Having been forced abandon the spring with Time To Reign, trainer Gary Portelli is looking forward to early autumn targets with the valuable colt. As the three-year-old half-brother to the Portelli-trained 2017 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign, Time To Reign carries a weight of expectation. He has fulfilled part of that by emulating his sister with his Silver Slipper win but could not manage to claim the big one, finishing fifth behind Kiamichi. His spring campaign was over before it began when he took longer than anticipated to get over a temperature and connections decided to forfeit the spring in favour of an later summer/early autumn return. "He is not far off his first gallop and th
Gimcrack Stakes winner and current second favourite for the Golden Slipper, Every Rose has blitzed her rivals in a recent trial. Every Rose stepped out for the first time since winning the G3 Gimcrack Stakes and she showed she had improved from that win. The Mark Newnham trained filly is the $17 second favourite for the 2020 Golden Slipper and the current equal $7 favourite for the 2020 Magic Millions Classic.
Mark Newnham’s impressive filly Every Rose will be a definite starter at Wyong’s upcoming $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on December 12. The Choisir filly caught the eye on debut with an impressive win in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick on October 5 over 1000m and has been installed as the early favourite for the $2m Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Newnham sent the $160,000 yearling purchase straight out for a break after her debut win and she will trial at Randwick next week in preparation for her Magic Millions campaign. “She’ll trial and then go to Wyong,” Newnham said. “I’ll also have Diamond Thunder in the 3YO and 4YO Wyong race after he trials at Randwick on the sam
This year’s Melbourne Cup promised an exhilarating two-mile spectacle and it certainly delivered! Vow And Declare proudly flew the flag for our Australian-bred racehorses, claiming victory over a bunch of international challengers right at the post to win by a head, however, 19 of the 24 Cup runners were European trained and bred. Interestingly, the last time The Cup was won by an Australian-born racehorse was Shocking back in 2009 so it comes as no surprise that we see more European stayers dominating our distance races each year, in pursuit of the excellent prizemoney on offer down under. While the Australian breeding industry has predominantly focused on producing early sprinting types to
Not too many $1 million races are won in the shower but connections of unraced youngster Malkovich can thank a thought bubble Darby Racing’s Scott Darby had while washing if the colt wins Saturday’s Golden Gift at Rosehill. Darby revealed the colt appealed to him in the catalogue for the Inglis Ready To Race sale on October 22, just over two weeks ago, and once he realised the Golden Gift was approaching he hatched a plan to secure the horse and did so for $240,000. Everything about Malkovich’s journey to the new $1 million two-year-old feature has been unusual right down to selling the idea to trainer Bjorn Baker. “He was a nice type of horse, I was in the shower daydreaming about the horse