Irish raider Order of St George – part-owned by Victorian multiple Melbourne Cup winner Lloyd Williams – and the globetrotting Highland Reel head the Caulfield Cup weights that were revealed by Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter on Wednesday.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Entries from nine countries are set to make this year's Melbourne Cup the most international of all, with candidates from Europe, Asia and North America lined up to clash in Australia's greatest race.
When a young player gets laid low by an injury such as osteitis, it can be devastating and a serious career disruption.
FFA Cup giant-killers Bentleigh Greens, who reached the semi-final of the inaugural competition two years ago, are one win away from reaching the same stage this season after snaring a gritty extra time win in Tasmania against Devonport Strikers, Matthew Thurtell's goal being enough to take them through.
National Premier League Victoria side Green Gully joined Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in the last eight of the FFA Cup after they saw off NPL rivals Melbourne Knights 3-1 at a wet and windy Knights Stadium on Tuesday night.
Its another intriguing night of FFA Cup action on Tuesday with five lower league teams hoping that they can snare a place in the last eight and a likely meeting in a home tie with a big drawing A-League opponent.
Former Socceroos captain Paul Okon has been announced as the new Central Coast Mariners coach for the next two seasons.
Australia's contingent of Europe based internationals will arrive in Perth with mixed feelings about their club's early season performances.
Not many horses can win a Group One race first time up, let alone one over 1600 metres.
There are few shrewder judges around than Peter Snowden – as his stable's strike rate regularly attests – so when the Sydney based handler brings a couple of horses south for a tilt at two valuable support races on the first group 1 day of the new racing season, it's probably worth paying attention.