Makybe Diva

Moroney sizes up Cup obstacles for imported mare Voleuse De Coeurs

Chris Roots Trainer Michael Moroney does not have much in his favour with Voleuse De Coeurs for Saturday’s Sydney Cup at Randwick.


James McDonald's bold ride on Mossfun a Golden Slipper classic

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Max Presnell Bold rides, with jockeys often throwing caution to the wind, feature in the Golden Slipper but James McDonald on Mossfun at Rosehill yesterday rated with the best.

Horse Racing

Darren Weir gets closer to trainers' title at Moonee Valley

Harry Coffey (right) riding Siwa Lady wins the Health Science Planning Consultants at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Country trainer Darren Weir tightens his grip on the Victorian metropolitan trainers' premiership with a hat-trick at Moonee Valley.


In a classic racing tale of two cities, this is about as good as it gets

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Max Presnell Hopefully the battle to be crowned Australia's best middle-distance racehorse on Saturday will provide another bleating ground for the Ireland-based betting house Paddy Power.

Damien Oliver confident Fiorente can help end his Australian Cup drought


Chris Roots There will be no grand celebration for Damien Oliver's 100th group 1 victory, the moment has passed, but the pursuit of records will continue on Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente at Flemington on...

Horse racing

Fiorente and Green Moon stage stirring battle in the Australian Cup

Damien Oliver riding Fiorente

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup has long since ceased to be a race for mere staying handicappers, and few races illustrate that better than Saturday's Australian Cup.


Athol Mulley was in like Flynn in the unforgettable Newmarket of 1946

Flemington Races  .  RACE 6 . Newmarket Hcp.  Champion mare Black Caviar after winning  10th straight win    . Picture by Vince Caligiuri ,The Age . 12th March 2011

Max Presnell Perhaps it's using a missile and not drawing a long bow in comparing the Newmarket at Flemington with the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Sports snapper Bruce Postle always thought outside the square

Max Presnell Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, presented by Bruce Postle, emphasised the affinity between man and horse like no other.

Winners & Losers

Heavy breathing leaves punters gasping and out of pocket

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Max Presnell Punters can be justifiably concerned about heavy breathing by hot fancies, emphasised at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Horse Racing

No more barriers to success when the race has been run and won

Peter Hanlon On a good thing, a jockey can take luck out of the equation, writes Peter Hanlon.

Horse Racing

Weir tightens the screws on Puissance De Lune

Puissance De Lune.

Chris Roots Deposed Melbourne Cup favourite could be ready to give next week's Cox Plate a shake.


Waterhouse v Hayes shootout fuels Caulfield test

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Max Presnell The battle of the training tracks - private versus public, city against country - will be put to the test by two racing dynasties, Waterhouse and Hayes, in Saturday's Caulfield Cup.

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Puissance De Lune boosts Glen Boss' confidence

Glen Boss

Chris Roots Deposed Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune appears ready to give next week's Cox Plate a shake after an impressive jump-out at Moonee Valley on Thursday.


Boss not so silent on Achiever's prospects

Chris Roots Glen Boss has never won a Caulfield Cup but he believes Silent Achiever will run in the top three in one of the most open cups in years on Saturday - and perhaps even break his duck.

Horse Racing

Atlantic Jewel had galloped beautifully before breaking down

Michael Rodd riding Atlantic Jewel.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate betting turned on its head after favourite's withdrawal.

Horse Racing

Plate up for grabs as ace ruled out

Craig Newitt rides Foreteller (left) and Leith Innes rides Sacred Falls in a gallop at Breakfast with the Stars at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate thrown into turmoil and trainer Mark Kavanagh left devastated after favourite scratched.


Big ones the cherry on top for Puissance De Lune and Ryan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 11: (NO ADVERTISING, MARKETING OR OTHER COMMERCIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT REQUIRED) In this handout image provided by Cycling Australia, Jayco founder Gerry Ryan (L) and Cycling Australia President Klaus Mueller (R) made the presentation of the Sir Hubert Opperman Medal to Cadel Evans at the Australian Cyclist of the Year awards, at the Ivy Room on November 11, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cycling Australia/Regallo via Getty Images)

Chris Roots Gerry Ryan has achieved what he intended with Puissance De Lune, so the next couple of weeks could be a great bonus.

Chris Waller spots a chance in the absence of Jewel in Cox Plate


Chris Roots It might have been a last-minute decision to pay up for Foreteller in Saturday's Cox Plate but his form says he can cause an upset.

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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.

Horse Racing

Very, Berri good

Darren Weir.

Peter Hanlon A Cox Plate win would come with an uncomfortable rider for Darren Weir, who can count among all he's learnt in racing a conviction that he'll never relish the spotlight.