Manikato Stakes

Caulfield Cup weights to be lifted putting Japanese star Admire Rakti on top

Patrick Bartley This year's Caulfield Cup will follow the same path as the Melbourne Cup with weights being raised two kilos for the Group 2400 metre race leaving Japanese stayer Admire Ratki as the new top weight...

Horse racing

Lucky Nine needs more work ahead of Manikato Stakes challenge

Lucky Nine.

Michael Sharkie Hong Kong sprinter Luck Nine will need to tighten up and trim down if he is to win the Manikato stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday week according to trainer Caspar Fownes.

Horse Racing

Buffering wins Manikato Stakes

Damian Browne riding Buffering (right) defeats Brett Prebble on Lucky Nine.

Chris Roots Star Queensland sprinter finally snares group 1 victory, taking out Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Racing

Buffering gets winkers for Manikato Stakes

Chris Roots Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote's phone has run hot since Buffering's Manikato Stakes win and he has had to cut a few people short.

Buffering to take on Lankan Rupee

Taking on the best: Buffering is ready for a showdown with the world's top sprinter, Lankan Rupee, at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Chris Roots Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote is looking forward to Buffering taking on world champion sprinter Lankan Rupee in Friday night's Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley but is delighted that he won't have...

Chris Waller puts case for more Australian runners in Caulfield Cup

Chris Roots

Chris Roots Chris Waller voiced his frustration that in-form stayers such as Who Shot Thebarman and Hill Stakes winner Junoob are struggling to get runs in next month's Caulfield Cup.

Thompson's new era sealed by Tea Rose victory

Adam Pengilly Real men don't cry, or so the saying goes. Perhaps John Thompson should be the exception to the old adage.

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.

Lankan Rupee sprints to greatness after gelding

Headliner: trainer Mick Price wants to see how the Melbourne spring unfolds for Lankan Rupee.

Tim Habel Last October Lankan Rupee entered the spring as just another nondescript sprinter with a humble win in a benchmark 78 race at Moonee Valley.

Horseracing

Few stars on racing's spring skyline but watch this space

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots The new season dawned on Saturday with a protest and a predictable result. It was business as usual for the premier jockey and trainer, both celebrating doubles.

Racing

'This is a lifestyle not a job': Robert Heathcote relaxed about Buffering in T.J. Smith

Happy team: Trainer Robert Heatchcote and Buffering.

Chris Roots Robert Heathcote is refreshing realistic when it come to his outlook on racing and the joy of having a horse like Buffering.

Racing

Plenty of chances in cracking T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick's The Championships

Inside running: Lankan Rupee, seen here winning at Caulfield, has drawn the  rails in the T.J.Smith Stakes.

Chris Roots They are the forgotten group 1 winners, by punters at least, but Tiger Tees, Spirit Of Boom and Snitzerland are ready to test the big guns, Buffering and Lankan Rupee. in Saturday's T.J.

Horse Racing

Buffering completes hat-trick of Group 1 victories

Queensland sprinter Buffering completed a hat-trick of Group 1 wins in the most desperate of circumstances at Ascot on Saturday.

Jason Warren targets Oakleigh Plate redemption with Bel Sprinter

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 winner Its a Bel Sprinter
 ridden by Kerrin McEvoy
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Chris Roots Jason Warren hopes Bel Sprinter can become a millionaire and excise some bad memories in Saturday's Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

Horse Racing

Moment Of Change standout in Australia Stakes field

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Michael Sharkie Class sprinter looks likely to get an early success in preparation for the upcoming summer sprint series.

First international raider arrives

Jockey Brett Prebble celebrates his win on Lucky Nine.

Michael Sharkie Hong Kong sprinting star Lucky Nine arrives for his spring carnival blitz.

Horse Racing

Stars' focus may shift from cups

Leigh Jordon says it is still a tough task convincing foreign trainers to target races outside of the Caulfield and Melbourne cups.

Michael Sharkie Collaborative marketing campaign could increase international involvement in major races.

Horse Racing

Night racing looks to draw bigger crowds

Black Caviar an Moonee Valley.

Michael Lynch Moonee Valley executives are looking for a lift of between 14 and 40 per cent on its average opening-night crowd for the launch of this year's night racing season on Friday.

Horseracing

Champagne flows as Cath returns to form

Champagne Cath

Chris Roots Chris Waller will start Champagne Cath in this week's Flight Stakes only if he thinks she is a chance of winning following her impressive victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

Horse racing

Voice a tad hoarse after flight

Patrick Bartley It was a case of good news and bad news from the Werribee quarantine station.