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How to find the Melbourne Cup winner early: Key international races to watch in September

We’ve so far previewed the most important Melbourne Cup lead-up races overseas for June, July and August, and now the whips are really cracking in the races to keep an eye out for in September.

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How to find the Melbourne Cup winner early: Key international races to watch in August

The Melbourne Cup isn’t won by a trainer on the first Tuesday in November. It’s a long, careful preparation, and we’re tracking the overseas races to look out for as we all try to find the Cup winner early.

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How to find the Melbourne Cup winner early: Key races to watch in June and July

Too early to find a Melbourne Cup winner? Not a chance!

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Stradbroke Handicap Day: Group 1 tips and previews

The Stradbroke Handicap is Brisbane’s biggest and best race, but has this year been dogged by the controversy over the Eagle Farm track.

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Eagle Farm fiasco on hold as Racing Queensland step in

Uproar about the track surface at Eagle Farm has finally resulted in common sense: Group 1 racing this week won’t be held on what is currently a track to avoid.

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When can we punt the Godolphin horses?

James Cummings, a blue blood of Australian racing, will don the royal blue of Godolphin and head up the global operation here.

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The Goodwood, Doomben Cup: Group 1 Tips and Previews

We’re in the second week of the overlapping Adelaide and Brisbane Group 1 carnivals, and this week sees the Goodwood for the sprinters at Morphettville, and the Doomben Cup for the middle-distance horses looking to claim weight-for-age glory.

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Scone Cup 2017: Form and tips for the great country cup

The Scone Cup Carnival returns this week, as one of the best country racetracks in Australia (or anywhere) hosts its bustling two-day event.

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Doomben 10,000 and South Australian Derby: Group 1 previews and tips

There are only a handful of days on the Australian racing calendar with Group 1s run in two states, but one of them is Saturday, with the re-shaped Doomben 10,000 and South Australian Derby the features of the day.

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Morphetville Oaks Day: Group 1 Previews and tips

Group 1 racing hits Adelaide for the first time this season, and it’s ladies day in the form of the Robert Sangster Stakes and the Australasian Oaks.

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John O’Shea splits from Godolphin as the empire struggles

Godolphin’s head trainer, John O’Shea, will leave the Australian arm of the mega racing operation as he takes an extended break from training.

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Racing on the Harbour Bridge: A cunning stunt?

Horse racing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge wasn’t a late April Fools joke – some budding English entrepreneurs appear to be serious about creating a track on Sydney’s famous landmark.

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Bravo Greg Miles, on a masterful career

Champions retire when they are good and ready, and race caller Greg Miles is every inch a champion.

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All Aged Stakes and Champagne Stakes: Group 1 tips and previews

The Championships are over, but the Group 1 racing in Sydney continues for another week, which will actually turn into two when the Sydney Cup is re-run next Saturday.

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Winx dominates again, but the stars don’t seem as bright after tragedy

There were extraordinary scenes at Randwick on Saturday, and while Winx furthered her incredible record, the sensational mid-race cancellation of the Sydney Cup due to a fall, and a death in country racing, gave us all pause.

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Winx wins 17 in a row at Queen Elizabeth

Winx has claimed a seventeenth consecutive victory with a win at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, easily defeating her next-best competitor Hartnell by five and a quarter lengths.

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Jockey Hugh Bowman riding Minx.

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Chautauqua

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Jockey Craig Williams rides Criterion to win Race 9

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Jameka's impressive Caulfield Cup win has resulted in a 1.5kg Melbourne Cup for Ciaron Maher's star mare.

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Capitalist wins again

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Hartnell is flying and is a huge chance in the Cox Plate

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

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Godolphin’s strangles case continues

By Connor Bennett, 7 Aug 2017
Godolphin’s strangles case continues

A tumultuous year for super-stable Godolphin continues to tumble on thanks to an unreported case of strangles from gelding Polemic.

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Past the Post: Caulfield and Doomben Blackbookers

There might have only been four races at Caulfield on Saturday, but there were still some nice runs to watch. Over at Doomben, there were ten races run and won with plenty to dissect. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Not the greatest of results last time out, though the horse I zoned in on, Portman, saluted comfortably. Looking to bounce back hard, so here are my five best bets for the weekend.

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Past the Post: Rosehill and Morphettville Blackbookers

It was Winter Challenge day at Rosehill on Saturday and we saw some nice types step out, as was the case at Morphettville for Lightning Day. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Past the post: Randwick and Morphettville Blackbookers

Some decent types were out on display at Randwick on Saturday with a couple of nice efforts, while at Morphettville, I think we saw an above average youngster. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Past the post: Flemington and Doomben Blackbookers

Racing returned to Headquarters on Saturday and we could have seen a potential Oaks candidate in Anchor Bid. While at Doomben, I may have found one at value for next time.

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Down with The Everest

By John Macdonald, 25 Jul 2017
Down with The Everest

If there is a great stable in the sky, the late Tommy Smith would be looking down and wanting to bolt down to Randwick.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

Saturday features some pretty good results, with Siege Of Quebec and the best bet Collateral getting the job done. Here are my five best bets for the weekend.

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Five of the best: Punters getting messy at the races

With the spring racing carnival drawing ever closer, it’s an opportune time to look back at some of the finest instances of people making a fool of themselves at the races.

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Winx set for return at Randwick

By Connor Bennett, 20 Jul 2017
Winx set for return at Randwick

Champion mare Winx is set to return to the track for the first time since a record 17th consecutive win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes back in April.

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Racing NSW reschedule causes heat with Victoria

By Connor Bennett, 17 Jul 2017
Racing NSW reschedule causes heat with Victoria

The announcement from Racing NSW in early July of changes to their Sydney Spring Carnival has excited many people, however, Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons is not one of them.

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Past the post: Caulfield and Morphettville Parks blackbookers

A touch of spring was in the air at Caulfield where it was Monash Stakes Day, with the feature won in good style by Supido. The Parks track at Morphettville had eight races run and won, with a couple of nice types getting the job done.

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Past the post: Rosehill and Sunny Coast blackbookers

Some really nice types were out on display at Rosehill this Saturday, especially in the two-year old race, while at the Sunshine Coast it was Queensland Cup Day. Here are the horses to follow and forget.

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Behind the Barriers: Five bets for the weekend

It was a mixed bag for the five tips last week, with Awesome Pluck and Nonpariel going close while Eat My Trust got the win at Doomben. Here are my five best bets for the weekend.

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Past the post: Warwick Farm, Flemington and Doomben blackbookers

There was some decent racing right across the board on Saturday, with racing at Warwick Farm and Doomben as well as finals day at Flemington. Here are my horses to follow and forget.

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James Cummings off to winning start for Godolphin

By Connor Bennett, 10 Jul 2017
James Cummings off to winning start for Godolphin

James Cummings has kicked off his reign as Godolphin Australia’s head trainer with a first race win at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

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Racing at Rosehill

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EXOSPHERE ridden by James Mcdonald

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Horses fly the gates

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Racing at Rosehill

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Horse Racing

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Criterion ridden by Micheal Walker

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Horses fly the gates

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