John Bateman believes bookmakers are quoting a generous price about NICCONITA in her attempt to win a deserved Highway race at Randwick on Saturday. A Highway win has eluded NICCONITA in seven attempts, but John is quietly confident his mare can finally convert five minor placings into a win, despite bookmakers currently offering upwards of … More “I thought she would be a lot shorter than that”
John Bateman’s training skills will be put to the test when quirky gelding WAR DECK has his first start for the stable at Wagga on Thursday. Formerly prepared by Joe Pride at Warwick Farm, WAR DECK arrived at John’s Goulburn base earlier this month in the hope that a change of scenery would help the … More WAR DECK a welcome challenge for Bateman
Consistent mare NICCONITA heads to Canterbury on Wednesday where she will link up with top jockey Brenton Avdulla. John has been pleased with NICCONITA’s progress since running on resolutely first-up at Randwick on August 3 when ridden by another champion hoop in Hugh Bowman. “She’s coming to hand really nicely and she took a lot … More Nicconita chasing deserved metro win
Former Victorian galloper A FIGHTING FURY is set to make his first appearance for the John Bateman stable at Kembla Grange on Saturday. A FIGHTING FURY arrived at John’s Goulburn stables in June with form that included a 3.4 length-defeat to subsequent Group 1 Doncaster Mile winner BRUTAL however, recent failures prompted the owner to … More A Fighting Fury debuts for stable
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