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Chris Roots

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Happy days: Brenton Avdulla and Happy Clapper take out the Villiers Stakes at Randwick in 2015.

Trainers use Winx form as Doncaster measuring stick

The group 1 shadow of Winx hangs over perhaps one of the best Doncaster Mile's this century with a half-dozen runners having been consigned to runner-up status by the mighty mare during her winning streak.

Arc dreaming: Hugh Bowman punches the air after Jameka's win in the BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.

Home town advantage nullified by wet weather

It has certainly been advantage Melbourne since the direct focus of racing has turned to Sydney in the past couple of weeks. It has been like what happens in the spring only reversed.

Suspended: Ben Melham

Melham ‘waves’ whip, stewards wave penalties

Golden Slipper winning jockey Ben Melham will miss the final two days of the Sydney carnival after being suspended for 14 days and fined $2000 after hitting Assign 15 times before the 100 metre mark as he won Saturday's Neville Sellwood Stakes at Rosehill.