Events

Lankan Rupee won't scare off Villa Verde, says Anthony Cummings

Patrick Bartley with AAP While the appearance of the brilliant Lankan Rupee is certain to make an imposing presence this spring, opposition trainers and owners are now busily mapping out a strategy to avoid the highest-rated...

Missy Franklin backs herself at Pan Pacs

All smiles: Missy Franklin may have been beaten by Emily Seebohm but after overcoming back spasms there was plenty to be happy about.

To say Missy Franklin is upbeat at the Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast is an understatement.

Tye Angland puts his judgment on the line as Scissor Kick lines up another goal

Up and comer: Tye Angland (yellow checks) and Scissor Kick.

Adam Pengilly Post-race palpitation or prophecy? Tye Angland will get a chance to test his theory about Rosebud conqueror Scissor Kick in the Up And Coming Stakes on Saturday.

Victorian racing embraces digital age to ensure a level playing field

High tech: RVL chief steward Terry Bailey and head of integrity Dayle Brown in the Racing Victoria integrity control room.

Patrick Bartley and Jesse Hogan In the mid-1960s, the ruthless premier of Victoria, Henry Bolte, laid down two conditions for the racing industry just months before the arrival of the TAB to the state.

Melanie Schlanger typifies Olympic reaction to Sharks bans

Phil Lutton Melanie Schlanger says punishments handed down had seemingly made it clear that there was one rule for athletes competing in cashed-up sports like league and one rule for everybody else.

Cadel Evans back in the saddle for Vuelta a Espana

Memories: Cadel Evans during the 2009 Vuelta.

Rupert Guinness Time and several career-defining successes have helped Cadel Evans come to terms with the events that may have cost him victory in the Vuelta a Espana five years ago.

Godolphin darling Earthquake to shake up Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick

Resuming: Blue Diamond winner Earthquake will be back in action on Saturday.

Chris Roots The joy of wet tracks and fresh horses makes the Warwick Stakes meeting a bit of guesswork at Randwick on Saturday, but the quality of the horseflesh should set the tone for the spring.

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.

Rap over the knuckles fails to dent Joe's Pride as Randwick riches loom

Mudlark: Tiger Tees takes the Aurie's Star Handicap for Damien Oliver earlier this month.

Chris Roots Joe Pride will look to finish his week on a high at Randwick on Saturday after having a short-lived deal with Betfair blocked by Racing NSW's local rule against sponsorship of trainers by betting...

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.

Gerry Harvey praises Tinkler as he calls in $40 million debt

Allegedly funded pamphlets: Nathan Tinkler.

Chris Roots, Donna Page Billionaire Gerry Harvey has heaped praise on embattled businessman Nathan Tinkler, saying he should be "applauded" for the "millions and millions" he has poured into sport.

Schlanger swim at Pan Pacs raises more questions

Melanie Schlanger.

Phil Lutton Melanie Schlanger has raised further questions over the controversial decision to leave her out of the 4 x 200m relay in Glasgow with a commanding swim at the Pan Pacs to secure a spot in Thursday...

Hugh Bowman keeps lid on excitement as rising stars return at Randwick

Spring in his step: Hugh Bowman will learn plenty about his carnival hopes at Randwick.

Chris Roots It will be a learning mission for Hugh Bowman when he goes to Randwick on Saturday to ride Criterion, Lucia Valentina and Terravista.

Peter Moody excited by his Sydney team's carnival prospects

Rainy day form: The returning Dissident is one of three big chances for trainer Peter Moody on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly An understated Peter Moody reckons his Sydney satellite base is "serving its purpose" and the champion Victorian trainer will roll out the evidence with live chances in three stakes races at Randwick...

Our Voodoo Prince next in line to become Chris Waller's cups king

Cups hope: Our Voodoo Prince wins the Easter Cup at Caulfield in April.

Chris Roots It is not in the Chris Waller international system to buy superstars from Europe but in Our Voodoo Prince they might have lucked on what could be a highest profile horse for the spring.

Major races in Europe over next three days key to international cups runners

Melbourne Cup finish.

Patrick Bartley International involvement in the Cox Plate, Caulfield and Melbourne Cups will be largely known over the next three days with key races in England, Ireland and France.

Chris Waller warns punters against overlooking Weary and Hawkspur in Warwick Stakes

Four to the floor: Sacred Falls leads home Chris Waller's Doncaster foursome in April.

Adam Pengilly The spotlight will shine bright on the returns of the Doncaster quinella, but Chris Waller has warned against looking past the other two horses which delivered him the first four in the famous...

Missy Franklin in doubt for Pan Pacs swimming

Injury blow: Missy Franklin.

Phil Lutton American superstar Missy Franklin remains in doubt for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships after succumbing to back spasms during training on the Gold Coast.

Michael Phelps goes back to basics at Pan Pacs

Michael Phelps.

Winning doesn't come so easily to Olympic great Michael Phelps these days.

Lance Armstrong says he would still be lying if he had not been caught

Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he had not been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.