Ballistic Boy to chase Bondi Stakes prize
Promising Ballistic Boy will skip a Brisbane race where he would have been favourite to run in the $1 million Bondi Stakes at Randwick.
Experience at The Valley and a step up to 1200m are factors jockey Damian Lane believes will help The Bostonian in the Group One Manikato Stakes.
Top Queensland sprinter Tarzan will skip the Melbourne spring carnival to concentrate on big prize money races at home in the summer.
Federal and state agriculture ministers will urgently discuss animal welfare after footage emerged of cruelty towards retired racehorses at an abattoir.
A top field of middle distance three-year-olds is expected to line up in the $1 million Bondi Stakes at Randwick.
The Geelong Classic is shaping as a pivotal race for the Victoria Derby hopes of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Long Jack.
Star jockey Damian Lane is confident Japanese mare Lys Gracieux is the right horse for the Cox Plate but is trying to keep a lid on expectations.
Golden Rose winner Bivouac is the short-priced favourite to become the first three-year-old since Sepoy to win the Group One Manikato Stakes.
True Self missed a start in the Caulfield Cup with connections banking on a Geelong Cup win to enhance her hopes of a start at Flemington.
A capacity field is set to run in the $5 million Cox Plate but dual placegetter Humidor will need a scratching to gain a start in the race.
Following a hiccup with a nostril bleed after a gallop at The Valley, Avilius is back on track for the Cox Plate, passing a compulsory gallop at Flemington.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club has used its discretion to elevate Te Akau Shark and Castelvecchio into the Cox Plate at the expense of Humidor and Mr Quickie.
New Zealander Te Akau Shark will have to contend with the outside barrier in the Cox Plate after being included in the final field.
Trainer Richard Litt believes Group One-winning colt Castelvecchio will be a big chance in the Cox Plate if he gets a start in the $5 million race.
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