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Octane Continues Form Surge Under Stokes

Trainer Phillip Stokes continued his successful rehabilitation of Octane who has finished strongly to win at his Melbourne return. Octane was the highest priced yearling sold in Victoria at $1.4 million but after six starts he had won one race and was sent to Stokes. Since then the half-brother to Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback[...]
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Stokes To Test Sansom In WFA Bletchingly

Trainer Phillip Stokes believes the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes presents a late-season opportunity to test Sansom with a view the future in the gelding’s final week as a three-year-old. Sansom is set to race on a seven-day back-up in Saturday’s 1200m weight-for-age race at Caulfield, the feature event at Melbourne’s final metropolitan meeting of the[...]
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Instant Celebrity On Thousand Guineas Path

Trainer Phillip Stokes has pencilled in a spring program towards the Group One Thousand Guineas for unbeaten Instant Celebrity after the filly’s impressive win in the Listed Oaklands Plate in Adelaide. Instant Celebrity sprinted quickly from back in the field to pass her rivals in the straight in Saturday’s Oaklands Plate (1400m) at Morphettville, winning[...]
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Consistent Sansom To Chase Caulfield Win

Trainer Phillip Stokes expects a slight step up in distance to suit stakes-placed sprinter Sansom when he runs second-up at Caulfield with added fitness on his side. Stokes has runners nominated in five of the nine Caulfield races on Saturday with Sansom aiming to go one better in the 1100m benchmark-84 handicap after finishing second[...]
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Betting Breach Earns Trainer’s Son A Fine

South Australia-based Tommy Stokes has been fined for placing bets on his father’s Victorian-trained horses to lose in a breach of betting rules. Stokes, the son of Pakenham-based trainer Phillip Stokes, was fined $1500 by Racing Victoria stewards after placing seven “lay-bets” on his father’s horses that raced in Victoria over a 2-1/2-year period. A[...]
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Stokes Chasing Third Australasian Oaks

Phillip Stokes will be watching from interstate when Selica strives to give the trainer his third win in the Group One Australasian Oaks at Morphettville. Stokes has long operated an Adelaide stable and won four-straight South Australian state trainers’ premierships. In the past 18 months he has opened a stable at Pakenham in Victoria which[...]
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Ancestry Chasing Fourth Consecutive Win

Connections of Ancestry are sticking with a winning combination despite the in-form three-year-old being lumped with a big weight for his attempt at a fourth consecutive victory. The Phillip Stokes-trained Ancestry has 61.5kg in Saturday’s Salute Frontline Workers Handicap (1200m) for three-year-olds at Sandown having won at Pakenham, The Valley and Caulfield at his past[...]
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Ancestry Brings Up Hat-Trick At Caulfield

Trainer Phillip Stokes will raise the bar with Ancestry after the gelding completed a hat-trick with an impressive win at Caulfield. Taking advantage of an inside draw and holding the fence, Ancestry won Saturday’s Selangor Turf Club Handicap (1100m) to go with victories at Pakenham and The Valley. Saturday’s win was Ancestry’s fourth from his[...]
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Mr Quickie Ready To Go In All-Star Mile

Queensland Derby winner Mr Quickie will be out to deliver on a long-range plan when he chases All-Star Mile glory first-up from a spell. Connections of the four-year-old gelding decided after his spring campaign to set him for Saturday’s $5 million 1600m race at Caulfield without a lead-up run. Trainer Phillip Stokes says everything has[...]
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