Bart Cummings


Bart Cummings Cup runner takes Precedence for organisers

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.

Bart Cummings' horse Precedence penalised one kilogram

Bart Cummings

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.

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Sentiment absent with Bart Cummings' Cup chance

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.

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Bart Cummings: Spry glasses

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Andrew Webster ONE of Bart Cummings' favourite proverbs - and there are several - is that training horses is like being a detective.


Chris Waller up with Cups King Bart Cummings, says Jim Cassidy

Chris Waller with his 2 Melbourne cup runners, Hawkspur and Foreteller, after morning track work.

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.


A quiet farewell to Bart Cummings' Saintly Lodge

Saintly Place

Patrick Bartley Saintly Lodge, the Melbourne base of champion horse trainer Bart Cummings, was officially closed on Tuesday morning.


All eyes on Tupac Amaru as three-year-old looks to history

Max Presnell Once upon a time it was fashionable for outstanding three-year-olds to win the Sydney Cup at Randwick but will Tupac Amaru, named after an Inca revolutionary in Peru, fit the profile on Saturday?


Canberra's Neil Osborne blasts Randwick track after death of I Am Snippety

Neil Osborne

David Polkinghorne It was meant to be the heralded start of Sydney's new jewel, The Championships, but Canberra trainer Neil Osborne said the Randwick track "wasn't fit for a pig" after emerging star I Am Snippety was...


Hana's Goal could be the fairytale of the Doncaster Handicap

Fairytale in the offing: Hana's Goal.

Andrew Webster As a teenager, Michael Tabart watched Super Impose win the Doncaster. Now he's back with Hana's Goal to see if he can do it himself.


Jockey Roy Higgins was a great rival, says friend Pat Hyland

Bart Cummings and Roy Higgins

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.


Chad Schofield wins Adelaide Cup on Outback Joe

Too strong: Outback Joe, ridden by Chad Schofield, races clear to win the Adelaide Cup.

Patrick Bartley Chad Schofield's decision to go freelance reaped more rewards on Monday when he took out the $400,000 Adelaide Cup on Outback Joe on his first visit to South Australia.

Roy Higgins: a gentleman in racing and in life

Damien Oliver speaks at the funeral.

Peter Hanlon Roy Higgins left the Flemington mounting yard for the last time on Thursday.

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The Bendigo success story

Golden Mile

Patrick Bartley When Racing Victoria, in 2010, put out the offer for one major country race club to stage a Saturday stand-alone race meeting in March, officials were understandably in fear and trepidation of how...


Royal Randwick Championship preview slips up with comedy of errors

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Max Presnell Saturday at Royal Randwick was a preview for the coming Championships but hardly provided a happy ending.

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Cassidy happy to fly under the radar with Dissident

Jimmy Cassidy

Chris Roots Jim Cassidy has been at his group 1 best in the past fortnight on horses which have flown under the radar, but even as favourite Dissident, the winner of the Hobartville Stakes and Randwick Guineas,...


Red Tracer gives Chris Waller a Ryder Stakes conundrum

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Max Presnell Saturday's George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens, highlighting another Chris Waller conundrum, is worthy of the title.

Black Opal Stakes 2014 at Thoroughbred Park Canberra

Join David Polkinghorne and Ben Westcott for all the racing, colour, fashion and excitement at Thoroughbred Park Canberra with the 2014 Black Opal Stakes.

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Roy Higgins dies suddenly, aged 75

Roy Higgins

Patrick Bartley, Tim Habel Roy Higgins, one of Australia's greatest jockeys, died suddenly on Saturday night aged 75.

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The boys, and girls, are back in town

Kyle Mackey-Laws The boys, and girls, are back in town and it couldn't have come any sooner.

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Star young gallopers need to step up this season

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The Orr Stakes is the first chance to see how the stars of the spring have fared after a spell.