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Avdulla makes a smart choice in sticking with Lees filly

Avdulla makes a smart choice in sticking with Lees filly

Champion Sydney jockey Brenton Avdulla believes Kris Lees' filly Smart Melody is the real deal, and can prove it at Group One level.

  • by Michael Lynch

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Hush Writer can still silence the critics, says Gai

Hush Writer can still silence the critics, says Gai

Imported French galloper has a long way to go to get into Cups running, but champion trainer Gai Waterhouse believes his talent could take him to the top.

  • by Michael Lynch
Star has the grunt for Melbourne Cup

Star has the grunt for Melbourne Cup

Decisions, decisions. Trainer Mick Price has a wealth of options to consider for his emerging star Grunt.

  • by Michael Lynch
All options open after Brutal's fighting win

All options open after Brutal's fighting win

Brutal showed courage, guts and determination by the bucketload to see off the determined challenge of Darren Weir's Leonardo da Hinchi in Flemington thriller.

  • by Michael Lynch
Waller heads south with  Comin' Through to dodge the mare

Waller heads south with Comin' Through to dodge the mare

The big stables have plotted a Winx-less group 1 option in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

  • by Chris Roots
Danny Laws keeps Cup dream alive despite the challenges locals face

Danny Laws keeps Cup dream alive despite the challenges locals face

Danny Laws knows how tough it is to compete against the Sheiks and the local and foreign billionaires, but he is hoping to honour an old mate's dying wish.

  • by Michael Lynch
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Tough choices for punters

Tough choices for punters

It's that time of the year when top gallopers are up and running - but punters need to be wary and decide whether their main target is today - or later in spring.

  • by Michael Lynch
Cleary hopes $1.3m Kosciuszko will have a Coolring to it
Canberra racing

Cleary hopes $1.3m Kosciuszko will have a Coolring to it

Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary's fate is in the "lap of the slot holders" to see if he makes the inaugural field for the $1.3 million Kosciuszko.

  • by David Polkinghorne
International raider or local hero? Often there's little difference

International raider or local hero? Often there's little difference

When is a horse an international, or when is it a local. As imports now dominate the Melbourne Cup, calls for quotas and more qualifying races are being made.

  • by Michael Lynch
Australian racing can't complain as we don't breed stayers: Williams

Australian racing can't complain as we don't breed stayers: Williams

The local industry's focus on breeding sprinters means that it is no surprise foreign stayers dominate our great cups races, says Nick Williams

  • by Michael Lynch
Single Gaze in Melbourne Cup mix despite future being up in the air
Canberra racing

Single Gaze in Melbourne Cup mix despite future being up in the air

The former Canberra mare was 27th on the order of entry announced on Wednesday for the race that stops a nation, having finished 17th in it last November.

  • by David Polkinghorne