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  • Bendigo Cup ignored by Melbourne Cup hopefuls

    Wednesday’s Group 3 Bendigo Cup over 2400m has attracted a weak field despite it being well timed for Melbourne Cup hopefuls to qualify for the $6.2 million race. With the Bendigo Cup now in its second running over the distance of 2400m and holding Group 3 status, it holds the… Read More »

  • Americain at centre of big Melbourne Cup plunge

    French stayer Americain has been backed into favouritism with Australian and overseas bookmakers to repeat his 2010 Melbourne Cup heroics. Rank-and-file punters have rallied behind Americain to win next week’s race after it was confirmed Damien Oliver would ride the horse. Oliver takes over from Gerald Mosse, the French jockey… Read More »

  • Glen Boss in late bid for Melbourne Cup ride

    Glen Boss’s chances of claiming a fourth Melbourne Cup trophy are almost certain to hinge on English stayer Gatewood earning a ballot-exempt place in this year’s race. Boss is so far without a ride in the race he won three times on Makybe Diva but his fortunes have taken a… Read More »

  • Portelli to unveil well-bred two-year-old

    Bloodlines that have provided his stable with Group One success will be the key to trainer Gary Portelli continuing a winning run this week. Portelli will start a half-brother to Gold Trail at Rosehill on Saturday, confident the two-year-old can follow the example of unbeaten stablemate Rebel Dane. Although his… Read More »

  • Jim Cassidy poised for spring carnival return

    After spending Cox Plate day in Sydney, champion jockey Jim Cassidy will be back in the thick of the action on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington. Among his key rides is Dear Demi who contests the Group Two Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on her way to… Read More »

  • Victoria Derby favourite still one to beat: David Payne

    It’s A Dundeel might be an easing favourite for the Victoria Derby following his first defeat but David Payne, trainer of rival Honorius, says he will still be tough to beat. Super Cool put himself in the picture for Saturday’s 2500m Classic at Flemington when he gave New Zealander It’s… Read More »

  • Fiumicino out to justify Moraitis faith

    He admits retirement is near for veteran Fiumicino but the gelding’s owner Nick Moraitis was heartened enough by the gelding’s last-start fourth at Randwick to keep him on the track for now. The nine-year-old is among the acceptors for Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup (2400m) which also features two horses, Excluded and… Read More »

  • Hugh Bowman puts in hard yards for Melbourne Cup mount

    Hugh Bowman’s Melbourne Cup experience so far has been frustrating at best. Three times he has been booked to ride strong chances, two of them haven’t even make it to the starting stalls. The one that did, Roman Emperor, disappointed when he beat just two rivals home as an $11… Read More »

  • Dermot Weld starts campaign for track watering

    The old Melbourne Cup water game has begun. Dermot Weld, a man who would have told Noah he needed more rain, has begun the cajoling and appealing for the Flemington track to be watered to his satisfaction. The “more water” message arrived on Monday with the appearance of Weld’s son… Read More »

  • Five internationals no closer to Melbourne Cup start

    Five international horses remain in danger of missing a Melbourne Cup start after the second acceptance deadline passed for next week’s $6.2 million race. Geelong Cup winner Gatewood, the Herbert Power Stakes winner Shahwardi, Lost In The Moment, Brigantin and Ibicenco are still well outside the top 24 ranked horses…. Read More »

  • Darren Beadman announces retirement

    Champion jockey Darren Beadman has confirmed his riding career is over as he struggles with the effects of head injuries suffered in a fall in February. The 46-year-old came off a horse which broke both its legs in a barrier trial at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin racecourse and after initially… Read More »

  • Derby favourite recovers from defeat

    Victoria Derby favourite It’s A Dundeel remains on track for next Saturday’s $1 million classic despite a worrying sequel to his shock defeat at Moonee Valley. It’s A Dundeel started at $1.30 and raced without his usual zip when second to Super Cool, but of more concern was the slow… Read More »

  • Nash Rawiller to ride Southern Speed in Melbourne Cup

    Nash Rawiller will partner Southern Speed in the Melbourne Cup as the pair try to turn their spring carnival fortunes around. Glen Boss sacked the mare after her sub-par performance in the Turnbull Stakes and Rawiller chased the ride on Southern Speed for her Caulfield Cup defence only to miss… Read More »

  • Sprint trip to suit Nechita in Coolmore

    John Thompson has learned from Nechita’s Golden Rose defeat and has faith in the filly’s ability to bounce back in a big way in Saturday’s Coolmore Stud Stakes. Nechita went into the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) as the $2.50 favourite but after sprinting to the front early in the… Read More »

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