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Blake Shinn picks up plum Winter Challenge ride on Scream Machine

Blake Shinn returns from suspension this weekend.

Warwick Barr Blake Shinn has wasted no time securing important rides for his first week back in the saddle after an end-of-season suspension and overseas holiday.

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John O'Shea key to James McDonald's title bid

James McDonald.

Warwick Barr The trainer who lured James McDonald to Australia could fittingly hold the key to the young jockey's bid to claim sole ownership of the 2013-2014 the Sydney riders' championship.

Horseracing

Man of his people finally gets his due

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Andrew Webster History squares the ledger with itself eventually. It might have taken exactly four decades, but it will finally be squared for Frank Reys on Tuesday.

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Autumn carnival could be so much better, if people would see reason

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Chris Roots The Sydney autumn carnival has potential, but at the moment it's like a colt that flies in morning trackwork then flops on raceday.

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People's trainer survived on instinct

Henry Cecil

Paul Hayward Sir Henry Cecil was the character Evelyn Waugh forgot to write: a blue-blooded wild child whose dissolute early life offered no hint of his brilliant talent.

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Weir's the champ, but stats reveal unsung duo scores highly

Darren Weir has done something few thought possible in the modern era, winning both the metropolitan and country training premierships without having a city base.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir has rightly been saluted for his breakout season in winning the Victorian trainers' title.

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The people's favourite

Michael Lynch Eight people hold legal title to the great mare, but thousands have accepted her as their own.

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Canberra trainer Matthew Dale strikes Royal Jackpot at Randwick

Adam Pengilly Lady luck was shining bright on the connections of Matthew Dale-trained Royal Jackpot, which snared a $100,000 windfall for being the first sales graduate home in the Inglis Bonus Handicap (1400...

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Patrick Payne takes Houlahan race and award

Richard Cully riding Fieldmaster.

Michael Lynch Patrick Payne crowned a wonderful jumps racing season by ensuring his victory in the JJ Houlahan award for jumps trainers with the victory of improving hurdler Fieldmaster at Sandown.

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Track manager rejects criticism of Randwick's Kensington surface

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Adam Pengilly Randwick's much-maligned Kensington surface will undergo a serious renovation in summer, and track manager Nevesh Ramdhani is adamant it can be a long-term pressure-reliever for Sydney's...

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Sydney Saturday racing no-go zone simply a matter of numbers

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Max Presnell Come on Sydney, show me the horses and I'll show you the money.

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Wells heads off Bashboy's historic steeplechase bid

John Allen riding Wells (right) in the Grand National Steeplechase.

Michael Lynch Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first. 

Horse Racing

Too much kindness is killing Randwick track

Robbie Waterhouse A serious issue for racing is the course proper at headquarters – Randwick. It is an unfair surface and the punters, racing’s only customers, don’t like to bet there.

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Bashboy standing in the way of trainer Patrick Payne landing national jumps double

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Patrick Bartley   For Patrick Payne to achieve wins in Victoria's two most important jumping races, the Grand National Hurdle and Steeple the trainer realises that he must overcome arguably the state's finest...

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Frankel, my dear, I will give a dam: John Singleton punts on champion

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John Holloway John Singleton is again on the Frankel trail and has sent two of his better broodmares – Samantha Miss and Deedra – to Newmarket in England to be bred to southern hemisphere time by the...

Bletchingly ideal for Lord Of The Sky, says Dwayne Dunn

Dwayne Dunn is excited about his spring carnival prospects.

Patrick Bartley Dwayne Dunn believes his ride on Lord Of The Sky in Saturday's Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield will be the start of a successful season.

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Distance may trouble Rose Of Falvelon in Sydney

David Polkinghorne Unlike her half-sister Pray To God, Rose Of Falvelon has never been a picnic horse.

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Trainer Chris Waller barely holds together Sydney's winter of discontent

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Max Presnell Sydney Saturdays have left the worst to last this season and using the scorned Kensington circuit has stimulated criticism from the usually docile Chris Waller.

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Trainer Garry Frazer makes changes to try and bring out the best in Sheer Style at Randwick

Adam Pengilly Blinkers should be the last thing Sheer Style needs, but Garry Frazer can see otherwise as his flying filly creeps a little closer to a hit-and-run mission in next month's San Domenico Stakes.

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Paul Messara to leave training

Globetrotter: Ortensia at Sha Tin in Hong Kong, in 2010.

Adam Pengilly Paul Messara has left the door slightly ajar to return to training in the future despite winding down his stable and agreeing to manage his father John's Hunter Valley breeding operation.