Mackinnon Stakes

Trainer Kris Lees is pumped for a busy spring on several fronts

Chris Roots Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is not getting overly excited about his spring team but says t has been years since he had contenders like he does at the moment.

Horse Racing

Racing Victoria courts Sir Michael Stoute for spring cups bid

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Patrick Bartley A meeting later this week in England between Racing Victoria and revered trainer Sir Michael Stoute could entice the Queen’s horseman to return for the Caulfield and Melbourne cups after an...

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.

Racing

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.

Racing

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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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.

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.

Horse racing

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.

Racing

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.

Horse Racing

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.

Chris Waller spots a chance in the absence of Jewel in Cox Plate

Foreteller

Chris Roots It might have been a last-minute decision to pay up for Foreteller in Saturday's Cox Plate but his form says he can cause an upset.

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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.

Horse Racing

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.

Racing

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. 
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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.

Horse Racing

Hvasstan eyes Mackinnon after victory

Top form: Hvasstan and Hugh Bowman return to scale.

Michael Lynch and Andrew Garvey Few racing people celebrate victory with as much gusto as the Gelagotis brothers.

Horse Racing

Internationals disappoint in Cox Plate

Side Glance.

Michael Lynch It wasn't quite the result that Racing Victoria's international recruiter Leigh Jordon was after, but it wasn't a complete disaster either.

Horse Racing

Puissance De Lune scratched from Melbourne Cup

Puissance De Lune.

Patrick Bartley Long-time Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune will be scratched from this year's race after injuring itself in Saturday's Cox Plate.

Horse Racing

What happens next?

Chad  Schofield (far right) heads to the first bend on Shamus Award in the Cox Plate on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley What did the Cox Plate reveal about the runners and their next mission?

Horse Racing

Penalty will determine another Cup start for Precedence

Cup hope: James Cummings (left) with Precedence at Moonee Valley.

Chris Roots Bart Cummings needs Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter in his corner.

Horse Racing

Boss to take his seat on Jet Away

Glen Boss, on Puissance de Lune, will now ride Jet Away on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley Glen Boss will be understandably elated at picking up mount in French stallion's absence.