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Both are wonderful races but I can’t agree with this assertion. Always a treat watching the horses mill around behind the barriers before the start of a staying race – hopefully we’ll be able to do that again in a couple of weeks.

Sydney staying stocks and other spring talking points

Same happened with Declaration of War – demand just wasn’t there. So You Think and Shamus Award are doing a solid job at producing stayers – not many are yet to find success in the staying scene after three as of yet.
I definitely think there needs to be more incentives for Australian breeders or owners will continue to buy overseas.

Sydney staying stocks and other spring talking points

These races were also often contested by three-year-olds following a Derby run and provided a good foundation for a Cups campaign – Tie the Knot, Subzero, etc. Makes me wonder whether we’ll ever see a three-year-old contest a Melbourne or Sydney Cup again.

Sydney staying stocks and other spring talking points

Could never forget the Grafton Cup! I merely focused on metropolitan races and those at 2400m+ so ruled out Grafton, Warrnambool and Newcastle Cups. If we include those, then that means the Winter Cup Grafton Cup are the only open staying races worth $100k+ in a five month period.
The point of the article is more so about providing a pathway for stayers, who naturally mature a little later. As an owner who buys into predominantly stayers, it is frustrating that only one of the horses I own is in a Sydney stable and it is very difficult to find appropriate races once you pass through a BM78 level without jumping straight into stakes grade and risking your rating skyrocketing.

Sydney staying stocks and other spring talking points

A bit harsh on Stratum Star. He ran Kermadec to a nose in the Carbine Club after sitting three wide and giving weight before being narrowly beaten by Wandjina and Alpine Eagle in the Australian Guineas. While I question his quality there is no doubting his consiatency.

Epsom Handicap or Epsom Stakes?

Handicaps by their nature aren’t always won by genuine Group 1 horses however its nice to have a quality performer at the top of the weights to provide it with some respectablity.

Epsom Handicap or Epsom Stakes?

Hooked ended up top weight as all the other higher rated geldings did not accept. The weight scale will mean a few mares will be carrying weight-for-age which is a big disadvantage particularly considering only one mare has won the Epsom in 30 years.

Epsom Handicap or Epsom Stakes?

Good point. While some like small fields and $1.50 favourites, I just love big fields with a big weight spread and plenty of value.

Epsom Handicap or Epsom Stakes?

Funny you mention that as this week’s Turnbull Stakes is a set weights and penalties. I would like to see more of them as the unusual weight scale adds a different dimension to the race.

Epsom Handicap or Epsom Stakes?

I’d love your reasons. Half the field have won a Group 1 in the past twelve months and plenty of the others are Group 1 placed in that time. I think in terms of depth, this is a great Doncaster.

The Doncaster Mile is back where it belongs

Wrapping up here at Flemington after a great staying performance from Protectionist, who will now be trained by Novacastrian Kris Lees. Stay tuned to The Roar as we keep you updated with all the latest news and views. There is plenty of quality racing still to come at Flemington, with the VRC Oaks on Thursday and the Emirates Stakes on Saturday along with a mouth-watering Darley Classic for the sprinters. Thanks for your company!

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

A quinella for the Snowdens, who are having a great carnival after leaving Darley and starting their own training partnership. Another great ride from James McDonald, who had to be very brave to take the run.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

RACE 10 – Results
1ST – MAHARA
2ND – ROSE OF CHOICE
3RD – VIBRANT ROUGE
4TH – BELLE DE COEUR

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Racing in the last – Lady Lakshmi jumps well with Danestroem and they lead from Rose of Choice pulling on the fence with Mahara in behind her. Around the bend, Lady Lakshmi goes out after the leader with Red Fez and She’s Clean. Rose of Choice ducks up on the fence with Mahara off her back. Belle De Coeur out wide storming home, but Mahara scores!

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Big support for Lady Lakshmi into $8 after opening at $14 as they are being loading into the barriers.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Mahara has the shades on for the first time today. James Mcdonald rides.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Rose Of Choice looks in great order, heading to the barriers. She has firmed into $4.80 outright favourite ahead of her stablemate Mahara at $5.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Looking forward to seeing Griante over the 1400m. She has drawn wide, but is still great value at $13.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Belle De Coeur is one of the picks of the mounting yard. She looks bright and has freshened up nicely since her failure behind Woodbine in September.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Horses are in the mounting yard for the final race on Cup Day. Rose of Choice and Mahara are equal favourites at $5 with another Sydney galloper, She’s Clean at $7.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Anthony Freedman may freshen the winner up for the Standish Handicap on New Years Day after thriving down the straight.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Once again, the first five all came down the middle of the track, which has been the place to be all day down the straight.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Great ride from Wayne Lordan, who gets in eye in for the big ride on Slade Power on Saturday. Anthony Freedman was happy with his trackwork and felt he would perform well first-up.

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Race 9 – Results
1ST – REPARATIONS
2ND – OFFICE BEARER
3RD – FINAL CRESCENDO
4TH – TARGET IN SIGHT

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

Racing in the sprint. Notlistenin’tome bounces out of the gate and leads from Sea Lord as they come down the middle of the track. Target In Sight has found cover midfield. At the 400, Reparations hits the front from Office Bearer and he sprints away. Reparations bolts in at a good price as well!

Melbourne Cup day 2014: Raceday live updates, tips and results

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