Robert Hickmott’s tenure as head trainer for Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge ended with a Group 2 quinella on Saturday as Irish import The Taj Mahal outgunned 2016 Melbourne Cup hero Almandin in the Zipping Classic (2400m) at Ladbrokes Park.
Roger James is praying for a truly run Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on Saturday for his charge Von Tunzelman.
Trainer Darryl Hansen is hoping Monsieur Gustave can continue his good first-up form when he returns to racing in the Listed Keith Noud Quality at Doomben on Saturday.
Mark Zahra has been doing his best to forget the Tristarc Stakes ever happened, but he is happy to refer to it ahead of Saturday’s Summoned Stakes at Sandown.
Rising Central District’s trainer Clint Lundholm has two strong contenders at Monday’s Wellington TAB meeting, but is keeping his options open with exciting Royal Randwick TAB Highway winner Larlabrook.
A half-sister to last year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie debuts at Ladbrokes Park this Zipping Classic Day with the John Moloney-trained filly Pure engaged in the Listed $120,000 Thoroughbred Club Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m).