Eales Racing's Shocking coasted to a three-quarters length victory over European invader Crime Scene to win the 149th running of the $5,500,000 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria Nov. 2.
Apache Cat absolutely trounced his rivals in the May 24 Doomben 10,000 (Aus-I). He won by nearly five lengths, easing down over the last half furlong and creating Australian racing history by being the first horse in over 50 years to have won five group I races in succession.
The people's champion of Australian racing, the colorfully marked Apache Cat (Lion Cavern--Tennessee Blaze) was given a stirring test at his first run at Queensland, but came out of it the winner he is--chalking up in the process his fourth straight group I victory.
Apache Cat takes the group I T.J. Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick over fellow group-I winners Takeover Target and Magnus, thus stamping his ticket to England's Royal Ascot in May.
Day one of Australia's Spring Carnival kicked off Oct. 6 at Flemington racecourse with the Turnbull Stakes (AUS-I), a 10-furlong affair that always holds the key to many of the carnival's largest races. It had a cracking field, taken in fine fashion by Devil Moon, a 4-year-old filly.
Anamato and Universal Queen, in the shadows of the leading Australian fillies Miss Andretti and Miss Finland all season, broke through with group I wins at Morphettville on April 21.
Dizelle was the toast of Randwick and of the night session of the Australian Easter sale at nearby Newmarket after her incredible finish to win the 93rd Australian Oaks (Aust-I) March 30.
Eremein's Australian Derby (Aust-I) victory confirmed he is indeed "the one" for his sire--as in even less than successful stallions can "get one good, even a great one."
Belong To Me colt Binding confirmed his potential with a stunning last-to-first success in the Sandown Guineas (Aust-II) Nov 13.
As if to punctuate Danehill's first English Derby (Eng-I) win with North Light almost a week earlier, his first generation son Danewin gained his second Queensland Derby (Aust-I) success on June 12.
The Australian Associated Press reported that The Thoroughbred Racing Board (TRB) has barred a group of well-known Sydney jockeys from dispensing any information about upcoming mounts on a website.
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