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Winx stuns again, there’s nothing like the theatre of the track

Some of the greatest moments in sport come when we least expect them.

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PB Lawrence Stakes and Warwick Stakes: Spring come early

It’s spring racing come early in Melbourne and Sydney this Saturday.

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Winx returns, Hart vs Bart in PB Lawrence, and Frankel gets an Aussie winner

Winx makes her glorious return this weekend in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. She won’t be beaten.

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What’s happened to harness racing, and why does it keep happening?

Harness racing once rivalled the thoroughbreds for crowds and interest. Now it’s reduced to being shown on split screens on Sky 2 while blokes in the pub joke about ‘crims on rims’ and ‘cheats on seats’. What’s happened to harness?

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The racing season that was: How the trainers and jockeys stacked up

The full season of racing finished and started without so much of a pause on August 1st, but we can take a moment to examine the winningest trainers and jockeys in the land, and see what we can find.

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Canterbury’s $3m training track surprises everyone, especially the locals

Canterbury gets a $3 million synthetic track no one asked for, Caravaggio was beaten, and one or two at Newcastle catch the eye.

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Sydney spring racing sees more money, rejigging, and a St Leger revival

Racing in spring is set for a shake-up, with Racing NSW and the ATC throwing down some intriguing changes, more prize money, and reviving the oldest classic race in Australia.

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Michelle Payne tests positive for banned substance

Champion jockey Michelle Payne has tested positive to the banned substance Phentermine, an appetite suppressor, after riding at Swan Hill two weeks ago.

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Royal Ascot and what it means for us: Lady Aurelia, Highland Reel, and Big Orange

Royal Ascot marks the time of year when Australian racing is pretty quiet and the European season really kicks off.

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How to find the Melbourne Cup winner early: Key international races to watch in September

We’ve so far previewed the most important Melbourne Cup lead-up races overseas for June, July and August, and now the whips are really cracking in the races to keep an eye out for in September.

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How to find the Melbourne Cup winner early: Key international races to watch in August

The Melbourne Cup isn’t won by a trainer on the first Tuesday in November. It’s a long, careful preparation, and we’re tracking the overseas races to look out for as we all try to find the Cup winner early.

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How to find the Melbourne Cup winner early: Key races to watch in June and July

Too early to find a Melbourne Cup winner? Not a chance!

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Stradbroke Handicap Day: Group 1 tips and previews

The Stradbroke Handicap is Brisbane’s biggest and best race, but has this year been dogged by the controversy over the Eagle Farm track.

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Eagle Farm fiasco on hold as Racing Queensland step in

Uproar about the track surface at Eagle Farm has finally resulted in common sense: Group 1 racing this week won’t be held on what is currently a track to avoid.

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When can we punt the Godolphin horses?

James Cummings, a blue blood of Australian racing, will don the royal blue of Godolphin and head up the global operation here.

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The Goodwood, Doomben Cup: Group 1 Tips and Previews

We’re in the second week of the overlapping Adelaide and Brisbane Group 1 carnivals, and this week sees the Goodwood for the sprinters at Morphettville, and the Doomben Cup for the middle-distance horses looking to claim weight-for-age glory.

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Scone Cup Carnival (24)

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Jockey Glenn Boss (left) rides Srikandi to win race 5 during the Doomben 10,000 Day at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, Saturday, May 24, 2014.

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Racing at Rosehill

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Jockey James Doyle on Hartnell.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Glen Boss rides Makybe Diva to win the 2005 Melbourne Cup

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Nash Rawiller salutes on the straight at Randwick racecourse

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The Roar of the crowd

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Winx goes for 18 straight: Warwick Stakes live race updates, blog

Race result: A dramatic finish has seen Winx narrowly win an eighteenth consecutive race at the Warwick Stakes.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

Okay efforts last week for the five bets, with Mystified bolting up and Grande Rosso filling a drum at $3-$4. Trekking and Kilimanjaro both ran well in defeat, so the confidence is high leading into the weekend.

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The Melbourne Cup should be a proper national celebration

Melbourne Cup Day is a big deal. Let’s not deny that for a second, because it’s arguably Australia’s biggest yearly sporting event.

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Past the post: Rosehill and Morphettville Parks blackbookers

Menari returned in fabulous order in winning the Rosebud and Arbeitsam continued his rise in the staying ranks.

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Past the post: Flemington and Doomben blackbookers

Spring was in the air at Flemington on Saturday and overall the racing lived up to that feeling with some great finishes from good horses.

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Behind The Barriers – Five bets for the weekend

It was a mixed bag last week for the followers, with second placings in three of the five bets, but Wallace Street spanked them on debut on the Parks track. Confident about this weekend, so here are my five best bets.

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Winx leading into Spring with first ever trial win

Champion mare Winx has won her first ever barrier trial on Tuesday, finishing strong on the inside line at Randwick as preparations for the Spring heat up.

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Past the Post: Randwick and Doomben blackbookers

The top class racing was somewhat there at Randwick with Kris Lees dominating the Missile Stakes, while a true Doomben, leaders were advantaged, but there were still some tidy efforts. Here are the blackbookers.

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Past the Post: Flemington and Morphettville Parks Blackbookers

It was a blast out for punters at Flemington on Saturday, with a couple of rank outsiders winning. The Parks track played well also, and there were some dominant efforts. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Godolphin’s strangles case continues

By Connor Bennett, 7 Aug 2017
Godolphin’s strangles case continues

A tumultuous year for super-stable Godolphin continues to tumble on thanks to an unreported case of strangles from gelding Polemic.

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Past the Post: Caulfield and Doomben Blackbookers

There might have only been four races at Caulfield on Saturday, but there were still some nice runs to watch. Over at Doomben, there were ten races run and won with plenty to dissect. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Not the greatest of results last time out, though the horse I zoned in on, Portman, saluted comfortably. Looking to bounce back hard, so here are my five best bets for the weekend.

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Past the Post: Rosehill and Morphettville Blackbookers

It was Winter Challenge day at Rosehill on Saturday and we saw some nice types step out, as was the case at Morphettville for Lightning Day. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Past the post: Randwick and Morphettville Blackbookers

Some decent types were out on display at Randwick on Saturday with a couple of nice efforts, while at Morphettville, I think we saw an above average youngster. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Past the post: Flemington and Doomben Blackbookers

Racing returned to Headquarters on Saturday and we could have seen a potential Oaks candidate in Anchor Bid. While at Doomben, I may have found one at value for next time.

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Down with The Everest

By John Macdonald, 25 Jul 2017
Down with The Everest

If there is a great stable in the sky, the late Tommy Smith would be looking down and wanting to bolt down to Randwick.

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Chautauqua

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A racegoer punches his fist in the air

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Racing at Rosehill

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Lucia Valentina (13) ridden by Jockey Hugh Bowman

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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Horses fly the gates

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Trainer James Cummings poses with the trophy after winning the Victorian Derby

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