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

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.

Ollie and Hayes look to have Naturalism covered

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell With Randwick ailing from lack of quantity if not quality, champion jockey Damien Oliver promises to be a better punting proposition at Caulfield.

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

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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.

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

Greg Carpenter says the weight-for-age Underwood Stakes and the Naturalism Stakes are pivotal to the cups picture, and is certain big questions will be answered.

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...

Star Rolling primed for Underwood Stakes, says trainer Peter Morgan

Chris Roots Star Rolling was continually being balloted out of races last spring but trainer Peter Morgan knew what he had and rewards are coming 12 months on.

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.

Premiers Chris Waller and James McDonald resume uncanny partnership at Randwick

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

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.

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

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

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...

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.

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...

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 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.

The weighting game: Brenton Avdulla's gruelling regime for racing glory

Adam Pengilly When every last gram counts, even the hat matters.

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.

Nathan Tinkler can still land farewell gift from Hooked in Cameron Handicap

Nathan Tinkler is preparing to wipe a $40 million debt with Gerry Harvey.

Adam Pengilly The clock's ticking until Nathan Tinkler sells off his entire racing empire and one of his most sought-after gallopers can leave with a parting gift where it all began for the embattled mining...