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Does the Blue Diamond barrier draw matter?

The Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m) field of 2017 had their barriers drawn yesterday, and if you’re from the David Hayes/Ben Hayes/Tom Dabernig stable, you might be wondering if you kicked a black cat.

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Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes: Tips and preview

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is one of the marquee sprints of the racing season, with the list of winners an absolute who’s who of Australian sprinting greats.

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Should Hartnell keep lining up to get beat by Winx?

Winx spanked her rivals in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in the late afternoon sun on Monday, easily beating Hartnell and everything else in the race, to record her 14th race victory in a row, equalling the great Phar Lap.

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WATCH: Winx returns with 14th straight victory

If Australia’s champion racehorse Winx is beaten again, her trainer Chris Waller has narrowed it down to two ways it might happen.

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Group 1 Orr Stakes: Preview and tips

The first Group 1 of the calendar year is upon us, the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield, to be run over 1400m under weight-for-age conditions.

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Blue Diamond: A race to stud for the colts

If you’re an ardent racing fan it’s been hard to miss the early retirements of Australia’s best colts in recent seasons. Although, these days, retiring after your three-year-old year is considered the norm, rather than early.

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Darren Gauci calls it a day after 38 years

In the latter stages on my thoroughly enjoyable 14 years covering sport on radio station 2KY in Parramatta the name Darren Gauci kept going to air.

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Autumn racing is back, along with Winx, Hartnell – and Charlie Appleby

Two big 1400m races are run this weekend: the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick, with star mare Winx and the versatile Hartnell just two set to face-off, while at Caulfield, the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes marks the start of the autumn season.

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The Everest: The good and the bad around the all-new $10M race

A day after we were quietly encouraged as The Jericho Cup was announced, Racing NSW has blown everyone away by offering a new-fangled $10 million dollar race called The Everest.

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New 4600m staying race for $300k might be crazy enough to work

Talk about one for the stayers.

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Losing Winning Rupert to stud would be another black eye for racing

The owners of injured three-year old speedster Winning Rupert are reportedly weighing up an offer from a big stud, which could see his racing career of just six starts for five wins come to an abrupt halt.

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Cartwright carnage: The reckless act that has to be seen to be believed

Was it a rush of love to the head? It’s the moment at Morphetville that has racing in shock.

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Winx set to make much-anticipated return

Winx, the star mare who dominated Australian racing in 2016, is set to make her first public appearance of 2017 ahead of her return to competitive racing.

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Can the Stars shine too brightly?

Can you be too good at something? In an industry as driven by money and winning as horse racing, the answer would seem an obvious “no”.

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Magic Millions barrier mishap, Japanese yearling, Woman, and the Queen is back

The Magic Millions this week received an unexpected boost in coverage after the presenter made a mess of proceedings during the Magic Millions Classic barrier draw.

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Racing roundup: Oscietra debut, Waller MIA, and McDonald’s ban right or wrong?

The New Year promises much, and what better day than New Year’s Day to see Black Caviar’s daughter make her debut?

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Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie

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Harness racing in South Australia

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Maurice Hong Kong Cup

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Hong Kong at night

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Douglas Whyte jockey

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Kerrin McEvoy rode Qewy to victory in the Geelong Cup. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Almandin ridden by jockey Kerrin McEvoy leads the field to win the $6million Melbourne Cup, followed by Heartbreak City, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday. Nov. 1, 2016

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Jockey Jordan Turner hospitalised following fall

By Connor Bennett, 20 Feb 2017
Jockey Jordan Turner hospitalised following fall

Young jockey Jordan Turner has been sent to hospital following a scary fall at Flemington over the weekend.

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Does the Slipper fit She Will Reign? No

By Adam Page, 17 Feb 2017
Does the Slipper fit She Will Reign? No

She Will Reign just fits the criteria of the ideal two-year-old. She has speed, precociousness, a turn of foot, the looks, and the form on the board.

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Hugh Bowman free for Winx run despite suspension

By Connor Bennett, 16 Feb 2017
Hugh Bowman free for Winx run despite suspension

Jockey Hugh Bowman has copped a three-meet suspension for his second infringement in a month, but will return just in time for his ride with record-breaking mare Winx at the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick on February 25.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

There were several near misses last weekend, with D’Beak and Junction missing out on the top three, whereas Jennifer Lynn had no luck and Chautauqua was enormous against the tempo. Here’s hoping this Saturday improves. Here are my five bets for the weekend.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

It was a mixed bag last weekend, with Big Duke going close, while Liapari scraped in to get the job done.

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They lied about greyhound racing, didn’t they?

The thing about manipulative people is not that they lie, but they insist on others repeating those lies on their behalf.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

It was a bit of a tough day last Saturday with the multi going down just and Echo Effect running a huge race after doing a stack of work on speed.

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Behind the Barriers: Five bets for the weekend

Destiny’s Kiss got the job done for us on Thursday, while Drachenfels went very close despite a tough trip while Harper’s Choice and Tulip couldn’t quite cling on. Hopefully Saturday improves, so here are my five bets for the weekend.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Australia Day

Wheal Leisure was the highlight last week at the Valley, getting the job done despite a tough run. Australia Day gives us a couple of really good meetings at Randwick and Caulfield.

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Winx rated the third best racehorse on the planet as the Cox Plate makes history

Champion mare Winx has been named the third-best racehorse in the world while the race she won in 2016, the Cox Plate, has created history.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

To be completely honest it was a bit hit and miss last week with the bets, with the lone highlight being the game placing of Echo Effect at generous odds.

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Yankee Rose returns positive drug test

By Connor Bennett, 17 Jan 2017

The David Vandyke-trained Yankee Rose has returned a positive test dating back to her second place finish in the Flight Stakes at Randwick on October 1.

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Winx returns to the track at Rosehill

By Connor Bennett, 16 Jan 2017
Winx returns to the track at Rosehill

Superstar mare Winx will make her long-awaited return to the track on Tuesday, in a barrier trial at Rosehill.

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Gold Coast Magic Millions: Two-year-old Classic live race updates, blog

The Gold Coast Magic Millions is one of the biggest days on the Australian racing calendar, and this year is no different as the top colts and fillies from across the country go head to head in the Two-year-old Classic. Join The Roar from 4:55pm (AEDT) for all the live race updates and results.

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Plein Ciel and Gallic Chieftain got the job done for us last week while Star Fest just had no luck, helped by pilot error, at Coffs Harbour.

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Gold Coast Magic Millions: Two-year-old Classic preview and tips

The first of the three million dollar races for two-year-olds in the year, the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic has become one of the hottest racing events in the country, with $2 million on the line for the big race in 2017.

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Horses fly the gates

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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Almandin jockey Kerrin McEvoy consoling Heartbreak City after winning the Melbourne Cup.

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Prince of Penzance ridden by Michelle Payne returns to scale after winning the $6,000,000 Melbourne Cup race at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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Black Caviar wins an historic race at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Horses fly the gates

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