Champagne

Valentia looms as Champagne Stakes prospect

The Mail Coolmore paid $1.35 million for Valentia at the Magic Millions and he made a repayment on it at Randwick on Saturday.

Horseracing

Champagne flows as Cath returns to form

Champagne Cath

Chris Roots Chris Waller will start Champagne Cath in this week's Flight Stakes only if he thinks she is a chance of winning following her impressive victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

Waller takes the safety-first course with smart baby Champagne Cath

Champagne Cath

Chris Roots CHRIS WALLER is not taking any risks with impressive two-year-old Champagne Cath on the way to next month's $2 million Magic Millions Classic, but admits he is ready to end the preparation if she is...

Horse Racing

From go to whoa for Lankan Rupee

Craig Newitt guides Lankan Rupee (left) to victory in the T. J. Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Lankan Rupee confirmed his ranking as Australia's best sprinter with an all-the-way win in the group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Horse racing

Peggy Jean takes Sires' Produce for king of the babies Gerald Ryan

Peggy Jean

Matt Jones A year ago Gerald Ryan went to the yearling sales determined to buy a large batch of juveniles, fearing his team was lacking, and now he’s the leading trainer of two-year-olds in the country.

Horse racing

No Payne, no gain: Criterion holds off rivals to win Australian Derby

Hugh beauty: Hugh Bowman wins on Criterion.

Chris Roots David Payne has won South Africa’s biggest race, the Durban July, as a jockey and trainer but Criterion gave him an Australian Derby after outstaying his rivals in a slog at Randwick on Saturday.

Racing

Hugh Bowman scores Criterion ride in Australian Derby

Booked for Criterion: Proven performer Hugh Bowman will ride the favourite in the Australian Derby.

Chris Roots David Payne only confirmed Hugh Bowman as the rider for Australian Derby favourite Criterion earlier in the week but he was never concerned about finding a jockey.

David Hayes backs Zululand to give Fastnet Rock juvenile success at The Championships

Ready to produce: David Hayes hold high hopes for Zululand in the Sires' Produce Stakes.

Chris Roots David Hayes spotted Zululand as a yearling, just about everyone did, but he knew the son of Fastnet Rock was out of his league.

Racing

Gerald Ryan hopes Lucky Raquie and Klammer can help Black Opal get group status

David Polkinghorne Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan thinks Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) deserves to be a group 3 race and hopes his winner Lucky Raquie and third-placegetter Klammer can help return...

Racing

Lucky Raquie wins Black Opal Stakes

Glyn Schofield.

David Polkinghorne Jockey Glyn Schofield wins back-to-back Black Opal Stakes after guiding home Lucky Raquie.

Horseracing

Glyn Schofield caps off perfect weekend for family with Black Opal success

Glyn Schofield

David Polkinghorne Glyn Schofield is making a habit of winning the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes after he became the first jockey to win back-to-back Opals since Mick Dittman in 1989.

Horse racing

David Hayes aims Zululand at Sydney after Sires Produce win

Stephen Baster riding Zululand.

Michael Lynch Expensive yearling comes from off the pace to show he will excel at longer distances.

Black Opal Stakes 2014 at Thoroughbred Park Canberra

Join David Polkinghorne and Ben Westcott for all the racing, colour, fashion and excitement at Thoroughbred Park Canberra with the 2014 Black Opal Stakes.

Waterhouse aims at elite eight

Damien Oliver and trainer Gai Waterhouse pose during Australian Cup Day.

Chris Roots Gai Waterhouse has won 31 group 1 miles at Randwick but she is yet to win the Randwick Guineas

Racing

Trainer Gerald Ryan sets Lucky Raquie for Black Opal's cause

David Polkinghorne Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan thinks Canberra’s $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) deserves to be a group 3 race and hopes his winner Lucky Raquie and third-placegetter Klammer can help return...

The Mail

Nash Rawiller and Hugh Bowman bump on track and before stewards

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots Nash Rawiller and Hugh Bowman got in a bumping duel on the turn in the Todman Stakes on Wandjina and Risen From Doubt and it continued in the stewards room.

Sweet Idea triumphs over disappointing Guelph in Light Fingers Stakes

SPORT Sweet Idea ridden by Tommy Berry wins the %th race at Randwick on Saturday 22 February 2014. Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots Sweet Idea landed some good bets as she won Saturday's Light Fingers Stakes but even her jockey, Tommy Berry, was surprised when Guelph wasn't there to challenge.

Racing

David Payne-trained pair on song for Australian Guineas

David Payne

Chris Roots David Payne takes a couple of colts at different ends of the experience spectrum to Saturday's Australian Guineas at Flemington hoping they can prove themselves at the top level.

Racing

Trainer Chris Waller weighs options for Canberra's Super Sunday of racing

David Polkinghorne Chris Waller is considering a number of nominations for Canberra's Super Sunday.

Horse Racing

Lankan Rupee a cut above his rivals in Rubiton Stakes

Andrew Garvey A stud career for Lankan Rupee was once a strong possibility given a big race win.