Author: Ben Triandafillou

HORSE RACING SHANE Nichols didn’t leave wondering ‘what could’ve been’ after forking out $800,000 to purchase the first foal out of his Group 1 winning mare I Am A Star. Nichols, who trained the mother to 10 victories, including 9 at Group class level, paid up for the Deep Field colt (lot 125) at Tuesday’s opening session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The Mornington-based trainer said he expected a large price tag on the bold chestnut colt but was thrilled to see some similar characteristics to his brilliant mare I Am A Star. “He’s a pretty nice…

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HORSE RACING SMALL but speedy mare Florescent Star secured Mornington-based trainers Amy and Ash Yargi with their first metropolitan winner for the season. After having a luckless run first-up at Moonee Valley, Florescent Star bounced straight back into the winner’s stall on Saturday when winning at her first look down the Flemington straight (1100m). The gutsy mare sat in behind the speed before gradually building momentum and striking the lead in the final 200m. Despite being short in stature, she showed plenty of fight to hold off the fast-finishing Grahame Begg-trained Vespertine with Anthony and Sam Freedman’s Award Winner finishing…

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HORSE RACING Jamie Kah is back in the saddle and quickly claiming feature races again with a comfortable win in the Pakenham Cup (2500m) on Saturday. Last season’s champion rider had been off the scene since August following her three-month ban for breaking COVID protocols but didn’t take long to return to doing what she does best – riding winners. Kah, who often rides trackwork at Mornington, made her race riding return at Mornington on the Friday before heading to The Valley that night. While a win evaded her at both tracks, she quickly bounced back to claim the $300,000…

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HORSE RACING MORNINGTON-based jockey Will Gordon claimed the biggest win of his career in Sunday’s Jericho Cup (4600m) at Warrnambool but was quick to modestly deflect any of the credit. Gordon sat on the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained stayer Wil John for the first time in Australia’s longest flat race and perfectly timed his ride to win the contest by a length. Despite the well-executed winning ride, Gordon immediately stated that “its not about me today”. “It’s about the horse, the team and the legacy of the race,” he said post-race. “It’s just an honour to win the Jericho…

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HORSE RACING MATT Laurie has produced yet another winner from the offspring of talented broodmare Glowing Tribute. Having already found success with 10-time winner Master Reset (by Reset) and four-time winner La Bella Costa (by Von Costa de Hero), Laurie saddled up their half-brother That Contageous (by Lonhro) at Mornington last Thursday 18 November. After finishing behind Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Artorius on debut, the strapping son of Lonhro made a winning return to the racetrack after spending almost 10 months off the scene. That Contageous, who stands at approximately 17.3hh and required a barrier extension to compete,…

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