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Reith flies in for Metropolitan as popularity mounts

ADAM PENGILLY 7:12pm A rejuvenated Christian Reith will sneak back into Australia on the same flight and in the shadow of Joao Moreira later this week, but remains bullish about his hopes of a group 1 heist at Randwick.

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Toydini owners carry memory of Walter

The late Guy Walter.

CHRIS ROOTS 5:45pm Bob and Jan Bergstrom have bred and owned their share of good horses but never a group 1 winner. So if Toydini can win the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday it would be an emotional day.

Sprinters get spring campaigns back on track

Gerald Ryan.

CHRIS ROOTS 3:25pm Gerald Ryan is sticking to his plan with Rubick after the colt blew out some cobwebs winning a Rosehill barrier trial on Tuesday.

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Waller books Moreira to ride He's Your Man

What a man: Moreira after winning at Newcastle last year.

Chris Roots and Adam Pengilly Chris Waller has a simple philosophy when it comes to booking his jockeys – "get the best available". That's is why Joao Moreira will ride He's Your Man in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick.

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Bowman believes he can take Flight on Winx

Confident: Hugh Bowman.

ADAM PENGILLY If Hugh Bowman is the go-to man for the Golden Rose, then how dearly would connections of Flight Stakes runners like to have him in their camp.

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Spillway needs Metrop win to make Cup field

Well worn path: Spillway will tackle The Metropolitan en route to a crack at the Caulfield Cup.

CHRIS ROOTS David Hayes has won two Caulfield Cups with imports and Spillway is starting to bring back good memories as he heads to Sydney for Saturday's Metropolitan at Randwick.

Harness trainers challenge rulings court

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05:  Drivers and horses compete in race four of harness racing at Harold Park on December 5, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Harold Park opened in 1902, and in 1960 it had a record crowd of over 50,000 spectators. Today they struggle to get people in the stands.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

CHRIS ROOTS Plenty of racing officials' eyes will be on the Supreme Court on Monday as Neil Day and Dean McDowell challenge Harness Racing NSW on several fronts.

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After Patinack, Thompson's back to business

Trainer John Thompson.

CHRIS ROOTS The past and the future will come together in the present for trainer John Thompson with his two group1 runners at Randwick on Saturday.

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Arabian Gold beats hot favourite Catkins

Inside running: Blake Shinn drives Arabian Gold to the postat Rosehill on Saturday.

ADAM PENGILLY A flashy grey won the Golden Pendant, as expected. What was not expected? The fact it was Cox Plate-bound Arabian Gold instead of long odds-on favourite Catkins.

Shooting To Win impressive in Fox Stakes

Shooting to Win.

CHRIS ROOTS Shooting To Win brought to race day what Tim Clark knew he had in the tank as he demolished the Stan Fox Stakes field at Rosehill on Saturday.

Pride pitchforks Rock Sturdy into Epsom

Big things ahead: Corey Brown and Rock Sturdy take out the Shannon Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Matt Jones Joe Pride was left with no choice but to declare Rock Sturdy a certain starter in next weekend's Epsom Handicap following his soft win in the Shannon Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Deane Martin will have to step up in The Met

Brenton Avdulla.

Adam Pengilly and Chris Roots Tough Kiwi stayer Deane Martin booked his ticket to The Metropolitan.

Northam chases the money at city carnivals

Happy days:Trainer Rod Northam guided Big Money to NSW Country Horse of the Year honours.

ADAM PENGILLY Rod Northam will use the next few days to finalise plans for country NSW's best horse, Big Money, as the Scone trainer leans towards the Caulfield Sprint to kick off his Melbourne spring.

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Beautide wins Horse of the Year

Winner: Inter Dominion winner Beautide.

CHRIS ROOTS Australian harness horse of the year Beautide will target November's Miracle Mile when trainer-driver James Rattray believes a sub-1.50 mile is in the offering.

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Jockey Chad Schofield seeks stay while waiting on appeal

Silent Achiever (left) at Flemington on Tuesday.

PATRICK BARTLEY 6:25pm With the prospect of having to wait up to two weeks before his appeal against an improper riding charge can be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, jockey Chad Schofield has applied for a stay in proceedings.

Japanese Melbourne Cup raider Admire Rakti 'the equal' of 2006 winner Delta Blues

Highly rated: Japan's Admire Rakti is considered the equal of 2006 Melbourne Cup winner Delta Blues.

PATRICK BARTLEY 6:50pm One of Japan's most respected racing analysts says Melbourne and Caulfield cups topweight Admire Rakti is the equal of 2006 Melbourne Cup winner Delta Blues.

Frank Cleary to target Queanbeyan Cup with That's Freedom

That's Freedom.

DAVID POLKINGHORNE That's Freedom is no Black Caviar, but legendary trainer Frank Cleary will push on towards the Queanbeyan Cup after his gutsy all-the-way victory in the benchmark 60 handicap (1460 metres) at the course on Monday.

Chad Schofield appeals charge with VCAT

Fighting improper riding charge: Chad Schofield.

PATRICK BARTLEY Young jockey Chad Schofield has turned to the Victorian Civil And Administrative tribunal to fight the improper riding charge that has sidelined the 20-year-old for 32 race meetings.

Trainer David Hayes knows it is D-Day for cup hopefuls this weekend

David Hayes says he would

PATRICK BARTLEY David Hayes is the first to admit the placement of his three imported stayers leading up to the Caulfield and Melbourne cups have been far from ideal.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller appears to have the Melbourne spring carnival at his mercy

Chris Waller with Hawkspur (left) and Foreteller.

PATRICK BARTLEY Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter says Sydney's all-conquering trainer Chris Waller has enough firepower to dominate this year's spring carnival.

Colts emerge from the shadows of the fillies in a changing racing game

Chris Roots dinkus

CHRIS ROOTS The not-unreasonable question when the first seven to cross the line in this year's Golden Slipper were fillies was: "Where are the boys?"

Rich Enuff made of the right stuff for Caulfield Guineas tilt

Max Presnell

MAX PRESNELL The awesome effort of Rich Enuff in Sunday's group2 Caulfield Guineas Prelude rocketed him to the top of this season's three-year-old performances.

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Trainer Darren Weir adds Victorian group one win with Trust In A Gust in watershed year

Damian Lane riding Trust In A Gust and Ben Melham on Dissident fight it out at the finish of the Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup at Caulfield on Sunday. Lane's mount prevailed.

MICHAEL LYNCH Whatever else he achieves in his training career Darren Weir can look back on 2014 as a watershed, with Trust In A Gust's win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes his latest triumph.

Rich Enuff, Afleet Esprit stamp strong Guineas credentials

Michael Rodd rides Rich Enuff to victory in the Beck Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday.

MICHAEL LYNCH What you see is what you get – and when you see a lightly raced three-year-old explode away from his rivals to score an easy win in one of the best credentialed Caulfield Guineas trials, then it's worth paying attention. Very close attention.

Carousel's Cup turn

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ANDREW GARVEY Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys brought up the first leg of what he hopes will be a black type weekend double when Like A Carousel won the inaugural Harry White Classic (2400 metres) at Sandown on Saturday.

The six weeks are upon us when horse racing rules

MICHAEL LYNCH With the footy run and won, in Victoria, at least, and the cricket yet to come, now is racing's time in the sun.

Sweynesse headed for the big time for Godolphin

Kerrin McEvoy

CHRIS ROOTS Unbeaten colts are a rare commodity, but punters' confidence levels have a way to go to catch up with those of Kerrin McEvoy and John O'Shea about Sweynesse after his Gloaming Stakes romp at Rosehill on Saturday.

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Goodlookin'rooster moves up pecking order after barnstorming finish

Jared Dorrington.

Jared Dorrington After a bad start on Goodlookin’rooster in the last race at Canberra on Friday, James Innes jnr thought he was no chance of victory, but his fortunes turned around quickly.

Jockey Tommy Berry a natural on camera, reminiscent of Shane Dye

Max Presnell

MAX PRESNELL Unlike most of the old-time greats, most modern-day jockeys, Tom Berry being a typical example, are television naturals.

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Flying solo: McEvoy up for next challenge of his career

CHRIS ROOTS It was a decision that weighed on Kerrin McEvoy for 10 days or so but in the end he wanted to back himself.

Racing Results for Friday, September 26

Racing Results for Friday, September 26

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Colts emerge from the shadows of the fillies

The question when the first seven to cross the line in this year's Golden Slipper were fillies was: Where are the boys?

Rich Enuff made of the right stuff for Guineas

The awesome effort of Rich Enuff in Sunday's group2 Caulfield Guineas Prelude rocketed him to the top of this season's three-year-old performances.

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Seven horses to follow this weekend

Scissor Kick Outstanding colt that was very unlucky in the Golden Rose has his final Caulfield Guineas warm-up in the Stan Fox Stakes. He needs to continue the momentum of his campaign and get back in the winners’ circle.

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Berry a natural on camera, reminiscent of Shane Dye

Unlike most of the old-time greats, most modern-day jockeys, Tom Berry being a typical example, are television naturals.

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The Verdict: Cluster to do Sydney proud in Rupert Clarke Charity Cup at Caulfield

Sydney form promises to dominate at Caulfield on Sunday, particularly with Cluster and Bull Point in the group 1 Rupert Clarke, the best race of the weekend.

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No doubting McEvoy's skill as he goes it alone

After a long service as No.1 stable jockey, Kerrin McEvoy has parted ways with Darley-Godolphin.

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Fastnet Rock's babies sparkle at trials

Fastnet Rock's sensational start to the season continued at the official two-year-olds' trials on Randwick's Kensington track on Monday.

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