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.
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.
South Australian galloper Happy Trails has upset a host of Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup hopefuls in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.
Michael Sharkie The Turnbull Stakes is always a crucial race as far as the spring majors are concerned.
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.
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.
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.
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David Hayes will on Thursday formally recommend to the owners of the imported stayer Crackerjack King that the grey be withdrawn from Saturday's Turnbull Stakes.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
Max Presnell Hopefully her Tramway acceleration, unlike the mountain-goat look, remains with Lucia Valentina on Saturday at Randwick.