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From the mines of Broken Hill to Flemington: Mick Robins and Rain Lover

Racegoers were left in awe when a metal miner from Broken Hill produced Rain Lover to win the 1968 Melbourne Cup, in what was to be believed to be Mick Robins’ third month as a licensed trainer.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Second acceptances announced, Silent Achiever omitted

New Zealand mare Silent Achiever and German import Le Roi are the two big omissions from the list after second acceptances for the 2014 Melbourne Cup were announced today.

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

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Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett addresses the fans during a Hawthorn Supporters Day at Glenferrie Oval in Melbourne (Slattery Media Group).

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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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2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes: Derby Day live blog, tips, results

Last year the Coolmore Stud Stakes was won by Zoustar, this year’s field includes some high quality youngsters which ensures a tough battle. Join The Roar for live commentary and reaction from 1:15pm (AEDT).

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Godolphin owned three-year-old filly Earthquake looks ready to deliver a stern test to her male rivals in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (Race 4) on Derby Day.

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Is it time for change at the VRC carnival?

The biggest week of racing is finally upon us, once again bringing to the fore ways we could improve the Victoria Racing Club’s Spring Carnival.

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Cup week. The best seven days in Australian racing without question, and it kicks off this Saturday at the home of racing in this country, Flemington.

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With Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup fast approaching the field is set to be finalised following the Derby meeting.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Barrier Draw start time, broadcast details, key information

Who will draw well for the 2014 Melbourne Cup That is the million dollar question this Saturday as the field and the barriers are decided for the race that stops a nation.

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Are Aidan O’Brien’s Irish eyes really smiling?

Generous accolades have been afforded to Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien for his preparation of 2014 Cox Plate winner, Adelaide. But for me, even if only on a personal level, a matter remains that needs redressing.

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2014 Cox Plate: Runner by runner analysis

By Richard Hosnell, 28 Oct 2014
2014 Cox Plate: Runner by runner analysis

The Group 1 Cox Plate has been run for 2014. The 2040m race, worth $3,000,000, is the final big-money race in the lead-up to this year’s Melbourne Cup.

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Ryan Moore: gun jockey or lucky to be on the best horse?

A friend linked me to the Francesca Cumani and Simon Marshall spat that concluded yesterday’s racing.

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The Valley deserves the Cox Plate

By Sam Kelly, 27 Oct 2014

Every year, we hear and read the same stories: too many drunken teenagers at Caulfield, too many internationals in the Cup and too many C-grade soap actors on the Channel Seven coverage.

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Past the post: Moonee Valley carnival wrap

The internationals were at it again at Moonee Valley. This time boom Coolmore youngster Adelaide recorded one of the great Cox Plate (2040m) triumphs.

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[VIDEO] 2014 Cox Plate highlights: Tips, preview, live blog and results

The 2014 Cox Plate (Group 1, weight-for-age, 2040m) is one of Australia’s greatest races and the latest instalment is set to run at 5:40pm. Join The Roar for live coverage, tips and post-race analysis.

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

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Shamus Award wins the 2013 Cox Plate

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Sacred Falls

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Can Americain win the 2012 Melbourne Cup?

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Jockey Craig Newitt riding Lankan Rupee

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

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Damien Oliver celebrates winning the 2013 Melbourne Cup

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