Racetrack return locked in for Rubisaki

Rubisaki is nearing her racetrack return after an out-of-character spring preparation, following a Cranbourne trial on Tuesday morning. Rubisaki won her heat, clocking a time of 58.80 seconds for the 990 metres under Billy Egan. "She did a good job, she isn't normally...

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Portland Jimmy wins the Ararat Gold Cup

Portland Jimmy wins the Ararat Gold Cup

Portland Jimmy has delivered apprentice Laura Lafferty the biggest victory of her emerging career winning Sunday's Ararat Gold Cup (2000m). The win continued the impressive country cups campaign for the Patrick Payne-trained gelding, who also won the Avoca Cup (1860m)...

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Hope eyes two Cups in a week

Hope eyes two Cups in a week

Apprentice jockey Tahlia Hope has the chance to win two country cups in a week, as she aims to add Sunday's St Arnaud Cup to her Avoca Cup win last weekend. Hope won the Avoca Cup on the Patrick Payne-trained Portland Jimmy and takes the ride on him again on Sunday....

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Tortoni has Cherry on top after Vase victory, with Derby next

Tortoni has Cherry on top after Vase victory, with Derby next

The jokers around Victoria's racetracks always like to say that whenever Billy Egan goes out to ride with his sleeves rolled up he means business. The pushed-up sleeves has become something of a signature for a jockey who has forged such a successful partnership with...

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Payne dares Widgee to prove theory wrong

Payne dares Widgee to prove theory wrong

Patrick Payne is hoping his theory that Widgee Turf won't be suited by the straight Flemington 1200-metre course will be proved wrong when he lines up in the Aurie's Star Stakes. "I think he's always been better suited in races around a corner, mainly because they...

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Tallyho Twinkletoe after a National repeat

Tallyho Twinkletoe after a National repeat

Star New Zealand jumper Tallyho Twinkletoe is set to cross the Tasman to defend his Grand National Hurdle and Steeplechase titles in Victoria. Tallyho Twinkletoe won the National Hurdle at Sandown last year before switching to the bigger jumps to take out the...

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Cherry Tortoni continues family legacy

Cherry Tortoni continues family legacy

When Group 1 winner Whisked died giving birth to a Strategic filly in 2009, it marked the sad end of a marvelous era for owners Sandy Tait and his sister Jill Nivison. Whisked was the mother of the pair's former superstar Tie The Knot so it was with heavy hearts they...

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