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Max Presnell
Vital job: Strapper Joe Flannery with 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin

457 visas vital to racing industry

While the possible impact of 457s and early starts on the turf holds prominence, Saturday's Hawkesbury Guineas, the race that launched Chautauqua, will have the best ground for a Saturday around Sydney for two months.

Last-start winner: Andrew Mallyon riding Tally (left) defeats Patrick Moloney riding Vengeur Masque in the Mornington Cup.

Tally has the class to win the Sydney Cup

Perhaps Who Shot Thebarman had better ground than Bill The Bastard when the New Zealander charged around Randwick's tortured turf two weeks ago in one of the most controversial Sydney Cups ever held.

Plenty of tales: The famous Inglis tree.

The tree of knowledge

The gavel crash of John Inglis followed by the wail of "sailo", the call to auction, still reverberates. "Every time it struck I lost a leaf," commented the Moreton Bay Fig, who has stood long and proud at Newmarket Stables, Randwick, for more than a century.

Big day performer: Frank Lewis in 1989.

Lewis shows how to succeed on Doncaster Derby day

Few, if any racehorse trainers, have done so much with so few as Frank Lewis, and he is still hitting the line like a true stayer. Lewis, 97, comes to mind on Doncaster-Derby day on which he has left his mark.