Events

Sebring's pedigree defies the sire's ability to leave class stayers

John Holloway Bloodlines If stallion awards were given for the Golden Slipper carnival and the opening day of The Championships, Widden Stud's Sebring would be the likely recipient.

Derby bid starts

Co-trainer Neville Voigt has dodged the Sydney autumn with last year's Fernhill Handicap winner Riocetto to aim at the Queensland Derby.

McEvoy backs tough colt Tupac as being here to stay

Kerrin McEvoy

Chris Roots Kerrin McEvoy has rode plenty of staying three-year-olds in his time in Europe and Tupac Amaru gives him the feel of a young horse which will run the two miles of the Sydney Cup at Randwick on...

Horseracing

Gai Waterhouse in class of her own, with chances in eight Rosehill events

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Around the world, women trainers, led by our world record-holder Gai Waterhouse, have had an awesome year.

Food set, bubbly chilled as caterers take reins for marquee gastronomic events

The Big Group catering in Richmond preparing food for the marquees at Flemington.

Sarina Lewis The Big Group will be delivering breakfast, lunch and canapes to five marquees and 'countless' hampers to eager racegoers.

Steven Arnold and the weighting game

Laura Banks Champion jockey Steven Arnold faces a lean winter. There will be no Sunday roasts or hot-pot specials for the Cox Plate winner who stands at 175 centimetres tall.

Christian Reith bullish about Memorial in Royal Randwick Stakes

SPORT Memorial ridden by Christian Reith wins the 2nd race at Rosehill Gardens on 16 November 2013.  Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots There is no doubt in Christian Reith’s mind that he is on the best filly in the Royal Randwick Stakes on Saturday.

Racing

Gerry Harvey hopeful of change of luck for Royal Descent in QE Stakes

Gerry Harvey.

Chris Roots Gerry Harvey is still getting over his mare Royal Descent getting beaten in last week’s Doncaster and he isn’t counting on the news being any better in Saturday’s $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at...

Racing

All eyes on Tupac Amaru as three-year-old looks to history

Max Presnell Once upon a time it was fashionable for outstanding three-year-olds to win the Sydney Cup at Randwick but will Tupac Amaru, named after an Inca revolutionary in Peru, fit the profile on Saturday?

John Bary aiming at The Championships double with Recite, Miss Selby

Trainer John Bary on the track at Flemmington. He has Jimmy Choux running in the Cox Plate.October 15, 2011, THE AGE. Picture by Mal Fairclough

Chris Roots Experience has shaped John Bary’s trans-Tasman raid on The Championships and it is cool and calculated.

Racing

Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys praises 'visionary' Barry O'Farrell

Barry O'Farrell.

Chris Roots Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys is confident the $10 million funding for The Championships is secure, despite losing its biggest supporter when Premier Barry O'Farrell resigned on Wednesday.

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Racing

Trainer John Thompson hopeful Tremec can make Nathan Tinkler's day

Tremec

Chris Roots John Thompson has had a tough couple of years as he has watched the Patinack Farm racing empire crumbled but might finally be able to give Nathan Tinkler because to cheer with Tremec in the Sydney...

Swimming

Michael Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

The most decorated swimmer of all time may be getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Horse Racing

McDonald holds all the aces for potential swansong

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Chris Roots James McDonald confident that It's A Dundeel could end his career on high in Sydney's richest race.

Moroney sizes up Cup obstacles for imported mare Voleuse De Coeurs

Doing it the hard way: Michael Moroney's Voleuse De Coeurs is up against it in Saturday's Sydney Cup at Randwick.

Chris Roots Trainer Michael Moroney does not have much in his favour with Voleuse De Coeurs for Saturday’s Sydney Cup at Randwick.

Racing

Doncaster don Chris Waller hopes he's on a roll in The Championships

Mile master: Trainer Chris Waller is now looking forward to the big races at Randwick on Saturday.

Chris Roots Chris Waller celebrated his remarkable Doncaster Mile first four on Saturday night and hopes it is the precursor to more The Championships success in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Queen Of The Turf...

Horse Racing

Gai Waterhouse hopes to give the Queen royal reward with Carlton House

Carlton House (right), seen here in an exhibition gallop with Fiorente, has been made favourite for the $4 million highlight of The Championships.

Chris Roots Gai Waterhouse says there is no better way to repay the faith of Queen Elizabeth sending Carlton House to Sydney than by winning Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Racing

Future of The Championships so bright it will sparkle

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots The new Randwick remains a relatively unpolished gem that is ready to sparkle in the next couple of years.

Horse Racing

The Championships set to come forward a week as part of carnival revamp

Horses parade in the mounting yard in the wet and windy conditions during day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick

Chris Roots The first day of The Championships hit its targets but racing authorities are already making sure the only way is up with a plan to bring it forward a week from next year as part of a revamp of the...

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Basketball

Andrew Bogut 50-50 for basketball's World Cup

Andrew Bogut (L) blocks a shot by Jodie Meeks of the LA Lakers.

Peter Mitchell Andrew Bogut rates himself a 50-50 chance of leading Australia at the basketball World Cup in Spain later this year.