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Murphy’s law: race hard, race often and talk tough

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Max Presnell Geoff Murphy was gobsmacked for one of the few occasions in his long and distinguished career when Mel Schumacher grabbed Tommy Hill’s leg in the 1961 AJC Derby at Randwick.

Racing

Sydney Saturday racing no-go zone simply a matter of numbers

Max Presnell Come on Sydney, show me the horses and I'll show you the money.

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Racing

Chipping Norton slight ties Mark Latham in a knot

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Max Presnell Don’t upset Mark Latham, the racing enthusiast.

Horseracing

Lonhro's reputation about to go under the hammer in Kentucky

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John Holloway Darley’s decision to shuttle Australia’s favourite racehorse Lonhro to its Kentucky base in 2011 is just a few weeks away from being christened a success or failure.

Racing

Today's champion mares don't need the 'assistance' afforded Analie

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Max Presnell Substance assistance, now outlawed, contributed to a period that made Analie a modern-day iron mare, emphasising the worth of more recent champions Sunline, Makybe Diva and Black Caviar.

Racing

The mighty Mosstrooper a leap of faith

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Max Presnell The Great Wall of China wouldn’t have impeded a Mosstrooper leap, but the Randwick steeples did.

Racing

Randwick track needs better drainage, says Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy

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Max Presnell A bulldozer is the only answer to the Randwick course proper, according to Ray Murrihy, the Racing NSW chief steward.

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Racing

Book on Murray Gleeson sheds light on Fine Cotton comedy

Max Presnell Perhaps cross-examination by Murray Gleeson, a legend of the Australian legal system, sheds light on Bill Waterhouse’s role in the Fine Cotton comedy of errors.

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Racing

Eureka Stud's Spirit Of Boom says farewell in Stradbroke

Michael Rodd wins the Doomber 10,000 on Spirit Of Boom on May 24.

Chris Roots The Hunter Valley is the heart and soul of Australian breeding but for the past few weeks success has moved north to the green pastures of the Darling Downs.

Horseracing

Mick Dittman brings unbeatable experience and natural cunning to tipping game

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Max Presnell During his youth the first Mick Dittman tipping service operated from the fork of a tree on the Gold Coast.

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Racing

The Butterfly effect: John Mort Green's life on the punt

Max Presnell Float like a butterfly around the betting ring and sting bookmakers like a bee was the mantra of John Mort Green, 85, who died recently.

Horseracing

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

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.

Racing

Lankan Rupee headlines a Championships day to remember

Max Presnell The Championships, featuring Lankan Rupee in the T.J. Smith against international opposition, promises to live up to the title at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Racing

All eyes on Tupac Amaru as three-year-old looks to history

Max Presnell Once upon a time it was fashionable for outstanding three-year-olds to win the Sydney Cup at Randwick but will Tupac Amaru, named after an Inca revolutionary in Peru, fit the profile on Saturday?

Horseracing

Superb day, great fields, but where were the punters?

Max Presnell Only 25,525 went to Royal Randwick on Saturday for an outstanding program on a brilliant day, confirming racegoing is struggling to be a popular spectator sport in Sydney.

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Racing

Young hoop Taylor Marshall shows rare saddle skills

Max Presnell Sleight of hand on Zephyron in the Lord Mayor’s Cup was a feature of Taylor Marshall’s Saturday quartet at Rosehill Gardens.

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Horseracing

Zac Purton rates alongside the saddle greats

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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Winners & Losers

Punters upset at late mail on Guineas failure Eurozone

Max Presnell There were shades of More Joyous with Eurozone, involving punters' right to know, in the Australian Guineas at Flemington on Saturday.

Racing

Royal Randwick Championship preview slips up with comedy of errors

Max Presnell Saturday at Royal Randwick was a preview for the coming Championships but hardly provided a happy ending.

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Racing

Hana's Goal could be the fairytale of the Doncaster Handicap

Fairytale in the offing: Hana's Goal.

Andrew Webster As a teenager, Michael Tabart watched Super Impose win the Doncaster. Now he's back with Hana's Goal to see if he can do it himself.