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Newcastle, Grafton previews: Edward Cummings is hungry for success and is eyeing off a Hunter double

Edward Cummings recently won his first Stakes race as an individual trainer but he’s not settling there. The Hawkesbury-based trainer is still deciding what to do with Adrian Knox Stakes winner Duais after her ripping run behind Hungry Heart when second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks last weekend. A Brisbane carnival tilt isn’t guaranteed though. “We haven’t made that decision yet. She has pulled up well and we’re going

Canterbury previews: Gerald Ryan has feature goals for stable stars while in-form pair are primed to win

Trainer Gerald Ryan is finalising race program plans for his classy carnival three-year-olds Peltzer and Ellsberg while trying to maintain the stable’s winning momentum with Tectonicus and Rammstein at the Canterbury Park midweek meeting on Wednesday. Peltzer is among entries for the final Group 1 race in Sydney this season, the $600,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday but Ryan is concerned the colt may miss a

Owner John Dance back in business with new set-up

Owner John Dance has bought Manor House Stud in Middleham and will install Sir Michael Stoute’s assistant James Horton as his private trainer. Dance announced last year he would be taking a step back from ownership having become frustrated with aspects of the sport, selling the majority of his horses. However, by his own admission his intention to have a quiet 2021 while he reevaluated his strategy has gone “slightly

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Steinem still on track for Australasian Oaks at Morphettville

RISING star Steinem is still on track for the Group 1 Australasian Oaks on May 1 despite missing a place in last Saturday’s Group 3 Auraria Stakes at Morphettville, says co-trainer David Eustace. Steinem was sent out as the raging $1.60 favourite on Saturday but the effort of having to circle the field from the outside barrier of 20 (16 with scratchings) proved too tough a hurdle for the filly.

Mighty Thunder records famous 'home win' in Scottish National at Ayr

Mighty Thunder provided Scottish trainer Lucinda Russell with victory in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr. Trained in Kinross by Russell and her partner Peter Scudamore, Mighty Thunder was an 8-1 chance for his latest National assignment after winning the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh and finishing second in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter on his last two starts. Rounding the home turn, it looked like Sandy Thomson could

Anamoe missing opens door for Champagne Stakes assault by Waterhouse-Bott

The absence of clear Champagne Stakes favourite Anamoe is likely to see Tulloch Lodge pull the trigger on the quick back up with Saturday’s winner Converge likely to get his chance in the Group 1 next weekend. Sires’ Produce Stakes victor Anamoe was the $1.50 favourite to make it back-to-back Group 1s this autumn until Godolphin informed Racing NSW Stewards on Saturday the colt would be sent to the paddock.

Queensland crushes NSW to win Sheffield Shield final

Queensland has destroyed NSW to claim an emphatic victory in the Sheffield Shield final. The Bulls ripped through the NSW tail order on Sunday to have the Shield wrapped up just after 11.20am on the final day. The Bulls’ win is Queensland’s ninth Shield crown and the state’s second since 2018. There was never any doubt about the result after the first two days of play. It was the perfect

Alcohol Free tests Classic credentials at Newbury

Alcohol Free puts her Classic credentials on the line as she returns in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury. Andrew Balding’s charge won the Cheveley Park Stakes on her final juvenile outing, giving her owner Jeff Smith a first Group One win since Arabian Queen sprang a 50-1 shock in the 2015 Juddmonte International. David Bowe is general manager of Smith’s Littleton Stud, and the team there are excited

Baylee Nothdurft was back into the winner’s stall at Eagle Farm on Saturday

It was Baylee Nothdurft’s 310th career winner but easily one of his most satisfying as the young riding gun returned triumphant to Saturday city racing at Eagle Farm. The 22-year-old was Brisbane’s champion rider last season but his world crashed last November when he ended up in hospital with dehydration as he struggled with his ballooning weight. Nothdurft was the go-to man for top Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan but the

England spinner channels Shane Warne

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before — a blonde-haired leggie baffles a hapless English batter with a miracle delivery at Old Trafford. But on this occasion, Shane Warne wasn’t the magician with the Duke ball in hand. England has unearthed their own King of Spin, with Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson channelling the Aussie cricket icon to produce his rendition of the “Ball of the Century” in the County Championship