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Racing

Trainer Danny O'Brien on track for sweep of autumn group 1s

Chris Roots Trainer Danny O'Brien ticked off the first part of a three-point, group 1 plan when Shamus Award won the Australian Guineas and stable staff and supporters are hoping the success continues on...

Trainer Danny O'Brien has Shamus Award spot-on for Australian Guineas

Chris Roots Danny O'Brien has aimed Cox Plate winner Shamus Award at the Australian Guineas since the spring and believes he is spot on heading to Flemington on Saturday.

Racing

Danny O'Brien says Shamus Award can take rare double with Orr Stakes win

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Mathew Toogood Shamus Award is primed to repeat his Cox Plate heroics when he returns to racing in another weight-for-age feature on Saturday.

Racing

Black Caviar's little sister, Belle Couture, pleases Danny O'Brien despite narrow loss

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Adam Bourke Trainer Danny O'Brien is confident Belle Couture will make it in group class despite her defeat on debut at Bendigo on Sunday.

Horse racing

Gai Waterhouse confident Fiorente will win Australian Cup

Patrick Bartley The Australia-wide Waterhouse brand looks set to add the Australian Cup to her list of race victories.

Damien Oliver confident Fiorente can help end his Australian Cup drought

Fiorente

Chris Roots There will be no grand celebration for Damien Oliver's 100th group 1 victory, the moment has passed, but the pursuit of records will continue on Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente at Flemington on...

Horse racing

Shamus Award takes out Australian Guineas

Craig Williams riding Shamus Award.

Michael Lynch Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.

Horse Racing

Shamus Award drifts in betting for Australian Guines

Michael Lynch When a three-year-old takes on his elders first up in Group 1 company and runs a respectably close third, he might be expected to tighten up in the market for a classic race against his own age group...

Racing

Snitzerland lands another Lightning Stakes for Black Caviar part-owner

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 15:  Brenton Avdulla riding Snitzerland defeats Damien Oliver riding Shamexpress in Race 7, the Black Caviar Lightning during Melbourne racing at Flemington Racecourse on February 15, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Andrew Garvey It wasn't Black Caviar blitzing the field in a group 1 sprint at Flemington, but for her part-owner Neil Werrett it was the next best thing.

Horse Racing

Owner Neil Werrett's magic touch continues as Snitzerland wins Black Caviar Lightning

Plain sailing: Brenton Avdulla urges Snitzerland to the line to win the Black Caviar Lightning.

Andrew Garvey This time it might not have been Black Caviar returning to scale but her majority owner was again a winner.

Winners & Losers

Punters upset at late mail on Guineas failure Eurozone

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell There were shades of More Joyous with Eurozone, involving punters' right to know, in the Australian Guineas at Flemington on Saturday.

Racing

Rosehill takes a back seat as all eyes on barrier trials

SPORT White sage ridden by James McDonald wins the 6th race at Rosehill Gardens on 30 November 2013.  Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots The autumn team of John O'Shea will be on show this week as the barrier trials at Warwick Farm and Randwick outweigh the racing on offer at Rosehill on Saturday.

Horse Racing

Irish apprentice Oisin Murphy is off to ride in Dubai

Another winner: Oisin Murphy's Irish eyes are smiling.

Michael Lynch Irish apprentice hoping he can make as big a splash in Dubai as he has in Australia.

Black Caviar's $5m half-brother fighting for his life

AFR 4TH march 2013  Photo by Louise kennerley  lot 131 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Black Caviar & All Too Hard's half brother - Lot 131 Redoute's Choice x Helsinge being shown around at Inglis Sale Yards at Randwick today story by Fiona Carruthers

Chris Roots Black Caviar's $5 million half-brother was fighting for his life on Thursday night and is unlikely to race after developing laminitis at the Werribee Veterinary Clinic.

White Sage keeps her big motor running

SPORT White Sage ridden by Lester Grace wins the 3rd race at Rosehill Gardens on 16 November 2013.  Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots White Sage is only small but she has a big motor. She is so small that apprentice Lester Grace dropped his irons a couple of notches on her in the 3½-length win at Rosehill on Saturday, which...

Horse racing

Sheikh al Thani continues his fantastic introduction to Australian horse racing

Caravan Rolls On

Andrew Garvey Sheikh Fahad al Thani's brilliant introduction to Australian racing continued on Saturday.

Bloodlines

Hong Kong-based syndicate enter the realm of big spenders

Dink

John Holloway Australia has another big spender on the international circuit with the Sun International Group purchasing eight well-credentialed broodmares at the Arqana Broodmare Sale in France last Saturday.

Horseracing

Family honour at stake for Black Caviar's sibling Belle Couture

Max Presnell dinkus

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.

Horse Racing

Black Caviar's sister Belle Couture beaten on debut

Gotcha: Paddy's Gem (middle) collars hot favourite Belle Couture at Bendigo.

Adam Bourke Trainer Danny O'Brien confident Belle Couture will make a group class filly.

Horse Racing

Irish jockey Oisin Murphy rides his first Australian winner

Breaking through: Settler's Way (left) takes the lead to give Irish jockey Oisin Murphy his first Australian win.

Andrew Garvey Irish apprentice admits he still has plenty to learn, saying he messed up timing on a few horses.