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2014 Cox Plate: It’s time for a Champion to step up to the plate

Two out of every three runnings of the W.S. Cox Plate have been won by champions. Since we’ve already forgotten the names of the last three winners, it must be more than time for a champion to win on Saturday.

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2014 Cox Plate: Fawkner favourite after barrier draw

Cox Plate favourite Fawkner has been trimmed into $4 after drawing barrier four for Saturday’s weight-for-age championship at Moonee Valley.

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UPDATE: Connections of Admire Rakit have advised Racing Victoria that this horse will take its place in the Cup, despite the penalty after its victory in the Caulfield Cup.

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High-profile Japanese import Bande has been scratched from the 2014 Caulfield Cup this morning in one of the shocks leading up to the race.

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Caulfield Cup 2014: How not to lose your money

There are three ways how not to lose on Saturday. You know the first two. A: Don’t have a bet. Something unexpected is bound to win.

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These firm tracks are dangerous, please water them

The past seven Melbourne Saturday meetings have had their first race run on Good 3 ground. Enough is enough. You have water. Use it.

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Nathan Tinkler’s fire sale: Who got burnt?

Out, out, out they went, at crazy discount prices. Sounded like a TV commercial for Harvey Norman. Was it 50 months interest free, nought per cent interest, no deposit?

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2014 Spring Star Stable: The ultimate guide

They say you need everything to go right to win a Melbourne Cup, and the same applies to the horse racing fantasy game Star Stable, which kicks off this Saturday.

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Moonee Valley or bad tactics: Why is Lankan Rupee losing?

On Friday night, the world’s best sprinter, Lankan Rupee, was beaten for a second time in two starts at Moonee Valley this spring. Both times Lankan Rupee was an odds-on favourite.

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Australian staying stocks are on the rise

The past five Melbourne Cups have all been won by stallions and four of them now stand at stud. Forget importing Europeans – Australian stock is the one to buy.

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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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The field in the 2012 Caulfield Cup gallops down the straight the first time at Caulfield. Craig Williams won the $2.5 million race on French horse Dunaden. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Crackerjack King back in the UK

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Australian jockey Damien Oliver. AFP PHOTO/William WEST

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French horse Dunaden (right, yellow silks) ridden by Christophe Lemaire gallops to victory. AAP Image/Julian Smith

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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Steven Pateman

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The favourie Overreach is lead out by jockey Tommy Berry before Race 5 at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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People enjoy watching the horses within the Theatre of Horses at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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People enjoy watching the horses within the Theatre of Horses at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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The Roar of the crowd

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2014 Manikato Stakes: Preview, live blog, tips and results

The Manikato Stakes (1200m, Group 1, handicap) brings together some of Australasia’s best sprinters under lights at 9:45pm (AEDT). With a $1 million purse, this is a sprint of the highest quality.

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Cox Plate 2014: An historical perspective

By BrisburghPhil, 24 Oct 2014 Video
Cox Plate 2014: An historical perspective

The Cox Plate definitely isn’t the easiest race in Australia to pick from a historical angle, and it seems to be getting more unpredictable every year.

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2014 Cox Plate: Where you’ll find the winners on the day

An outstanding card of racing has been assembled for Saturday at Moonee Valley, highlighted by the weight-for-age championship of Australia, the Cox Plate (2040m).

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2014 Cox Plate: Horses that could cause a boilover

The Cox Plate is Australia’s premier weight-for-age event, and this year’s field is an absolute cracker.

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On a tough card to kick-off the two-day Cox Plate Carnival at Moonee Valley on Friday night, there’s one bet that looks a great way to get your bank bulging for Cox Plate Day.

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2014 Cox Plate: Runner by runner preview

By Adam Page, 23 Oct 2014 Video
2014 Cox Plate: Runner by runner preview

Some say the Cox Plate is the race where legends are made, others say it’s the best two minutes in Australian sport, not just Australian horse racing.

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Royal Descent needs Pinker Pinker’s purple patch

By Damien Ractliffe, 23 Oct 2014
Royal Descent needs Pinker Pinker’s purple patch

Royal Descent will have to follow in the footsteps of Pinker Pinker if she is to hand Chris Waller his first Cox Plate on Saturday.

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Raffles Racing: from Malaysia to the Cox Plate

By Mitch Fenton, 23 Oct 2014
Raffles Racing: from Malaysia to the Cox Plate

When the gates crash open Saturday afternoon in the Cox Plate, for one young man – win, lose or draw – his dream will have already been realised.

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Geelong Cup: Preview, tips, blog and results

The $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup at 4pm AEDT is the highlight of the Geelong Racing Calendar, and today’s edition of the race looks a wide-open affair with plenty of chances among the field of 13. Join us here on The Roar from 3:40pm (AEST) for live commentary, results and reaction.

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2014 Manikato Stakes: Runner by runner preview

It’s rare that you get a premier Group l race named in your honour, but that was just how good Manikato was back in the late 1970s and early 80s, winning this race twice when at his brilliant best.

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2014 Cox Plate: Preview and tips

By Richard Hosnell, 22 Oct 2014 Video
2014 Cox Plate: Preview and tips

The Cox Plate is arguably Australia’s ultimate middle distance race, attracting an exciting field of both foreign and local talent.

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2014 Melbourne Cup: Caulfield Cup beaten brigade set for Cup glory

It has been six long years now since a runner in the Caulfield Cup has won the Melbourne Cup.

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Runner-by-runner analysis of the Caulfield Cup

By Richard Hosnell, 21 Oct 2014

The Group 1 Caulfield Cup was run and won on the weekend. Here is the runner-by-runner analysis of the 2400-metre, $3,000,000 race.

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Despite some tough local competition, the highlights of this year’s Geelong Cup field look to come from abroad. Here is our Geelong Cup preview, with all you need to know about the big race.

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Caulfield Cup carnival review

By Sam Kelly, 21 Oct 2014
Caulfield Cup carnival review

The Melbourne Racing Club has provided another sensational Caulfield Cup carnival.

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Past the post Caulfield wrap

By Adam Page, 19 Oct 2014

“Caulfield Cup wa, domo arigato” is what trainer Tomoyuki Umeda would have said after his charge, Admire Rakti, scored a stunning win in the Caulfield Cup (2400m).

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Fawkner wins the 2013 Caulfield Cup, seen here in a head-on finish

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Trainer Gai Waterhouse reacts after winning the Melbourne Cup with her horse Fiorente at the Melbourne Cup 2013

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Catkins wins the 2014 Golden Slipper

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The field in the 2012 Caulfield Cup gallops down the straight the first time at Caulfield. Craig Williams won the $2.5 million race on French horse Dunaden. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Dissident (R) rides to victory in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes

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Jockey Dwayne Dunn celebrates riding the Hawkes trained All Too Hard to victory ahead of the pre-race favourite Pierro in the Caulfield Guineas

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