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Waller, Hawkes stables dominate betting on big Randwick double

Adam Pengilly If bookmakers are to be believed, Chris Waller or Team Hawkes have a mortgage on the Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan - they just don't know with which horse.

Winners and Losers: Cummings magic the feature of a great day out at Rosehill

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Max Presnell The master’s touch was a feature of Saturday’s outstanding Rosehill Gardens meeting. Sure there were other highlights, like the Hugh Bowman treble with the rider using that exquisite long...

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.

Jason Collett chasing his first group 1

More confident: Jason Collett has a strong book of rides at Rosehill on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly Jason Collett is the first to admit he's been talked out of group 1 rides just as much as he's thrown them away via his own racetrack deeds on the rare occasion.

Horse Racing

Southern exposure a welcome treat for Queensland trainer Brian Smith

Adam Pengilly Meaningful trips south have been few and far between for Brian Smith in recent years, but the veteran Queensland trainer has a spring in his step as he seeks his first Caulfield Cup runner since...

Greatwood confirms Waterhouse’s faith in Europeans

Matt Jones Gai Waterhouse quinellaed the Premier’s Cup at Rosehill on Saturday and will follow the Glencadam Gold blueprint with emerging stayer Greatwood after he held off stablemate Bonfire by 1 lengths.

Lankan Rupee sprints to greatness after gelding

Headliner: trainer Mick Price wants to see how the Melbourne spring unfolds for Lankan Rupee.

Tim Habel Last October Lankan Rupee entered the spring as just another nondescript sprinter with a humble win in a benchmark 78 race at Moonee Valley.

Makybe Diva's sister chases premier cups double

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Chris Roots Team Hawkes like to keep things low key with their horses but that is proving difficult with Makybe Diva's three-quarter sister La Amistad, which lines up in the Kingston Town Stakes at Rosehill on...

Racing

Murphy’s law: race hard, race often and talk tough

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Max Presnell Geoff Murphy was gobsmacked for one of the few occasions in his long and distinguished career when Mel Schumacher grabbed Tommy Hill’s leg in the 1961 AJC Derby at Randwick.

Racing

Today's champion mares don't need the 'assistance' afforded Analie

Max Presnell Substance assistance, now outlawed, contributed to a period that made Analie a modern-day iron mare, emphasising the worth of more recent champions Sunline, Makybe Diva and Black Caviar.

Guy Walter, horse trainer, dies of heart attack

Guy Walter on saturday with jockey Blake Shinn after Streama won the Doomben Cup in Brisbane.

Chris Roots Warwick Farm trainer Guy Walter has died of a heart attack at his home on Thursday morning.

Horseracing

Mick Dittman brings unbeatable experience and natural cunning to tipping game

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Max Presnell During his youth the first Mick Dittman tipping service operated from the fork of a tree on the Gold Coast.

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Racing

Championships kick off with local brilliance

Max Presnell “A fantastic carnival ... going to be internationally renowned,” decreed Greg Carpenter, the chief Racing Victoria handicapper, and a worthwhile opinion at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

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Racing

All eyes on Tupac Amaru as three-year-old looks to history

Max Presnell Once upon a time it was fashionable for outstanding three-year-olds to win the Sydney Cup at Randwick but will Tupac Amaru, named after an Inca revolutionary in Peru, fit the profile on Saturday?

Horseracing

Fiorente leads charge of the entires in a changing world

Max Presnell 'Drop dead gorgeous'' - the description of Fiorente by Gai Waterhouse - is the fashion for the new glamorous Melbourne Cup, replacing drab geldings and mares.

Randwick sets the benchmark for weekend

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Kyle Mackey-Laws Modest benchmark 85 race at Randwick looms as best battle in Saturday's racing.

Racing

Waterhouse and Waller lead the great Australian charge

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Andrew Webster Since its first running in 1861, the same year Burke and Wills withered in the desert, the Melbourne Cup has conjured many images.

Neville Parnham's Railway Stakes hopes in lap of gods

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Leading Perth trainer Neville Parnham insists he holds a stronger hand in Ascot's $1 million Railway Stakes than bookmakers give him credit for.

Bloodlines

No shortage of magic or millions among hottest babies at Gold Coast sale

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John Holloway The countdown is on for the Magic Millions carnival and once again Bloodlines has sought the inside mail on what yearlings appeal as standouts for the five days of selling, beginning with 190 lots...

Racing

Horse racing: Veteran Canberra jockey Kevin Sweeney still going strong at 60

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Jockey Kevin Sweeney takes a break in the stables at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park before taking a horse out on the track.
The Canberra Times
23 October 2013
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Chris Wilson Kevin Sweeney first sat on a horse the same year man stepped on the moon, but he's not done yet, writes Chris Wilson.