The Canterbury quarantine centre will turn Godolphin blue for The Championships as Charlie Appleby will be the only international raider this year.
Spring Racing Carnival 2012
Victoria's racing eyes may be firmly set on Caulfield for a huge afternoon of Group 1 action on Blue Diamond Day this Saturday, but trainers, owners and breeders will cast their gaze north to Oaklands Junction 24 hours later when sales house Inglis hopes to auction the first ever $1 million yearling sold in Melbourne.
It wasn't the best weekend for top Sydney-based jockey Hugh Bowman, the man known Australia-wide as the regular partner of racing's glamour girl, Winx.
She Will Reign is exciting but is still yet to match the figures of Magic Millions winner Houtzen according to times expert Vince Accardi, even after her stunning win in the Silver Slipper on Saturday.
Trainer David Aiken believes Lennytheshark has become his best chance in Saturday's Miracle Mile at Menangle after drawing gate six.
Premiership-leading jockey Brenton Avdulla admits Hartnell will become the best horse he has ridden in the Saturday's Chipping Norton Stakes – but he knows there is definitely one better in the group 1.
Battered, bruised, but not bloody and certainly not bowed.
While most in racing knew that David Hayes would have at least a third of the field for Saturday's $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, what they didn't know was if the trainer had chosen to start all of his qualified two-year-olds, the number would have swollen to a near monopoly for the stable.
The Lightning Ridge Plate will headline Canberra racing on Sunday with a potential $80,000 up for grabs.
Veteran Sydney sprinter Terravista scorched home to get up in the last stride under just returned jockey Corey Brown to give Warwick farm based trainer Joe Pride another Group One winner in an incident packed Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
In racing it's all about the timing.
Anthony Cummings always thought the Hobartville Stakes would be the hard one for Man From Uncle to win. Winning it at Rosehill on Saturday opened questions what will be his aim target for the autumn but he will get better.
She Will Reign's recovery from a costly split-second lapse has propelled her to Golden Slipper favouritism.
Offer any owner and trainer such a galloper, particularly a three-year-old with plenty of upside, and they would bite your hand off.
It was always the intention to target La La Loopsy at the Country Championship even when she was trained by Leanne Aspros last season.