Imports

Spring carnival imports test quarantine centre's facilities

Racing Victoria international recruitment officer Leigh Jordon.

Chris Roots There remains the chance a Melbourne Cup hope may be balloted out of contention before getting to Australia only nine weeks out from the first Tuesday in November.

Horse Racing

Waller imports in Australian debuts at Sandown

Chris Waller.

Patrick Bartley The English pair add intrigue to the Sandown card, with several horses given a chance in their handicap event.

Winners & Losers

Valley greats betrayed by late-night finishes and dodgy imports

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Max Presnell Purists such as Bill Stutt and Ian McEwen, who turned the Cox Plate into the weight-for-age championship of Australasia, would be aghast at the new-age Moonee Valley.

Moroney imports take place in last-chance saloon

Michael Moroney

Chris Roots Michael Moroney has Irish drop-in Voleuse De Coeurs in the Melbourne Cup but it was always going to be a long wait to get either of imports Garud or Araldo into the biggest race of the year.

Cup imports caught in logjam for final spots

Umberto Rispoli on Brigantin

Andrew Eddy THREE high-profile internationals are in danger of being excluded from tomorrow week's Melbourne Cup field after connections of several local hopes yesterday opted to continue their Cup dreams.

Horse racing

Illness scare for imports at Werribee

Lost In The Moment.

Michael Sharkie Racing Victoria representatives have stressed that a minor illness suffered by an imported horse at Werribee quarantine centre poses no threat to the Melbourne Cup aspirations of fellow imports.

Horse Racing

Imports can continue spring staying dominance

Ibicenco is one of the imported horses in the Sandown Cup.

Michael Lynch Sandown Cup in some ways resembles what the Melbourne Cup used to look like.

Cummings has Derby winner set for imports

Anthony Cummings

Chris Roots Anthony Cummings has Victoria Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar spot on to take on the cavalry of imports in The BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.

Horse Racing

Price imports debut in style

Mick Price

Michael Lynch Caulfield trainer Mick Price has high hopes for European imports Pakal and Bit Of Hell.

Horse Racing

Imports are warming up for spring

Picture perfect: Puissance De Lune at Warrnambool beach.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune in fine fettle following Saturday shakedown.

Moody imports storm to victory as punters get a rough deal

Michael Lynch Champion trainer Peter Moody is so often the punters' pal, but on Saturday he played the role of party-pooper.

Horse Racing

Smerdon, Moody unveil imports

Michael Sharkie and Patrick Bartley Four former European gallopers prepare to make Australian debuts for local stables.

Premier's Cup duo He's Your Man and Wish Come True to put worth of gelding to the test

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Max Presnell The worth of the gelder's blade, being waved perilously close to the highly promising Liberation, will again be put to the test in the Premier's Cup at Rosehill on Saturday by He's Your Man and Wish...

Nostradamus the prediction for Run To The Rose at Rosehill

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Max Presnell The boom on promising Almalad and Sarajevo will be tested by the fitness of Nostradamus in the Run To the Rose at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Trainer David Bourne confident Zamorar can have his time in the sun

Generic horse racing.

Patrick Bartley Two years ago David Bourne was elated with his then lightly raced three-year-old Zamorar, who had just been bravely defeated into second place in the group 2 P. B. Lawrence Stakes.

Racing

James McDonald chases Sydney jockeys' title

Shot at the title: James McDonald has set his sights on the Sydney jockeys title.

Adam Pengilly James McDonald's belated march towards the Sydney jockeys' premiership begins at Warwick Farm on Wednesday with the backing of an unlikely source.

Horseracing

Rosehill preview: Chris Waller attacks Doncaster with numbers

Next stop Randwick: Zoustar will contest the TJ Smith Stakes on April 12.

Chris Roots Sydney's champion trainer Chris Waller has a quartet of runners for next week’s Doncaster and another trio at Rosehill on Saturday trying to earn a place in the famous Randwick mile.

Horseracing

Chris Waller holds key to strong Doomben feature

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Max Presnell Australia’s leading jockey, Brad Rawiller, is confident Akzar will be as comfortable on firmer ground in Saturday’s Doomben Cup as he was bolting away on the Warrnambool heavy last start.

Horseracing

Diva's little sister ready to hit her straps for Team Hawkes

Chris Roots Team Hawkes is planning ahead with La Amistad as she steps out in Saturday's McKell Cup at Randwick, a dream that could have her follow in the footsteps of three-quarter sister Makybe Diva.

Racing

Knowledge adds to trainer Gai Waterhouse's staying firepower

Max Presnell

Max Presnell With the Fiorente experience Gai Waterhouse is now into the rhythm with two-milers, and Excess Knowledge promises to continue the trend.