Special

Stars converge for Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Leading Sydney jockey Tom Berry has opted to stay with the Gai Waterhouse-prepared Sweet Idea (above) for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Patrick Bartley The group 1 $400,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield next Sunday looks set to be oversubscribed when acceptances are taken.

Racing

All eyes on Wayne Lawson's Blackboard Special at Rosehill Gardens

Sydney shorts Grafton trainer Wayne Lawson is hoping Blackboard Special will be on his best behaviour at Saturday’s Rosehill Gardens meeting.

Racing

Filly on the rise Srikandi could be a Stradbroke special

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Max Presnell The untapped brilliance of Srikandi will be tested by two factors, even more so than her youth, in Saturday’s group 1 Stradbroke at Eagle Farm.

Baldwin's gut feeling Harada is special

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Patrick Bartley The only consolation for noted strapper Brian Baldwin when former star Haradasun failed to make it to the Caulfield Guineas in 2006 was that he was spared some physical pain.

Melbourne Cup special

Kyle Mackey-Laws - Lucky Lobster

Chris Dutton All the good oil for the race that stops a nation.

A special win fit for a Queen

Puissance De Lune

Patrick Bartley Jockey Glen Boss tells large crowd at Flemington they saw something special.

Racing

Lebrechaun leads field for 'special' home race

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Apprentice jockey Amy Vandersanden and 6 yr old MATTHEW DALE TRAINED

David Polkinghorne With a throat operation and atrial fibrillation behind him, Lebrechaun is ready for the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup at Thoroughbred Park today.

Scobie Breasley and Co showed our other ''Brilliant Creatures'' a thing or two during the 1960s

A legend of the 60s: Jockey Scobie Breasley (left), with training great Colin Hayes and Bart Cummings in 1981.

Max Presnell Australian hoops, headed by Scobie Breasley, overshadowed other "Brilliant Creatures" striving for fame and fortune abroad in the 1960s.

Nathan Tinkler can still land farewell gift from Hooked in Cameron Handicap

Nathan Tinkler is preparing to wipe a $40 million debt with Gerry Harvey.

Adam Pengilly The clock's ticking until Nathan Tinkler sells off his entire racing empire and one of his most sought-after gallopers can leave with a parting gift where it all began for the embattled mining...

Behind every good man: Vickie Cannon fires on Eduardo Cojuangco’s hallowed ground

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Max Presnell The buck starts with Vickie Cannon when it comes to Eduardo Cojuangco’s thoroughbreds, including Hallowed Crown, the strong fancy in Saturday’s Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens.

Bart Cummings lets grandson James take the limelight after group 1 glory in Golden Rose

Late kick: Cummings-trained Hallowed Crown.

Chris Roots There is a difference between youth and experience in the James and Bart Cummings partnership, which has its first group 1 after Hallowed Crown won the Golden Rose at Rosehill on Saturday.

Golden Rose grows in status as a pointer to sires of the future

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John Holloway The 2013 version of the $1 million Golden Rose for three-year-olds helped to cement the 1400-metre group 1 event as one of the most prominent stallion-making races on the Australian calendar.

Horse Racing

Steve Hodge ensures fellow trainer Phil Anderson will be present in spirit at Moree Cup

Sad loss: Newcastle trainer Phil Anderson, in green, died this week.

Adam Pengilly Newcastle trainer Steve Hodge made the long drive to Moree on Saturday without fellow trainer Phil Anderson in the truck beside him like last year to help his good mate carry out his last wish.

Gai Waterhouse wants better spring deal for her army of juveniles

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Max Presnell Despite having record numbers at Randwick, it is still a spring of discontent for Gai Waterhouse due to the official policy regarding her favourite category, two-year-olds, in Sydney.

Filly Peggy Jean brings breast cancer survivors that all-important winning feeling – and a bond

Chris Roots For Liz Barnes, Peggy Jean has been there through the fight of her life. The filly has been a distraction from breast cancer and a positive influence when she was at her lowest ebb.

Trainer John Thompson ready to take Flight with filly First Seal

Triple trouble: Hugh Bowman had three winners at the Kensington track on Wednesday.

Chris Roots John Thompson has the Flight Stakes in mind for First Seal after the Fastnet Rock filly gave him his first Australian winner for the China Horse Club on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday.

Chris Waller rapt to give Ingham family rare hat-trick at Rosehill

Special win: Tye Angland pilots Hoylonny to victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly Chris Waller still might not have the group-1 success he craves for the Inghams, but days like this training for the esteemed racing family might be every bit as special.

Trainer Danny Williams back at work in Guy and Wendy Walter's Goulburn stables

Back to Goulburn: Trainer Danny Williams is back in action is his home town.

Adam Pengilly One of the state's most respected horsemen, Danny Williams, has returned to training at his home town of Goulburn out of the boxes vacated by Guy and Wendy Walter.

Coolmore's Camelot hits the right note with Australian breeders

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John Holloway Susan Magnier, part of the ownership team of Coolmore’s huge multi-million dollar European racing stable prepared by Aidan O’Brien, is instrumental in the clever naming of their racetrack...

Racing industry pays tribute to Guy Walter at Night of Champions

Trainer Chris Waller.

Adam Pengilly Chris Waller's triple group 1 winner Boban swept top honours at the NSW Racehorse Owners Association's Night of Champions on Thursday night, as a special tribute was made to the late Guy Walter.