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A guide to the Aussie contingent taking on Hong Kong’s best racing

The Australian flag may be flying high at Sha Tin today, but it is highly unlikely it will be thanks to an Australian-trained winner of one of the four Hong Kong international features.

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Admire Rakti: Initial reports point to heart attack as cause of death

Racing Victoria are expected to officially release the findings of a comprehensive inquiry into Admire Rakti this week, but initial reports from Fairfax Media indicate that the Melbourne Cup favourite died of a heart attack just minutes after finishing last in the great race.

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Horses for courses, not the wild

Don’t you love the Melbourne Cup? I love the Melbourne Cup. In fact, don’t you love the entire Spring Racing Carnival? I love the Spring Racing Carnival.

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The 2014 Melbourne Cup was always going to inspire some love (and hate) on social media, and it was the winner, and the injured horses that proved to be the talking points for many of the punters for the race that stops a nation.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Who came last and why

Japanese Raider and pre-race favourite Admire Rakti has finished last in the 2014 Melbourne Cup after pulling up injured on the final straight.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Where the race was won and lost

The 2014 Melbourne Cup was a surprisingly cleanly run race, with the winner Protectionist clearly able to find his way to the front of a staying test – and part of that was due to the speed that was the pace was run.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: What the jockeys said

The jockeys of the 2014 Melbourne Cup told their tales of the hard-fought race – with plenty happy with how they went, and plenty who found their horses unable to last through the very fast pace of the race.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Full finishing order

German trained horse Protectionist has claimed the 2014 Melbourne Cup. He strode home to beat perennial bridesmaid Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman in third.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne Cup 2014: Race replay, highlights

The 2014 Melbourne Cup has been claimed by Protectionist, ahead of Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman. Catch up on all the action from the race with The Roar‘s highlights.

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The 2014 Melbourne Cup was won by Protectionist, followed by Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Admire Rakti confirmed dead in post-Cup tragedy

2014 Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti finished a long last. He looked like a contender early, before his jockey eased him right out of the race to finish last at a slow walk.

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The 2014 Melbourne Cup has been won by Protectionist, with the German horse ridden by jockey Ryan Moore storming clear to win.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Who won, who came last

The 2014 Melbourne Cup has been won by Protectionist, with Red Cadeaux in second, and Who Shot Thebarman in third, with Signoff running fourth. Last place was favourite Admire Rakti, who was hurt during the race and later sadly passed away.

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Individual horse analysis, tips and preview

Who will win the 2014 Melbourne Cup? It’s the question you need an answer to, and we’ve previewed each horse in detail with tips and predictions for the race that stops a nation.

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Breaking News: Cavalryman has been scratched on the morning of the Melbourne Cup, after vets confirmed the horse was suffering an injury to his near fore fetlock. The Cup will run with 22 starters, with jockey Craig Williams now missing a ride in the race that stops a nation.

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The Melbourne Cup Sweep is the classic way that offices around the country celebrate, and in many ways the $2 sweep is the reason the entire nation is stopped.

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The Melbourne Cup during the Melbourne Cup parade.

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Signoff wins the Lexus Stakes

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A fan watches horse racing. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

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The Melbourne Cup on display on Melbourne Cup Day 2014 at Flemington Racecourse

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Admire Rakti ridden by Zac Purton wins the Caulfield Cup

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2014 Melbuorne Cup hopeful Cavalryman

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Admire Rakti ridden by Zac Purton wins the Caulfield Cup

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Damien Oliver celebrates winning the 2013 Melbourne Cup

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Sea Moon will be an Australian stayer for Robert Hickmott and Team Williams

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

Should Junoob’s owners sue Chris Waller?

By Brent Ford, 18 Dec 2014

The decision to fine Chris Waller just $30,000 after his horse Junoob was disqualified from the Metropolitan for having a banned substance in his system is an outrage.

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Hong Kong International Races preview and selections

As the end of the year approaches, there’s a big weekend of racing to get through before we can dig into our Christmas presents.

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Hong Kong’s best racing of 2014: Hong Kong Cup, Sprint, Champions Mile and Vase

It’s that time of year again where Hong Kong takes centre stage on the World Racing scene. Hong Kong’s quartet of world-renowned races consistently feature some of the best equine talent from Europe, North America, Japan, UAE, Australasia, and, of course the local contingent.

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Finally, free race replays – but still a long way to go

Racing Queensland have announced they are set to introduce free race replays. While it is a definite sign the rest of the industry must get its act together, there is still a long way to go.

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It looks like another strong night of racing at Happy Valley but before we look at the top chances for tonight lets have a look at the weather.

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One of the highest-quality fields in recent memory will score up behind the mobile at Tabcorp Park in Menangle on Saturday night, as the 2014 Miracle Mile is run and won.

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Mujadale: A punter’s champion

By Michael Steel, 26 Nov 2014

I’m not the type to raise my voice and make a noise in the TAB when the horses I back are running. If I did I’d be giving the game away as to how few winners I pick.

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11 things to improve the racing experience in Australia

With the Spring Racing season done and dusted for another year, here are 11 things I think Australia needs to embrace to make following racing all it can be in this country.

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It’s the best mile race in Australasian Harness Racing, and come Saturday night, eight of the best pacers in Australasia will battle it out for $750,000 prizemoney in the Group l Miracle Mile (1609m).

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Ascot Super Saturday: Railway Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes preview, selections

The national racing focus turns to the west this weekend for Perth’s Super Saturday meeting. The meeting is highlighted by two Group 1 races; the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and the Railway Stakes (1600m).

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Miracle Mile carnival: Cordina sprint preview

By ThomasHudson9, 21 Nov 2014

Harness racing’s Miracle Mile carnival rolls on this Saturday night as the $100,000 Cordina Sprint takes place at Tabcorp Park, Menangle.

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Bullying a child at the races… really?

By Adam Page, 20 Nov 2014

There’s only so long you can try and be nice and hold back when it comes to horse racing activists, mainly the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR), and their supporters and volunteers.

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KV’s Spring Carnival awards: The good, the bad and the ugliest media spats

Even though the Spring carnival ends at Sandown this Saturday, I thought that there would be little that could happen on the last day to change my carnival awards to the impressive and not so impressive.

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Happy Valley: Preview and selections

By Stephen Wong, 12 Nov 2014

With the spring carnival done and dusted our attention now turns to the quality overseas and with the Hong Kong season just starting to gain momentum we have another even race card for tonight.

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Rough Habit: An underrated champion

By Michael Steel, 11 Nov 2014

At the grand old age of 28, Rough Habit passed way. He was humanely euthanised after going blind and having severe feet problems.

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Spring Carnival review: Foreign raiders continue to dominate

It started with a flurry of Group 1s and ended with Éclair Big Bang sneaking home to win the last race of the spring racing carnival.

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Jockey Ryan Moore rides Protectionist across the finish line to win the 2014 Melbourne Cup

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Melbourne Cup 2014 winner Protectionist followed by Red Cadeaux with Who Shot Thebarman in third

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Corey Brown rides Shocking winning the 2009 Melbourne Cup during the 2009 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington. Slattery Images

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Admire Rakti ridden by Zac Purton wins the Caulfield Cup

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Admire Rakti ridden by Zac Purton wins the Caulfield Cup

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Protectionist crosses the finish line to win the 2014 Melbourne Cup, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore

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