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La Vernazza out for spring

Promising filly La Vernazza will head to the spelling paddock after pulling up injured last week. The Brendan and Jo Lindsay-owned filly had joined trainer Jamie Richards’ Sydney team ahead of the spring, however, she will now be put on ice until next year. “She injured her hamstring somehow. We will just take it easy[...]
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Hastings targets for Jennifer Eccles

Shaune Ritchie has resisted the temptation to campaign last season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Jennifer Eccles in Sydney, despite receiving a travel exemption to do so. Ritchie, who trains in partnership with Colm Murray at Cambridge, has elected to target Group One assignments at the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival instead. “We have[...]
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Melody Belle forward for Missile return

Matamata trainer Jamie Richards is comfortable with star mare Melody Belle carrying the favourite tag into Saturday’s Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill. Commands six-year-old Melody Belle has won three of her seven previous first-up starts though was fourth in last year’s Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa and fourth in the[...]
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Melody Belle On Song For Missile Stakes

Melody Belle’s trainer Jamie Richards is fast becoming an expert on WhatsApp as he prepares Te Akau Racing’s star gallopers remotely from New Zealand. The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Richards from travelling to Sydney but he is grateful for the foresight of owner David Ellis, who left Melody Belle and Probabeel in Australia after the[...]
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Big spring tipped for Brandenburg

Sydney trainer John Sargent is over the moon with the way Group 1 performer Brandenburg has returned to his Randwick barn and he is now eyeing some lofty spring targets with the son of Burgundy. Brandenburg had a quality three-year-old season, placing twice at Group level in spring before winning the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes[...]
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