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.
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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 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.
Michael Lynch Caulfield trainer Mick Price has high hopes for European imports Pakal and Bit Of Hell.
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 Sandown Cup in some ways resembles what the Melbourne Cup used to look like.
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 Sharkie and Patrick Bartley Four former European gallopers prepare to make Australian debuts for local stables.
Max Presnell Give me a good horse and I'll make it great, chanted the late Tommy Smith, a philosophy Chris Waller, today's training phenomenon, is following.
Michael Lynch Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse always has plenty to say when it comes to racing. After a lifetime's experience in the industry, there are few people with a better all-round view of the sport, and...
Patrick Bartley Another spring full of tales of challenges and success.
Andrew Garvey All the horses and the form. Andrew Garvey's guide to the Melbourne Cup.
Chris Roots Red Cadeaux's trainer Ed Dunlop has declared Lloyd Williams holds the key to Tuesday's Melbourne Cup after the barrier draw on Saturday night.
Patrick Bartley Improving standard and increasing costs will result in fewer horses making the trek.
Peter Hanlon A European horse who loves jumping was fancied to win the Geelong Cup.
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.
Max Presnell FIT, well and firing, the class of It's A Dundeel will triumph in Saturday's Cox Plate but, should there be a weakness, the intensity of Moonee Valley's toughest test will bring it to the fore.
Max Presnell The battle of the training tracks - private versus public, city against country - will be put to the test by two racing dynasties, Waterhouse and Hayes, in Saturday's Caulfield Cup.