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.

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.

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.

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.

Winners & Losers

Valley greats betrayed by late-night finishes and dodgy imports

Max Presnell dinkus

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.

Horse Racing

Smerdon, Moody unveil imports

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

Trainer David Hayes knows it is D-Day for cup hopefuls this weekend

David Hayes says he would

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.

Spillway needs Metrop win to make Caulfield Cup field

Well worn path: Spillway will tackle The Metropolitan en route to a crack at the Caulfield Cup.

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.

Rosehill victor Deane Martin will have to step up in The Metropolitan to continue to the cups

Brenton Avdulla.

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.

Road To Shangri La's road in Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill worries trainer Anthony Cummings

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.

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

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

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

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

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.