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George is at it again with a new Slipper hopeful

Adam Pengilly 3:01 PM   George Altomonte, unashamedly, breeds at the top end of the market. Hefty stallion fees and high reserves means it's going to take a fair wad of cash to prise one of his progeny out of a sales ring.

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Handicapping again cruels Sydney's field sizes

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Max Presnell 8:26 PM   Lenient handicapping of last-start winners will again be tested at Rosehill Gardens today, emphasising how Sydney Saturdays are being allowed to wither on the numbers vine.

Life support withdrawn for injured track rider

Patrick Bartley 2:11 PM   It came as another telling reminder of just how dangerous racehorses can be as doctors and surgeons attending the badly injured track rider Liz Rice advised that the treatment to sustain the rider would now be withdrawn.

Messara has high hopes for colts on two fronts

On the march: Panzer Division trainer Paul Messara is hoping for a group 1 victory from the colt.

Adam Pengilly 4:10 PM   The dual roles of Paul Messara will collide during the autumn as smart colts Panzer Division and Scissor Kick search for the missing link of a group 1 victory.

James Cummings Tempted by Widden

"This race has come up at a nice time": James Cummings.

Adam Pengilly 5:15 PM   No-one needs to tell James Cummings about the two-year-old production line that has been the Widden Stakes in recent years.

Cobalt irregularities found in Queensland horses

2:53 PM   Three Queensland thoroughbred trainers and three harness racing trainers have been notified of cobalt irregularities in tests returned by horses in their care.

Tasmanian filly earns shot in Melbourne

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4:03 PM   Unbeaten Tasmanian filly Lady Jane has earned a chance to emulate her dam by chasing a victory in Melbourne.

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Life support for injured track rider Lizz Rice set to be withdrawn

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Ronny Lerner   Surgeons have told the family of track rider Lizz Rice, who sustained severe head injuries in a heavy fall at Caulfield over a fortnight ago, that medication keeping her alive would be withdrawn on Friday.

Guilty Riley faces three-year ban

Trainer Mark Riley in happier times.

Ronny Lerner   Leading Mornington trainer Mark Riley is facing a three-year ban from racing after being found guilty of administering one of his horses a prohibited substance.

Fastnet Rock again the headliner as familiar faces turn out for Karaka Yearling Sales

Still in demand: Fastnet Rock-sired horses attracted plenty of money at Karaka.

John Holloway   The same familiar faces trekked to the Karaka Yearling Sales in New Zealand last Monday and Tuesday and once again David Ellis' s Te Akau Racing and Fastnet Rock captured the headlines.

Suspended Bowman to ride at Warwick Farm

Still in the saddle: Hugh Bowman will ride at Warwick Farm on Friday despite being suspended.

Chris Roots   Hugh Bowman is in the peculiar position of riding after his suspension has started at the rescheduled Warwick Farm meeting on Friday.

Malavio masters the heart monitors and treadmill for Express route back to races

High hopes for Malavio: Trainer Steve Englebrecht.

Adam Pengilly   Attached to heart rate monitors pounding away on a university treadmill – an equine version, of course. Not your everyday pre-training routine. But then again, Malavio is not your everyday horse.

No act with Mr Bogart as Joe Pride plans screen test for group 1 ambitions

Joe Pride

Adam Pengilly   Joe Pride is only too happy with the lack of tricks he's found with recent stable acquisition Mr Bogart – except for one which might have stumped a few punters earlier this week.

Family and business mix for Dwayne Dunn's Sydney trip

Father knows best: Dwayne Dunn and his apprentice son Dylan are both in action at Rosehill on Saturday.

Chris Roots   Dwayne Dunn comes to Sydney on Saturday searching for a smart youngster on the track and will give a helping hand another off it, in son Dylan.

Day, McDowell cobalt cases on hold again

Chris Roots   The long-running cobalt inquiries involving Neil Day and Dean McDowell are on hold for another month after the Supreme Court granted the pair an injunction against the inquiry being held until February 25.

Godolphin get first call on McDonald

Staying in blue: jockey James McDonald

Chris Roots   Premier jockey James McDonald has decided to give Godolphin the first call on his services for the autumn leading to a stunning rebuke from Hall Of Fame trainer John Hawkes.

Sky's Racing NSW broadcast deal puts TVN closure in focus

Unprecedented coverage: Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys says a deal with Tabcorp and Sky would be "mutually beneficial for both parties".

Adam Pengilly   Sky Channel has clinched the rights to NSW racing for the next 10 years after announcing a deal on Wednesday to exclusively screen all city, provincial and country meetings.

Black Caviar relation draws interest

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Black Caviar’s close relation, Sistonic, will create plenty of interest when she steps out in town for the first time at Moonee Valley.

World’s top three nominate for Newmarket Handicap

Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist looms as a star attraction in the Australian Cup.

The world’s top three sprinters headline nominations for the $1million Newmarket Handicap while Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist looms as a star attraction in the Australian Cup.

Vancouver and Giulietta ready to show Golden Slipper potential

Hoopla: Christian Reith on Giulietta.

Chris Roots   Gai Waterhouse is in the enviable position of having two jockeys believing they could  be riding a potential Golden Slipper winner at Rosehill on Saturday, but unbeaten types Vancouver and Giulietta will only run "if they are 100 per cent".

Bowman opts for express start to ban as lead cut in premiership race

No Expressway: Hugh Bowman won't ride Beaten Up.

Adam Pengilly   Premiership pacesetter Hugh Bowman will forgo the ride on Beaten Up in the Expressway Stakes after opting for an immediate start to a five-meeting ban as Blake Shinn clawed back the margin in the Sydney jockeys title on Monday.

The colt of no regrets wins Blue Diamond Preview

Generic racing.

Andrew Garvey   Many trainers steer clear of horses that windsuck but Robbie Griffiths is glad that the tag ‘windsucker’ didn’t put him off buying a Redoute’s Choice colt from a daughter of Golden Slipper winner Merlene, that he had taken a shine to at the Premier Sale last year.

Track rider in induced coma two weeks after fall

Red Excitement wins the Chester Manifold Stakes.

Daniel Cherny   A fortnight on from her horrific early morning fall at Caulfield, track rider Liz Rice remains in an induced coma at the Alfred Hospital.

Racing media personality Vic Beitzel dies at 91

Contrasting ride: Tommy Berry pilots Dana's Best to victory at Royal Randwick, riding at a "resolute" pace and at an "appropriate" tempo.

Daniel Cherny   The racing industry is mourning the loss of longtime media personality Vic Beitzel, who died on Sunday at the age of 91.

Female jockeys ride the program at Mount Gambier

Clare Lindop is arguably Australia's leading female jockey.

Adam Pengilly   The stocks of Australia's female jockeys continue to rise after an extraordinary afternoon of racing at Mount Gambier on Sunday.

My criticism of Berry hits close to home

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Rob Waterhouse   Sorry, Gai. She was furious when she read my piece last week, before publication, on Tommy Berry’s poor ride on Mardi: “You can’t publicly knock my jockeys."

Thompson prepares China's imports for Singapore Cup

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Chris Roots   John Thompson's group 1 victory with First Seal has led to a chance for international success in Singapore next month and possibly having two runners at Dubai World Cup meeting in March.

John O'Shea closes on 1000 wins as Godolphin hits its straps

Juvenile success: Haptic joined Godolphin's two-year-old honour roll at Randwick on Saturday.

Chris Roots   Godolphin trainer John O'Shea is at staring 1000 career wins by the end of the season but it is the big rewards on offer for his two-year-olds he knows will be measuring stick for the year.

New Zealand Inter Dominion heat unlikely

Terror To Love.

Chris Roots   Harness racing's biggest show, the Inter Dominion, is unlikely to have a New Zealand heat with only half a dozen New Zealand-based pacers left in the nominations after scratchings, including  New Zealand Cup winner  Adore Me.

John O'Shea off to see the boss after eighth juvenile success

James McDonald.

Chris Roots   The Godolphin brains trust will head to see "the boss" Sheikh Mohammed this week with plenty of good news and expectation from his juvenile team. It had its eighth two-year-old winner when Haptic scored at Randwick on Saturday.

Highlights

Fastnet Rock again the headliner at Sales

The same familiar faces trekked to the Karaka Yearling Sales and Te Akau Racing and Fastnet Rock captured the headlines.

My criticism of Berry hits close to home

Rob Waterhouse: Sorry, Gai. She was furious when she read my piece last week, before publication, on Tommy Berry’s poor ride on Mardi: “You can’t publicly knock my jockeys."

Jockeys should get benefit of the doubt

Melbourne-based trainer Peter Moody had to front stipes over his charge Koroibete having the audacity to lead throughout in the Celebrations Handicap at Randwick last Saturday.

The five to watch at Karaka Premier Sale

It’s just three sleeps before the prestigious Premier Yearling Sale begins at Karaka and once again eyes will be on tomorrow's stars.

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