Bool bursts back to life with epic annual

Bool bursts back to life with epic annual

Last year Warrnambool was empty. Today, half of Victoria appeared to have marched up that hill to watch legends Gold Medals and Zed Em take their years-long rivalry to an epic conclusion in one of the greatest Grand Annual Steeplechases ever run. The anticipation of...

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Racetrack return locked in for Rubisaki

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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Defibrillate ready for Group 1 tilt

Defibrillate ready for Group 1 tilt

In-form galloper Defibrillate is giving his New Zealand owners a great thrill, having strung together four consecutive wins in Melbourne, and he will be vying to extend it to five at Flemington on Saturday. Co-bred and part-owned by Matamata trainer Graham Richardson,...

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The best is still to come from Defibrillate

The best is still to come from Defibrillate

Billy Egan is adamant there is still plenty more in the tank for Defibrillate (NZ) after the Patrick Payne-trained gelding was untouched in recording a comfortable win in the $135,000 Lexus Handicap (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday. Defibrillate won the Listed Lord...

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Payne has big opinion of Shocking stayer

Payne has big opinion of Shocking stayer

On face value Patrick Payne was surprised Defibrillate was able to win the Lord Stakes second-up last start but he wasn’t completely shocked as he has a big opinion of the stayer. “It was a surprise as he was out of his handicap grade and on weights he wasn’t well...

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Defibrillate gives Hope joy

Defibrillate gives Hope joy

The Patrick Payne-trained Defibrillate was unpopular in betting but Tahlia Hope riding her first stakes winner in the $140,000 Listed Neds Lord Stakes (1700m) proved a popular result at Caulfield on Boxing Day. Hope fell ill while riding at the Mornington jumpouts in...

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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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