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

Axe out to give Jack Bruce first stakes win in Weetwood

Jack Bruce has worked in huge stables where winning at stakes level is merely seen as another notch on the belt, but the rookie trainer has quickly found out how hard they are to win ahead of Saturday’s time-honored Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba. As a trusted assistant to the likes of Ciaron Maher and Bjorn … Read more

Far Too Easy over infection setback for Kosciuszko quest

Far Too Easy is proof you can’t keep a good horse down for long. The Murwillumbah-based gun dodged death earlier in the year when floodwaters swept through his stable and has this week overcame a bacterial infection which put threw out his blood profile. Earlier in the week, trainer David McColm had severe doubts over … Read more

Matt Hoysted, Steve O’Dea have ‘super day’ at Doomben and Flemington

The training duo of Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted came off a career-best season, boasting one of the best strike rates in the country, but it came with a caveat for season 2022-23 – expectations. After being plagued by placings instead of victories early in the new season, the duo put themselves well and truly … Read more

Bobbie Lewis: Shooting For Gold ‘born to run’ at melon farm

Shooting For Gold will grace the hallowed Flemington turf on Saturday in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis, but 2500km away in North Queensland, melon man Joe Rapisarda will be looking out over the paddocks where he raised the explosive Queensland sprinter. The 84-year-old is one of the country’s biggest melon farmers and employs upward of … Read more

Tony Sears laughs off jumpout demolition chatter about gun colt Steady Ready

Boom colt Steady Ready had his colors lowered as a hot favorite in his second start during the winter, but trainer Tony Sears says punters can expect a different horse this time around as he returns for a brief spring campaign at Doomben on Saturday. The Toowoomba-trained speedster turned heads on debut, winning by almost … Read more

Tegan Harrison rides treble at Doomben and seizes second chance on Greg Kilner galloper Swanston

The early chatter was about a $1.35 favorite going under, but by the end of the Doomben card it was a day to savor for Tegan Harrison as the former star apprentice turned back time. Harrison rode the fabulous treble of Saturday winners including scoring a memorable win on Swanston for trainer Greg Kilner, the … Read more

Larry Cassidy has been dieting to ride exciting Queensland galloper Go Wandji who steps up to Open company for the first time at Doomben Saturday.

Multiple Group 1 winning jockey Larry Cassidy has turned to a CSIRO diet so he can continue his fruitful association with one of Queensland’s most exciting horses. Cassidy has had a grand time on Toowoomba winning machine Go Wandji which he has ridden five times for six wins – and it should have been six … Read more

Brodie Loy ready to make Brisbane premiership charge after stint at fitness retreat

Brodie Loy has returned refreshed and rejuvenated from a funky fitness escape and laid down a marker for a Brisbane premiership charge with a Doomben double on Wednesday. The former NSW rider didn’t waste his time while suspended and ventured to a gym, health and recovery getaway in far northern NSW operated by ex-athletes including … Read more

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Miracle girl’ Leah Kilner’s incredible first interview

Leah Kilner thought she was in a dream when she rolled over in her hospital bed on the horses’ birthday and heard the words that would forever change her life for the better: “Good morning sunshine!” The seriously injured jockey has given News Corp an incredible first interview, on the same day she was able … Read more