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Waller intents to bypass Caulfield Cup with Preferment

Chris Roots 7:52 AM   Champion trainer Chris Waller has confirmed jockeys for four runners in next week's Caulfield Cup, but doesn't intend on running second favourite Preferment, which will be saved for the Cox Plate.

Press Statement's awkward barrier draw no problem, says Waller

Tye Angland riding on Press Statement  at the Stradbroke Day, Doomben.

Patrick Bartley 9:25 PM   Australia's most successful trainer, Chris Waller, was unperturbed after his three-year-old Press Statement drew barrier 14 in Saturday's $1 million Caulfield Guineas.

Roman Consul Stakes could be set for a group 1 rise

Explosive: Exosphere's win in the Roman Consul Stakes has helped boost its claims for group 1 status.

Chris Roots 5:57 PM   The explosive performance by Exosphere at Randwick on Saturday could deliver Sydney another group 1 sprint next spring with Roman Consul Stakes set to meet the three-year criteria for a lift to the highest level.

Press Statement not immune to Caulfield graveyard for Sydney horses, warns Hyland

Pat Hyland  is hoping that his steeplechaser King Triton can win one of the industry's most important jumps races in a bid to lift the spirits of his family.

Adam Pengilly 3:47 PM   Pat Hyland can remember a certain Kingston Town wobbling around Caulfield in the Guineas, only furthering his case to suggest Sydney hotpot Press Statement is no sure thing in the $1 million stallion-making race.

Berry on a Quest For More from 'laidback' British Caulfield Cup hope

Jockey  Tommy Berry.

Andrew Garvey 3:40 PM   Despite a less-than-impressive workout at Werribee quarantine centre on Tuesday morning, champion Sydney rider Tommy Berry has locked in the ride on the Roger Charlton-trained Quest For More in the $3 million group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on Saturday week.

Top jockeys foiled by typhoon

Top jockey Zac Purton

Patrick Bartley   Some of Australia's leading stables will nervously await the outcome of a review conducted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club into how their two leading jockeys failed to meet their obligations at the Sha Tin meeting on Sunday.

Waller - Bowman "bromance" flowers in the spring

Trainer Chris Waller after Hugh Bowman riding on Winx won race 7, the Treasury Casino and Hotel Queensland Oaks at the Oaks Day, Doomben, Brisbane, 30 May 2015. Photo: Tertius Pickard.

Michael Lynch   "Bromance" might too strong a word for it given Chris Waller's completely understandable jockey promiscuity. 

Williams scores strong Cox Plate ride after jockey split

Andrea Atzeni rides Arod to win The Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Miles Stakes at Ascot

Patrick Bartley   Leading Australian jockey Craig Williams has become the benefactor of a jockey-owner split by snaring the mount on Cox Plate fancy Arod.

Corey Brown answers call for Spring Champion Stakes cameo

Flying in: Corey Brown will ride Tatoosh for trainer Paul Perry at Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly   Melbourne Cup-winning rider Corey Brown will jet in to partner the horse considered most likely to loosen Vanbrugh's grip on the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Golden Horn wins Arc de Triomphe

Frankie Dettori celebrates victory on Golden Horn.

Golden Horn, ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, denying French filly Treve a record third victory at Longchamp.

Can Preferment defy the odds?

Hugh Bowman returns on Preferment after winning the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Sunday.

Michael Lynch   Its seemingly an axiom of modern racing life that the Victoria  Derby is a dreadful anachronism, a staying test run far too early in the season for immature three year olds; a race that breaks far more horses than it makes.

Let's Make Adeal wins first running of The Bart Cummings

Let's Make Adeal (left), Dwayne Dunn up, races into the first turn of The Bart Cummings at Flemington on Sunday.

Peter Hanlon   James Cummings was on the front of the Turnbull Stakes Day racebook on Sunday, but his grandfather was everywhere else. A tone has been set for the first spring carnival AB: After Bart.

Why Epsom day was one of the best ever for racing

Max Presnell

Max Presnell   Feats by horse and man equalled the best on a major Royal Randwick program on Saturday when the sun never shone brighter nor the grass greener.

Criterion on track to perform after impressive workout

Right on track: Criterion is set for a big spring.

Andrew Garvey   David Hayes was only at the Werribee quarantine centre on Sunday for a few fleeting minutes but headed home full of confidence that stable star Criterion is on track to add more gloss to his already outstanding record in the coming weeks after an impressive workout.

Waller confirms Winx for Cox Plate

Trainer Chris Waller.

Patrick Bartley   Champion trainer Chris Waller has recommended to the connections of Winx to run the star mare in the group 1 $3 million Cox Plate.

Press Statement and Kermadec to press claims

Autumn success: Glen Boss rides Kermadec to win The Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 6.

Chris Roots   Chris Waller already has three group 1 wins this season and has a trio of group 1 favourites at heading into this weekend including stallions in the making Press Statement and Kermadec at Caulfield.

Flemington for now, Sha Tin and Royal Ascot to come for Chautauqua

Dwyane Dunn, riding Chautauqua.

Michael Lynch   Good horses find a way to win, whatever the circumstances. And Chautauqua, the Team Hawkes trained sprinter, has already proved he is good horse. Very good.

Too Good To Refuse could become Spring Champion

Trainer Desleigh Forster - with Formula One Racer and dog Roger - is targeting the group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Chris Roots   Brisbane trainer Desleigh Forster will have a third of her stable at Randwick on Saturday led by Spring Champion Stakes contender Too Good To Refuse.

Bowman's elbow might cost him the rest of the spring

Chris Roots

Chris Roots   There is no jockey riding better than Hugh Bowman in Australia but he will need a Justin Hodges-like verdict to keep riding in the spring after allegedly using his left elbow on his way to victory with Winx in the Epsom Handicap on Saturday.

Gai Waterhouse rises to the occasion as Speak Fondly scrambles home

Trainer Gai Waterhouse at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly   More than one casual observer has been quick to point out Gai Waterhouse's team has hardly sprung into spring. In fact, the jumbo usually full of spring winners is probably still waiting for the late arrivals to board.

Winx overcomes trouble to take Epsom but Bowman faces elbow inquiry

Calm after the storm: Hugh Bowman's Epsom win on Winx is the subject of an ongoing stewards inquiry.

Chris Roots   Hugh Bowman stood high in the irons with the whips raised 30 metres before the post on Winx in Saturday's Epsom Handicap but it could have so much different.

Five-star Godolphin creates Magic in The Metropolitan success

Straight back at you: James McDonald's Metropolitan win on Magic Hurricane capped a great day for Godolphin.

Adam Pengilly   James McDonald's ice-cool ride on Magic Hurricane lifted the European import to a maiden group 1 in Australia and a fifth win for Godolphin at a red-letter Epsom Handicap meeting.

McDonald in hot water for winning ride as Calliope sizzles

Sam Clipperton returns on Complacent.

Adam Pengilly and Chris Roots   James McDonald landed in hot water with stewards for his winning ride on Calliope, but it was Godolphin's filly which had tongues wagging after a scintillating last-to-first Gimcrack Stakes win.

Joe Pride relieved as Terravista returns a belated winner

He's back: Terravista (No.1) and Hugh Bowman steam to victory in the group 2 Premiere Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly   His "World's Best Sprinter" and beloved Rabbitohs, it is hard to know which means more to Joe Pride. The relief after the Premiere Stakes might have told a tale.

Exosphere sizzles in the Roman Consul Stakes

WInning team: James McDonald and Exosphere combined to win the Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick.

Chris Roots   Godolphin trainer John O'Shea went from worried at the half mile to declaring Exosphere could taken on best sprinters in the land after a devastating win in the Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Harron's $8 million gamble gets an immediate return in the Breeders' Plate

03102015. Sydney Races. Jockey Blake Shinn rides Capitalist to win race 1, The Newgate Breeders Plate, during Sydney racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse. photos:bradleyphotos.com.au

Chris Roots   James Harron spent $8 million on colts at yearling sales earlier in the year, and he couldn't have dreamed of better to start their racing careers than Capitalist leading home a quinella in the Breeders Plate at Randwick on Saturday 

Just A Blur ready to take on Sydney meet on Monday

Jared Dorrington.

Jared Dorrington   A strong finish from Just A Blur in her latest outing at Canberra has trainers, Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones confident their galloper can fight out the finish at Warwick Farm on Monday.

Five generations of Kellys inspire Sons of John on Epsom Day

Trainer Jason Attard with Sons of John.

Adam Pengilly   This race horse takes its name from a long line of John Kellys.

Attard has big dreams as Epsom Handicap beckons

What a day: Hawkesbury trainer Jason Attard with his first group 1 runner, Sons Of John, will run in the $1 million Epsom Handicap.

Adam Pengilly   Jason Attard has been guarding more than 200 years of Australian history since he was barely out of his teens. Now the Hawkesbury trainer can create a slice of his own.

You can't change the past - so enjoy today like it's your first at the track

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell   "Go the races like it's your first time. Forget about the past. It's gone. Enjoy the moment." -  Frank Smith, the philosopher.