The reality of heat and the new weights scale got the better of Sydney' leading jockey Brenton Advulla as he had to forgo a couple of rides at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Young apprentice Anna Jordsjo, whose partner Josh Cartwright was charged with careless riding in the now infamous final event in Adelaide last Saturday, has been stood down from riding after suffering a heavy fall at track work this morning.
It might be a few weeks yet before the top line gallopers hit the track for their big late summer and autumn assignments, but top stables up and down the country are now putting the finishing touches to long laid plans for their stars to shine when the big money races come round again in Melbourne and Sydney.
Trainer Chris Waller may have labelled it a preseason game, but there is no doubt Winx can draw a crowd, even when there is nothing on the line.
As the racing community reels from Josh Cartwright's reckless ride on Senior Council in the final race at Morphettville on Saturday, Cartwright's former mentor was astounded by the young jockey's "brain fade".
Australian racing's fairytale filly which chased Winx into third in the Cox Plate has been dragged into a drug probe after returning a positive swab during the spring carnival. But the case could have wide-ranging ramifications over the handling of licensed veterinarians.
Chris Waller is ready to enjoy his champion Winx, hopefully for years to come, as she prepares to step out for the first time this autumn at Rosehill's barrier trials on Tuesday.
Magic Millions Classic winner Houtzen possesses raw speed, which is hard to beat in two-year-old racing, but history is against coming to Sydney taking the Golden Slipper back to the Gold Coast.
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy is one of a number of key racing people to criticise rider Josh Cartwright for his riding tactics in the final event at Morphettville in Adelaide that nearly caused a multiple fall on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees will let handy three-year-old Guard Of Honour show him where to go after he resumes in the Wilkes Quality at Randwick on Saturday.
Late on Saturday afternoon when the hype, glitz and glamour were reaching a climax on the Gold Coast racecourse, a refreshing new player was emerging amid the cut and thrust of a $10 million prizemoney afternoon.
Flying filly Houtzen is the Golden Slipper favourite after defying the outside barrier and all attempts to run her down to win the Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
When the big boys are away, the kids get the chance to play.
Gary Portelli thought he had run fourth.
Prime Thoroughbreds arrived to Magic Millions with the most runners of any syndicator but it took Flying Jess to put them in the headlines.
Gerald Ryan got more than he expected from Menari as he scored on debut at Randwick on Saturday.
Orange will host the first grass track harness meetings in NSW for more than 30 years as the carnival of cups rolls into town in February.
Racing NSW stewards are continuing investigations into a modified whip used on the Marc Quinn-trained Far Out at trackwork before the Port Macquarie meeting on January 7.
A new power of Australian racing brought the top priced colt from traditional power Arrowfield Stud as James Harron paid $1.3 million for son of Redoute's Choice at Magic Millions on Friday.
Queanbeyan trainer hopes it's "same bat time, same bat channel" for War Jet in the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint.
Joe Pride looks at Butterboom as the kind of horse that is always going to give you a sight.
Jeff Lloyd continues to do things he isn't supposed to do.
The elderly find it hard to get a seat at the extravaganza on the Gold Coast but Jeff Lloyd, at 55, is riding like few others.
In the 1990s the Magic Millions concept, intended to help create two major bloodstock companies, began to founder and was on its knees and in administration.
There is no doubt the punting capital of Australia will be the Gold Coast racecourse on Saturday with $10 million in prizemoney on offer in a meeting littered with interstate stables.
A highly anticipated weekend of spectacular performances by the rags-to-riches stallion I Am Invincible during the Magic Millions carnival could have the Yarraman Park-based sire standing alongside the likes of Fastnet Rock and Snitzel as Australia's most sought-after performers Down Under.
Gai Waterhouse won the Golden Slipper with Sebring before he went on to become a star stallion and hopes his brother could emulate him after paying $1.3 million for him at the Magic Millions Sale on Thursday.
Chester Manifold Stakes day preview at Flemington
Kris Lees has learnt to stick with his plans and even winning the Villiers Stakes didn't change the goal for Sense Of Occasion, which has always been Friday's Gosford Cup.
John Thompson declares Thewayweare and Invincible Knight are the sort of horses you like having in the stable: "They are winners."