Horse racing

Jockey Nick Hall out for careless riding, to miss Zipping Classic

Nicholas Hall

Nick Hall has won two of the past three Zipping Classics but will miss this year's renewal.


James Cummings keen to keep Precedence zipping along


Chris Roots After giving Saintly Lodge a fitting farewell by winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington, Precedence is set to back-up in the Zipping Classic at Caulfield on Saturday.

Sam Kavanagh chases Zipping Classic with Midsummer Sun

Midsummer Sun

Chris Roots One-time English Derby favourite Midsummer Sun will be out to secure a place in next year's Caulfield Cup by winning the $350,000 Zipping Classic at Caulfield on Saturday.

Horse racing

Sertorious wins Zipping Classic at Caulfield beating big stable runners

Andrew Garvey The $350,000 Zipping Classic at Caulfield on Saturday was a win for the battlers.


Mick Kent's Epingle ready to roll in Chairman's Handicap

Hard road: Epingle faces a pair of tough tests during The Championships.

Chris Roots Mick Kent points to Epingle’s record at 2400 metres when he talks quietly but confidently about Saturday’s Chairman’s Handicap and then Sydney Cup the following week.

Horse Racing

Shin soreness ends Lord Of The Sky's autumn carnival hopes

Patrick Bartley Thoughts of track records and lofty autumn plans now all in the past.

Horse Racing

Macedon Lodge a home of winners

Lloyd Williams' property, Macedon Lodge.

Patrick Bartley Lloyd Williams move to Mornington Peninsula means a lot of racing history is left behind.


Ryan Maloney eyes The BMW with Sertorius

Win and bear it: Ryan Maloney finds it hard to hide his delight at taking last year's Zipping Classic aboard Sertorius.

Chris Roots JJockeys' and bricklayers' hands tell their stories. Ryan Maloney has tried both and prefers the smooth feeling of being on a horse rather than the hard labour of laying bricks.

Horse racing

Lune's Turnbull poser

Puissance de Lune

Patrick Bartley Long-time Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune is first emergency for the Turnbull.


Williams wheels out his big staying guns on two fronts

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Max Presnell Obviously Lloyd Williams, Australia's most prolific collector of European thoroughbreds, is sending his “B” team to Sydney, but, headed by Seville in The Metropolitan, they promise to...

Roots 'n' All

Spring would be worse off without Williams' Cup obsession

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots Melbourne Cup day to Lloyd Williams would be like Christmas Day for Santa Claus – the one day you work towards all year.

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

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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.

Horse Racing

Vase puts Savvy Nature on track for Derby

Savvy Nature heads to the post under James McDonald's guidance.

Michael Lynch Savvy Nature posts the best win of his career, landing the group 2 Mitchelton Vase.


Chad Schofield takes hit for counting error

Chad Schofield

Max Presnell Most figure the ride of Chad Schofield, well suited to a school uniform, on Shamus Award in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, was without blemish, but not the Victorian stewards.

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Horse Racing

Don't mess with the Derby

Victoria Derby Day 2012

Michael Lynch Here are some eternal truths about the Melbourne Spring carnival: the weather will be changeable; the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate will be labelled "the worst ever"; the Melbourne Cup will be...

Horse Racing

Tempo may not be sexy, but it will decide who wins

Patrick Bartley

Patrick Bartley The one constant in the Cup is that the jockey who judges the pace best is often the winner.

Melbourne carnival 2013: Sam Kavanagh wants his time in the sun

Glen Boss riding Midsummer Sun.

Patrick Bartley It is hard enough for a young trainer to break into the Saturday circuit let alone black-type racing these days, such is the strength of the nation's big stables, and some go for years without having...


Still plenty of zip in spring racing

Kyle Mackey-Laws This year's Zipping Classic gives us an encore battle between Precedence and Sertorius.


Max Presnell's verdict on Caulfield race card

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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

Trainer Sam Kavanagh hopes Midsummer Sun shines at Caulfield

Glen Boss riding Midsummer Sun

Patrick Bartley An English import is helping champion trainer Sam Kavanagh make his name.