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Chris Roots' Doncaster Mile ratings

Chris Roots Boban is a triple group 1 winner over the mile this season, including Randwick's big spring 1600m race the Epsom. Drawn wide and needs a drying track, but classy and is a value runner.


Earthquake will do her family proud in Golden Slipper

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell The weird and wonderful world of equine genetics supports Earthquake in Saturday's Golden Slipper at Rosehill.


Ray Selkrig's life in the saddle anything but a drag

Max Presnell Buoyed by the ups, the downs and the drags – including a miracle – of being a jockey, Ray Selkrig remains joyful.

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Five internationals set for Bendigo's Golden Mile

Star performer: Last year's Golden Mile winner Jet Away.

Patrick Bartley Some of Australia’s most powerful stables have set horses for Saturday's rich Golden Mile at Bendigo.


Doncaster dreaming: owner eyes Championships prize with Japanese mare

SPORT, HORSE RACING. Relaxed and Happy (red and yellow colours) ridden by Nash Rawiller wins the 2nd race at Rosehill , 20 July 2013. 

Chris Roots The dream of Michael Tabart to win the Doncaster Mile has fuelled the first confirmed international runner for April's the Championships, Japanese group 3-winning mare Hana's Goal.


The Championships: European raiders to use Canterbury as private training track

Craig Williams riding Dunaden

Chris Roots The European raiders will use Canterbury Park as a private training track while in Sydney for the Championships in April.

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Irish apprentice Oisin Murphy is off to ride in Dubai

Another winner: Oisin Murphy's Irish eyes are smiling.

Michael Lynch Irish apprentice hoping he can make as big a splash in Dubai as he has in Australia.

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Luckygray and Mr Moet will challenge Smokin' Joey in Ascot's $1 million Railway Stakes

Cups horse, Luckygray

Patrick Bartley The $1 million Railway Stakes in Perth on Saturday could prove to be a significant platform for two of that state's former smart racehorses to revive their careers.

Tulloch Lodge entrusts Adam Hyeronimus with ride on blue-blood filly Mardi

Adam Hyeronimus

If one jockey's misfortune can create an opening for another, Adam Hyeronimus is well placed to make the most of his only chance at Rosehill.

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Irish jockey Oisin Murphy rides his first Australian winner

Breaking through: Settler's Way (left) takes the lead to give Irish jockey Oisin Murphy his first Australian win.

Andrew Garvey Irish apprentice admits he still has plenty to learn, saying he messed up timing on a few horses.

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Jet Away set to take off: Hayes

Jet Away

Patrick Bartley David Hayes tipping that Damien Oliver will begin his suspension for careless riding with a smile on his face.


Spurtonic's win gives Gai a boost

Glen Boss riding Spurtonic

Tim Habel Gai Waterhouse continued the pillage by interstate raiders at Caulfield on Saturday when Spurtonic led throughout for a soft win in the David Jones Cup over 2000m.

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Oliver dumped off Jet Away

Patrick Bartley Trainer David Hayes favours a trip overseas instead of a start in the Melbourne Cup.

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Tourneur is back again in quest to reach the summit

Dom Tourneur.

Michael Lynch Twelve months ago Adelaide-based jockey Dom Tourneur was probably the most disappointed rider of the spring carnival.


Jet Away could bypass Cup: David Hayes

Jet Away

Patrick Bartley While David Hayes was still coming to terms with the extraordinary performance of his imported stayer Jet Away in Saturday's Caulfield Cup, the trainer is now favouring a trip overseas instead of a...


Fiorente primed, but Atlantic Jewel still favourite

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01:  Fiorente from the Gai Waterhouse stable enjoys a swim in the pool at Flemington Racecourse on October 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Chris Roots Gai Waterhouse has Fiorente locked in and ready to fire in the Cox Plate as his rivals have weather, track and jockey concerns before heading to Moonee Valley on Saturday.

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Tourneur ready to wash out taste of 2012 with bumper spring campaign

Dom Tourneur

Michael Lynch A year ago, Adelaide jockey Dom Tourneur was probably the most disappointed rider of the spring carnival.


Foreman feels pressure rising as Dandino joins battle for Cup favouritism


Chris Roots Trainer Marco Botti's foreman Paul Francis says it is "scary" to have the Melbourne Cup favourite after Dandino's gutsy runner-up finish in the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.

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Where to now? Formlines for Caulfield Cup runners

Fawkner wins the Caulfield Cup.

Patrick Bartley Patrick Bartley assesses the immediate future of the Caulfield Cup runners.

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Jewel scratched if it's wet

Trainer Mark Kavanagh with Atlantic Jewel.

Patrick Bartley Trainer Mark Kavanagh says he and owners not prepared to risk possibly Australia's most valuable mare on an unsuitable track.