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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.

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?

Racing

Lankan Rupee headlines a Championships day to remember

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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

Merlene's Slipper triumph not for the faint-hearted

All smiles: Greg Hall and James Packer after Merlene won the 1996 Golden Slipper.

Max Presnell Jockey Greg Hall's winning ride on Merlene in the 1996 Golden Slipper had lengthy and costly ramifications.

Horseracing

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

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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

Ray Selkrig's life in the saddle anything but a drag

Max Presnell Buoyed by the ups, the downs and the drags – including a miracle – of being a jockey, Ray Selkrig remains joyful.

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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.

Racing

Royal Randwick Championship preview slips up with comedy of errors

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

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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.

Winners & Losers

Unbeaten colt Rubick loses his boom despite showing freakish speed

Max Presnell Even a sizzling early furlong didn't save the boom on Rubick at Caulfield on Saturday.

Horseracing

Flemington preview: Baby Boomwaa in for torrid time against the grown-ups in Lightning Stakes

Max Presnell Racing two-year-olds in Saturday's Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington could be described as "unconventional", a word that fits Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing.

Australian Turf Club submission calls for green light to sell off Canterbury racecourse

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Chris Roots The Australian Turf Club has made it clear in its submission to the review of NSW thoroughbred racing legislation it wants to sell Canterbury racecourse.

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Horse Racing

Pros and cons: who can win the Melbourne Cup

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Michael Sharkie Michael Sharkie examines all the Melbourne Cup runners and looks at why they can - and can't - win the race.

Guy Walter takes bush route to chase Oaks glory in town

Andrew Garvey A detour to Ballarat is not the normal path taken to the VRC Oaks but Warwick Farm trainer Guy Walter believes that win, lose or draw, it has been the right move for lightly raced filly Zanbagh.

Horse Racing

Zanbagh stays out of limelight for staying test

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Andrew Garvey A detour to Ballarat is not the normal path taken on the way to the VRC Oaks.

WINNERS & LOSERS

Glyn Schofield's ride a contender for one of spring's best

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Max Presnell Glyn Schofield’s ride on Boban in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington on Saturday capped a vintage Melbourne spring for jockeys.

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Turf lore under reconstruction at revamped Randwick

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Max Presnell Fortunately the owner of the Randwick race book had a good drink in Kings Cross and didn't make the boat that would have taken him to the Titanic.

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Racing

Racing industry at crossroads as numbers fall

Max Presnell "She was very immature, big and gangly. Had a sort of U neck; a pretty horrible, mule-ish head. Otherwise she was very correct, and galloping she had a fluent action.''

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Racing

Commission possible: How 'bowlers' get set on good wicket

Max Presnell Not even ''Melbourne Mick'' Bartley, the grand master of betting coups, used a Catholic priest as a commission agent.

Horseracing

Time-honoured Villiers Stakes was once for greats

Max Presnell Destiny's Kiss comes more into the category of ''cuddle one for Christmas'' than class or character that have epitomised the Villiers at Royal Randwick.