Big-race clues abound at Caulfield's Underwood Stakes meeting

Patrick Bartley The architect of this year's Caulfield and Melbourne Cup weights maintains that Saturdays meeting at Caulfield is one of the most critical days of racing leading up to Australia's most important...

The internationals who can have an impact on Melbourne's spring carnival

Patrick Bartley For the past 12 months Racing Victoria’s International recruiter Leigh Jordon has scoured the world for the best possible international racehorses to lure to Australia for the spring.

Win during the week keeps Hooked in John Thompson's hands before being sold

Chris Roots John Thompson closed the book on Patinack a winner as Hooked in Wednesday's Cameron Handicap and the same four-year-old could open provide a perfect start to a new era in next month's Epsom Handicap.

Racing NSW and ATC lag behind on free race replays online

Second helping: Punters will be able to watch the likes of Hallowed Crown's Golden Rose triumph for free online.

Chris Roots The delay on race replays being shown on the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW websites for free is set to be resolved once deals can be struck with TVN-Telstra joint venture on digital rights for...

Schofield needs time to consider appeal

Patrick Bartley Chad Schofield will seek the advice of his management and family before considering whether to appeal a 32-meeting ban.

Top riders Corey Brown and Zac Purton take globetrotting in their stride

Hit and run mission: Jockey Zac Purton will reunite with Doncaster winner Sacred Falls in Saturday's George Main Stakes at Randwick.

Chris Roots The internationalisation of racing moves on apace as Zac Purton and Corey Brown continue their regular visits home at Randwick on Saturday for George Main Stakes day.

Premiers Chris Waller and James McDonald resume uncanny partnership at Randwick

Chris Roots dinkus Dinkus

Chris Roots Chris Waller and James McDonald are working on a remarkable 87.5 per cent strike rate for the season.

Hopes and dreams go on the line as new-season babies step out at Randwick

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway Gai Waterhouse and John O’Shea have the numbers at Monday’s official two-year-olds' trials on the Kensington track at Randwick, but it is Team Hawkes' three representatives which will...

Lucia Valentina shrugs off winter look for George Main Stakes at Randwick

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell Hopefully her Tramway acceleration, unlike the mountain-goat look, remains with Lucia Valentina on Saturday at Randwick.

Hill Stakes is make or break for Criterion's Cox Plate bid: David Payne

Adam Pengilly A brutally honest David Payne will put Criterion's Cox Plate ambitions on the line, claiming if his Australian Derby hero cannot win the Hill Stakes he will not have any chance in Australasia's...

Underrated Famous Seamus set to spice up The Shorts at Randwick

Adam Pengilly Noel Mayfield-Smith can count on the Stradbroke Handicap as one of the select list of group 1s he has won, but the race has been anything but kind to his latest stable flagbearer Famous Seamus.

Jockey Chad Schofield outed for 32 meetings

Patrick Bartley Leading jockey Chad Schofield has been outed for 32 meetings after being found guilty of improper riding after Wednesday’s Mornington race meeting.

Chad Schofield's spring carnival ambitions shattered after 32-meeting ban

Chad Schofield’s spring carnival ambitions are in tatters after he was banned for 32 meetings for improper riding at Mornington on Wednesday.

Patinack Farm keeps punters Hooked as it goes out with a winner

Nathan Tinkler

Chris Roots The empire that Nathan Tinkler built finally crumbled on Wednesday, but went out a winner, in the city he said had "shit" on him.

Purton ponders weighty issue

Zac Purton

Patrick Bartley Former Australian jockey Zac Purton is 'mystified' Melbourne Cup mount Admire Rakti was allotted top weight of 58 kilograms in this years Melbourne Cup.

Jockey Blake Shinn hopes Wish Come True won't share honours in Newcastle Cup

Blake Shinn and Hooked in the winner's circle at Broadmeadow racecourse on Wednesday.

Chris Roots Blake Shinn has shared a Newcastle Cup but believes Wish Come True can give him one of his own on Thursday.

No star act forces rise in Melbourne Cup weights

Silent Achiever in his stable on Tuesday after the release of weights for the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup was announced at Flemington.

Patrick Bartley Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter described this year's $6.2 million Melbourne Cup a race of opportunity for not only horse but rider.

Gai Waterhouse questions The Offer being lumped with 56.5kg for Melbourne Cup

Great hope: The Offer poses at Flemington Racecourse earlier in the week.

Adam Pengilly Gai Waterhouse described early Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer's handicap as "quite a bit of pudding" as Australia's greatest race desperately seeks the emergence of another star.

Pale Mimosa still a chance to run in the Melbourne Cup

Dermot Weld.

Patrick Bartley Dermot Weld is still a chance to have a runner in the Melbourne Cup.

Pale Mimosa still a chance to run in the Melbourne Cup

Dermot Weld.

Patrick Bartley Dermot Weld still a chance to have a runner in the Melbourne Cup.