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May 26, 2018: Racing Victoria Limited: Unlucky run won't dent Derby plan


Talented three-year-old Lucky For All is likely to take his place in next month's Queensland Derby (2200m) despite a shock defeat as $1.40 favourite over 2100m at Ladbrokes Park on Saturday.

Jockey Ethan Brown struggled to find clear running in the final 400m of the race on the son of Tavistock, who went to the line largely untested, four lengths adrift of surprise winner Mazzuro ($41).

Managing owner Brad Spicer was optimistic after the race and said that Lucky For All would press on to the $600,000 feature at Doomben on June 9, provided trainer Darren Weir was satisfied with his recovery over the next 48 hours.

"It was quite painful watching that, it got very competitive out there and Ethan just got caught up in traffic," Spicer said.

"He got ridden against today and everywhere he went in the straight he just couldn't get a run.

"We'll just keep looking forward to the Derby hopefully, hopefully we can get him on the plane up to Queensland.

"Darren (Weir) said he'll see how he pulls up over the next couple of days but I'd say he would (head to Queensland)."

While connections of Lucky For All were left to wonder what might have been, Kiwi trainer Paul Richards was celebrating a metropolitan win with his only horse in work.

Mazzuro has won two of his three starts in Victoria since arriving from New Zealand and Richards is predicting a bright future for the progressive son of Rip Van Winkle.

"He's just got better as he's gone along and he's developing into a lovely staying horse," Richards said.

"I've always had an opinion of him, I bought him off his trials but we were never going to see the best of him until he got over a mile-and-a-quarter and a beyond."

WATCH: Mazzuro's win

Provided Lucky For All travels to Brisbane in the coming fortnight, Weir will almost certainly take a two-pronged attack into the Derby after the impressive win of Heavenly Thought in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Having chased home Lucky For All earlier in the campaign when the pair met at Warrnambool, the son of So You Think has now won two-consecutive races and was wound into as short as $7.50 in the Derby after his latest success over Han Xin ($26) and odds-on favourite Dark Dream ($1.75).

Fellow Victorian three-year-old Mahamadeis caught the eye late in the race running into fifth, less than three lengths adrift of the winner, and also looks set to progress to the Derby.

CrownBet installed the John O'Shea-trained Live And Free as the new $4.20 Queensland Derby favourite after an impressive Rosehill win on Saturday, with Lucky For All ($4.80), Dark Dream ($5.50) and Heavenly Thought ($7.50) next in betting.






Racing Victoria Limited operates as a thoroughbred racing club in Victoria. The company develops, encourages, promotes, and manages the conduct of the racing of thoroughbred horses. It also provides services to patrons, punters, and other customers; and entertainment to audience. Racing Victoria Limited was incorporated in 2001 and is based in Flemington, Australia.


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May 20: Racing Victoria Limited: Patch Adams wins Casterton Cup

Patch Adams ($26) flourished with a drop in class on Sunday, with jockey Christine Puls riding the five-year-old gelding home late to win the Casterton FoodWorks Cup (2000m).

Having had his past two starts at Caulfield, including a huge run in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Heath when beaten less than two lengths by Self Sense on April 21, Patch Adams was primed to perform at Casterton - and had the fitness edge on his rivals on Sunday.

That means the Casterton silverware is headed to the Stawell stable of Terry and Karina O'Sullivan, as they narrowly got the result in a blanket finish from Brigadier (Wayne Walters) and Tiamo Grace (Darren Weir) in the $30,000 feature.

Last year's Cup winner Woolsthorpe Store, locally owned by Col McKenna and trained by Michael O'leary out of Mount Gambier, had to loop the field and was running on strongly late for a close fourth.

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May 19: Racing Victoria Limited: Moor wins on Singapore debut

In a debut night of fluctuating fortunes, Australian jockey Daniel Moor's Singapore stint finally got off to a flying start with a winner at his first ride on Friday night.

Moor began his six-month stint in Singapore with a Class 3 win aboard Mr. Clint for Australian Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman, but the win only came after a less than desirable start a few races earlier when his planned debut ride My Big Boss flipped over and had to be scratched from the Nursery Stakes.

But luck was on Moor's side as he emerged unscathed to take the ride on Mr. Clint after fellow Australian rider Vlad Duric failed to make his weight of 54.5kg.

Moor has ridden Mr. Clint once before when on a flying visit to Singapore on New Year's Day and so was ready for the horse to be slow from the gates.

"He began a bit slow. He's shown a tendency to do that of late," Moor told the Singapore Turf Club website.

"I wanted to be in midfield but I had to switch to Plan B. There was good speed on and he was strong to the line."

Mr. Clint goes to the Singapore Guineas next week but will be ridden by Hong Kong-based Australian rider Zac Purton while Moor has been booked on Eagle Eye for Ricardo Le Grange and Freedman's other two runners, Mr. Dujardin and Super Dynasty, will be partnered by Duric and Craig Grylls respectively.

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May 14: Racing Victoria Limited: Relatives of Cup winners shine

It might have been a case of humble beginnings for both late season three-year-olds, but the racing careers of close relations to Makybe Diva and Prince Of Penzance were successfully launched in separate country towns across Victoria on Monday.

At 9am, three-year-old filly Divanation proved she was ready to finally make it to the races for her debut when the daughter of three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva thrashed her rivals by three lengths in a 1450-metre trial at Tatura.

Divanation has a fascinating mix of bloodlines. Not only does she boast a mother that is considered one of the greatest stayers ever to race in Australia, her sire All Too Hard is a half-brother to the greatest sprinter Australia has seen in the unbeaten Black Caviar.

Divanation was purchased by trainer Tony McEvoy for $300,000 and is now raced by a group that include former owners of Black Caviar in Neil Werrett, Colin and Jannene Madden as well as her sister Pam Hawkes.

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May 04: Racing Victoria Limited: Agresta claims top Godolphin Award

More than half a century of devotion to the racing industry was recognised at Morphettville on Friday night when Joe Agresta was awarded the coveted Thoroughbred Excellence Award at the fourth annual Godolphin Australia Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

A legendary exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings, Agresta is credited with assisting in the preparation of Melbourne Cup winners including Kingston Rule, Let's Elope, Saintly, Rogan Josh and Viewed.

More recently, he's become a vital team member of Malua Racing's Flemington stables where, among other tasks, he works passionately to impart his wealth of knowledge on young horses and emerging staff.

Agresta, who was presented with the Dedication to Racing Award earlier in the night before receiving the top honour, said it had been one of his life ambitions to see the unsung heroes of Australian racing afforded the recognition provided by Godolphin's Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

Other Award winners included Coolmore Stud's Patrick Sheehan (Dedication to Breeding), Darren Weir Racing's Lee Purchase (Care & Welfare), Newgate Farm's Peter Keating (Leadership), Widden Stud's Hannah Dick (Administration and Ancillary Services) and Godolphin's Scott Eales (Horsemanship).

All award winners collected $10,000 prizemoney, with $1000 going to the runner-up in each category.

The inaugural Newcomer Award was given to 20-year-old Victorian track rider Meg Stanley who, as well as collecting $5000 prizemoney, will travel to Dubai for further education and mentoring with Godolphin.

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May 02: Racing Victoria Limited: Thief wins Wangoom for Weir

The Warrnambool May Racing Carnival script of well-backed Darren Weir winners continued in the Listed Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap, the champion trainer pulling off a quinella no less as Handsome Thief swept late to hold out Stellar Collision in a blanket finish.

And the Weir camp went on to bank a fourth winner on Day 2 with Lucky For All, taking their Carnival tally to eight from 20 as they chase their own record of 14 set last year.

The Wangoom win was Weir's 350th winner of the season Australia-wide, and the victory of Lucky For All took his 'Bool Carnival career number of wins to 69. Source: Company Website

May 02: Racing Victoria Limited: Diva's son Surrey wins on debut

The lamentable breeding career of former champion stayer Makybe Diva could be finally set to turn following the impressive debut win of her five-year-old son Surrey at Matamata in New Zealand on Wednesday.

The High Chaparral gelding, which was formerly owned in Australia by Lloyd Williams, became the first of Makybe Diva's six named foals to win on debut and looks set to become the best performed after a belated beginning to racing.

Starting at just $3.70 after a trial win by four-and-a-half lengths just a week earlier, Surrey came from midfield and ran clear for a dominant 2.3-length win for apprentice rider Ryan Elliot.

Surrey was one of several former Macedon Lodge horses such as Sydney Cup winner Galante to be sold to Williams' former trainer Graeme Rogerson last month, and Rogerson was bullish in his assessment post-race.

"I've never had a maiden as good as him," Rogerson said. "He'll probably have two more runs this time and then we'll see what happens.

"Lloyd had him ready two or three times before he backed off and then said to me you'd better take this horse.

"He might be back over there for the first Tuesday in November - I think he's that good."

"He had big boots to fill and he did that today," Elliot added.

"He jumped out nicely and I was trapped three wide so I just cuddled him up until the 300-metre mark. He struggled in the ground and did it all on ability, he's going to go a long way."

As the only three-time Melbourne Cup winner, Makybe Diva will always be regarded as one of the country's greatest-ever stayers, but the mare has been an almighty flop as a breeder to date.

Her best-performed foals have been her first son Rockstardom, who cost $1.5 million as a yearling and was sold off for $17,000 after two minor race wins.

Those wins are matched by possibly Makybe Diva's most talked-about son, Taqneen, who has been getting consistently thrashed on the picnic circuit and after 35 starts has managed just $14,270 in stakes.

April 29: Racing Victoria Limited: Beauty Generation wins HK Champions Mile

The John Moore-trained Beauty Generation was too strong out in front under Zac Purton, winning the HK$18million Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday.

It had been a somewhat frustrating start to the day for the title-chasing Purton as he kicked it off with three seconds and one third from his first four rides, but in the first of the three Group 1s, Purton did what he did best out in front.

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April 28: Racing Victoria Limited: Leicester wins Chairman's Stakes

Darren Weir's bid for a third consecutive South Australian Derby crown looks on song, after the tough win of Leicester in the Group 3 AAMI Chairman's Stakes (2035m) on Saturday.

In an all Victorian-trained trifecta, Leicester - for Damian Lane who rode a double on the day - held out the fast-finishing High 'N' Dry, for the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable, who was being ridden by Andrew Mallyon. Weir ended up finishing one-three in the race, with roughie Amerock running on for third a further two lengths back under Harry Coffey's riding.

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February 09: Racing Victoria Limited: Baker celebrates Hall of Fame in G1 style

It's been a memorable 24 hours in the decorated racing career of Cambridge horseman Murray Baker.

On Friday evening, he was inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame and he celebrated his inclusion in style on Saturday afternoon when he produced Lizzie L'amour for a dazzling victory in the Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

"She's flying at the moment and she won that pretty easily," said Baker, who trains with Andrew Forsman. "She's been right in form ever since she came back from Australia, things just didn't work out for her there."

Lizzie L'Amour failed to fire in four spring appearances in Melbourne, but she's turned it around at home with a first-up win in the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) before runner-up finishes in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) and the Group 2 Westbury Classic (1400m).

The Zabeel mare raced close to the pace at Te Rapa before rider Matt Cameron allowed her to amble closer three wide across the top. They took control 250m from home and drew clear effortlessly to beat Windflower as the winner's stablemate Nicoletta took third.

"She has a nomination for the Auckland Cup, but I think she'll go to the Bonecrusher instead," Baker said.

"We'll put in a nomination for the Queen Elizabeth in Sydney and see how long she holds up - she's certainly in great touch at the moment."

Nicoletta made the running and she fought on gallantly in the run home.

"It was a terrific run from a stud point of view," Baker said. "She's a Group Three winner and Group One placed, she's probably done enough."

Lizzie L'Amour has now won seven of her 19 starts and she has been ridden in both of her Group One victories - her first was in the New Zealand Stakes (2000m) - by Cameron.

"She's a star and she's got better as she's got older," he said.

February 09: Racing Victoria Limited: Weir wins Derby, backs up at Valley

Darren Weir enjoyed a stellar six or seven-minute patch early on Friday night, preparing winners either side of Bass Strait.

Australia's leading horseman snared the Tasmanian Derby that most expected him to win when Civil Disobedience justified his $1.40 quote with an effortless win in the 2200-metre event with John Allen aboard.

Just for good measure, Weir also provided the runner-up with Wolfendale the best of the chasing division, finishing 2.75 lengths behind his stablemate.

Shortly after Civil Disobedience won, a weir-trained galloper also made it into the winner's stall at Moonee Valley with Peruggia taking out the $40,000 Quest Moonee Valley Handicap that was the second race of the night.

The three-year-old son of Strategic made full use of barrier one, wearing down Valiant Spirit to score victory with Brad Rawiller in the saddle. Peruggia's win was the first leg of a winning double for Weir, who rounded out the night a winner thanks to Avanti Rose, who won the Slade Bloodstock Handicap (1000m) with Ethan Brown in the saddle.

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