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New guilty pleas from vet at centre of cobalt charges

Patrick Bartley 9:44 PM   The case against trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien took another twist on Monday when one of the main players in the scandal changed his plea.

Stable staff want to stick with traditional trackwork hours

Chris Roots dinkus Dinkus

Chris Roots   Godolphin boss Henry Plumptre and premier trainer Chris Waller are great believers in bringing trackwork times back to a more reasonable hour of the morning but its stable staff are not.

Lawyer's cross examination request denied

Mark Kavanagh.

Patrick Bartley 11:56 AM   Damian Sheales, senior counsel for trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien, has failed in his application to cross examine members of the Racing Victoria stewards panel.

Gosford no longer viable as a training centre

Gosford champ: Jockey Nathan Thomas rides Mighty Lucky to win the Sky Thoroughbred Central Festival Stakes at Rosehill.

Chris Roots 3:38 PM   Gosford Race Club is set to cease training on its racecourse at the end of 2016 because of outdated facilities, which make it financially unsustainable continue preparation of horses at the Central Coast track.

Trainers and vet plead not guilty to cobalt charges

Mark Kavanagh, left, and Danny O'Brien at a Racing Victoria hearing in July.

Patrick Bartley 2:22 PM   Trainers Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh and veterinary surgeon Tom Brennan have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of elevated cobalt levels from their horses.

Fell Swoop could tackle G1 sprint first-up

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale and Fell Swoop.

Mathew Toogood   Canberra trainer Matthew Dale is looking to thrust Fell Swoop into the Group One cauldron at his first run from a spell.

Racing's image suffers as cobalt cases drag on

The cobalt hearing for trainer Mark Kavanagh starts on Monday.

Patrick Bartley   In the racing and disciplinary appeals board on Monday the second set of cobalt charges in Victoria begin. Trainers Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh and Flemington vet Tom Brennan face multiple charges over elevated cobalt levels from their horses.

Weir, Hayes at the double as champion trainer looks to add to Cup haul

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28:  Dwayne Dunn riding Master Zephyr wins Race 4 during Melbourne Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse on November 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch   Darren Weir has won the biggest Cup of all, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to keep on collecting pots and trophies from all over Victoria _ particularly places with which he has a special connection.

Ellerton and Zahra looking to shine through summer

Chris Symons guides Whistle Baby (right) to victory on Saturday.

Michael Lynch   Everybody likes to have a runner in the spring. The races are glamorous, the crowds are big, and public interest is at its greatest.

Telepathic and Mighty Lucky set for Villiers

No luck required: Nathan Thomas gets Mighty Lucky (nearest to camera) home in the Festival Stakes.

Chris Roots   Telepathic and Mighty Lucky come from different ends of the racing world, but after success at Rosehill on Saturday they are set to clash in the Villiers Stakes in a fortnight.

O’Shea sings praises after Ghisoni shows her quality

Likes what he sees: Godolphin trainer John O’Shea has labelled Ghisoni the best three-year-old filly in his yard.

Chris Roots   There is still a fair bit of rawness to Ghisoni but it didn't stop Godolphin trainer John O'Shea labelling her the best three-year-old filly in his yard. 

Dublin Lass too good in the Starlight Stakes

Kerrin McEvoy

Chris Roots   The limit weight is always a good starting point when you are taking steps along the black-type path and Dublin Lass made the most of her advantage in winning the Starlight Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Telepathic gets another win on her way to the Villiers

Too much class: James McDonald rides Telepathic to win the ATC Cup at Rosehill.

Chris Roots   Telepathic did what was excepted in winning Saturday's ATC Cup at Rosehill, and premier trainer Chris Waller is set to use an approach that worked with Rangirangdoo and He's Your Man in a fortnight at Randwick.

Criterion pleases in Valley workout

In great shape: Craig Williams urges Criterion past Orator in a track gallop at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch   David Hayes and Craig Williams cannot wait to get to Hong Kong with star galloper Criterion, who showed he was in fine fettle for his next overseas raid when he worked before racing at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Dublin Lass has the goods in the Starlight Stakes

Chris Roots dinkus Dinkus

Chris Roots   The record of Dublin Lass heading into Saturday's Starlight Stakes is good but break it down further and it goes to impressive given the firm conditions she will find at Rosehill.

I'm Imposing out for another Festival win instead of retirement

He's imposing: Tye Angland pilots I'm Imposing to victory in the Festival Stakes for Chris Waller last year. The trio reunite for another tilt on Saturday.

Chris Roots   I'm Imposing is in the twilight of his racing days but he is such a summer time horse that Chris Waller has a cautious push on for a final curtain call.

Unanimously on track for Moonee Valley sprint

High hopes: Trainer Matthew Dale expects Unanimously to race well at Moonee Valley.

As Matthew Dale prepares to welcome his best horse back into work, a long-time flag bearer for the Canberra trainer's stable will bid to win at Moonee Valley.

Cashed-up Canberra one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.

McDonald offers winning return when he teams with Waller

Blur: this might be all rivals see of odds-on favourite Telepathic when James McDonald gets in the saddle on Saturday.

Chris Roots   James McDonald might be the retained jockey at Godolphin but for punters his combination with premier trainer Chris Waller has become lethal this season.

Newnham's labour of love

Recognition: Mark Newnham speaks to trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Chris Roots   Mark Newnham likes to be known as part of the team at Gai Waterhouse stables but being singled out as the inaugural winner of the excellence award at the Godolphin stud and stable awards put him in the spotlight.

Tinto running in memory of regular jockey Tim Bell

Diamond day: Tim Bell celebrates his Queensland Oaks triumph on Tinto in May.

Chris Roots   Tinto was always going to be the curtain call on Darling Downs horseman Rex Lipp's career but loss of Tim Bell, the Queensland Oaks winner's regular raceday partner, has added a some sadness to the remainder her career.

Dublin Lass well weighted for the Starlight Stakes

On the limit: Dublin Lass scores on Queensland Oaks day during the Brisbane carnival.

Chris Roots   ​Peter Snowden doesn't often get a surprise when weights for races arrive but when he saw Dublin Lass on the limit weight of 54kg for Saturday's Starlight Stakes he had to smile.

Lloyd Williams sues clinic over Melbourne Cup horse

The writ says HCR purchased Amralah in 2014 for the purpose of competing in races in Australia, with its main mission to win the Melbourne Cup.

Mark Russell   Four-time Melbourne Cup winner Lloyd Williams has launched legal action over the alleged negligent veterinary treatment of his horse, Amralah, which had to be scratched from the race that stops a nation.

Bayliss saved by Hawkeye as whip action is questioned

Hawkeye helps: Jockey Regan Bayliss.

Chris Roots   The stewards latest technological tool had apprentice Regan Bayliss down the gun in a protest then an inquiry for his whip action but the Hawkeye system finally proved his friend clearing him at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

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Regimental Force stamps Magic Millions credentials with thumping Rosehill trial win

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway   The Magic Millions picture became clearer at the Rosehill barrier trials on Tuesday when a colt with a great Gold Coast background stood out like a beacon with a brilliant display of speed in his 900-metre heat.

Racing NSW targets country areas with prizemoney and jobs package

Industry boost: Racing NSW chairman John Messara.

Chris Roots   Racing NSW has announced $21 million boost to country and provincial racing from the proceeds of the tax parity legislation starting from July 1 next year.

Hopes free to train pending cobalt appeal hearing

Horse trainer Shannon Hope and his father have appealed.

Father-and-son training partners Lee and Shannon Hope are free to train pending an appeal over their cobalt disqualifications.

Silent protester loses damages case against V'landys, Racing NSW

Courtroom win: Racing NSW chief executive officer Peter V'landys.

Adam Pengilly   A country trainer who staged silent protests against Racing NSW and its chief executive officer Peter V'landys roadside on a Grafton bridge and outside an ex-Federal minister's office has lost a damages case against the governing body.

Payne is personality plus; Bartley wins news award

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne.

Michael Lynch   Michelle Payne's feet have hardly touched the ground since she made history by becomning the first woman to ride the winner of the Melbourne Cup.

Just A Blur wins Goulburn Cup

Just a Blur won the Goulburn Cup on Sunday.

Just A Blur's Goulburn Cup win may rule her out of future country features, with the Villiers Stakes a possible target.