Melbourne Cup

Gai Waterhouse questions The Offer being lumped with 56.5kg for Melbourne Cup

Adam Pengilly Gai Waterhouse described early Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer's handicap as "quite a bit of pudding" as Australia's greatest race desperately seeks the emergence of another star.

Japan's Admire Rakti given top weight of 58kg for Melbourne Cup


Adam Pengilly Japan's Admire Rakti has been slugged with the Melbourne Cup top weight of 58kg after handicaps were released for the world's richest handicap on Tuesday morning.

Pale Mimosa still a chance to run in the Melbourne Cup

Dermot Weld.

Patrick Bartley Dermot Weld still a chance to have a runner in the Melbourne Cup.

Pale Mimosa still a chance to run in the Melbourne Cup

Dermot Weld.

Patrick Bartley Dermot Weld is still a chance to have a runner in the Melbourne Cup.

Queen's hope out of Melbourne Cup

Queen of the turf: Estimate wins the Doncaster Cup but she won't run in the Melbourne Cup.

Patrick Bartley and Jim McGrath The shock withdrawal of two high-profile international Melbourne Cup contenders is, according to Racing Victoria international recruiter Leigh Jordon, just part of the attrition rate that happens...

Melbourne Cup import hopes fade after Irish St Leger, Doncaster Cup

Cups contenders fail to flatter.

Jim McGrath The chances of the Queen sending her fine staying mare Estimate to the Emirates Melbourne Cup have all but been extinguished.

No star act forces rise in Melbourne Cup weights

Silent Achiever in his stable on Tuesday after the release of weights for the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup was announced at Flemington.

Patrick Bartley Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter described this year's $6.2 million Melbourne Cup a race of opportunity for not only horse but rider.

Chris Waller puts case for more Australian runners in Caulfield Cup

Chris Roots

Chris Roots Chris Waller voiced his frustration that in-form stayers such as Who Shot Thebarman and Hill Stakes winner Junoob are struggling to get runs in next month's Caulfield Cup.

Red Cadeaux heads northern heavyweights on road to Melbourne Cup

Fourth time around: Dual Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, right, is back for another tilt at the Big One.

Adam Pengilly Dual Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, last year's Caulfield Cup second placegetter Dandino and Ebor Handicap hero Mutual Regard headlined 19 European horses which entered quarantine on Thursday...

Melbourne Cup may be a right royal engagement with entry from the Queen

The Queen: Eyeing the Melbourne Cup.

Adam Pengilly The Queen alongside Gai Waterhouse, the latest Melbourne Cup royalty. The first international trailblazer possibly heading back Down Under alongside another Irish master.

Queen set to saddle up her second Melbourne Cup runner

Red Cadeaux finishes second to Fiorente in last year's Melbourne Cup.

Tim Habel The Queen’s Ascot Gold Cup-winning stayer Estimate headlines the 31 international nominations from six countries for this year’s $6.2m Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Globetrotter Red Cadeaux looking good for a fourth Melbourne Cup

Red Cadeaux loses out narrowly to Fiorente in the 2013 Melbourne Cup.

Patrick Bartley Trainer Ed Dunlop believes that after watching his now world famous stayer Red Cadeaux go through his paces for his return to racing in England on Saturday, a fourth Melbourne Cup attempt is an...

A year on, punters keep safe with one-time Melbourne Cup hotpot Puissance De Lune

Beach boy: Puissance De Lune exercises at Warrnambool.

Chris Roots How a year has changed the view on P. B. Lawrence Stakes favourite Puissance De Lune.

Dermot Weld's Pale Mimosa a chance for Melbourne Cup after Lonsdale Cup win

Irish trainer Dermot Weld.

Patrick Bartley The Melbourne Cup has become a promoter's dream following Friday night's Lonsdale Cup meeting in England that saw legendary trainer Dermot Weld's mare Pale Mimosa take another step forward.

Trainer David Payne's road to Melbourne Cup starts with trip to Europe and visit to Terrubi

David Payne.

Adam Pengilly Rosehill trainer David Payne will soon fly to Europe to help prepare one of his spring stars for the trip to Australia – but first comes a less taxing trip to Randwick, where two of his less...

Bart Cummings has spring in his step for another Melbourne Cup

Winning form: Romantic Moon runs in the Winter Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Chris Roots Bart Cummings says training is in his DNA and he has no intention of finishing his celebrated career.

Horse Racing

Melbourne Cup may become an international language

Racing Victoria officials investigating possibility of races such as the Melbourne Cup being broadcast in several different languages.

Patrick Bartley Some of Australia's most important races, including the Melbourne and Caulfield cups, could be broadcast into non-English-speaking countries with racecallers from those countries describing the...

Horse Racing

Champion jockey Joao Moreira has Melbourne Cup on his mind

 Joao Moreira wants to win a Melbourne Cup.

Patrick Bartley One of the world’s finest jockeys, Joao Moreira, who has taken Hong Kong racing by storm, says the Melbourne Cup is a major priority.

Horse Racing

Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden retired after sustaining injury

French jockey Christophe Lemaire (in yellow) aboard Dunaden defeats Red Cadeaux (Michael Rodd up) to win the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

Dunaden, the winner of the 2011 Melbourne Cup, has been retired after sustaining an injury in training.

Horse Racing

Vintage Crop, the 1993 Melbourne Cup winner, has died

Vintage Crop in the 1993 Melbourne Cup.

Patrick Bartley Vintage Crop, the first European-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup, has died at the age of 27.