Australian Cup

Damien Oliver confident Fiorente can help end his Australian Cup drought

Chris Roots There will be no grand celebration for Damien Oliver's 100th group 1 victory, the moment has passed, but the pursuit of records will continue on Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente at Flemington on...

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Fiorente and Green Moon stage stirring battle in the Australian Cup

Damien Oliver riding Fiorente

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup has long since ceased to be a race for mere staying handicappers, and few races illustrate that better than Saturday's Australian Cup.

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Gai Waterhouse confident Fiorente will win Australian Cup

Patrick Bartley The Australia-wide Waterhouse brand looks set to add the Australian Cup to her list of race victories.

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Punters desert Fiorente and settle on young gun Shamus Award in Australian Cup

Patrick Bartley Bookmakers are astounded at the reluctance of punters to support Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

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Anthony Cummings chasing Newmarket-Australian Cup double at Flemington

Fontelina ridden by Peter Robi.

Patrick Bartley Anthony Cummings will attempt to replicate what his father achieved over the past 40 years.

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Sydney's $18m turf carnival threatens Australian Cup

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Michael Sharkie The $1m Australian Cup could soon slip into shadow of Sydney's $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes, now the world's richest 2000-metre turf race.

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Australian Cup shaping as fascinating contest

Michael Lynch With a dearth of proven weight for age stars targetting the Australian Cup the entry list for this prestigious race on Saturday week more resembles a middle distance Group One handicap than a set...

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Super Cool wins thrilling Australian Cup

Michael Rodd

Michael Lynch Mark Kavanagh's star three-year-old Super Cool ($5) put himself into elite company with a scintillating victory under Michael Rodd in the $1 million Australian Cup, seeing off another top-line...

Racing

How the runners rate in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Chris Roots BOBAN He doesn’t really get on with wet tracks, so hence has had an interrupted preparation since winning the Chipping Norton Stakes six weeks ago.

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Gai Waterhouse hopes to give the Queen royal reward with Carlton House

Carlton House (right), seen here in an exhibition gallop with Fiorente, has been made favourite for the $4 million highlight of The Championships.

Chris Roots Gai Waterhouse says there is no better way to repay the faith of Queen Elizabeth sending Carlton House to Sydney than by winning Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Class will carry Golden Slipper favourite Earthquake through Rosehill slush

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Murk and gloom on Friday raised doubts about favourite Earthquake in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens.

Fiorente suffers career ending injury

First past the post: Fiorente in the 2013 Melbourne Cup.

Chris Roots Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente will be retired after injuring an off-foreleg tendon. The injury is considered too severe for rehabilitation and connections are in the process of doing a stud deal.

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Voleuse De Coeurs ready to rattle the heavyweights in The BMW, says Michael Moroney

SPORT Messene ridden by James McDonald wins the last race at Canterbury on 28 December 2013. Generic Pic of jockeys hand and reins Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots Trainer Michael Moroney, the underbidder on Fiorente when he was sold in England, believes he has the Irish mare to beat the Melbourne Cup winner in The BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.

Horseracing

Bookies to vote with their feet on Dundeel

Chris Roots Bookmakers are ready to take a set against $10 million stallion It's A Dundeel after his feet have once again become the focus of the build-up to The BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.

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Fiorente and It's A Dundeel clash in Ranvet Stakes

Barrier trials at Royal Randwick. Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente is trialling in the first barrier trial. Photo: Peter Rae Friday 31 January 2014. Photos will be identified by Chris Roots.

Chris Roots The biggest moments of James McDonald's career have involved Fiorente and It's A Dundeel but come Saturday's Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill he can be in only one camp and he is happy with It's A Dundeel.

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Trainer Peter Moody primed for next Newmarket moment

Patrick Bartley Peter Moody admits his bid to the Newmarket Handicap will depend on two horses with contrasting backgrounds.

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Waller trio faces uphill task in Ranvet to remember

Chris Wallers' horse.

Chris Roots Chris Waller takes on the big guns in the Ranvet with three runners - last year's winner Foreteller, Hawkspur and Moriarty.

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It's A Dundeel has class edge in Chipping Norton Stakes

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Jockeys, particularly champions, make a difference. Glyn Schofield returns to Boban, lacking dash without him, in the group 1 Chipping Norton at Warwick Farm for his clash with It's A Dundeel.

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Glyn Schofield lands group 1 on Boban 20 minutes after son Chad wins Newmarket

SPORT Boban ridden by Glyn Schofield wins the 5th race at Warwick Farm on Saturday 8 March 2014. Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots Glyn Schofield was whooping and howling in the jockeys' room 20 minutes before the Chipping Norton Stakes as son Chad won a group 1 in Melbourne, and then went out and did the business on Boban.

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Pat Hyland bemused by odds for in-form mare

Good price: Trainer Pat Hyland is surprised by the generous odds on offer for Bonaria in the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.

Patrick Bartley Bonaria's Melbourne form suggests a strong showing at Rosehill. Maybe it's her Victorian origins that have pushed her price out.