Racing

Trainer Chris Waller barely holds together Sydney's winter of discontent

Max Presnell Sydney Saturdays have left the worst to last this season and using the scorned Kensington circuit has stimulated criticism from the usually docile Chris Waller.

Racing

Paul Messara to leave training

Adam Pengilly Paul Messara will wind down his training business in the new racing season after agreeing to take up an increased role with his father John's Hunter Valley breeding operation.

Bletchingly ideal for Lord Of The Sky, says Dwayne Dunn

Dwayne Dunn is excited about his spring carnival prospects.

Patrick Bartley Dwayne Dunn believes his ride on Lord Of The Sky in Saturday's Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield will be the start of a successful season.

Racing

Trainer Garry Frazer makes changes to try and bring out the best in Sheer Style at Randwick

Adam Pengilly Blinkers should be the last thing Sheer Style needs, but Garry Frazer can see otherwise as his flying filly creeps a little closer to a hit-and-run mission in next month's San Domenico Stakes.

Racing

Stable party trick shows Atmospherical is more Houdini than Mr Ed

Trainer David Pfieffer with Atmospherical in her stable.

Adam Pengilly Mr Ed she's not, but this is one pretty smart filly.

Horseracing

Bashboy standing in the way of trainer Patrick Payne landing national jumps double

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Patrick Bartley   For Patrick Payne to achieve wins in Victoria's two most important jumping races, the Grand National Hurdle and Steeple the trainer realises that he must overcome arguably the state's finest...

Horseracing

Frankel, my dear, I will give a dam: John Singleton punts on champion

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John Holloway John Singleton is again on the Frankel trail and has sent two of his better broodmares – Samantha Miss and Deedra – to Newmarket in England to be bred to southern hemisphere time by the...

Horse Racing

Trainer David Pfieffer shows the way for racing's generation next

David Pfieffer and Atmospherical.

Adam Pengilly Armed with the numbers to prove his point and horses spreading the stable's wings more than 2000km apart on Saturday, David Pfieffer makes a pretty compelling case.

Racing

Corporate bookmakers complain new betting rules treat them unfairly

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Max Presnell Corporate bookmakers feel they are being exposed to a Harold Larwood, bodyline-style attack by the new betting minimums imposed justifiably by Racing NSW.

Horse Racing

Non-stop racing is only way Inkling will learn his craft, says Josh Parr

Back in the saddle: the Queen's horse, Carlton House, will have an exhibition gallop at Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly Josh Parr reckons there's only one way for untapped colt Inkling to improve: by continually racing.

Horseracing

Trainer Sam Kavanagh happy after a solid start in Sydney pressure-cooker

Stud-bound: The next stage beckons for Lady of Harrods after Saturday's Kensington meeting.

Adam Pengilly Sam Kavanagh knows winter has been a "run of outs" – Interspersed's Canberra Guineas win in March was his most recent – but nothing can detract from the stable's success a year after his...

Horse Racing

Leading trainer Darren Weir rules out relocating

In top gear: Darren Weir takes a breather in Ballarat.

Patrick Bartley One would safely imagine that after spending six hours overseeing his 90-strong team of horses amid the harsh Ballarat winter that leading trainer Darren Weir would hope for some time away from the...

Horse Racing

Claim to fame: apprentice Sam Clipperton bags Canterbury double

In with the big boys: Sam Clipperton outrode his apprentices' claim with two wins at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Adam Pengilly Apprentice Sam Clipperton left it until the last week to outride his claim while James McDonald will have to sweat even longer for his spoils as the tale of two jockeys took another twist on...

Horse racing

Racehorse owned by Queen fails dope test

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, with her daughter Princess Anne and her horse Estimate, who won the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup.

A racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned substance morphine.

Sprint Lord scares off rivals at Caulfield

Lord Of The Sky appears to have much on his rivals for Saturday's race.

Patrick Bartley Exciting speedster Lord Of The Sky appears to have scared off many of his rivals for Saturday's $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield after the re-opening for entries for the 1200m dash...

Racing

Racing bodies meet to finalise Super Track feasibility study

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David Polkinghorne Racing will return to Canberra's synthetic Acton track next winter regardless of what happens at Tuesday's briefing on a potential Super Track between the ACT government and the ACT's racing bodies.

Horse Racing

Victorian racing's stakeholders pool resources for new media business

It's a Dundeel defeats Atlantic Jewel

Michael Lynch Racing needs all the friends it can get. 

Racing

Trainer David Payne happy with Warwick Stakes switch for Derby winner Criterion

Top class: Criterion dashes clear to win the Derby with Hugh Bowman on board.

Adam Pengilly David Payne has leant his support to the controversial switch of the Warwick Stakes to Randwick, saying he would not have planned to run Australian Derby winner Criterion if the feature was still at...

Racing

Cox Plate hopeful Dan Excel settles in at historic Muskoka Farm

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Chris Roots The peaceful banks of the Hawkesbury River are about as far as you can get from Hong Kong, the usual home for Cox Plate hopeful Dan Excel.

Horeracing

Star spring carnival contenders step out at Rosehill trials

Chris Roots It has been a bit cold and spring might look a long way away, but trainer Michael Hawkes says there will be some exciting pointers at the barrier trials at Rosehill on Monday.