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Boban heads Sydney assault on Memsie Stakes

CHRIS ROOTS 3:37pm Glyn Schofield follows Boban to Melbourne for Saturday's Memsie Stakes but the hoop will take more than a passing interest when Law lines up in The Run To The Rose at Rosehill.

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Michael Moroney seeks Rosehill double

Entree: Surpass wins at Randwick for Michael Moroney last week.

CHRIS ROOTS 5:17pm The Sydney big wet has had the trucks heading south full in the past week but for Flemington trainer Michael Moroney it has been an opportunity to come the other way.

Berry excited by spring racing prospects

Good lad: Almalad and Tommy Berry will again partner on Saturday, in the Run To The Rose.

CHRIS ROOTS 5:22pm Three pillars of Tommy Berry's spring will have sound outs in the next week and the hard-working hoop believes he will discover a lot more about Almalad, Dan Excel and The Offer.

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McDonald's star shows no sign of dimming

All the right attributes: Star jockey James McDonald has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks.

MAX PRESNELL 12:00pm Being so good so young won't count against James McDonald, according to Craig "Clocker" Tompson, a guiding light behind the meteoric Australian rise of the talented New Zealander.

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Thompson has no regrets as new dawn looms

Just get on with the job: Outgoing Patinack Farm head trainer John Thompson.

CHRIS ROOTS John Thompson has kept his integrity and dignity as the face of Patinack Farm, even as he trained for the past two years without a budget and not knowing when he will get paid.

Hawkes eyes skies and keeps options open

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CHRIS ROOTS Sydney shorts: Hawkes Racing has been busy moving horses down the highway to Melbourne to escape the big wet and Messene will lead the charge in the first group 1 of the season, the Memsie Stakes

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O'Shea's first win in Godolphin's colours

Colour run: John O'Shea (right) dons the Godolphin blue at last month's launch.  He had his first Sydney winner in the new gear on Wednesday.

CHRIS ROOTS John O'Shea finally got off the mark in Sydney with Godolphin's new blue colours on Wednesday and has set his sights on Sarajevo running his way in to the Golden Rose this weekend.

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Racing Results for Friday, August 29

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Apprentice jockey Claire Gee takes chance with breakout double at Thoroughbred Park

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JON TUXWORTH 6:57pm Apprentice jockey Claire Gee says the Canberra racing community has rallied behind injured jockeys Brendan Ward and Carly Frater after she guided two of Frater's rides to wins at Thoroughbred Park. 

Nostradamus the prediction for Run To The Rose at Rosehill

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MAX PRESNELL 6:07pm The boom on promising Almalad and Sarajevo will be tested by the fitness of Nostradamus in the Run To the Rose at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

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Trainer Mick Price looks to the country for fresh ideas

Track rider Lachie Hayes, riding Lankan Rupee, talks to trainer Mick Price after barrier testing at Caulfield Racecourse during the week.

PATRICK BARTLEY 11:58pm With the growing trend to have particular racehorses trained closer to their natural environment, Mick Price is one trainer openly admitting to being a convert.

Racing Results for Thursday, August 28

Racing Results for Thursday, August 28

Campbell Brown has great hopes for Sweet Idea on Saturday

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PATRICK BARTLEY You can never accuse former Hawthorn premiership player Campbell Brown of lacking passion for whatever sporting endeavour the one-time West Australian pursues.

Canberra apprentice jockey Carly Frater looks to bounce back from serious fall

Canberra apprentice Carly Frater.

CHRIS WILSON Canberra apprentice jockey Carly Frater has told her trainers she is desperate to continue her career.

Premier's Cup duo He's Your Man and Wish Come True to put worth of gelding to the test

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MAX PRESNELL The worth of the gelder's blade, being waved perilously close to the highly promising Liberation, will again be put to the test in the Premier's Cup at Rosehill on Saturday by He's Your Man and Wish Come True.

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Sydney's big wet leaves leaves punters a puzzle for Golden Rose dress rehearsal

Unbeaten: Hallowed Crown scores during The Championships at Randwick in April.

CHRIS ROOTS Hallowed Crown and Scratch Me Lucky might be first-up in Saturday's Run To The Rose at Rosehill but have proven wet-track form from the sodden Championships meeting in the autumn to recommend them.

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Gambler's punts with BetEzy unlawful, NT Racing Commission finds

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BEN BUTLER Almost $170,000 worth of bets a Western Australian punter allegedly placed by SMS with bookmaker BetEzy were unlawful, a tribunal has found.

I Am Invincible shows he also has star quality as Hunter Valley studs throw open their gates

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John Holloway Stallion viewings around the Hunter Valley are always special on the eve of a breeding season and last week's extravaganzas were no exceptions.

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Canberra jockey Brendan Ward breaks neck, but vows to be back in saddle

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CHRIS WILSON Canberra jockey Brendan Ward says he'll overcome a broken neck and be back riding in three months.

Josh Parr will be on board Cluster at Rosehill after his suspension was cut to one meeting

Penalty reduced: Josh Parr and Cluster, pictured here scoring at Rosehill last month, are set to reunite after the jockey's four-meeting suspension was reduced.

CHRIS ROOTS Josh Parr will continue his association with promising four-year-old Cluster at Rosehill after having a three-meeting suspension for going to too slow varied to a single meeting and a $2000 by the Racing NSW Appeals Panel on Tuesday.

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Peter Moody and Luke Nolen ready to team up again in Memsie Stakes

Moment of triumph: Luke Nolen and Moment of Change (inside) take the Orr Stakes at Caulfield in February.

Mathew Toogood They have been a dominant force in 1400-metre group 1s at Caulfield since 2010 and trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen are poised to strike again on Saturday.

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Not the foggiest: Lankan Rupee set for big return

Stellar season: Lankan Rupee scores in the Newmarket with Chad Schofield up, one of three group 1 wins last season.

Mathew Toogood Mick Price was forced to rely on jockey Craig Newitt's review as fog spoiled any chance of watching Lankan Rupee's Caulfield jump-out on Tuesday.

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Trainer John Sadler fined for altercation with Wayne Hawkes

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Tim Habel Caulfield trainer John Sadler was fined $1000 by Racing Victoria stewards on Tuesday following an adjourned inquiry into a incident involving fellow trainer Wayne Hawkes at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

Racing Results for Monday, August 25

Racing Results for Monday, August 25

Chad Schofield has penalty cut and vows to change his ways

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PATRICK BARTLEY Chad Schofield walked away from Racing Victoria's head office on Monday after having four days taken from his one month suspension incurred two weeks ago.

Racing NSW stewards' kid-glove approach with wayward colt hits punters for six

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MAX PRESNELL After Liberation, following two recent incidents of erratic behaviour, ran amok in Saturday's Up and Coming Stakes at Randwick, the question was asked: What was he doing in the field?

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More cup hopefuls show their best

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PATRICK BARTLEY Significant interest in this year's $6 million Melbourne Cup continued at the weekend with the first two stayers over the line in England's richest handicap appearing set to journey to Victoria this spring.

Memsie Stakes brimming with class as Sydney trainers search for firmer footing

Memsie bound: Brilliant New Zealand mare Silent Achiever.

PATRICK BARTLEY The dismal weather conditions in Sydney that have conspired against so many aspiring spring carnival contenders is largely the reason next Saturday's group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield is brimming with weight-for-age talent.

Team Hawkes send Messene south for shot at Memsie Stakes

Caulfield bound: Messene.

CHRIS ROOTS The wet weather in Sydney could deliver Hawkes Racing the first group 1 of the season as Messene changes tack and heads to Caulfield on Saturday.

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Gai Waterhouse rapt with late-blooming Golden Rose hope Almalad

Charging: Golden Rose favourite Almalad (in green).

CHRIS ROOTS Unbeaten Golden Rose favourite Almalad might have taken the easier group 1 path as a two-year-old but it was by Gai Waterhouse's design to have him at his peak at three.

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Nostradamus the prediction for Run To The Rose at Rosehill

The boom on promising Almalad and Sarajevo will be tested by the fitness of Nostradamus in the Run To the Rose at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

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I Am Invincible shows his star quality at stud

Stallion viewings around the Hunter Valley are always special on the eve of a breeding season and last week's extravaganzas were no exceptions.

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Free-spirited Liberation tests limits

After Liberation, following two recent incidents of erratic behaviour, ran amok in Saturday's Up and Coming Stakes at Randwick, the question was asked: What was he doing in the field?

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'Ultimate gear change' to be tested at Rosehill

The worth of the gelder's blade, being waved perilously close to the highly promising Liberation, will again be put to the test on Saturday.

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Camelot hits the right note with breeders

Susan Magnier, part of the ownership team of Coolmore’s huge multi-million dollar European racing stable prepared by Aidan O’Brien, is instrumental in the clever naming of their racetrack representatives.

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Funding news a shambles from start

The Championships has secured its future and $10 million in funding after an announcement that could only be called Yes Minister meets Fawlty Towers.

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Punters keep safe with one-time Cup hotpot Puissance De Lune

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

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High time NSW racing industry had one awards night for all

The folly of having two NSW racing awards night should not happen again.

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Retirement further bolsters stallion ranks

It was a fait accompli that Queen Elizabeth’s magnificent looking stallion Carlton House would join the Darley stallion roster.

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Peter Moody's opinion of Better Land the strongest pointer to Randwick feature

The unknown factor plays a big role for punters in The Rosebud at Randwick on Saturday.

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Tapit shows his grey power at Saratoga

There was no sign of a grey evening at the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sales on Monday night.

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Few stars on racing's spring skyline but watch this space

The new season dawned on Saturday with a protest and a predictable result. It was business as usual for the premier jockey and trainer, both celebrating doubles. However, there is less certainty as spring racing fires up.

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