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  • Fast facts about the Mackinnon Stakes

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 5:09 pm

    MACKINNON STAKES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW HISTORY: * First run in 1869 when won by Glencoe. Traditional lead-up to the Melbourne Cup NOTABLE WINNERS: * Carbine (1890), Wakeful (1901-02-03), Gloaming (1924), Phar Lap (1930-31-32), Peter Pan (1934), Ajax (1938), Tranquil Star (1942, 1944-45), Flight (1946), Comic Court (1949-50), Rising […]

     
  • Preferment a Vic Derby puzzle for Waller

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 5:03 pm

    Chris Waller is known for his meticulous planning and his ability to get horses to peak for big races. But the leading trainer admits Preferment is a puzzle he has not yet solved. The colt goes to Saturday’s Victoria Derby as the second favourite following his eye-catching second to Nozomi […]

     
  • Atzeni calls on Frankie Dettori for advice

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 4:57 pm

    A telephone call to legendary jockey Frankie Dettori has given Italian young gun Andrea Atzeni a valuable Melbourne Cup carnival insight. The 23-year-old Atzeni rides Farraaj in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Saturday and he has the mount on My Ambivalent in the Melbourne Cup. Both horses are prepared […]

     
  • Light Up Manhattan ready for Derby test

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 4:57 pm

    Trainer Ciaron Maher was thrust into the Melbourne Cup carnival spotlight when $101 bolter Tears I Cry won the 2007 Group One Emirates Stakes. Fast forward seven years and Maher is hoping to play a starring role on Derby Day at Flemington with Light Up Manhattan to tackle Saturday’s $1.5 […]

     
  • Rising Romance impossible to fault: Logan

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 4:33 pm

    A trip to Hong Kong has been shelved for Rising Romance to ensure the New Zealand mare’s Sydney autumn plans are not compromised. Rising Romance did trainer Donna Logan proud with her second to Japanese horse Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup, less than a year after making her racetrack […]

     
  • Admire Rakti completes Melb Cup build-up

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 3:12 pm

    Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti rounded out his Melbourne Cup preparation with a solid workout at Werribee. The $4 favourite for Australia’s greatest race, Admire Rakti galloped over 1400m, coming home the last 800m in 49.34secs, the last 400m in 23.39secs, on Friday morning. A win by Admire Rakti would […]

     
  • Some memorable Melbourne Cup moments

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 2:51 pm

    MEMORABLE MELBOURNE CUP MOMENTS ARCHER Legend has it that in 1861, Archer walked more than 500 miles from his home in NSW to win the first Melbourne Cup. More recent research and logic suggests he went by boat. Whichever way he travelled, Archer was fit enough to beat the favourite […]

     
  • Gatewood returns for Melbourne Cup tilt

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 2:39 pm

    Two years after missing out on the Melbourne Cup, English stayer Gatewood is back for another shot. Part-owned by Australia’s OTI Racing, Gatewood won the 2012 Geelong Cup but his 1kg penalty was not enough to promote him into the Melbourne Cup. Gatewood stayed in Australia where he was trained […]

     
  • Lees pleased with Lucia’s Cup preparations

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 2:15 pm

    Trainer Kris Lees believes Lucia Valentina has come on from her Caulfield Cup placing as the mare prepares to tackle uncharted territory in the Melbourne Cup. The four-year-old started favourite in the Caulfield Cup but was beaten by Japanese stayer Admire Rakti and New Zealand mare Rising Romance, charging home […]

     
  • Price chasing elusive Victoria Derby win

    Australian Horse Racing October 31, 2014 1:48 pm

    Mick Price expects his chances of a coveted Victoria Derby win will be decided soon after the start of the $1.5 million race. Price is yet to land a Victoria Derby but the trainer has Moonee Valley Vase winner Moonovermanhattan as one of the genuine chances in the first genuine […]