Spring Champion Stakes

Sweynesse on target for crack at Spring Champion Stakes

Chris Roots When Godolphin was still racing as Darley in Australia, Sweynesse was earmarked as a 2000-metres horse and perhaps the right colt for the Spring Champion Stakes.

Horseracing

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

Jimmy Cassidy

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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Race 6
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

Kerrin McEvoy free to enjoy the best of both worlds

Relishing his freedom: Jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Chris Roots Godolphin stable jockey Kerrin McEvoy is enjoying the opportunity to take outside rides and build connections under the new structure at the racing giant.

Brenton Avdulla backs Washington Heights to stake claim for Golden Rose favouritism

Chris Roots Brenton Avdulla is confident Washington Heights could become the Golden Rose favourite after the Ming Dynasty Quality at Randwick on Saturday.

Nostradamus bursts into frame for Golden Rose after San Domenico Stakes win

Predicting great things: Nostradamus (blue and white) takes out the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

Chris Roots Michael Hawkes described San Domenico Stakes winner Nostradamus as lazy, while James McDonald said the colt idled on his way to group 3 success at Rosehill on Saturday.

Wayward runner creates mayhem in Up And Coming Stakes

One-two: Tye Angland (right) boots Scissor Kick home ahead of stablemate Panzer Division in the Up and Coming Stakes.

Chris Roots All Paul Messara could say after his runners Scissor Kick and Panzer Division finished first and second in the Up And Coming Stakes was "sometimes you need a bit of luck in racing and we got it and...

Sydney's big wet leaves leaves punters a puzzle for Golden Rose dress rehearsal

Unbeaten: Hallowed Crown scores during The Championships at Randwick in April.

Chris Roots Hallowed Crown and Scratch Me Lucky might be first-up in Saturday's Run To The Rose at Rosehill but have proven wet-track form from the sodden Championships meeting in the autumn to recommend them.

Horse racing

Beluga Caviar poised for Flemington debut

Beluga Caviar as a yearling.

A colt from one of best families in the Australian Stud Book is due to get his first chance to make his own racetrack impact on Saturday.

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.

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.

Horse racing

It's A Dundeel retired to stand at stud

James McDonald riding It's A Dundeel to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.

It's A Dundeel will not race again with his owners ruling out a trip to Royal Ascot.

Live coverage: Derby Day at Flemington

Breakfast With The Stars

Scott Spits Hello and welcome to our rolling coverage of the much-awaited Derby Day meeting at Flemington.

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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.

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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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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Horseracing

Gosford Cup meet shows Racing NSW has priorities all wrong

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Camel races on the Sahara promise more appeal than Warwick Farm next Saturday, as Sydney racing's summer of discontent continues.

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