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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.

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.

Horseracing

Mick Dittman brings unbeatable experience and natural cunning to tipping game

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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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

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. 
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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.

Racing

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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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?

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.

Horseracing

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. 
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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...

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.

Horseracing

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?

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.
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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.

Racing

Master vet Percy Sykes dead at 93

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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.

Horse racing

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.

Horseracing

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.

Racing

RIP Geoff Wilson, a true racing man

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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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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.

Horseracing

Cox Plate fast becoming a stallions' audition

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