Michael Nolan doesn’t believe in Pat O’Shea Plate curse

There is a school of thought from some trainers that winning Saturday’s Pat O’Shea Plate at Toowoomba is more of a curse than a blessing, but Michael Nolan isn’t one of them – for good reason too. The Toowoomba veteran is a three-time winner of what is the first two-year-old race of the season and … Read more

Ex-Hong Kong galloper Joyful Fortune nears Australian debut after beating Eduardo in trial

It’s a rare event for gun sprinter Eduardo to be beaten in a barrier trial but that’s exactly what happened last Friday. The defeat was just the third team Eduardo has been beaten in 16 barrier trials he’s contested during his career. The star sprinter was edged out by a new addition to the Mark … Read more

Burgunder among Tulloch Lodge’s carnival hopefuls at Rosehill trials on Friday

Trainer Adrian Bott believes promising three-year-old colt Burgunder can emerge as a genuine big-race contender during the spring carnival. “Burgunder, I feel, is a very nice horse,” Bott said. “He might be another preparation away but he has a lot of ability. “I thought he trialled very well the other day at Gosford and is … Read more

James McDonald is back holidays and dives in with busy morning at trials

After a well-earned holiday following his Royal Ascot win aboard Nature Strip, James McDonald is back with a big book of rides at the Warwick Farm trials. Champion jockey James McDonald isn’t exactly easing his way back into the saddle with a busy morning at the Warwick Farm barrier trials on Friday. McDonald, who hasn’t … Read more

Kerry O’Keefe talks about his passion for racing, Test cricket and Shane Warne

Bargain basement buy Gallant Star striving to win again as part-owner and former Test cricketer Kerry O’Keefe scores his Randwick return. The racing colors are striking – black with hot pink epaulettes and a prominent large skull. Kerry O’Keefe, the former Australian Test cricketer and part-owner of Gallant Star, designed the colors and was so … Read more