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.
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.
Patrick Bartley The English pair add intrigue to the Sandown card, with several horses given a chance in their handicap event.
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.
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.
Michael Lynch Sandown Cup in some ways resembles what the Melbourne Cup used to look like.
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.
Michael Lynch Caulfield trainer Mick Price has high hopes for European imports Pakal and Bit Of Hell.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune in fine fettle following Saturday shakedown.
Michael Lynch Champion trainer Peter Moody is so often the punters' pal, but on Saturday he played the role of party-pooper.
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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.
Michael Sharkie and Patrick Bartley Four former European gallopers prepare to make Australian debuts for local stables.
Patrick Bartley David Hayes is the first to admit the placement of his three imported stayers leading up to the Caulfield and Melbourne cups have been far from ideal.
Chris Roots David Hayes has won two Caulfield Cups with imports and Spillway is starting to bring back good memories as he heads to Sydney for Saturday's Metropolitan at Randwick.
Adam Pengilly and Chris Roots Brenton Avdulla shrugged off the disappointment of losing the ride on group 1-bound Rubick to potentially pick up another after tough Kiwi stayer Deane Martin booked his ticket to The Metropolitan.
Adam Pengilly Anthony Cummings is the first to admit group 1-bound Road To Shangri La is not comfortable racing inside horses, but the prospect of a small Gloaming Stakes field still has him uneasy.
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...
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.
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.
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.