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Black Caviar’s foal leads off a good news week for everyone

This has been a good news week in Australian racing. Black Caviar had her first foal. James Cummings won his first Group 1 in partnership with Grandpa Bart: a Hallowed Crown indeed.

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Beyond football codes, it’s racing that stirs the country’s soul

If the Melbourne Cup is the heart of Australian racing, then the soul resides in the country. Without a soul, even a heart as big as Phar Lap’s is just a relic in a big glass jar.

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Should trainers be accountable for their comments to the media?

As evidenced on Saturday, trainers have such a strong influence on markets that it is only a matter of time before racing’s integrity comes under fire.

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The 2014 Melbourne Cup topweight conundrum

It is seemingly impossible to win a Melbourne Cup with any more than 57kg, and 2014′s Melbourne Cup is unusual in that there there is no obvious topweight horse, and accordingly, no obvious favourite.

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Secrets of picking winners in the mounting yard

Star Rolling won the big race at Caulfield last Saturday at the nice price of $10. Most experts forgot to tell you he was among the chances. Were there signs?

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Kennett nails issue but smashes thumb with solution

Well done Jeff Kennett. You said a lot of things which administrators needed to hear and you said it their backyard. But one solution you offered would cripple the industry much faster than doing nothing.

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Five jockeys to watch in 2014-15

Following jockeys can be just as exciting as following a horse. When you back one early in their career to be a star and it pans out, you are a genius.

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Aurie’s Star 2014: A ‘Crackerjack’ spring awaits!

Spring racing is upon us with the Aurie’s Star in Victoria and the Missile Stakes in Sydney suddenly appearing on the landscape, jolting punters out of their winter slumber.

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Top jockeys? What the stats don’t tell you…

Season’s end, a new start. It’s time to give credit to top jockeys of the racing year that finished on July 31. But we all know that statistics lie, they cheat, they withhold the full truth.

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It’s au revoir, as Dunaden hangs up his racing plates

You may honour Dunaden as a star of the Australian turf, with his glorious wins in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and 2012 Caulfield Cup. French racing fans know that he is theirs, ‘un globe-trotter’, world traveller and world beater.

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Nick Kyrgios can send his Wimbledon thanks to a Melbourne Cup pioneer

Yes, there is a link between the Melbourne Cup and last week’s events at Royal Ascot and Wimbledon. Stick with me and I’ll explain.

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No World Cup, but Steven Pateman is an unknown champion

Ok, it’s a bit less glamorous than Brazil, but on Sunday jockey Steven Pateman completed his seventh jumps win for the season, a significant accomplishment for a first-class Australian sportsman.

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Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara: Preview and Tips

The Australian racing season’s last Group 1 is upon us, 294 days after the first.

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The best horse race and the best ride in Australia

Forget those Group 1 races in Brisbane. The best race and the best ride in Australia on Saturday were in the $100,000 Stayers Cup at Royal Randwick.

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2014 Stradbroke Handicap: Preview and tips

Saturday is Queensland’s biggest raceday, three Group 1s including the state’s feature race, the Stradbroke Handicap.

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It’s Queensland’s time to shine with Group 1 racing at the moment, but this Saturday will be a little darker due to the passing of popular Sydney trainer Guy Walter.

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Zoustar ridden by jockey Jimmy Cassidy (centre) wins the $1 million De Bortoli Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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Racing fans line up for the start of Race 9 at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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A fan watches horse racing. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

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It's A Dundeel claims the Underwood Stakes ahead of odds-on favourite Atlantic Jewel. (AAP Image/David Crosling)

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Glyn Schofield on Boban (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Glenn Boss aboard Puissance de Lune

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The Roar of the crowd

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Past the post: Caulfield and Randwick wrap

Another feature race weekend, another domination by Chris Waller, who is the modern day TJ Smith.

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With the Sha Tin to be run later today, here’s The Roar’s look at what we should expect from racing in Hong Kong today.

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2014 Spring Carnival: Underwood Stakes live blog, tips, result

The Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) is the centrepiece of another fantastic day of racing at Caulfield which gets its chance to shine as the Spring Carnival starts to take shape. Join The Roar for live commentary of the race and result from 3:50pm (AEST).

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The landscape for the big spring races will be shaped even further today with some key runners engaged in two time honoured races in Sydney and Melbourne.

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My theory about this year’s three-year-old crop being outstanding is about to face its acid test, with the Paul Messara trained Panzer Division taking on the older horses at weight-for-age.

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Vote and phantom call to determine greatest ever

By Darren Clayton, 20 Sep 2014

It’s the age old pub discussion, comparing champions across different eras. Is the current star better than the champion of 20, 30 or 50 years ago?

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Will The Cleaner defy pace-making purists?

By Michael Shumack, 19 Sep 2014

There are some non-negotiables when it comes to determining the outcome of any race.

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Underwood Stakes Day preview

By Adam Page, 19 Sep 2014
Underwood Stakes Day preview

Caulfield gets the racing spotlight put back on it this Saturday with another strong nine-race card, highlighted by the $400,000 Group 1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m).

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George Main Stakes day preview

By Adam Page, 19 Sep 2014
George Main Stakes day preview

The Group l spring in Sydney rolls on to Randwick this Saturday, with the time-honoured $350,000 George Main Stakes (1600m).

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Weight announcement is another piece of the Melbourne Cup puzzle

Admire Rakti is going to have to defy history to replicate the efforts of fellow Japanese horse Delta Blues, who won the Melbourne Cup in 2006.

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Quality New Zealanders targeting Melbourne’s ‘big three’

In the last decade or so our friends over the ditch haven’t been quite as influential during the Spring carnival as in the past.

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Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes review

By Richard Hosnell, 16 Sep 2014
Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes review

In the wake of the Makybe Diva stakes, there were a number of success stories and failures. Who disappointed and who left punters with heavy wallets last weekend?

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The Hong Kong racing season begins with a bang today, and here are a couple of horses that are likely to make a good of it on the opening day of the new racing season.

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Well, wowee! Racing doesn’t get much better than what we saw on Saturday at Flemington and Rosehill, with outstanding performances, whether it be horse or human.

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The Hong Kong racing season is back with a bang today and here are the six horses that you need to keep your eye on ahead of the new season.

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Makybe Diva and Golden Rose stakes preview, live blog, tips and results

Group 1 racing returns to Sydney today with the running of the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill, while Flemington hosts a cracking field for the Makybe Diva stakes (1600m WFA) over 1600m.

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Glyn Schofield on Boban (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Foreteller (left) ridden by Craig Newitt gallops to victory ahead of Puissance de Lune (right) ridden by Glen Boss in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Zoustar ridden by jockey Jimmy Cassidy (centre) wins the $1 million De Bortoli Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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