Admire Rakti to start in Melbourne Cup

Patrick Bartley   After many hours of discussion, the principal owner of Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti will allow his horse to start in the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup.

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Handicapper not rattled as another sheikh Cup hope rolls on

Craig Williams riding Caravan Rolls On.

Peter Hanlon   A horse owned by Sheikh Fahad winning a Geelong Cup with Craig Williams in the saddle is an ominous pointer to bigger things.

History, stats determine Rakti's Cup penalty

Patrick Bartley dinkus Dinkus

Patrick Bartley   The debate following the announcement of the half-kilogram penalty for Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti left many feeling a little dizzy - and for good reason.

Big-race clean sweep still looms

Coolmore’s Adelaide will see Moonee Valley for the first time on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley and Andrew Garvey   A bad barrier draw appears to be the only stumbling block to an international clean sweep of Australia's most important races - the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup power rankings

Admire Rakti and Zac Purton head home in the Caulfield Cup.

Chris Roots   Chris Roots rates the main chances as the days count down to the Melbourne Cup

Cup favourite Admire Rakti gets 0.5kg penalty

Zac Purton salutes on Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup.

Patrick Bartley, Daniel Cherny   Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti has been allotted half a kilogram penalty for the $6.2m race, meaning he will carry 58.5 kilograms if he runs.

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The Cleaner set to clean out bookmakers

Sparkling display: The Cleaner wins at Moonee Valley in June.

Chris Roots   Tasmanian cult hero set to strip out millions of dollars from bookmakers in Cox Plate and will have a police escort from his stable in Longford to the Devonport ferry terminal on Thursday.

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Bowman vows to clear his name at appeal 

Right to appeal: Hugh Bowman after winning on Miracles Of Life at Caulfield.

Chris Roots   Victorian Jockeys' Association boss says the different interpretation of improper riding used in the Chad Schofield and Hugh Bowman cases in Victoria in the past month should be conveyed to all visiting jockeys.

McDonald rates Contributer up with Fiorente

Contribution: James McDonald after scoring at Caulfield.

Chris Roots   First impressions are often best and after his first feel of Contributer, rider James McDonald said the stayer could be better than last year's Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

Admire Rakti storms home in Caulfield Cup

Zac Purton celebrates after taking out the Caulfield Cup aboard Admire Rakti.

Chris Roots   Planning and execution handed Zac Purton and Japan a first Caulfield Cup as Admire Rakti rose above his rivals on Saturday.

Purton has Cox Plate on his bucket list

Good to go: Zac Purton returns to ride Sacred Falls in Saturday's Cox Plate.

Chris Roots   Zac Purton has spent this year ticking off the races he dreamt of winning growing up and the Cox Plate is next on the list.

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