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Waller treats old mate with kid gloves

Adam Pengilly 7:06 PM   A little Ford Laser your nana uses to get the groceries or a souped-up racing car? Easy choice, at least if you are Chris Waller.

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Keith hoping Dry spell can end with old friend

Canterbury contenders: Brenton Avdulla and Oriental Lady.

Adam Pengilly 7:24 PM   Keith Dryden struggles to remember the last time he won a Saturday race in Sydney, but can't think of two better owners to achieve the feat with Paul Miller and Danny McMillan.

Moore wants happy end with galaxy of chances

"He’s in really good form at the moment": Gary Moore on Happy Galaxy.

Adam Pengilly 7:26 PM   It is not often a father will take advice from his son, but Gary Moore was only too happy for a bit of a reassurance this week.

Trainer's city sequel a decade in the making

Winning double: Sam Clipperton.

Adam Pengilly   With six grandchildren waiting at home on Christmas Eve, David Lee had already spent the spoils of a rare city win before Episodes had even returned to scale at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Stradbroke to be run at Doomben in 2015

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The Stradbroke Handicap will be run at Doomben in 2015 with Racing Queensland confirming a $10 million upgrade to Eagle Farm won't be completed in time for the state's most prestigious race.

Headwater to launch at Moonee Valley

Plans well advanced: Racing NSW is working on equine biological passports.

A sibling to one of Australia’s most expensive yearlings has been nominated to make his debut at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Racing broadcasters seek to end blackout

Looking for action: TVN chief executive Bruce Mann.

Patrick Bartley and Adam Pengilly   TVN and Sky Channel shelve designs of new agreement for vision rights in NSW and Victoria until new year after resolving to prioritise end to blackout before Christmas.

Collett back in time to add Muscle

Talent: Glyn Schofield rides Ball Of Muscle at Royal Randwick.

Adam Pengilly   He is already familiar with the family's star sibling and Jason Collett has pledged to make the mercy dash back from New Zealand to continue the younger brother's rise in the Canterbury Classic.

Broadcasting dispute to hit racing in pocket

Blackout: the scene that has greeted many pub-goers wanting to view NSW and Victoria races as the Sky-TVN dispute rumbles on.

Adam Pengilly   Racing's bitter television rights war will result in almost 1000 pubs and clubs Australia wide going without vision from NSW and Victorian race meetings on Saturday.

Oh Man, Godolphin filly soars to top of order

Brilliant victory: James McDonald gets Ottoman home at Rosehill on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly   Amid difficult circumstances, James McDonald stepped up to the plate and delivered again.

Nearly left in the Shadow, Testa rallies to score

Last-minute drama: Tim Clark wins at Rosehill on Testashadow.

Matt Jones   Testashadow’s race manners almost cost him victory at Rosehill on Saturday, but trainer Gary Portelli declared him ready for the Magic Millions Guineas on the Gold Coast in January.

TVN chokes as country races clog coverage

Four out of five: Blake Shinn on Joe Pride's sprinter Craftiness at Rosehill on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly and Matt Jones   The Mail: The first Saturday of TVN running wall-to-wall coverage of racing throughout NSW and Australia has already spiked concerns with country racing officials.

No Cheers as $91 winner makes Bindi's day

Grey streak: Serg Lisnyy rides outsider Phrases to victory at Rosehill.

Adam Pengilly   Reporters asked questions of Bindi Cheers over a rail while the trainer, on strapping duty, walked her grey in circles in the mounting yard. Punters would be excused for wanting to provide their own.

Push for Racing Victoria to take over rights

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Patrick Bartley   While thousands of punters Australia-wide were denied seeing race meetings from Melbourne and Sydney, pressure is now mounting on the board of Racing Victoria to obtain  rights for the state.

Recovery program not in response to Ballarat 

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Adam Pengilly   Harness Racing NSW expects to tag almost 1000 sulkies with  chief executive John Dumesny stressing it was not a kneejerk reaction in response to last week's Ballarat Cup fiasco.

Hellish weather forces Meteor rethink

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Adam Pengilly   Country Racing: Emerging Grafton sprinter Lucky Meteor is likely to miss Gold Coast's rich Bat Out Of Hell as trainer John Shelton begins plotting a long-range plan centred around the Ramornie Handicap.

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Summer Cup of old steeped in turf lore

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Max Presnell 7:35 PM   Back in the Poitrel era, Thursday’s Summer Cup field at Royal Randwick would be pulling carts. Mind you, the fragile nature of the modern thoroughbred would demand that their load wouldn’t be too heavy.

A year of regrettable losses left leading studs and breeders short-changed

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john holloway 7:17 PM   The sad passing of champion racehorse and hugely successful stallion High Chaparral in Ireland last weekend finished off a wretched year for several leading studs and breeders.

Blackout cloud looms over Queanbeyan coffers

Queanbeyan Racing could cop a financial hit during the broadcast blackout.

David Polkinghorne 3:16 PM   The Queanbeyan Racing Club's coffers could be hit hard by the TVN-Sky Channel feud if it continues into the New Year, although chief executive Brendan Comyn is confident it will be resolved by then.

Weir to set Akzar on path to Adelaide Cup

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Patrick Bartley 3:00 PM   While Darren Weir has had a career changing year of major race victories, the Ballarat trainer is already making plans to achieve even more group success in the new year.

The Tabcorp v TVN stoush explained

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Patrick Bartley   While the sheer mention of the Tabcorp-TVN dispute has the potential to glaze over the eyes of even the most interested of racegoers, the unrest caused by the breakdown of negotiations could have far wider ramifications than just having race meetings broadcast live or not.

Dispute needs a speedy resolution

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Max Presnell   Finally the clubs, under the TVN team, hold the whip hand over Sky Channel regarding the telecast of prime races.

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V'landys takes aim at RVL over unpaid bill

Speaking his mind: Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys.

Adam Pengilly and Patrick Bartley   Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys has described as "complete rubbish" claims his organisation has still yet to foot the Werribee quarantine bill from Gordon Lord Byron's visit for The Championships this year.

Vashka makes it four straight as Godolphin snare hat-trick

"Beautiful ride": James Innes takes Haussman to victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

Matt Jones   James Innes jnr vindicated John O’Shea’s decision to bring him into his Godolphin stable by riding his first city winner at Rosehill on Saturday on Haussmann.

Lindsay Park on fire - in more ways than one

Debut win: Jye  McNeil brings home Claudia Jean at Flemington.

Andrew Garvey   It has been a tough week off the track for Davis Hayes and Tom Dabernig's Lindsay Park operation but on the racetrack, it has been very much business as usual.

Nriangi primed to end drought in Moruya: Jones

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Jared Dorrington   Nriangi has gone almost three years without a win, but trainer Paul Jones reckons the drought could end at Moruya on Sunday.

Fires survived, Dabernig, Hayes now fight for a place in Millions for Miss Idyllic

David Hayes at the Euroa property.

Adam Pengilly   Tom Dabernig reckons he and training partner David Hayes were on the "lucky side". And that was with 300 acres burnt to a crisp.

Cuddles all round when Kristy Lee lands the prize

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Max Presnell   Kristy Lee in the Ranvet Handicap at Rosehill Gardens could come into the category of ‘‘cuddle one for Christmas’’.

Skelton played the ponies and haunted the bookies

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Max Presnell   The crusty Randwick trackman, with a voice like rasping sandpaper, and the portly old dude who held court outside the press room at headquarters had once pulled off an amputation - considerably more than a sting - on bookmakers.

Highlights

Summer Cup of old steeped in turf lore

Back in the Poitrel era, Thursday’s Summer Cup field at Royal Randwick would be pulling carts. Mind you, the fragile nature of the modern thoroughbred would demand that their load wouldn’t be too heavy.

Studs and breeders short-changed

The sad passing of champion racehorse and hugely successful stallion High Chaparral in Ireland last weekend finished off a wretched year for several leading studs and breeders.

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