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Owners Reject Offer For Melody Belle

The owners of champion New Zealand mare Melody Belle have knocked back a multi-million offer from Australia for her as a broodmare. “The offer amount was NZ$3.25 million,” Fortuna Syndications director John Galvin said. Galvin put the offer to the syndicate members but it was unanimously declined. “Clearly this was a very significant offer for[...]
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Jackson Murphy To Return At Ipswich

Apprentice Jackson Murphy will return to race riding at Ipswich after a frustrating three months on the sidelines. Murphy has not ridden since a fall at Doomben on December 29 when he injured a wrist. The injury was originally thought to be relatively minor but has taken longer than expected to mend. During his lay-off[...]
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Nick Souquet Suspended For Nine Weeks

Jockey Nick Souquet has been suspended for nine weeks for betting on thoroughbred races. Racing Victoria stewards charged Souquet with making, or having an interest in, 10 bets on thoroughbred races on November 10 last year, with those bets totalling $125. Souquet pleaded guilty to the charge, with the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board handing[...]
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Godolphin Nominates Flit For Champagne

The Godolphin operation has a perfect record in this season's Group One races for juveniles and will rely on Flit to keep the run going in the Champagne Stakes. Godolphin-owned two-year-olds have won the Blue Diamond Stakes (Lyre), Golden Slipper (Kiamichi) and ATC Sires' Produce Stakes (Microphone) this season, with Saturday's Champagne Stakes (1600m) at[...]
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Jumps Jockey Small Undergoes Surgery

Jumps jockey Braidon Small has undergone surgery for a head injury following a race fall at Pakenham and is recovering in a Melbourne hospital. Small fell from Startierra in a hurdle race on Sunday and initially appeared to escape injury and went home. Later that night he felt unwell and was transported from Warrnambool to[...]
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