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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.


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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RIP Geoff Wilson, a true racing man

Racing writer Geoff Wilson.
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Kevin Cranson Newcastle Herald sports editor Kevin Cranson pays tribute to racing writer and mate Geoff Wilson, who passed away on Monday.

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Rosehill racing: Prince Cheri aims high for autumn carnival

SPORT   Prince Cheri, ridden by Jay Ford wins the third race at Rosehill on 31 August, 2013. 

Chris Roots It was all a bit of a rush for Prince Cheri in the spring but trainer David Vandyke believes he will find out how good the French import is in the next couple of weeks.


Championships kick off with local brilliance

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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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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?


Winning Willie gets up to his old tricks

Jockey Glyn Schofield returns to scales after riding Photon Willie in 
Race 4 of the Merrylands RSL Club Handicap at Rosehill Gardens
 in Sydney, Saturday, August 17, 2013. (SHD RACING) Photo By Mick Tsikas


Chris Roots Photon Willie keeps saluting despite his fear of the winning post. Once again Chris Waller's four-year-old got the job done but, as he did in his Kembla Grange and Randwick wins, seemed to stop when...


Veyron has ghost of Limerick on his side

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Max Presnell Perhaps Veyron, a versatile New Zealander, has more in common with Limerick than other top-liners in Saturday's Warwick Stakes at Warwick Farm.


Robl hopes Drago can be a thorn in the Rose

SPORT   War, ridden by Tommy Berry wins the fifth race at Warwick Farm on 24 August, 2013. 

Chris Roots Peter Robl made what appeared to be the tough decision to ride Drago in Saturday's Golden Rose but he thinks it could pale into insignificance compared with charging to the first turn alongside 17...


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


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...


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

Jockey Kevin Sweeney takes a break in the stables at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park before taking a horse out on the track.
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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.


Master vet Percy Sykes dead at 93

Dr Percy Sykes

Percy Sykes, the vet who saved the life of racing legend Tulloch and pioneered modern veterinary practice in Australian racing, has died in a Sydney hospital aged 93.

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Super vet Percy Sykes got Jack Green's goat and a brilliant career was born

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Max Presnell The turning point in the brilliant career of super doc, Percy Sykes, hinged on the health of a billy goat.


Kembla trainer Erwin Takacs on life support after pool incident

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Adam Pengilly, Bree Fuller Police are still trying to determine the cause of a mysterious accident that has left a Kembla Grange trainer fighting for his life in Wollongong Hospital.

Long odds for bunch in Rose fail to dent Gai's confidence

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Chris Roots There is no surprise Gai Waterhouse has five runners in the Golden Rose at Rosehill on Saturday. However, it is amazing that they sit on the outskirts of the market at $20, $26, $31, $34 and $51.


Home is where the class is

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Max Presnell Who needs Melbourne Cup invaders when locally developed talent, including Puissance De Lune and Hawkspur on Saturday, will contribute to the brilliant spring of this year?

Waller professes Metropolitan plan for Moriarty

SPORT Horse racing ar Randwick. Race 7 winner Moriarty ridden by Nash Rawiller. Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots Moriarty remains on target for The Metropolitan and gave Chris Waller another notable treble after taking out the Hill Stakes (2000 metres) at Randwick on Saturday.


Cox Plate fast becoming a stallions' audition


John Holloway Last year's Cox Plate could well become the best stallion-producing performance in its 90-year history.

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Striking stallion adds sex appeal to a race once dominated by geldings

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Max Presnell 'Drop-dead Gorgeous' is the fashion for the new glamorous Melbourne Cup, replacing drab geldings and mares.