Vrc

Paul Bittar firms for key VRC role

Paul Bittar is warming in calculations for the $800,000-plus a year position.

Patrick Bartley Former Australian racing executive Paul Bittar has emerged as one of the front runners for the prize position of CEO of the Victoria Racing Club.

Horse racing

John Sargent wins VRC Oaks with Kirramosa

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch When they have got a horse that's good enough the Kiwis can still do the business.

Horse racing

Kirramosa VRC Oaks win a tonic for Nash Rawiller

Nash Rawiller.

Patrick Bartley Nash Rawiller salvaged a win from the spring carnival when Kirramosa won the VRC Oaks.

Kirramosa takes the VRC Oaks after thrilling finish

Kirramosa.

Nash Rawiller’s spring carnival fortunes took a turn for the better when Kirramosa won the $1 million VRC Oaks at Flemington.

Horse Racing

Buffering shows it is his time to shine with VRC Classic win at Flemington

Buffering (No.2)

Chris Roots After being part of the bridal party on 14 occasions, Buffering is enjoying his time front and centre on the big day.

Horse Racing

Stakes cut as VRC reins in

Horse racing

Patrick Bartley The Victoria Racing Club has reduced the prizemoney for the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.

Horse Racing

VRC warned to rethink prizemoney cuts

Dale Monteith.

Michael Sharkie Racing Victoria Limited urges Victoria Racing Club to reconsider proposal.

Damien Oliver gets his seventh Scobie

Damien Oliver.

Tim Habel Damien Oliver won a record seventh Scobie Breasley Medal and Fiorente, the horse he partnered to a third Melbourne Cup win, was voted Racehorse of the Year at Sunday night’s Victorian...

New Lindsay Park team to focus on Melbourne carnival

David Hayes

Adam Pengilly Hall Of Fame trainer David Hayes has a novel way for describing the shift in stable approach.

The form guide for managing spring fortunes

Mark Van Triet, racing manager of four of Australia’s top jockeys, compiling form lists ahead of the spring carnival.

Patrick Bartley For the next four months, jockeys from Australia and overseas will compete for millions of dollars in stake money and largely what percentage a rider can derive during the spring carnival will go a...

AFL puts dibs on October 3, 2015, for grand final, Turnbull Stakes still without a date

Senator Conroy applauded the MCC and AFL for the decision.

Patrick Bartley While the AFL has finalised how it will work its fixture around next year’s Cricket World Cup, racing is still examining its options.

Horseracing

Team Cummings sets old favourite Precedence for fifth cups campaign

Precdence is embarking on a fifth cups campaign.

Patrick Bartley While the Bart and James Cummings combination is confident there will be more than a hint of new talent sprinkled between their training bases in Melbourne and Sydney this spring, the family...

Horseracing

Racing looks back on a memorable season, from too many tragedies to turf theatre at its best

racing

Max Presnell, Chris Roots and Adam Pengilly Max Presnell ,Chris Roots and Adam Pengilly on the triumphs and tragedies of the year that was.

Racing

Murphy’s law: race hard, race often and talk tough

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Geoff Murphy was gobsmacked for one of the few occasions in his long and distinguished career when Mel Schumacher grabbed Tommy Hill’s leg in the 1961 AJC Derby at Randwick.

Horse Racing

Trainer Joe Pride thanks dodgy knee for his change in perspective

Blessing in disguise: Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride's leg troubles have seen him take a back seat in the stable's day-to-day operations.

Adam Pengilly Joe Pride reaches for a pocket and pulls out his mobile phone. It is the go-to device when people don't quite believe the amount of hardware holding his knee together.

Horse Racing

Slade Power tipped for Melbourne spring to take on Australia's finest sprinters

Wayne Lordan rides Slade Power to victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley Racing Victoria's international recruiting scout Leigh Jordon believes Slade Power, the group 1 July Cup winner in England on Saturday, is certain to travel to Melbourne this spring to take on...

Racing

New blood promises to keep home-grown sires in high demand

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway The outstanding brigade of colts excelling in the 2013-14 season has resulted in six wonderfully bred freshmen sires scheduled to start their stud careers in September.

Horse Racing

Straight Six in the sights of Adelaide trainer Ken Sweeney

Paul Gatt guides Riziz to victory in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final at Flemington on July 6, 2013.

Patrick Bartley Adelaide-based trainer Ken Sweeney is confident his high-class sprinter Riziz can win Saturday's $120,000 The Straight Six at Flemington.

Racing

Vandyke hopes to honour Walter with Oaks victory

Chris Roots It might be David Vandyke's name in the book next to Arabian Gold but if the grey filly wins Saturday's Queensland Oaks, the success will have late trainer Guy Walter influence all over it.

Racing

Lonhro set to break record as most-prolific sire of winners

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway One of Australia’s most-loved racehorses, Lonhro, is poised to add another fabulous chapter to his great career by becoming the most-prolific sire of winners in one season.