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Horse tries to bite rival runner during race

Adam Pengilly 1:23 PM   The late Bart Cummings was the biggest advocate for feeding horses well, but what would he have made of a horse at Canterbury trying to take a chunk out of his rival in the middle of a race?

Punters again the losers, on and off the track

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell 5:19 PM   "We are as mad as hell and we are not going to take this anymore," ranted the television personality Howard Beale, portrayed by Peter Finch in the film Network, who was treated considerably better than Australian punters today.

Godolphin's Apollo Stakes pair top priority as Slipper squad tested

Fighting fit: Hauraki is in fine fettle as he prepares to resume at Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly 5:12 PM   Godolphin's late-blooming Golden Slipper squad will be given a stern test up and down the eastern seaboard, but trainer John O'Shea would be just as happy to see a couple of his major group 1 players return how he expects them to in the Apollo Stakes.

Baker's Orr-some talent ready to tie up some more Loose ends

Off and running: Kiwi galloper Turn Me Loose is a leading contender for the Orr Stakes.

Adam Pengilly   Murray Baker is like that lucky bloke who staggers out of the party last, looting the leftover booze and leaving a trail of worse-for-wear bodies behind him. He has fronted up at the next party and has similar plans to leave his rivals lamenting his invitation with Turn Me Loose.

Muscled-up Rich Enuff ready to return to the winners' circle

Rich Enuff's breeding is full of colonial sprinters.

Chris Roots   Peter and Paul Snowden have been charged with finding the potential from Rich Enuff, which had him rated the best three-year-old in the country in the spring of 2014, only to fall at group 1 level.

Solicit given one last chance at Randwick

Better days: Solicit wins the Summoned Stakes at Sandown last November.

Chris Roots   David Moodie was ready to ban Randwick with Solicit after her last experience there, another last last place 12 months ago, but Gerald Ryan has convinced him to give headquarters another go in the Apollo Stakes on Saturday.

Messara stays with Finland family in hope of more group 1 success

In good company: Stay With Me is hoping to add to the legacy created by her mother Miss Finland.

Adam Pengilly   Miss Finland she may not be, but John Messara is convinced there is a touch of her Golden Slipper-winning mother in Stay With Me.

Buying power at yearling sales sets scene for a bumper year

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway   The buying power at the first three yearling sales conducted in Australasia in 2016 can only be described as freakish with unbelievable support from buyers during the four week period from January 16 on the Gold Coast through to this weeks Inglis Classic which ended in Sydney earlier this week.

Spright right to put it on the track in the Lonhro Plate

High hopes: Trainer Garry Frazer reckons Spright is ready to make a mark.

Chris Roots   Trainer Garry Frazer had never laid an eye on Spright, when she was sold for $100,000 at the Melbourne Premier sale, but he knew a bit about the family and believes she can lived up to its billing.

From last in a bush maiden to Randwick group 2 for 300-1 shot

Back in action: Peeping will give away weight in the Triscay Stakes.

Adam Pengilly   Perasino ran an inglorious last in a bush maiden the previous time she went to the races. Now she will give her trainer a first ever runner at Randwick as a 300-1 hope in a group 2 race.

Sky Racing 2 free as Tabcorp counts cost of race clashes

Return to Randwick: Hugh Bowman riding Winx.

Adam Pengilly   Sky Racing's secondary subscription channel will be made free to viewers as punters brace for more race clashes on Saturday, including the feature races in Sydney and Melbourne being scheduled five minutes apart.

Perignon uncorks Light Fingers Stakes win for king of the Snitzels

Sydney races. Jockey Tim Clark rides Perignon to win race , Race 3, Liberty International Underwriters Light Fingers ...

Adam Pengilly 4:35 PM   It is debatable whether Gerald Ryan has ever taken to the "King of the Snitzels" tag. You know the one incessantly played on the television commercials. Begging you to buy into a Snitzel. Certain money maker, apparently. It might actually be right.

Orr's competitiveness heralds riveting carnival

Glenn Boss riding Lucky Hussler reacts after winning  the  William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley last March.

Michael Lynch 6:27 PM   Champion racehorses are always an asset to the game.

Waller not worried about gap between races

Back on course: Boban returns to racing in the Orr Stakes at Caulfield.

Patrick Bartley   To the outsider, Australia's most successful horse trainer Chris Waller will find himself conflicted by the tight gap between races on Saturday. Not so, says Waller.

Australian race caller shortlisted for plum US job

Santa Anita will again host the Breeders' Cup in November.

Australian caller Craig Evans has been shortlisted to become the permanent track announcer at the prestigious Santa Anita course in California.

Drug-free racing remains a priority in state

Signoff, who finished fourth in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, returned to racing on Boxing Day and was successful but later ...

Patrick Bartley     Following Thursday's Racing Victoria Board meeting it was announced that there would be "no change to the current drug policy".  

Racing Victoria stands firm on ibuprofen

Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey.

Patrick Bartley   Racing Victoria has resisted making changes to its drug-free policy, despite calls for a relaxation in the rule over positive swabs for the anti-inflammatory substance ibuprofen.

Present and future on show in throwback to yesteryear, but can anything beat Winx?

Chris Waller

Adam Pengilly   The present and future of Australian racing will be the main attraction during a 10 minutes which shows how far racing has gone back in time. But is Winx a betting proposition in the Apollo Stakes?

Punters the losers again as race schedule crowded by Victorian trial

Promising to look after the punter: Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys.

Chris Roots   Racing NSW and Racing Victoria power brokers will meet on Friday in an attempt to work out differences over race times, which caused a significant turnover downturn last weekend.

Trial of 30-minute starting times could continue

Rhys McLeod riding Shakespearean Lass, winner of the W.J.Adams Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley   As the war of words between Victoria and NSW racing bodies continues to simmer over the tighter race schedule for the Caulfield meeting on Saturday, it is hoped a summit meeting on Friday between senior officials from both states may find a solution.

Weatherly shooting for Blue Diamond start

Good bloodline: Beneteau wins the Blue Diamond Prelude in 2010.

The similarities between Weatherly and his sire Beneteau are not lost on Paul Messara.

Vandyke out to leave impression on Sydney

David Vandyke is preparing Yankee  Rose for next month's Golden Slipper.

Warwick Barr   ​David Vandyke has a definite Golden Slipper horse in his stable and by the end of the week he could have a wildcard for The Championships.

Racing industry stunned by positive swabs to the drug ibuprofen

Signoff, who finished fourth in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, returned to racing on Boxing Day and was successful but later ...

Large doses of the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen is behind the positive swabs that have shocked the racing industry, well-placed sources say.

Stanley to face RAD board

Leading Sydney jockey Glyn Schofield.

Trainer Brent Stanley will face four charges issued by Racing Victoria stewards following the sale of his former racehorse Equita to Hong Kong last year.

Positive swabs to anti-inflammatory drug returned

Signoff, with Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira in the saddle, wins the Lexus Stakes on Saturday, and with it a berth in the ...

Racing seems to roll from one drama to the next. Even before the cobalt chapter is finished there is another drug fiasco, with a number of horses returning positive swabs to the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen – the common human painkiller Nurofen.

Japanese quartet to headline overseas entries for The Championships

Return trip: Tosen Stardom will again feature in the 2000m weight-for-age contest.

Japanese group 1 winners Isla Bonita and Logotype, the former a previous champion three-year-old colt, will spearhead the international contingent for The Championships at Randwick in April.

Pride Of Dubai retired after sustaining recurrence of bone bruising

Retired: Pride of Dubai.

Dual group 1 winner Pride Of Dubai has been retired after a veterinary examination revealed he sustained a similar injury in his Eskimo Prince Stakes flop to the one that kept him off the track for almost 10 months.

Punters should learn from the A-League, betting bans only way they will be heard

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The message from punters around the country to warring administrators should be simple: you won't get our money until you fix this mess. Maybe only some self imposed betting bans will cure racing's ills.

Lightweight riders to the fore as major handicap changes loom for autumn carnival

Glen Boss rides Kermadec to win The Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick Racecourselast year.

A raft of changes to the minimum weights for major handicap races across NSW - increasing the demand for lightweight jockeys - is set to come into effect this autumn carnival to avoid the embarrassment of last year's Epsom and The Metropolitan debacle.

'Nothing will touch her': rival trainer already conceding to Winx

Hugh Bowman on Winx after winning the Cox Plate in October last year.

Winx's probable return in the Apollo Stakes won't scare off at least one rival trainer, but John Sargent is happy to concede "nothing will touch her" when Australia's best racehorse struts her stuff at Rosehill on Saturday.