Turnbull Stakes

Kris Lees takes on tough company with Lucia Valentina in Flemington's Turnbull Stakes

Chris Roots Kris Lees is a laid-back character at the best of times and nothing has changed even though Lucia Valentina is Caulfield Cup favourite heading into her first Melbourne run.

AFL puts dibs on October 3, 2015, for grand final, Turnbull Stakes still without a date

Senator Conroy applauded the MCC and AFL for the decision.

Patrick Bartley While the AFL has finalised how it will work its fixture around next year’s Cricket World Cup, racing is still examining its options.

Horseracing

Happy Trails takes out Turnbull Stakes

Happy Trails

South Australian galloper Happy Trails has upset a host of Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup hopefuls in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

Five reasons why December Draw can win the Turnbull Stakes

December Draw

Michael Sharkie The Turnbull Stakes is always a crucial race as far as the spring majors are concerned.

Horse Racing

Green Moon salutes in Turnbull Stakes

Green Moon

Michael Sharkie European import Green Moon confirmed his place as the leading locally trained Melbourne Cup seed when he defied a horrid wide run to win the Turnbull Stakes.

Horse Racing

Cup winner out of Turnbull Stakes; Cup favourite in

Lloyd Williams with 2012 Melbourne cup winner Green Moon at Macedon.

Michael Sharkie The withdrawal of several Lloyd Williams horses, including 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, enables 2013 favourite Puissance De Lune into the Turnbull Stakes field.

Peter Moody sets Thinking Of You for Flight Stakes, criticises timing of mile races for fillies

Chris Roots Peter Moody has questioned why the only two group 1 fillies mile races for the year are seven days apart after opting to send unbeaten filly Thinking Of You to Saturday's Flight Stakes at Randwick.

David Hayes proposes scratching Crackerjack King from Turnbull to give Stipulate a start

Trainer David Hayes.

Patrick Bartley David Hayes will on Thursday formally recommend to the owners of the imported stayer Crackerjack King that the grey be withdrawn from Saturday's Turnbull Stakes.

Berry in spotlight with treble, now for The Offer at Flemington

Team: Tommy Berry and The Offer.

Chris Roots Tommy Berry had the television cameras following him as he got his eye in for a group 1 appointment at Flemington on Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer with a winning treble at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Christian Reith flies in for Metropolitan as his popularity mounts

Christian Reith.

Adam Pengilly A rejuvenated Christian Reith will sneak back into Australia on the same flight and in the shadow of Joao Moreira later this week, but remains bullish about his hopes of a group 1 heist at Randwick.

Jockey Chad Schofield seeks stay while waiting on appeal

Silent Achiever (left) at Flemington on Tuesday.

Patrick Bartley With the prospect of having to wait up to two weeks before his appeal against an improper riding charge can be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, jockey Chad Schofield has...

Owners carry memory of Guy Walter as Toydini chases elusive group 1 win in Epsom Handicap

The late Guy Walter.

Chris Roots Bob and Jan Bergstrom have bred and owned their share of good horses but never a group 1 winner. So if Toydini can win the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday it would be an emotional day.

Trainer David Hayes knows it is D-Day for cup hopefuls this weekend

David Hayes says he would

Patrick Bartley David Hayes is the first to admit the placement of his three imported stayers leading up to the Caulfield and Melbourne cups have been far from ideal.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller appears to have the Melbourne spring carnival at his mercy

Chris Waller with Hawkspur (left) and Foreteller.

Patrick Bartley Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter says Sydney's all-conquering trainer Chris Waller has enough firepower to dominate this year's spring carnival.

Chad Schofield appeals charge with VCAT

Fighting improper riding charge: Chad Schofield.

Patrick Bartley Young jockey Chad Schofield has turned to the Victorian Civil And Administrative tribunal to fight the improper riding charge that has sidelined the 20-year-old for 32 race meetings.

Hayes trains four winners but misses with Spillway

Gris Caro, Ben Melham up, defeats Entirely Platinum, piloted by Dwayne Dunn, to win the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Tim Habel David Hayes enjoyed a stellar day at Caulfield on Saturday with four wins but was left to lament the defeat of his main runner for the day, Caulfield Cup aspirant Spillway who was the hard luck story...

He's Your Man leaves Chris Waller in two minds after Rosehill romp

Chris Roots Chris Waller reckons He's Your Man has the turn of foot to win a group 1, but which one is not a decision for race day.

Spillway chases win to earn Caulfield Cup start with light weight

David Hayes is not concerned that Spillway doesn't shatter stopwatches during morning gallops.

Patrick Bartley David Hayes admits that one of the most satisfying skills of training racehorses is getting a stayer into a major race such as the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups on the minimum weight but with a form...

Sacred Falls, Foreteller give Waller first interstate double

Chris Roots It was 20 minutes to savour for Chris Waller as first Sacred Falls showed he was the best weight-for-age horse in the country and then old favourite Foreteller made it a couple of group 1s in...

Lucia Valentina shrugs off winter look for George Main Stakes at Randwick

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell Hopefully her Tramway acceleration, unlike the mountain-goat look, remains with Lucia Valentina on Saturday at Randwick.