Events

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

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

Patinack Farm trainer John 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.

Campbell Brown has great hopes for Sweet Idea on Saturday

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.

Hawkes Racing keeps one eye on the weather and options open in two states

Chris Roots dinkus Dinkus

Chris Roots 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 year, the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on...

Horseracing

Gai Waterhouse in class of her own, with chances in eight Rosehill events

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Around the world, women trainers, led by our world record-holder Gai Waterhouse, have had an awesome year.

Food set, bubbly chilled as caterers take reins for marquee gastronomic events

The Big Group catering in Richmond preparing food for the marquees at Flemington.

Sarina Lewis The Big Group will be delivering breakfast, lunch and canapes to five marquees and 'countless' hampers to eager racegoers.

Out of the blue, into the black for O'Shea

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.

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

John Holloway, Bloodlines

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.

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

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.

Lankan Rupee won't scare off Villa Verde, says Anthony Cummings

Anthony Cummings is confident Villa Verde will be hard to toss in Saturday's $120,000 Carlyon Stakes.

Patrick Bartley with AAP While the appearance of the brilliant Lankan Rupee is certain to make an imposing presence this spring, opposition trainers and owners are now busily mapping out a strategy to avoid the highest-rated...

Victorian racing embraces digital age to ensure a level playing field

High tech: RVL chief steward Terry Bailey and head of integrity Dayle Brown in the Racing Victoria integrity control room.

Patrick Bartley and Jesse Hogan In the mid-1960s, the ruthless premier of Victoria, Henry Bolte, laid down two conditions for the racing industry just months before the arrival of the TAB to the state.

Trainers to be consulted over new $1 million Country Championships series

Opinion sought: Boss Peter V'landys says Racing NSW will talk to bush trainers before finalising April's Country Championships.

Adam Pengilly Country trainers will be consulted about the best programming for qualifying races for the much-hyped Country Championships final in April.

Peter Moody not happy despite Silver Shadow Stakes success at Randwick

Moody blues: Bring Me The Maid took the Silver Shadow but trainer Peter Moody has hit out at the program for three-year-olds.

Adam Pengilly Bring Me The Maid raced herself into Golden Rose contention with victory in the Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Wayward runner creates mayhem in Up And Coming Stakes

One-two: Tye Angland (right) boots Scissor Kick home ahead of stablemate Panzer Division in the Up and Coming Stakes.

Chris Roots All Paul Messara could say after his runners Scissor Kick and Panzer Division finished first and second in the Up And Coming Stakes was "sometimes you need a bit of luck in racing and we got it and...

Dermot Weld's Pale Mimosa a chance for Melbourne Cup after Lonsdale Cup win

Irish trainer Dermot Weld.

Patrick Bartley The Melbourne Cup has become a promoter's dream following Friday night's Lonsdale Cup meeting in England that saw legendary trainer Dermot Weld's mare Pale Mimosa take another step forward.

Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys aiming high after Rich Enuff win

Trainer Ken Keys with Rich Enuff.

Andrew Garvey Last year the listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes second and third placegetters Long John and Shamus Award went on to win group one success later in the spring and Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys is also...

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...

More cup hopefuls show their best

Horse racing

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...

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.

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.