Efficient

Efficient earns a start in Cox Plate

A capacity field will start in the $3 million Cox Plate at Melbourne's Moonee Valley racecourse on Saturday.

Horseracing

Chris Waller's trio has stranglehold on Flemington staying feature

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Royal Randwick on Saturday is again top heavy with Chris Waller and, hopefully, not too much dew, a recent problem producing a damp impact, despite a remarkably warm winter.

Horseracing

New service allows punters to choose level of risk for their bets

Max Presnell Obviously the mention of David Walsh and Zeljko Ranogajec - once the "J" on pronunciation grounds and now identified as the "Z" - with a profit line surpassing any other horse players stimulates...

Horse Racing

Macedon Lodge a home of winners

Lloyd Williams' property, Macedon Lodge.

Patrick Bartley Lloyd Williams move to Mornington Peninsula means a lot of racing history is left behind.

Horse Racing

Michael Rodd steers Vatican to win in Doveton Stakes at Caulfield races

All the way: Michael Rodd steers Vatican to the line in the Doveton Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Sometimes it takes a while to pay someone back. Jockey Michael Rodd knows this.

Horse Racing

O'Brien's colt shines in English St Leger

Trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Michael Lynch Leading Light wins the oldest English Classic race, the 2900 metre St Leger at Doncaster.

Horse racing

Lune's Turnbull poser

Puissance de Lune

Patrick Bartley Long-time Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune is first emergency for the Turnbull.

Horseracing

Williams wheels out his big staying guns on two fronts

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Obviously Lloyd Williams, Australia's most prolific collector of European thoroughbreds, is sending his “B” team to Sydney, but, headed by Seville in The Metropolitan, they promise to...

Horse racing

Some are wired for cups glory

Glenn Robertson-Smith

Glenn Robertson-Smith There's a big difference between the make-up of stayers and sprinters.

Roots 'n' All

Spring would be worse off without Williams' Cup obsession

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots Melbourne Cup day to Lloyd Williams would be like Christmas Day for Santa Claus – the one day you work towards all year.

Horse Racing

Team Williams planning for an early Christmas

Lloyd Williams with the 2012 Melbourne cup winner Green Moon a day after the big race.

Chris Roots Melbourne Cup day to Lloyd Williams would be like Christmas Day for Santa Claus.

Lloyd Williams out to continue rout with three-horse force in Cox Plate

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell The bump to Green Moon in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley last year looked more of an Olivia Newton-John love tap, but had the effect of a Sam Burgess crash tackle with a follow-up appendage assault.

Robbie Waterhouse in awe of Lloyd Williams' trophy cabinet after clean sweep of majors

The boss: Lloyd Williams and Green Moon.

Chris Roots Lloyd Williams might not have a trainer's licence, but form student and bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse has declared him the “the best trainer of stayers in the world” after a remarkable past year.

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Horse Racing

Don't mess with the Derby

Victoria Derby Day 2012

Michael Lynch Here are some eternal truths about the Melbourne Spring carnival: the weather will be changeable; the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate will be labelled "the worst ever"; the Melbourne Cup will be...

Horse racing

Derby winner must beat pain barrier

Glenn Robertson-Smith

Glenn Robertson-Smith The Victoria Derby is a true classic race and a genuine test of the young thoroughbred.

Horse racing

Simenon is safe in Cup

Simenon

Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch The owners of Simenon were relieved to hear that their tough stayer had moved up to No.22.

Patrick Hogan sheds a tear as champion sire Zabeel ends stellar stud career

Zabeel

Aidan Rodley Patrick Hogan proudly recalled the amazing feats that distinguished Zabeel's stud career and stoically announced that the stallion was bowing out at the top.

Horse Racing

Steady hand

Craig Newitt at home with wife Karli and their boys

Peter Hanlon After seven Cup rides without a placing, Craig Newitt is hoping to go the distance this time on Foreteller.

Horse Racing

Enigmatic Williams rides his own race

 Lloyd Williams.

Andrew Webster Lloyd Williams is very much in control, even without a licence.

Melbourne Cup 2013: Fiorente deserves to be favourite

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Surely the baton of band leader Lloyd Williams will dictate tempo through his sextet for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

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