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  1. The Jockey Club couldn’t have scripted it better – the rising star Golden Sixty beating home the old bull Beauty Generation but both camps being able to walk away feeling good about themselves.It’s the perfect set-up for the features to come.Hong Kong racing needs a new headline horse – one it can proudly beat its chest about on the global stage – and Sunday’s race confirmed Golden Sixty is it.There is scepticism about the overall strength of last season’s four-year-old class, but there is no… View the full article
  2. Group racing continues at Sha Tin on Thursday and while Ricky Yiu Poon-fai will be attempting to pinch another feature with one of his most honest gallopers, it is the lightly raced Mighty Giant that he has the highest hopes for.Mighty Giant shoots for four wins on the trot in the Class Two Beijing Handicap (1,400m), stepping out for the first time this season after a blistering debut campaign that netted four wins and two seconds from seven starts.“He had a long break and we have been… View the full article
  3. Champion jockey Damien Oliver has secured the prime ride on rising star Mo’unga (NZ) (Savabeel) for the Caulfield Guineas. The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old has established himself as one of Australia’s most exciting horses following eye-catching wins at Newcastle and Rosehill this preparation. The son of Savabeel, owned by Aquis, booked his ticket to the Guineas with an impressive win in the Listed Dulcify Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill earlier this month. He moved into $6.50 for the Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on the back of that performance. Oliver, who notched his 120th Group One
  4. Peter and Dawn Williams are looking to their promising filly Helsinki (NZ) (Savabeel) to spearhead their hopes of a trip to their old stomping ground for the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton in November. Helsinki, a runner-up in two of her three starts and an unlucky eighth in the Listed Karaka Million 2YO (1200m), holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Barneswood Farm 48th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) on November 14 and will be out to press her case for a trip south when she starts at Avondale next week. “She’s a nice filly and she’s coming up really well,” Peter Williams said. “She’ll run
  5. Quality mare Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) has pleased her trainers Shaune Ritchie and Colm Murray ahead of Saturday’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings. The popular galloper has never finished worse than fourth in her 12 career starts and caught the eye when finishing into that placing in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) when resuming. Installed a $7 fourth favourite for the Windsor Park Plate behind Avantage (Fastnet Rock), Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) and Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux), Jennifer Eccles will once again be partnered by jockey Matt Cameron, who was a last-mi
  6. Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Belardo has a new Group winner to his credit with Elysium winning the Gr.3 Weld Park Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh on Sunday. A maiden winner in June, Elysium showed a good turn of foot to beat Aunty Bridy by a length and a half. The win continues a strong run of results from Belardo’s first northern hemisphere crop, with smart filly Isabella Giles leading the charge with her Group Two victory at Newmarket last week. Based at Kildangan Stud in the Northern Hemisphere, Belardo, the European champion two-year-old, began shuttle duties at Haunui Farm in 2017 and is
  7. Claimed out of his last three starts on turf, 5-year-old gelding Cupid's Claws tried dirt for the first time Sept. 27 as he waltzed to a 7 1/4-length win in the marathon $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (G3) at Santa Anita Park. View the full article
  8. Into August, Godolphin's operation and trainer Brad Cox had considered running Shared Sense in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). When they opted out, the $200,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park was chosen as the next stop. View the full article
  9. Sam Sherman and John Middleton's Huntsinger became the first black-type winner for Spendthrift Farm stallion Cinco Charlie Sept. 27 when he took the $60,000 Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park. View the full article
  10. Gary Barber, Tom Kagele, and Madaket Stables' C Z Rocket fought off Flagstaff to cinch his fifth consecutive victory in the $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (G2) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park. View the full article
  11. The four-filly field of the $196,000 Zenyatta Stakes (G2) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park made up in talent what it lacked in numbers. View the full article
  12. Kelly Breen, who capped the season with a pair of stakes wins on the closing-day card, was the leading trainer at the Monmouth Park meet which concluded Sunday. It was Breen’s third training title at the New Jersey oval, but his first in 14 years. “It means a lot,” said Breen. “To think back to when I last won the title 14 years ago to today, I lost both of my parents over that time and today would have been my mom’s birthday. So it’s special. I felt like I had a little angel on my shoulder this meet. This is a prestigious meet. Monmouth Park is a high-end track and to be the leading trainer
  13. New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale graduate Golden Sixty (Medaglia D’Oro) kicked off his five-year-old campaign where he left off last season with an effortless victory in the Gr.3 Celebration Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin. Golden Sixty took the first step on his path toward the 2020 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races at the same time thwarting Beauty Generation’s(NZ) (Road To Rock) tilt at a fourth straight triumph in the race. With his devastating turn-of-foot on display once again, the newly turned five-year-old made it eight wins in a row, following on from his Four-Year-Old Classic S
  14. Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tenfold will aim to repeat his success in the $250,000 Pimlico Special Stakes (G3) Oct. 2 at Pimlico Race Course. He has shown good form over the track, also finishing third in the 2018 Preakness Stakes (G1). View the full article
  15. It was business as usual for Bob Baffert Sept. 27 after he savored the previous day's victories at Santa Anita Park by Improbable in the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) and the undefeated juvenile filly Princess Noor in the Chandelier Stakes (G2). View the full article
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