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  • 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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  • 2019 Melbourne Cup parade to attract crowds and protesters

    Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out for the annual Melbourne Cup parade, including potentially 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, always attracts anti-horse… Read More »

     
  • Racing and breeding giant chasing a Melbourne Cup

    Thoroughbred racing and breeding giant Coolmore has enjoyed success around the world including with Sydney’s richest race, but a Melbourne Cup remains elusive. “This is the race that everybody wants to win,” Coolmore’s Australian boss Tom Magnier admitted. The Irish-based Coolmore operation has four hopes as it vies to add… Read More »

     
  • Many still vying for elusive Melbourne Cup

    Thoroughbred racing and breeding giant Coolmore has enjoyed success around the world including with Sydney’s richest race, but a Melbourne Cup remains elusive. “This is the race that everybody wants to win,” Coolmore’s Australian boss Tom Magnier admitted. The Irish-based Coolmore operation has four hopes as it vies to add… Read More »

     
  • John Allen rides for new boss of old yard in Melbourne Cup

    Former Irish jockey John Allen’s life will turn full circle when he is legged aboard the Joseph O’Brien-trained Downdraft in the Melbourne Cup. Allen started his career with O’Brien’s grandfather Joe Crowley at Owning Hill near Piltown in County Kilkenny, the same yard O’Brien now operates. That was, Allen estimates,… Read More »

     
  • Horses and jockeys bid to bury Melbourne Cup hoodoos

    No international horse has won the Melbourne Cup twice, and Frankie Dettori has not won the race at all. But both Cross Counter, to be ridden by William Buick, and the flamboyant Dettori aboard Master Of Reality, will bid to rewrite the record books at Flemington on Tuesday. And they… Read More »

     
 
 
 
 
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