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The Championships: 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes preview and tips

It’s the race we’ve been building to for months. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 1, 2000m, weight-for-age), the crown jewel of the first running of The Championships in Sydney, is finally here.

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Puissance de Lune to return to training, racing future bright

Victorian trainer Darren Weir has told RSN radio that former Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune will return to his stables on May 1, after overcoming a tendon issue during the 2013 Group 1 Cox Plate.

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Lankan Rupee is the best sprinter, but no Hay List yet

Lankan Rupee, the horse with the white heart marking on his head, affirmed his title as the best sprinter in the world with a dominant victory on Day 1 of The Championships at Randwick.

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Championships: Sydney’s Autumn Carnival is finally world class

The Championships are here to stay. Sydney’s Autumn Carnival, forever the second-stringer to Melbourne’s Spring Carnival, has risen. The meeting, across two big weeks, has given Sydney racing a focal point again.

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Lankan Rupee set to light up The Championships

The inaugural Championships begin on Saturday at Randwick. The name alone suggests the racing will be great.

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The Championships: 2014 Doncaster Mile full preview and tips

The Doncaster Mile is the biggest race on the opening day of The Championships, worth a cool $3M. It always attracts a capacity field, but rarely one of such deep, deep quality.

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The Championships: 2014 TJ Smith and Australian Derby full preview and tips

It’s day one of The Championships, and what a feast of racing awaits us. The TJ Smith has assembled eleven Group 1 winners, nine of which have won this season. Talk about a deep field of quality that is in hot form.

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Has Silent Achiever finally made a lie of her name?

On the first Golden Slipper day in The Championships era, the brightest star was undoubtedly Silent Achiever, who won The BMW (2400m, Group 1, weight-for-age).

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Tommy the right man to carry Berry’s legacy

Jockeys are the backbone of racing. Every time they jump on a horse they place their life at risk, and their sacrifices should never be forgotten.

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2014 Golden Slipper: Preview and tips

The Golden Slipper, a race for two-year-olds under set weights conditions over 1200m at Rosehill, stands as the third-richest race in Australia with a purse of $3.5M, coming in behind only the Melbourne Cup ($6.2M) and the newly-minted feature race of The Championships, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes ($4.0M).

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2014 BMW and Vinery Stud Stakes: Preview and Tips

Saturday brings us Golden Slipper day, and while the $3.5M scamper for juveniles will capture most attention, there are some other important Group 1s on the day.

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Gordon Lord Byron a big winner for sick Aussie racing

There is a very good chance the 2014 George Ryder (1500m, Group 1, weight-for-age) will go down as a watershed moment in the history of Sydney racing.

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Top 10: The world’s best jockeys

Life as a jockey is a mental and physical challenge, and to succeed takes a number of qualities – horsemanship and the ability to read a race are only small parts of a jockey’s success.

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2014 George Ryder Stakes: Preview and tips

We don’t see many Group 1 races over 1500m, but it’s always a fascinating distance and a favourite of mine.

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2014 Rosehill Guineas and Galaxy: Preview and tips

The Rosehill Guineas, despite carrying a purse of $600,000, has been bumped as the feature race on its own day thanks to the massive increase in prizemoney to the George Ryder, and the accompanying move forward a week from Golden Slipper day.

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Racing royalty retired: A tribute to the elegant Guelph

I love racing and I love a great horse. Guelph, one of my all-time favourite fillies, will be retired in the next few days.

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Silent Achiever wins the 2014 Ranvet Stakes

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Racing fans enjoy Derby Day at Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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It's a Dundeel celebrates winning Race 7 at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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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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Zoustar ridden by jockey Jimmy Cassidy (centre) wins the $1 million De Bortoli Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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It's A Dundeel claims the Underwood Stakes ahead of odds-on favourite Atlantic Jewel. (AAP Image/David Crosling)

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Glyn Schofield on Boban (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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English racehorse Yeats ridden by Kieren Fallon. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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It's A Dundeel claims the Underwood Stakes ahead of odds-on favourite Atlantic Jewel. (AAP Image/David Crosling)

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The Roar of the crowd

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The rise of racing’s newest superstar, Tommy

He is yet to win a Sydney jockeys’ premiership, but Tommy Berry is arguably the new star of the saddle in New South Wales.

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The Championships: 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sydney Cup preview

With the opening day of The Championships showcasing some great racing in the Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes, it’s time to look ahead to the two biggest races at this weekend’s meeting.

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Day 1 of The Championships certainly lived up to the hype, with top-quality races full of depth and class.

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Smaller stables and bargain buys shine at The Championships

The nine winners on Day 1 of The Championships were all trained by different trainers, with plenty of bargain buys landing big money.

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Four things I learnt on Day 1 of The Championships

Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick was a mouth-watering affair, highlighted by Chris Waller’s training masterclass in which he trained the first four runners past the post in the Doncaster.

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The Doncaster Mile (1600m, Group 1, handicap) is Sydney’s biggest handicap race and is run over the famous Randwick mile. The race is set for 4:30pm, so join us for our live blog for all the build up.

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2014 TJ Smith Stakes: Live updates, preview, tips and results

All eyes are on the greatest sprinting prize in the land as we gear up for the $2.5 million T.J Smith Stakes which remarkably features 12 Group 1 winners. Join us from 3.15pm AEST for a detailed preview, live blog and post-race analysis.

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The Australian Derby (2400m, Group 1, set weights) at 3:10pm is the second Group 1 feature at Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships. Join us for our live coverage of Australia’s richest race for three-year-olds as we build to the 3:10pm start time.

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The two-year-olds are back for a shot at Group 1 glory in today’s ATC Sires Produce Stakes. Join us from 2.00pm AEST for a full preview, live blog and post-race analysis.

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Have we found Australia’s new weight-for-age championship?

For decades, the Cox Plate has carried the title as the weight-for-age championship of Australia. With big prize money, classic contests and select fields, the race is steeped in history and prestige.

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Surely NSW must be due for a home Derby win?

By Cody Winnell, 10 Apr 2014
Surely NSW must be due for a home Derby win?

Not since 2009 and Bart Cummings’ Roman Emperor has a home-state runner saluted in the Group 1 Australian Derby at Royal Randwick. So what the heck is going on with NSW’s three-year-old stayers?

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The Doncaster: a race that rarely disappoints

By Trent Masenhelder, 9 Apr 2014
The Doncaster: a race that rarely disappoints

The Doncaster Mile (1600m, Group 1, handicap), formerly the Doncaster Handicap, is one of the greatest races on the Australian racing calendar in my opinion.

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Championships boost requires working with, not against, Dubai

The Championships have the potential to become an international spectacle. But first, the Australian Turf Club must work with the United Arab Emirates to ensure maximum exposure for international raiders.

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Will Glen Boss crack 100 Group 1 wins?

By Michael Steel, 9 Apr 2014
Will Glen Boss crack 100 Group 1 wins?

George Moore (119), Roy Higgins (108), Jim Cassidy (102) and Damien Oliver (101) are the four great jockeys to reach the 100 Group 1 milestone.

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Assessing the contenders in the Doncaster Mile

By Richard Hosnell, 8 Apr 2014

The Doncaster Mile is my favourite race of Sydney’s autumn carnival (now the Championships), bringing together the best middle-distance runners in the country for what is always a cracking race.

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Boban looks set to run in the Doncaster

By Brent Ford, 8 Apr 2014
Boban looks set to run in the Doncaster

It appears that Chris Waller has backflipped on his early plans regarding Boban this preparation, with the talented miler set to take its place in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) this weekend as The Championships begin at Rosehill.

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The Golden Slipper barrier draw markers. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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Trainer Lee Freedman and horse Lucas Cranach from Geramny who was one of the international horses that arrived for the 2011 Spring Carnival in Melbourne, Saturday, Sept 24, 2011.(AAP Image/David Crosling)

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Silent Achiever wins the 2014 Ranvet Stakes

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Gai Waterhouse had a hand in everything on Golden Slipper Day 2013

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Fiorente ridden by jockey Damien Oliver crosses the finish line to win the Melbourne Cup 2013

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Trainer Gai Waterhouse reacts after winning the Melbourne Cup with her horse Fiorente at the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AAP Image/David Crosling)

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Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - owner of Darley Stud

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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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