspeed to a 66+ and now onto a 71+ and she looks like she’s got plenty more wins in store. Compressed weight scale, small field, inside draw and the best turn of foot in the race. She’ll be very hard to hold out late. MATERIAL WITNESS was terrorised last weekend and yet still managed to somehow run fifth. He’s a winner…

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Ascot Preview – 02 March 2024 Summer is officially behind us, with the calendar flipping to March signifying a return to the Autumn, which for racing fans around the country comes with an additional bonus of one of the best times of the year to engage in the sport. For us over here in the West, we have our fair share of key races set to unfold in the next seven weeks, including the Derby and the Oaks, which hopefully become a bit clearer after the running of the two features at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.  Nine races are set…

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