Kinane to team with Barbarcius

Renowned International and Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michael Kinane will partner Caulfield Cup placegetter Barbaricus in his first start in Dubai tonight.

The Irishman will team with the Danny O’Brien-trained gelding in the last race on the card over 2000m at Nad Al Sheba's Thursday meeting (to be run at 5.40am Friday morning Australian time).

Since arriving in the United Arab Emirates, Barbaricus (pictured in work here at Nad Al Sheba) has thrived and the stable is confident of a strong showing at his first international start despite the grey drawing barrier 14 in a field of 14.

“We drew the visitor’s gate, but we couldn’t be happier with the way the horse has settled in and his work has been excellent leading into his first start over there,” O’Brien said.

“The beauty of racing in Dubai is amount of star riders at your disposal and we will look to use the best available talent for our horses during our visit.”

Star jockey Ted Durcan partnered Valedictum last Thursday in Dubai and other hoops riding in the UAE at present include Kinane, Johnny Murtagh, Frankie Dettori and Richard Hills.

To view race form on the Emirates Racing Authority website click here

To view Michael Kinane’s profile on the Emirates Racing Authority website click here

Photo courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club, to view the club’s website click here

Filly to Embrace William Reid challenge

Filly to Embrace William Reid challenge
[20 Mar 19] Melbourne's final Group 1 of the season will feature a trio of three-year-olds up against the older sprinters in Friday night's William Reid Stakes after the connections of in-form filly Embrace Me decided to take up the challenge.  more...

First-up win highlights class facilities

First-up win highlights class facilities
[15 Mar 19] If trainer Danny O'Brien ever needed an advertisement to underline his outstanding facilities at Flemington and 13th Beach, Winkelmann's first-up win over a mile on Friday night would be the perfect result to highlight.  more...

Backfill etches his name as a winner for Sebring

Backfill etches his name as a winner for Sebring
[03 Mar 19] Backfill added his name to the list of winners of his ill-fated sire Sebring with a dominant win at Colac on Sunday. Just a week after Sebring's early demise, the three-year-old gelding broke through for his first win at start six for trainer Danny O'Brien.  more...