Horse Racing

Hugh Bowman has admitted he’s done little training for a charity walk along the Kokoda Track, while stuck in a tight battle to be crowned Sydney’s best jockey.

Beau Mertens and Craig Williams each have rides on two early favourites at Sandown as they chase Melbourne premiership honours.

An independent report into the controversial Eagle Farm track surface has been delayed by a week.

Triple Group One winner Le Romain has shown his readiness for his return to racing with a barrier trial win at Newcastle.

Frankie Dettori is set to sit out the action this week as he continues his recovery from a troublesome shoulder injury.

The superlatives just flow for American Pharoah who stands at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley this 2017 breeding season as the first US Triple Crown winner in 37 years, with a 138 Timeform rating.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys says the state is in competition with Victoria over the wagering dollar amid changes to the Sydney spring carnival.

Ben Thompson has already done enough to win the Rising Stars Series in Victoria but the apprentice is hoping to also take out the Final at Flemington.

Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill is keen to try Man Of His Word over 1800 metres at Randwick after his close second in the Listed Winter Stakes.

Antipas will be one of the late-season two-year-olds who will be tested over more ground when he steps up to 1800m in the Byerley Handicap at Flemington.

New Zealand filly La Diosa will have a short spring campaign when she returns from a break after a tiring autumn in Sydney.

Magic Alibi will run in one of two 1100m-sprints at Randwick as she attempts back-to-back wins.

Blake Shinn returns to Sydney racing from America with rides in six of the seven races on the midweek Warwick Farm program.

Big Richie has a squizz at Bowman v Avdulla, Canberra trainers, Spieth, 2 top colts, the Eagle Farm track, Kathy O’Hara, A free Cox Plate competition and the Tweet of the week.

Mick Kent is plotting a Caulfield Cup preparation for Abbey Marie while the trainer will wait until after Supido’s next start to decide his Group One targets.

Sheiswhatsheis will miss the Townsville Cup in favour of the Listed Tattersall’s Mile at Doomben.

Young trainer Ben Currie’s treble at Toowoomba has given him 100 Queensland winners for first time.

Matthew’s full report from Saturday’s mounting yard at Rosehill Gardens. Which winning horse did Matthew say this about on Saturday “Can carry a bit of weight around the midsection but if you know here like I do you know that’s just her.”

The $10 million Everest is still on the cards for Caravaggio despite his fourth in the July Cup.

Trainer Kelly Schweida is hoping to boost Shogun Sun’s prize money so he gets a start in the Group One Golden Rose during the Sydney spring carnival.

Trainer Clarry Conners says the Australian Turf Club is neglecting Warwick Farm while it puts in a Polytrack at Canterbury.

Well-performed two-year-old fillies Catchy, Tulip and Formality are progressing well as they build up for their spring preparations aimed at feature races.

Jockey Brad Pengelly is set to take up a riding contract in Mauritius for four months.

The John Gosden-trained Enable has completed the English-Irish Oaks double for jockey Frankie Dettori.

An independent report into problems with the Eagle Farm racetrack is expected to be ready this week.

New Zealand colt Qiji Phoenix will join the Chris Waller stable to be prepared for Group One racing in Australia.

The previously unbeaten Caravaggio has finished fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket won by Harry Angel.

Dwayne Dunn has been suspended for 18 meetings for careless riding aboard winner Windbern at Caulfield.

A humble Adam Hyeronimus has credited trainer Tim Clark for backing his skills and teaching him new ones after collecting his first city treble at Rosehill.

The Mick Kent-trained Supido has made a winning return in the Group Three Sir John Monash Stakes, giving the Group One-placed sprinter his first stakes win.