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  • Protests planned as drones watch Melbourne Cup racegoers

    Animal activists are expected to make themselves known outside the racecourse where thousands of people will watch the Melbourne Cup unfold in the flesh. The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses has planned a protest outside Flemington racecourse on Tuesday amid the bustle of the “race that stops the nation”…. Read More »

  • Punters warm to Finche in the Melbourne Cup

    Champion trainer Chris Waller is firming to win his first Melbourne Cup as Finche assumed favouritism on the eve of Australia’s most famous race. Japan’s Mer De Glace had been at the top of markets since drawing gate two in Saturday’s barrier draw but by late Monday he was displaced… Read More »

  • Damian Lane chasing history in the Melbourne Cup

    From a homesick teenager who almost turned his back on Melbourne racing, 25-year-old Damian Lane is now on the verge of taking all before him in the showpiece spring carnival. On the eve of riding Japanese horse Mer De Glace in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Lane is one race… Read More »

  • Brett Prebble bids for second Melbourne Cup win

    After a stellar career in Hong Kong, Brett Prebble is slowly adjusting to doing the hard yards back on Australian soil. Prebble admits it’s now hard to get a Cup ride but has an opportunity at a second win in Australia’s most famous race when he partners Steel Prince at… Read More »

  • Frankie Dettori chasing elusive Melbourne Cup

    Frankie Dettori is famous for his exuberant personality and the controversies that have dotted his career, but mostly he is known for his riding skills. This year Dettori has won 18 Group One races thanks in no small part to trainer John Gosden and his stable including stars Enable and… Read More »

  • Winx’s owner chasing the Melbourne Cup dream

    Champion mare Winx’s part-owner Peter Tighe is no different to anyone else with a share in a racehorse: he dreams of winning a Melbourne Cup. From Saudi Arabian royalty and the elite of world racing circles to ordinary English blokes, an Aussie who paid $5500 for a horse in an… Read More »

  • Key gear change for NZ’s Melbourne Cup hope

    Octogenarian twins Ray and Tony Dennis are a long way from home but happy to be in Melbourne to watch a horse they bred and own try to uphold antipodean pride in the Melbourne Cup. The 80-year-old brothers hail from the tiny town of Woodlands in the deep south of… Read More »

  • Chris Waller hopes Melbourne Cup can give him rich treble

    Racing purists turn away because the sport might be about to usher in a new grand slam. Historically, the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper have been revered as Australian racing’s ‘big four’ and that won’t change anytime soon. But trainer Chris Waller is on the verge… Read More »

  • Craig Williams has Melbourne Cup faith in local hope

    Jockey Craig Williams is confident Australian-bred and trained Vow And Declare has the right credentials to fight off a strong international contingent in the Melbourne Cup. The Cup is the missing link in Williams quest for the ‘Grand Slam’ consisting of Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup, the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate… Read More »

  • Wet Melbourne Cup a worry for International

    Wet weather and the widest draw for Irish mare Magic Wand have English jockey Ryan Moore hopeful rather than confident going into his latest Melbourne Cup bid. Winner of the 2014 Melbourne Cup on Protectionist, Moore rides Magic Wand for champion trainer Aidan O’Brien in Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup…. Read More »

  • Mirage Dancer can’t escape trainers eyes

    Even when she is not at the stable, Natalie Young is keeping a watchful eye on Melbourne Cup contender Mirage Dancer. During the Melbourne Cup parade in the heart of the city, Young was able to tap into stable security 50km at Cranbourne to make sure everything was OK with… Read More »

  • Damien Oliver chasing fourth Melbourne Cup

    Damien Oliver has had a weekend to remember and he will be trying to parlay that into a Melbourne Cup win on Mustajeer. Oliver broke the record for most wins by a jockey during Melbourne Cup carnivals with his Wakeful Stakes victory aboard Miami Bound and a few races later… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup parade attracts crowds and protesters

    Thousands of people have braved the rain for the Melbourne Cup parade, including hundreds of protesters angry about the treatment of former racehorses. The traditional Monday parade through Melbourne’s CBD, ahead of the running of the $8 million Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, attracted more anti-horseracing activists than usual despite the… Read More »

  • Lloyd Williams pots the Melbourne Cup favourite

    In constantly scouting for a horse to deliver himself a seventh Melbourne Cup, Lloyd Williams has got to know the European form inside out. One of Australia’s most recognisable and successful businessman, Williams has a great passion for the country’s most famous race and will have three runners, Master Of… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup parade attracts angry protesters

    Thousands of people have braved the rain for the Melbourne Cup parade, including hundreds of protesters angry about the treatment of former racehorses. The traditional Monday parade through Melbourne’s CBD, ahead of the running of the $8 million Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, attracted more anti-horse racing activists than usual despite… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup dream could come true for Trent Busuttin

    It is Melbourne Cup day in 1992 and a young Trent Busuttin is trackside at Flemington. It is raining, the ground soggy. He doesn’t care. Busuttin is here to watch grand stayer Castletown, trained by his dad Paddy, go around in the Cup and for a fleeting moment, he thinks… Read More »

  • 2019 VRC Oaks Final Field released

    Wakeful Stakes winner Miami Bound has drawn a middle barrier for her bid to emulate her dam Arapaho Miss in the Group One VRC Oaks. A field of 15 has been declared for Thursday’s VRC Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington, with the Danny O’Brien-trained filly drawing barrier eight… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup ride worth jockeys weight loss struggles

    Jordan Childs is counting on a commitment to ride Surprise Baby at a weight below his comfort zone will pay off in the Melbourne Cup. Childs won The Bart Cummings on Surprise Baby at Flemington a month ago which clinched the lightly raced stayer his spot in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup…. Read More »

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