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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 »

  • Prince Of Arran back for another Melbourne Cup tilt

    English trainer Charlie Fellowes vividly remembers the fleeting moment he thought he was going to win the Melbourne Cup 12 months ago. It wasn’t to be, with Prince Of Arran third after briefly hitting the front in the straight before being overhauled by fellow English-trained horses Cross Counter and Marmelo…. Read More »

  • An ‘ordinary bloke’ gets a shot at owning the Melbourne Cup

    Englishman Duncan Smith grew up watching black-and-white film replays of Phar Lap’s 1930 Melbourne Cup win, never imagining he would one day have his own runner in the great race. Smith has made his first trip to Australia to be trackside at Flemington on Tuesday cheering on Raymond Tusk in… Read More »

  • Hugh Bowman chasing an elusive Melbourne Cup

    For a few hairy moments last week, Hugh Bowman thought he might be without a Melbourne Cup ride this year. The champion jockey had been booked to reunite with 2018 runner-up Marmelo until Racing Victoria officials on Wednesday controversially ordered the horse’s withdrawal, saying CT scans showed he was unfit… Read More »

  • Surprise Baby a local hope in Melbourne Cup

    Trainer Paul Preusker says his job is done with local hope Surprise Baby ahead of the Melbourne Cup. His focus now is keeping the stayer safe ahead of Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington with the fitness work all complete. Surprise Baby is one of only three runners in… Read More »

  • Kerrin McEvoy aims for a fourth Melbourne Cup win

    Three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy reckons it’s only a matter of time before champion trainer Chris Waller wins Australia’s most famous race. And McEvoy hopes that is as soon as Tuesday when he rides the Waller-trained import Finche in this year’s $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington. McEvoy… Read More »

  • Ben Hayes out to add to families Melbourne Cup dynasty

    Third generation horseman Ben Hayes has arguably his best chance yet to join father David and grandfather Colin on the honour roll of Melbourne Cup winning trainers. The younger Hayes works in partnership with his father and cousin Tom Dabernig with the trio chasing an inaugural Cup winner as a… Read More »

  • Ciaron Maher reckons Aidan O’Brien owes him a big-race win

    Ciaron Maher reckons champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien owes him a big-race win which he hopes will come with Southern France in the Melbourne Cup. O’Brien claimed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2018 with Merchant Navy after the then three-year-old had done his early racing with Maher….. Read More »

  • Cross Counter chasing slice of Melbourne Cup history

    Cross Counter is striving to achieve what no international horse has before but connections are bullish about the stayer’s prospects of becoming a dual Melbourne Cup winner. The Charlie Appleby-trained Cross Counter stormed to victory last year at Flemington as a northern hemisphere three-year-old and the Godolphin-owned gelding is back… Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup to miss Gai Waterhouse

    The ebullient Gai Waterhouse is a notable omission from this year’s Melbourne Cup build-up after Hush Writer failed in a last-ditch bid to book a start. It is the first time in five years, and just the third in a decade, that one of Australia’s most popular trainers has not… Read More »

  • Young strapper hoping for some Melbourne Cup magic

    As a child Will Evans was not allowed on course to go racing in Singapore but it did not stop him marvelling at the skills of champion jockey Joao Moreira. The son of then Singapore race caller Craig Evans, who recently started a third season of calling in Dubai, Evans… Read More »

  • Invite only Melbourne Cup not the answer

    Restricting the international runners in the $8 million Melbourne Cup to invitees only would be a backwards step, two prominent Australian racehorse owners say. Five-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Lee Freedman says the race has become “the anywhere else other than Australia Cup”, arguing international competitors should be invited to participate…. Read More »

  • Melbourne Cup locals out to repel the Internationals

    A handful of Australian trainers will bid to repel one of the strongest international challenges in a Melbourne Cup but ironically, the majority will do so with overseas-bred horses. Australian trainers will saddle up half the 24 Melbourne Cup runners. Of those, only three – Vow And Declare, Youngstar and… Read More »

  • Downdraft ‘perfect’ ahead of Melbourne Cup

    Hotham Stakes winner Downdraft has come through the Flemington race well as he prepares to run on a quick back-up in the Melbourne Cup. Downdraft’s win in Saturday’s 2500m-race confirmed his spot in Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington where he will be one of four runners for… Read More »

  • Brisbane summer racing carnival heats up

    The rich Queensland summer carnival begins to ramp up when several of the likely stars make their public reappearance at the Doomben trials. The summer carnival starts with the Group Three George Moore Stakes at Doomben on November 23 and ends with the Sunshine Coast Cup in late January. The… Read More »

  • Apprentice jockey suspended for cheating the scales

    Promising Queensland apprentice Nick Keal’s struggles with his weight continue with the 21-year-old suspended for trying to cheat the scales at Eagle Farm. Keal was firstly fined $500 after stewards found he had attempted to deceive the clerk of the scales by changing his boots after weighing out for a… Read More »

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