Tim Habel Roy Higgins and Pat Hyland, fierce rivals as jockeys but great friends off the track, will forever be linked with the epic 1970 Queen Elizabeth Stakes two-horse clash at Flemington.
Patrick Bartley Saintly Lodge, the Melbourne base of champion horse trainer Bart Cummings, was officially closed on Tuesday morning.
Chris Roots Bart Cummings might have God on his side when it comes to getting Precedence into the Melbourne Cup, but he needs Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter in his corner as well.
Patrick Bartley Twelve-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Bart Cummings' mission to get an 88th runner in the race is alive, just, after Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence was penalised one kilogram.
Chris Roots Victoria Racing Club chairman Michael Burn said cold hard facts rather than sentiment will decide if Precedence will get into next Tuesday's Melbourne Cup field.
Andrew Webster ONE of Bart Cummings' favourite proverbs - and there are several - is that training horses is like being a detective.
Chris Roots Chris Waller's first memory of the Melbourne Cup is Jim Cassidy winning on Kiwi 30 years ago - and the centurion group 1 jockey believes Hawkspur is set to give the trainer his best memory on Tuesday.
Join David Polkinghorne and Ben Westcott for all the racing, colour, fashion and excitement at Thoroughbred Park Canberra with the 2014 Black Opal Stakes.
Patrick Bartley, Tim Habel Roy Higgins, one of Australia's greatest jockeys, died suddenly on Saturday night aged 75.
Know Your Nags
Kyle Mackey Laws Your race-by-race guide to coming out on top on Black Opal Stakes Day.
Max Presnell Perhaps it's using a missile and not drawing a long bow in comparing the Newmarket at Flemington with the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Kyle Mackey-Laws The boys, and girls, are back in town and it couldn't have come any sooner.
Michael Lynch The Orr Stakes is the first chance to see how the stars of the spring have fared after a spell.
Max Presnell Racing two-year-olds in Saturday's Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington could be described as "unconventional", a word that fits Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing.
Chris Roots Gai Waterhouse is a household name thanks to the deeds of her horses. Her bubbly persona has her sitting in racing's window to general public alongside living legend Bart Cummings.
Winners & Losers
Max Presnell While negatives around Sydney racing abound, Peter Snowden's form in the home stretch of his Darley involvement is a highlight.
Patrick Bartley It seems the aerobic advantage of jumping obstacles benefits struggling flat performers.
Chris Roots John O'Shea will have gone full circle when he returns to Warwick Farm next May, where his training career began, as the head trainer for the country's biggest racing operation, Darley.
Max Presnell Perhaps a Bendigo maiden lacks pizazz but one is scheduled to relaunch the Black Caviar dynasty, which is undergoing a horror stretch, on Sunday.
Max Presnell New Zealanders, led by Chris Waller, staged a successful takeover bid of Sydney racing in 2013, a remarkable year.