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Horse Racing

McDonald holds all the aces for potential swansong

Chris Roots James McDonald confident that It's A Dundeel could end his career on high in Sydney's richest race.

Punters rally for Fiorente in Sydney Cup

Slipper fancy: Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

Chris Roots Bookmakers were finding it hard to write a bet for BMW favourite Fiorente on Friday but that was not a problem for the Sydney Cup in two weeks.

Racing

Silent Achiever rises to top after beating cream of the crop in The BMW

Silent no more: Silent Achiever scores in The BMW.

Chris Roots New Zealand trainer Roger James will wait for a week to decide whether Silent Achiever will run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but the Melbourne Cup is definitely on the agenda after she won The BMW...

Racing

Silent Achiever primed to produce another knockout blow in The BMW

Chris Roots A couple of weeks ago, the clash of Fiorente and It's A Dundeel was billed as a heavyweight championship before The Championships.

Horseracing

Bookies to vote with their feet on Dundeel

Chris Roots Bookmakers are ready to take a set against $10 million stallion It's A Dundeel after his feet have once again become the focus of the build-up to The BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.

Horseracing

Fiorente and It's A Dundeel clash in Ranvet Stakes

Barrier trials at Royal Randwick. Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente is trialling in the first barrier trial. Photo: Peter Rae Friday 31 January 2014. Photos will be identified by Chris Roots.

Chris Roots The biggest moments of James McDonald's career have involved Fiorente and It's A Dundeel but come Saturday's Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill he can be in only one camp and he is happy with It's A Dundeel.

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Racing

Group 1s all come in a bunch

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Kyle Mackey-Laws Where to start? They don't call this one Super Saturday for nothing.

Racing

Glyn Schofield lands group 1 on Boban 20 minutes after son Chad wins Newmarket

SPORT Boban ridden by Glyn Schofield wins the 5th race at Warwick Farm on Saturday 8 March 2014. Pic JENNY EVANS

Chris Roots Glyn Schofield was whooping and howling in the jockeys' room 20 minutes before the Chipping Norton Stakes as son Chad won a group 1 in Melbourne, and then went out and did the business on Boban.

Racing

Take it as red: Rawiller talks up Tracer

Red Tracer ridden by Nash Rawiller wins at Rosehill on March 1.

Chris Roots Nash Rawiller has a near perfect record on Red Tracer and wouldn’t be swap her for any horse, including $20 million colt Zoustar, in the Canterbury Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Horse Racing

Jim Cassidy cuts out fellow Kiwis in Randwick Guineas

Guineas coup: Jim Cassidy sees off his fellow New Zealanders to ride Dissident to victory.

Caryl Williamson New Zealand challenge for Randwick Guineas brought unstuck by one of its own.

Horse Racing

Going the distance: 2000 metres the ideal stage for Fiorente and It's A Dundeel

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots It can be beautiful and brutal. Tactical and technical. And more than often than not, it brings out and rewards the best performances from a horse and jockey as a unit.

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Racing

Dissident in good books as favourite El Roca scratched

2011 Spring Racing Carnival.
Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse.
Race 6. Trainer Trent Busuttin  (left) congratulates jockey Hugh Bowman after he rode Sangster to victory in the 2011 Victoria Derby.
29 October 2011. Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE SPORT

Chris Roots New Zealand trainer Trent Busuttin was left to look on as Dissident took out the Hobartville Stakes after pre-post favourite El Roca was a late scratching because of a breach of race-day treatment...

Racing

It's A Dundeel shines in new colours at Randwick barrier trials

James McDonald riding Its A Dundeel

Chris Roots New Zealand trainer Murray Baker has declared Triple Crown winner It's A Dundeel is set for the best preparation of his career after the star won a barrier trial at Randwick on Monday.

Hobartville Stakes: Old rivalry rekindled for new wave of Kiwi intruders Atlante and El Roca

El Roca

Chris Roots It is a long way, in terms of distance and prizemoney, from their last meeting but New Zealand visitors El Roca and Atlante will look to dominate the home-town brigade in Saturday's Hobartville...

Gai Waterhouse to lay down the law in Silver Slipper

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Gai Waterhouse took website viewers to Randwick trackwork this week and gives an insight into her energy.

Horse Racing

Jewel scratched if it's wet

Trainer Mark Kavanagh with Atlantic Jewel.

Patrick Bartley Trainer Mark Kavanagh says he and owners not prepared to risk possibly Australia's most valuable mare on an unsuitable track.

Horse Racing

Cox Plate already a done deal, says a confident McDonald

James McDonald takes Its A Dundeel for an exhibition gallop between races at Caulfield on Thousand Guineas day.

Chris Roots Rising star says best horse he has ridden ready to give him his biggest success.

McDonald won't hear of defeat for It's A Dundeel

James McDonald riding Its A Dundeel

Chris Roots Rising star James McDonald says the best horse he has ridden, It's A Dundeel, is ready to give him his biggest success in Saturday's $3 million Cox Plate (2040 metres) at Moonee Valley.

Horse Racing

Trainer hoping stable star changes his luck

Feeling cool: It's A Dundeel is hosed down after his trackwork at Moonee Valley.

Michael Sharkie Trainer Murray Baker and It's A Dundeel have chance to make the most of a lucky break.

Horseracing

Valley of dreams: Baker confident he has horsepower to close deal at last

It's a Dundeel

Michael Sharkie Only a fortnight ago Murray Baker endured the stress that comes with an injury setback to a star galloper at its peak, as It's A Dundeel battled a hoof abscess that threatened to derail its Cox Plate...