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Sydney racing: Should metropolitan tracks take a break during winter?

The problems with winter racing are almost too many to count – and it starts with the facts. It’s cold, it rains a lot, the best horses stay home and so do the racegoers.

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Whip rules changes: Limits reduced, harsher penalties imposed

Under new rules to be introduced by Racing Australia, jockeys fill face stiffer penalties for breaking whip rules, and have smaller thresholds for punishment.

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The Roar’s racing season in review

There’s a great article in the Sydney Morning Herald today, with the prominent Fairfax racing journalists offering their annual view as to the merits of horse of the year, trainer, and jockey, plus story of the year and a prediction for next season.

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Racing NSW to bump up topweight to 61kg in hope to boost field sizes, add special ninth race on Saturdays

Racing NSW will be seeking to boost the number of runners in metropolitan and country races in NSW with an increase in minimum topweights in handicap races.

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Trainer Darren Smith has lost his appeal against a 15-year ban over cobalt offences.

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Australian Turf Club announces significant prizemoney boost for key races

The Australian Turf Club has got its finances back in order and has announced massive boosts to prizemoney, as well as a reduction in trainer’s fees at its racecourses.

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2015 Melbourne Cup: Precedence set for fifth Cup tilt

Grand old stayer Precedence will attempt to make the Melbourne Cup for a fifth time, with the veteran looking set to qualify by a path that pays tribute to his grand old trainer, Bart Cummings.

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2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Triple Crown contender California Chrome could have run his last race with a leg injury ruling him out for at least the rest of 2015.

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Australian hope Brazen Beau has finished seventh in the July Cup at Newmarket, the final race of his career.

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MUNCE: How trainers choose their jockeys

The Roar asked me to look at how trainers choose the right jockey for their horse. It’s an interesting question because times are rapidly changing.

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Your complete guide to Hong Kong horse racing: what the fuss is all about

Hong Kong’s thoroughbred industry continues to attract the best and brightest of world racing. The globe’s elite assemble for the International Races each December, and throughout the year, racing at Happy Valley and Sha Tin is top quality, and importantly, great for punters.

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Midsummer Sun inquiry: ATC executive required to show cause in Kavanagh cobalt case

In a dramatic widening of the Midsummer Sun inquiry, Racing NSW has summoned Australian Turf Club senior racing executive Matt Rudolph before an inquiry.

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In what may be a first, three horses were scratched on Sunday by trainer Bryce Stanaway over a disagreement about sandwiches.

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Spring Carnival changes a winner, but Caulfield’s meetings overblown

On Tuesday, Racing Victoria announced a handful of changes which should improve the Spring Carnival program. The most important was a reduction in distance for the A.J. Moir Stakes (Group 1, weight-for-age) from 1200 metres to 1000 metres.

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Dual Group 1 winning mare Miracles of Life has been retired to stud, going out as a winner after winning the Group 1 William Hill Classic earlier this year.

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Celebrating the legend: Takeover Target

Unfortunately we lost one of the legends and great stories of the turf last week in Takeover Target.

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Adelaide ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The Cox Plate is part of the month long Spring Racing Carnival.

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Racing Victoria to lead Seven West Media into new media broadcasting arrangement

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Cash is being thrown around by the major parties

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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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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The field bursts ourt of the barrier for Race 1 on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington racecourse (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Wicked Intent for Munce Racing

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Criterion charges home

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

Why I love Phelan Ready

By Brent Ford, Today

Former Magic Millions and Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready has been retired, and while I love the eight-year-old gelding, I have to say about bloody time!

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Stars resume for Friday’s trials at Royal Randwick

The spring preparation for many horses starts this Friday, with a blockbuster set of trials at Royal Randwick.

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The racing establishment always wins

By Nathan Absalom, 28 Jul 2015
The racing establishment always wins

Last week prizemoney changes were made to some of the Group 1 races in Sydney.

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Bletchingly Stakes 2015: Historical preview, analysis, and top tips

The Bletchingly Stakes 2015 spells the last Group race of the season and we’ll be looking for a winter winner as we tune up into Spring.

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The value of race replays in picking winners

By Ralph Tucker, 24 Jul 2015
The value of race replays in picking winners

A lot of work is often done by punters pre-race to determine selections, but post-race analysis is often overlooked.

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Petits Filous a potential superstar?

By BrisburghPhil, 23 Jul 2015

I rarely get overly excited when I do my weekly black-booking of horses on a comparative time basis, but the performance of two-year-old filly Petits Filous at Moonee Valley in the first race on July 15 certainly suggests she could be an outstanding prospect.

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Menin Gate: The pride of Birchip

By Brent Ford, 22 Jul 2015

The town of Birchip is home to just over 600 people but it is also fast becoming the town of one of the feel good stories in harness racing.

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Jockey Premierships approach as season draws to a close

As the calendar year of racing is in its final weeks the race to the Jockeys Premiership in each individual state across the country is heating up.

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Exciting Tasmanian colt Count Out might be the real deal after the Aiden Nunn-trained galloper broke a second track record in as many weeks.

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No Melbourne Cup emergencies for 2015

By The Roar, 7 Jul 2015

A formal review by Racing Victoria and the Victorian Racing Club (VRC) has led to the announcement that there will be no emergency runners added for the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

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Did you hear the story about the horse trainer and his ‘imaginary horse’?

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Rating Australia’s best race callers

By Ralph Tucker, 1 Jul 2015
Rating Australia’s best race callers

It’s an age old subject that everyone enjoys having their two cents worth on, but given the landscape has changed a little in the last six months or so I thought I’d fire it up again.

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Destreos: The King Of The Creek

By Darren Clayton, 26 Jun 2015

On a non-descript Tuesday in inner suburban Brisbane, an ageless warrior claimed another scalp.

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Can racing be improved with an Australian punting forum?

The British Horse Racing Authority is looking at ways that it can improve, with a forum spearheaded by its own CEO Nick Rust set to take place if the interest is there.

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2015’s Winter Carnival wonders

By BrisburghPhil, 24 Jun 2015
2015’s Winter Carnival wonders

The Queensland Winter carnival is all but over and it’s been quite a memorable one.

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The Tattersalls Club Tiara is an excellent Fillies and Mares race, first staged in 1989 and used to be known as the Winter Stakes.

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Punters at a Sydney TAB

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Frankel Royal Ascot

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Danedream wins the King George at Royal Ascot

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Greyhound racing

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Bonecrusher is no longer with us, but his career is Immor

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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American Pharoah

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