Plan comes to fruition for Justacanta

Plan comes to fruition for Justacanta

An opportunity to transfer him to the Patrick Payne stable in Melbourne was taken up with the goal of trying to win at stakes level in the competitive Victorian market. A thrilling victory by Justacanta in Saturday’s Listed Paris Lane Stakes (1410m) at Flemington saw...

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Zed Em in NZ, Rubisaki heads to Sydney

Zed Em in NZ, Rubisaki heads to Sydney

High-class steeplechaser Zed Em has made his regular trip back across the Tasman, but a decision on his immediate racing future is still to be made. The 10-year-old gelding, who has had an incredible career over fences, hasn't raced since his brave defeat to Gold...

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All Of Brighton heads back to Flemington

All Of Brighton heads back to Flemington

Named in honour of a now-famous quote from the midst of last year's extended Victorian COVID-19 lockdown, it seems only fitting that All Of Brighton is running in peak form as we endure another. "It's a great name and I'm glad that the powers-that-be let that name go...

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Cherry Tortoni picks up Guineas

Cherry Tortoni picks up Guineas

After so often threatening to be best suited over longer trips as was his famous relation Tie The Knot, Cherry Tortoni has finally found his distance after breaking through for a deserved win in the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) at Morphettville on Saturday. Trainer...

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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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