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Tapit shows his grey power at Saratoga yearling sale – but then enters War Front

John Holloway There was no sign of a grey evening at the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sales on Monday night as one of America's favourite grey stallions, Tapit, supplied the top two highest lots,...

Arabian Gold can be exception to breeding rule in Queensland Oaks

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Max Presnell New Zealand fillies Rock Diva and Sancerre, bred in the purple for group 1 staying events, provide the dangers to hot favourite Arabian Gold in Saturday's Queensland Oaks.

Horseracing

Peter Snowden has enviable hand in Golden Slipper

Support acts: Peter Snowden may have short-priced favourite Earthquake in the Slipper but his ensemble cast of Memorial and Ghibellines may not be far off.

Chris Roots Darley trainer Peter Snowden knows from his time at Crown Lodge that the best horse doesn't always win the Golden Slipper, but he seems to have the bases covered this year.

Racing

Tears flow as Hawkes family snare first group 1 victory with Mossfun

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Andrew Webster Wayne Hawkes stands at the back of the Rosehill mounting yard, having just watched his horse Mossfun win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, and he can’t stop the tears.

Racing

Wet track for Derby won't extinguish Singing Flame

Chris Roots Joe O’Gara’s first question he asks when he gets a phone call at his Goulburn stud tells a lot about Singing Flame’s chances in Saturday’s Australian Derby at Randwick.

Horseracing

Zac Purton rates alongside the saddle greats

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Max Presnell Great rides prompted the mention of Zac Purton in the category of Darby Munro, George Moore, Mick Dittman, Shane Dye, Glen Boss and Mel Schumacher.

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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.

Horse Racing

Career over for super sire Zabeel

Zabeel.

Michael Sharkie Career of one of the most influential stallions in the world comes to an end.

Horseracing

Family honour at stake for Black Caviar's sibling Belle Couture

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Max Presnell Perhaps a Bendigo maiden lacks pizazz but one is scheduled to relaunch the Black Caviar dynasty, which is undergoing a horror stretch, on Sunday.

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

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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.

Racing

Subzero steals Hall of Fame show at National Gallery

SPORT: Subzero attends the Racing hall of fame presentation night at the National Gallery of Australia, .Canberra . 9th March 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne On Canberra racing's biggest day, it was Subzero who stole the show.

No joy for Gai ... just a hard day at the office

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Michael Lynch Black Caviar's young half-brother All Too Hard bursts the bubble of hitherto unbeaten Pierro.

Horse racing

All Too Hard not certain Plate runner

The two highest-profile colts in Australia. Neck and neck with 200 metres to run. In the nation's best weight-for-age race.

Green Moon ticks all boxes in tough Plate

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The big "if" comes into play with the potentially outstanding Pierro, the great mare More Joyous and the likely improver Proisir in today's Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, hopefully not torn up by last...

Beadman retires as horror fall takes its toll

Darren Beadman.

Chris Roots Champion jockey Darren Beadman has confirmed horrendous injures sustained falling from a horse in Hong Kong have forced him to retire.

Champion's final salute is a bittersweet one

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If Jim Cassidy is “Pumper”, without being irreverent, Darren Beadman was a better thumper than a Bible basher.

Racing

Beadman calls time on his days in the saddle

Jockey Darren Beadman poses during trackwork at Sha Tin Racecourse on December 6, 2007 in Hong Kong.

Chris Roots CHAMPION jockey Darren Beadman has only just got his driver's licence back and may never get on a horse again. His illustrious riding career has ended.

Beadman earns high praise after calling it quits

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Chris Roots, Michael Sharkie Bob Ingham has paid tribute to his long-term jockey at Crown Lodge, Darren Beadman, after he announced his retirement on Sunday.

Maluckyday's long comeback

ADAM PENGILLY WAYNE HAWKES stops for a moment, plunges deep into the memory bank, and it's there.

Christmas Cup becomes rumble in the jingle

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Max Presnell THE Christmas Cup at Rosehill Gardens, featuring Nash Rawiller on Fiumicino and Jim Cassidy handling Cantonese, promises to be more Ali-Frazier than Santa Claus.