Lankan Rupee sprints to top of the class

Michael Lynch Black Caviar's successor as the world’s highest-rated sprinter, Lankan Rupee, has upheld the honour of Victorian-trained sprinters in taking the title of 2013-14 Australian Racehorse of the...


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.

Injured Lankan Rupee ruled out Schillaci Stakes

Injured: sprinter Lankan Rupee.

Michael Lynch Injured sprinter Lankan Rupee will go into the Manikato Stakes on Cox Plate eve without another run.

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.

Black Caviar's dam Helsinge drops off radar

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway Much has been written about Black Caviar’s first foal by Exceed and Excel and also about the selection of Sebring as her second stud partner in the current breeding season.

Peter Moody sets Thinking Of You for Flight Stakes, criticises timing of mile races for fillies

Chris Roots Peter Moody has questioned why the only two group 1 fillies mile races for the year are seven days apart after opting to send unbeaten filly Thinking Of You to Saturday's Flight Stakes at Randwick.

Kris Lees takes on tough company with Lucia Valentina in Flemington's Turnbull Stakes

Lucia Valentina in action at Randwick earlier this month.

Chris Roots Kris Lees is a laid-back character at the best of times and nothing has changed even though Lucia Valentina is Caulfield Cup favourite heading into her first Melbourne run.

Jockey Blake Shinn thanks his friends after long, hard road back to elite racing

Chris Roots Blake Shinn was the champion jockey of Sydney at 22 and even though that was only five years ago it is a lifetime ago for the hoop that has battled the demons of the punt and the reality of death.

Joe Pride backs South Sydney and Laser Hawk to bag cross-code double

Joe Pride with son Brave and Laser Hawk.

Chris Roots There were two things to come from the last time a picture was taken at Joe Pride's stable, a victory on the track with Neeson in the Premiere Stakes and a change of football team for his son Brave.

Chris Waller holds the whip hand for Randwick group 1 quinella

Max Presnell

Max Presnell Wallerism should be prominent in Saturday’s Epsom at Royal Randwick, featuring Boban’s attempt to join the greats, and The Metropolitan is also shrouded in uncertainty.

Jockey James McDonald ready for two-year-olds at both ends of the spectrum

Hoop dreams: James McDonald knows it's early days but has his eye on another Golden Slipper.

Adam Pengilly James McDonald is the first to admit he is probably not the best assessor of early two-year-olds given this time last year he had "nothing".

Caro Kann improve on trial form at Randwick, says jockey Josh Parr

Derby hopeful: Nash Rawiller tastes success on Bachman in April.

Chris Roots and Adam Pengilly Josh Parr is expecting a big improvement from Caro Kann from his official barrier trials in Saturday's breeders' Plate at Randwick.

Simon Doull swaps cricket call for racing and shot at The Metropolitan at Randwick

In another life: Simon Doull celebrates a Test wicket for New Zealand against India in 1998.

Adam Pengilly Simon Doull, unashamedly, used to bellow frequently in public. Within the confines of the Test-match arena, pleading at the top your lungs with an umpire for a batsman's scalp is considered...

Chris Waller wary of success in Epsom

Adam Pengilly If Chris Waller was feeling a sense of deja vu about Saturday's Epsom Handicap, it is with good reason.

Berry in spotlight with treble, now for The Offer at Flemington

Team: Tommy Berry and The Offer.

Chris Roots Tommy Berry had the television cameras following him as he got his eye in for a group 1 appointment at Flemington on Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer with a winning treble at Canterbury on Wednesday.

David Hayes proposes scratching Crackerjack King from Turnbull to give Stipulate a start

Trainer David Hayes.

Patrick Bartley David Hayes will on Thursday formally recommend to the owners of the imported stayer Crackerjack King that the grey be withdrawn from Saturday's Turnbull Stakes.

Favourite Rock Sturdy out of Epsom

No Epsom ... Corey Brown rides Rock Sturdy to win the Shannon Stakes at Rosehill.

Adam Pengilly Epsom Handicap markets are set to be given a shake-up after Joe Pride declared pre-post favourite Rock Sturdy a non-starter in the $500,000 group 1 on Saturday.

First gallop just a light hit out for Japanese cup contenders

Easy does it: Admire Rakti, ridden by Kiyoshi Shikato, gets the feel of Werribee track during a working gallop on Wednesday.

Patrick Bartley If Australian racing fans were expecting a record breaking track gallop performance on Wednesday morning of the two Japanese Melbourne and Caulfield Cup hopefuls they would've been sadly disappointed.

Christian Reith flies in for Metropolitan as his popularity mounts

Christian Reith.

Adam Pengilly A rejuvenated Christian Reith will sneak back into Australia on the same flight and in the shadow of Joao Moreira later this week, but remains bullish about his hopes of a group 1 heist at Randwick.

Jockey Chad Schofield seeks stay while waiting on appeal

Silent Achiever (left) at Flemington on Tuesday.

Patrick Bartley With the prospect of having to wait up to two weeks before his appeal against an improper riding charge can be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, jockey Chad Schofield has...