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  • Who Shot Thebarman out of Cup

    Veteran Who Shot Thebarman has been withdrawn from the Melbourne Cup with an elevated temperature. Trainer Chris Waller said the nine-year-old had presented with the high temperature on Sunday afternoon. “It is obviously of great disappointment to the owners, my staff and I, however the welfare of the horse comes… Read More »

     
  • Gun Runner leads all the way in Classic

    Gun Runner has won the $6 million ($A7.84 million) Breeders’ Cup Classic in impressive fashion at Del Mar, trouncing a celebrated field that included last year’s winner and favourite Arrogate. Florent Geroux piloted the four-year-old to a 2 1/4 length all-the-way win over Collected in front of a packed grandstand… Read More »

     
  • Almandin flying ahead of Melbourne Cup

    The prospect of Almandin becoming a dual Melbourne Cup winner has the star stayer the sentimental favourite of the six runners for part-owner Nick Williams in Australia’s most famous race. Williams and his father Lloyd have an interest in a quarter of the field in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup including international… Read More »

     
  • Barman aims to be oldest Melbourne Cup winner

    Kiwi dairy farming brothers the O’Learys will be hoping Who Shot Thebarman has aged well as the nine-year-old aims to become the oldest horse to win the Melbourne Cup. It will be Who Shot Thebarman’s fourth attempt at the $6 million Melbourne Cup, but the four brothers and their wives… Read More »

     
  • Trainer calls on Aussie experience in Melbourne Cup

    Irish trainer Willie Mullins has booked riders with Australian experience for his three Melbourne Cup runners. In previous trips to the Melbourne Cup, Mullins has enlisted European jockeys but has switched to Hong Kong-based Zac Purton (Max Dynamite) and Joao Moreira (Thomas Hobson) with local rider Stephen Baster picking up… Read More »

     
  • Record-equalling 11 overseas Melbourne Cup raiders

    THE INTERNATIONAL RAIDERS AND THE MELBOURNE CUP * 11 overseas-trained horses this year, all European * Record-equalling number with that in 2011 and 2015 IRELAND * Ireland’s champion National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins – the 2015 runner-up Max Dynamite, Wicklow Brave and Thomas Hobson * Champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien… Read More »

     
  • Overseas raiders thriving ahead of Melbourne Cup

    Marmelo, who punters believe will be the first of the record-equalling 11 European horses over the line in the Melbourne Cup, is not the only overseas raider who has been thriving since arriving in Australia. So too have the other international runners sharing his Werribee barn, Marmelo’s English trainer Hughie… Read More »

     
  • Ef Troop gives sire first winner

    Well-bred gelding Ef Troop has lived up to a good trial to give first-season sire Spirit of Boom his first winner in record style at Doomben. Ef Troop won at trial at Doomben by 8-1/2 lengths on Tuesday and it wasn’t until Saturday morning that trainer Tony Gollan confirmed he… Read More »

     
  • Darren Dance chases a Melbourne Cup dream

    As a syndicator of racehorses for 25 years Darren Dance has always considered the Melbourne Cup the Holy Grail. But the director of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock didn’t consider it an immediate ambition until he had a heart attack in 2010. He was lucky to survive, having driven himself to Ballarat… Read More »

     
  • Predicted rain to soften Doomben

    Officials hope predicted rain will take the fire out of the Doomben track for the Melbourne Cup day meeting. On Saturday, Doomben started out a good four but after the first race was upgraded and again after the third race to firm. The rating was reflected in race times with… Read More »

     
  • Kathy O’Hara primed for Melbourne Cup debut

    Jockey Kathy O’Hara says there is no horse she would rather ride in her first Melbourne Cup than Single Gaze. The pair will jump from barrier 11 at Flemington on Tuesday, just outside of O’Hara’s hopes for the inside 10, backing up a gutsy forward run in the Caulfield Cup… Read More »

     
  • Former UK jockey say she was harassed

    The British Horseracing Authority says it is taking allegations by former jockey Gay Kelleway that she was assaulted and harassed “very seriously”. Now a successful trainer, Kelleway, 53, who broke new ground for female riders, said she encountered serious harassment during her riding years, including an incident at Leicester racecourse… Read More »

     
  • Almandin firm favourite for Melbourne Cup

    Almandin remains the favourite to defend his Melbourne Cup crown and give his owner Lloyd Williams a sixth win in the race he covets most. Williams has six runners in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday, three – Almandin, Bondi Beach and Gallante – trained by Robert Hickmott in… Read More »

     
  • Melbourne Cup barrier draw completed

    Almandin will launch his bid for back-to-back Melbourne Cup wins from a double-digit barrier. One of six horses owner Lloyd Williams will have in Tuesday’s race, Almandin will start from gate 14 after winning from barrier 17 last year. Topweight Hartnell, third in 2018, has drawn barrier 12 while Gai… Read More »

     
 
 
 
 
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