Horse Racing

Career over for super sire Zabeel

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

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


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.

Horse Racing

Maggots help heal Zabeel


Aidan Rodley Issues from a hoof infection had Cambridge Stud staff fearing the worst for 26-year-old stallion Zabeel.

Kiwi Ellis highlights Karaka breeze-up sale in search of a bargain baby


John Holloway New Zealand's biggest thoroughbred dealer, David Ellis, patiently sat through this week's two-day Karaka ready-to-run sale until the final 30 minutes of Wednesday afternoon before making his charge...


Karaka catalogue boasts a band of blue-bloods par excellence

John Holloway New Zealand Bloodstock holds one of its better yearling sales at Karaka next month – all the big-name Australasian stallions are represented.


Early results back Mitchell brothers' faith in new sire

John Holloway A sparkling double for freshman stallion I Am Invincible last weekend at Flemington and Doomben could mean the winners face off in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic on January 11 and pave the way...

Horse Racing

Fawkner wins Caulfield Cup

Nicholas Hall

The Lloyd Williams-owned Fawkner has produced a dazzling turn of speed to win the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup.

Winners & Losers

Caulfield Cup may not be best guide to November's Big One

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Saturday's Caulfield Cup, usually a strong guide to the Melbourne Cup, has been described as a "weak renewal" and "scruffy".

Lloyd Williams out to continue rout with three-horse force in Cox Plate

Max Presnell The bump to Green Moon in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley last year looked more of an Olivia Newton-John love tap, but had the effect of a Sam Burgess crash tackle with a follow-up appendage assault.


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

Make way for Cups king

Grand campaigner: Craig Williams steers Precedence to victory at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Tim Habel The fabled Bart Cummings Melbourne Cup story may yet have another chapter.


Zephyron moves towards living up to price tag

SPORT Horse racing at Rosehill race 6 winner Zephyron ridden by Robert Thompson

Adam Pengilly A $2 million yearling racing well out of his grade added some cheer to Laurie Macri's deflating week after Zephyron took a tiny step to recouping his massive price tag at Rosehill.

Precedence keeps Cummings' Cup dreams alive


Tim Habel The fabled Bart Cummings Melbourne Cup story may yet have another chapter to come.

Horse Racing

Watch for surprises in Victoria Derby

Complacent, ridden by Christian Reith, wins the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on October 12.

Michael Lynch For punters, classic races – in theory – should be the easiest to sort out. But there is one race that quite often proves the exception - the Victoria Derby.

Horse Racing

Penalty will determine another Cup start for Precedence

Cup hope: James Cummings (left) with Precedence at Moonee Valley.

Chris Roots Bart Cummings needs Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter in his corner.


Bart Cummings Cup runner takes Precedence for organisers

Bart Cummings

Chris Roots Bart Cummings might have God on his side when it comes to getting Precedence into the Melbourne Cup, but he needs Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter in his corner as well.

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Horse Racing

Tips and Beers: a name on the lips of many

Derby-bound: Tips And Beers wins at Caulfield this month.

Peter Hanlon Tips And Beers will have a big cheer squad in the derby, writes Peter Hanlon.


Max Presnell's verdict on Caulfield race card

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell WITH the Melbourne spring, dominated by Sydneysiders, coming to a close, Gai Waterhouse, particularly with Queenstown, should continue the trend at Caulfield on Saturday.

Horse racing

Bashboy beaten by weight

(L-R) Shane Jackson riding Zaman (2), Richard Eynon riding Riviera Star, Brad McLean riding Maythehorsebemagic and Steven Pateman riding Bashboy (r)

Michael Lynch Champion steeplechaser has his colours lowered over fences for the first time in an exciting Australian Steeplechase.

Here's hoping: O'Shea concedes Darley's star has Guineas at her mercy

Jockey Nicholas Hall rides? Bound For Earth

Chris Roots John O'Shea's filly Bound For Earth has beaten Guelph, and his Oaks-bound Gypsy Diamond has potential, but even the trainer concedes they are unlikely to cause an upset in the Thousand Guineas at...