A horse owned by Sheikh Fahad winning a Geelong Cup with Craig Williams in the saddle is an ominous pointer to bigger things.
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.
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.
Chris Roots rates the main chances as the days count down to the Melbourne 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.
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.
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.
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.
Planning and execution handed Zac Purton and Japan a first Caulfield Cup as Admire Rakti rose above his rivals on Saturday.
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.