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The party's almost over

The All Aged Stakes program at Randwick on Saturday certainly has the feel of the Zipping Classic meeting at Sandown in November. Everyone knows that the party is just about over, but a few stragglers are hanging on, desperate to keep the embers alight.

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Is Youngstar truly Ethereal?

The Caulfield Cup has never been one of my favourite races. I’m not sure if it’s the time of year that it is run, the tightish nature of the track or the controversy that often follows the running of the race, but I just can’t seem to get into it.

I aim to entertain, but I just don’t see Trekking, Tyzone or Endless Drama winning horse-of–the-year any time soon. And Princess Posh beat Trekking fair and square in the BTC Sprint.

The best is coming this Saturday

I completely agree. As I wrote the other day, the Brisbane winter carnival is getting shorter and weaker each year. Just look at this year’s Stradbroke, won as it was by a very ordinary horse. Horses who may have come up from down south are now being put away for the early start to the spring in Syd and Mel.Very short sighted and harmful to the sport.

The racing industry is its own biggest enemy

Thanks for your comment. It’s funny how certain horses remind you of others for whatever reason. Whenever I think of First ?Seal, who was terrific as you say, the horse that immediately comes to mind as being at about that level with perhaps a similar record is Hot Danish. Remember her?

Reflections on Winx

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Reflections on Winx

Gee I was glad to see Miss Andretti in your list.It is easy to forget how good former champions really were. As I recall, she smashed a track record when she won inEngland. At times in her career, and esp at MV on a hard track, she would have stretched Black Caviar’s neck.

The 20 greatest Australian racehorses of the past 20 years

Great article Cameron. It’s funny how you found a few knocks against Osborne Bulls, but ended up tipping him. I feel a bit the same. The main problem with all the Newmarket runners and Trapeze Artist is that they have had a month between runs, which is never great in my view. Taking them out leaves you with Sunlight, Redzel and Pierata, and I don’t like any of them a whole lot. Redzel was awful last time, Sunlight has drawn a terrible barrier, and I just don’t think Pierata is up to this class at the distance. In the end, I think OB is the safest way to go, but I have always thought Shoals to be up to the best level. The trick for her is it mustn’t be too wet, and she needs to be let drop right out early. Her second up record is not good, however. Just don’t like Santa Ana Lane as a horse, and hope he doesn’t win. Good luck to all.

The Championships Day 1: TJ Smith and Australian Derby preview and tips

It wil be an interesting series, given Aust’s difficulties and India’s terrible road record. Don’t know about Harris, but I wish him luck. Mitch Marsh is not up to it, and why he is retained is beyond me. The same can be said for Handscomb, who has a terrible technique, which will always be found out by decent bowlers. It is very frustrating when selectors seem to get it wrong all the time. Oh, and what about Renshaw. How silly of me; he is from Queensland.

How Marcus Harris made himself a Test cricketer

Correction: I think Nakeeta may also have gone around last year.

What is the best formula for picking this year's Melbourne Cup winner?

And do you all remember the Coolmore of a couple of years back taken out by Flying Artie? That was a cracking race.

Dishing derby day

Don’t really want to knock Hartnell or Le Romain. aGreat horses of course but not getting any younger, and there just doesn’t seem to be that brigade of strong 4-y-o s banging down the door. As for today, and for what it’s worth, I really do have doubts about LR at the distance on a firm track. As ever, we shall see.

Dishing derby day

Thanks everyone for your comments. I don’t wish to knock Winx at all, but in the wake of a horse like her, it is easy to under estimate past champions. For those who did not see him, Mahogany was a remarkable and versatile horse. We were lucky enough up here in Brisbane to see him in action, which is becoming less and less of a likelihood. As for the Derby, I agree with those who say the 2,500 just doesn’t bring out the best in the early three-year-olds. What about the Preakness Stakes as a model?

Am I the only one disappointed with the Derby line-up?

Good call about Benbatl. I overlooked him a bit but he was very brave in defeat. There might be another race for himlater in the spring.

Awaiting another chapter in Australia's greatest race

Yeah, I probably was a bit harsh, and it wasn’t a great ride. I still think she is beatable tomorrow. Anyway, thanks so much for joining the discussion.

Awaiting another chapter in Australia's greatest race

Thanks for your positive feedback. Enjoy the race tomorrow. Being from Brisbane, I have never seen a CP, only one Derby. Yeah, I never backed F of O either, but I did develop grudging respect for him.

Awaiting another chapter in Australia's greatest race

Thanks for your comment. I think you are probably right. Re Youngstar, she just wouldn’t have been in my CC calculations until her last ruan, and I still have my doubts.

Is Youngstar truly Ethereal?

Azhar Ali showed himself to be one of the world’s best opening bats in the Aust summer a couple of years ago, and has hardly opened an innings since. Pakistan’s batting has been very brittle as a result. Until the selectors or coaches or whoever wake up, this may will continue.

Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test preview and prediction

I agree with most of the other comments. Banter is not the same as sledging, and it is the conflation of these terms that lies at the heart of the issue.
Australia leads the world in many areas. Sledging is certainly one of them, and we all know when it started. I would love to name a couple of overrated players and underrated sledgers, but as I say, we all know who they are. When players care more about winning than the health of the game, trouble ensues.

Is sledging a part of the game?

Cameron makes a strong case for Missrock, but I think this is a very deep race and her poor strike rate really bothers me. The two mares below her have equally strong credentials, but have superior strike rates. I agree that El Dorado Dreaming looks ready. I can’t see her starting anywhere near $7, as everybody seems to want to be tipping her.

Previewing the weekend of racing: Your best bets for October 13