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.

Spring Racing Carnival news

Spring racing carnival elevated to world stage

Jockeys pose for the cameras before the Cox Plate.

Patrick Bartley 8:31 PM   The undeniable message that reverberated around the racing world on Saturday night after Irish three-year-old Adelaide was successful in the $3 million Cox Plate was that the Victorian spring carnival was now truly international.

Ryan Moore politely proves a worldly point

Adelaide (Ryan Moore up) leads the field home in the Cox Plate on Saturday.

Peter Hanlon 7:59 PM   Local attitudes to the world's best jockeys when they pop by during spring haven't always shown us in the best light.

Brilliant Adelaide triumphs in Cox Plate

Jockey Ryan Moore poses with his mini-Cox Plate after  riding Adelaide to victory.

Michael Lynch 6:37 PM   Irish maestro Aidan O'Brien became the first European raider to win the Cox Plate when Adelaide flashed home to claim glory.

Payne out for 20 meetings

Prince Of Penzance is guided home by Michelle Payne in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup on Saturday.

Chris Roots and Andrew Garvey 9:56 PM   Victory on Prince of Penzance in the Moonee Valley Cup was bitter-sweet for Michelle Payne.

Shinn out for six meetings

Blake Shinn.

Matt Jones 7:41 PM   A shattered Blake Shinn feels like he's "let a lot of people down" following his suspension at Rosehill on Saturday which cost him his Melbourne Cup ride on Junoob.

Maximan's trainer hopes to work a Miracle

Chris Roots dinkus Dinkus

Chris Roots 9:05 PM   Victorian trainer Andy Gath wasn't thinking about the Miracle Mile when he brought stayer Maximan from New Zealand this year but it is on the agenda after four wins from five starts in his new home.

Hayes undecided as Galaxy Pegasus joins stars

Stellar performance: Damien Oliver stokes Galaxy Pegasus (left) to victory at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Chris Roots 4:41 PM   David Hayes says Galaxy Pegasus has the making of a top-class miler in time but he could easily be tempted to run in next weekend's Coolmore Stud Stakes after his win at group-3 level at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Rupee survives protest to take Manikato

Craig Newitt riding Lankan Rupee is first past the post in the Manikato Stakes.

Michael Lynch   In helter-skelter group 1 sprints where little separates the field, sometimes a bold ride can make all the difference.

Only two obstacles for Adelaide

Adelaide has been sensationally backed to win the Cox Plate since arriving in Australia.

Patrick Bartley   Arguably the world's greatest jockey, Ryan Moore believes that only two stumbling blocks stand in the way of his mount Adelaide becoming the first international to win the $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday

Rating the Cox Plate field

Strong finisher: Sacred Falls.

Chris Roots   How the Cox Plate runners line up for Saturday's classic.

Cox Plate day: The best five bets

Lumosty, Nicholas Hall up, walks off the track at Moonee Valley earlier in the week.

Tim Habel   The odds will be short, but Lumosty looks a class above her rivals.

Quinton on how Cox Plate will be run and won

Ron Quinton

Adam Pengilly   Champion hoop Ron Quinton, now a successful trainer in Sydney, walks you through how to ride the charming 2040-metre trip around Moonee Valley of the Cox Plate, having won the 1981 weight-for-age championship with Kingston Town.

Cox Plate hope The Cleaner's long trip

"He's my best mate": Trainer Mick Burles with The Cleaner.

Andrew Webster   If The Cleaner wins the Cox Plate it won't change trainer Mick Burles' life - but it will make it sweeter.

Breeders dream of a fairytale result

Horse racing

Andrew Garvey   If it was all about the money and commercial appeal that dominates the modern breeding industry, The Cleaner would never have been conceived, let alone lining up as the public's favourite horse in Saturday's Cox Plate.

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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Adelaide wins Cox Plate

Irish-trained Adelaide breaks Europe's Cox Plate duck to win $3 million prize, ahead of Fawkner in second and Silent Achiever in third place.

The 2014 Geelong Cup

It was a beautiful day in Geelong for the annual Geelong Cup.

Caulfield kick-starts spring racing season

Racing season starts off with a bang at Caulfield Racecourse.

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