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will head to Satur­day’s Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) if he pulls up well from his barn­storm­ing Spring­time Stakes win.

pre­dicted a big fu­ture for the three-yearold son of af­ter over­com­ing a seem­ingly hope­less po­si­tion with an elec­tri­fy­ing late burst to win by half a length from

with third po­si­tion.

“That was some sort of win,” Weir said. “He has got it all ahead of him, this horse. He has the pedi­gree and the type to back it up. If he can win a good race, I am tip­ping he will be a pop­u­lar horse.”

An­other of Weir’s win­ners on the day, will be aimed at the Bal­larat Cup later this month af­ter win­ning the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion Plate. But stable­mate

who en­dured a luck­less run in the same race, could head to the pad­dock. in RE­PAY­ING the faith of ve­teri­nary staff, and se­nior owner ended a re­mark­able drought with a brave win in the Mel­bourne’s Own 3AW Tro­phy.

Win­less for 678 days and need­ing to be patched up for in­juries in­clud­ing bro­ken ribs, the for­mer bar­rier rogue posted his first win since De­cem­ber 31, 2016. Ca­joled to the line by

Loy­alty Man had only a head to spare from with third.

YOU can un­der­stand why some of the part-own­ers of

kept their com­po­sure un­til the Group 2 Ma­tri­arch Stakes was well and truly won.

For sev­eral of those in the horse were among the own­er­ship group of who was seem­ingly home and hosed on Oaks Day be­fore be­ing run down late.

On that oc­ca­sion, some of the group went the early crow (and un­der­stand­ably so), only to have the dis­ap­point­ment of see­ing run Ju­ni­pal down.

This time there was no cel­e­bra­tions un­til Kenedna had scored a long neck win, but they made up for it with their post-race roars.

A NEW book, Power and Pas­sion of Punt­ing Pals, has been re­leased to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the Thor­ough­bred Club.

Writ­ten by for­mer Her­ald Sun jour­nal­ist the com­mem­o­ra­tive book doc­u­ments the his­tory of the club through the eyes of its amaz­ing cast of movers and shak­ers.

The Thor­ough­bred Club’s mem­bers over the years have been own­ers, breed­ers, train­ers and jock­eys, ad­min­is­tra­tors, stew­ards, me­dia and even priests.

Club mem­bers have won four Mel­bourne Cups in the past six years and shared in 11 Caulfield Cup wins in 50 years. Nine months af­ter out­rid­ing his claim, has snared his first in­ter­na­tional Group 2 af­ter part­ner­ing ex­pa­tri­ate Aus­tralian

in Sin­ga­pore. Thomp­son, 19, claimed the Group 2 EW Barker Tro­phy (1400m) with at Kranji, deny­ing one of his idols

on also pre­pared by Brown.

Thomp­son, watched trackside by his fa­ther Ja­son, was elated. “I’m pinch­ing my­self,” he said.

“I’m also glad my dad is here as it’s so rare for him to get away. Big thanks to my mum, my sis­ter and of course my part­ner, Steph (Thorn­ton) … I just came out of my ap­pren­tice­ship, it’s been a whirl­wind jour­ney.”


Huge per­for­mance to just miss out in the sec­ond race. Only horse in the race to break 34 sec­onds in the last 600m. Such a con­sis­tent horse. Al­ways gives it his all. That’s the real Lu­val­uva. Big ef­fort.


The thumps Lame fore­leg

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