Spring Champion Stakes

Horseracing

Jim Cassidy won't be drawn on 100th group one winner ahead of Spring Champion Stakes

Chris Roots Jim Cassidy is over talking about the possibility of his 100th group 1 winner. There is a fair probability it will come in the next couple of weeks but he wants the focus on his rides rather than...

Racing

Peter Snowden colt Complacent wins Spring Champion Stakes

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Complacent ridden by Christian Reith after winning Race 6, The Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick. 12th October 2013
Photo by Dallas Kilponen

Matt Jones Christian Reith said he was ''home at the turn'' when he won the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Saturday on improver Complacent.

Racing

Hugh Bowman scores Criterion ride in Australian Derby

Booked for Criterion: Proven performer Hugh Bowman will ride the favourite in the Australian Derby.

Chris Roots David Payne only confirmed Hugh Bowman as the rider for Australian Derby favourite Criterion earlier in the week but he was never concerned about finding a jockey.

Horseracing

John O'Shea to watch Rosehill group 1s from Dubai

John O'Shea.

Chris Roots John O’Shea could again taste group 1 success on Saturday but he won’t be at Rosehill, instead he'll be in Dubai as he prepares to take over as Darley’s head trainer in May.

Horseracing

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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Canberra Guineas

Field wide open after El Roca scratched from Canberra Guineas

El Roca.

David Polkinghorne El Roca's scratching has thrown the listed Canberra Guineas wide open.

Horseracing

James McDonald sets sights on unique weekend treble

Chris Roots James McDonald is hoping to take good news to Hong Kong from Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes meeting when he goes to the racing Mecca’s Derby on Sunday.

Horseracing

James McDonald sets sights on unique weekend treble

Aiming high: James McDonald gets NotListenin’tome home in the Zeditave Stakes on February 22.

Chris Roots James McDonald is hoping to take good news to Hong Kong from Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes meeting when he goes to the racing Mecca’s Derby on Sunday.

Horse Racing

Going the distance: 2000 metres the ideal stage for Fiorente and It's A Dundeel

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots It can be beautiful and brutal. Tactical and technical. And more than often than not, it brings out and rewards the best performances from a horse and jockey as a unit.

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Racing

David Payne-trained pair on song for Australian Guineas

David Payne

Chris Roots David Payne takes a couple of colts at different ends of the experience spectrum to Saturday's Australian Guineas at Flemington hoping they can prove themselves at the top level.

Horse Racing

Complacent to miss entire autumn carnival

Complacent

Patrick Bartley VRC Derby runner-up Complacent has broken down and will miss the entire rich autumn carnival.

Cup turns into north v south stoush

Dink

John Holloway The Caulfield Cup is "even stevens" on Saturday - there are nine northern and nine southern hemisphere stayers striving to do what the Kiwi Even Stevens did in 1962 - romp home in the first leg of...

Racing

Change needed for good of racing, says ATC boss

CEO of the Australian Turf Club Darren Pearce

Chris Roots Australian Turf Club chief executive Darren Pearce believes changes to programming and the way racing is marketed are key to make the sport more relevant.

Racing

Kiwi mare will test Waller's gang of four

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Negatives loom with Hawkspur in Saturday's $2.5 million Caulfield Cup but the positives are Chris Waller and Jim Cassidy, not necessarily in that order.

Polanski shines in Derby audition

Hugh Bowman riding Polanski

Chris Roots Robbie Laing always seems to have a staying type ready for the Victoria Derby and Polanski confirmed his credentials by winning the Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield.

Winners & Losers

Caulfield Cup may not be best guide to November's Big One

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Saturday's Caulfield Cup, usually a strong guide to the Melbourne Cup, has been described as a "weak renewal" and "scruffy".

Strapper a big deal in Baker team's bid for Valley glory

Emily Murphy

Chris Roots If Emily Murphy gets her way she will take ''her horse'' home to England next year after adding a Cox Plate to his resume on Saturday.

Horse Racing

Murphy a big deal for Baker's star

It's a Dundeel with handler Emily Murphy.

Chris Roots If Emily Murphy gets her way, she will take 'her horse' home to England next year after adding a Cox Plate to his resume.

It's A Dundeel's fitness query puts Fiorente in frame for Cox Plate

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell FIT, well and firing, the class of It's A Dundeel will triumph in Saturday's Cox Plate but, should there be a weakness, the intensity of Moonee Valley's toughest test will bring it to the fore.

Horse Racing

Watch for surprises in Victoria Derby

Complacent, ridden by Christian Reith, wins the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on October 12.

Michael Lynch For punters, classic races – in theory – should be the easiest to sort out. But there is one race that quite often proves the exception - the Victoria Derby.