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19 October 2018 7:06 AM Favourite backers hope Weir is the Caulfield Cup king

While Kings Will Dream was a revelation with five straight victories to begin his time in Australia culminating in the Mornington Cup in March, it has been his spring form that has made him the $5 favourite. “You hope they step up the way he has, when you asked them to go to that weight-for-age level,” Weir said “A lot of them don’t.” Kings Will Dream 4

19 October 2018 1:56 AM Vikings prodigy Rob Valetini taking his game to the next level

"I'm just trying to get some confidence in my knee, I probably struggled a few weeks ago to take tackles and make tackles, so re-gaining that confidence is where the form is coming from," Valetini said. "It's not so much in the back of my head any more, I've just gained confidence in myself and when I'm out there I'm just thinking about rugby and what my job is. "I've 5

19 October 2018 1:37 AM As a punter, Waller plays cards close to his chest

And the Caulfield Cup has been a great hunting ground for horse players, being the first leg of the big double with the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s major gambling target, which is where Lloyd Williams has left his mark, not only on prizemoney but with bookmakers. Williams is much involved in the Caulfield Cup activity this week due to the scratching of favourite 6

11 October 2018 11:32 AM Latrobe could be better than Cup winner Rekindling: Williams

The only fly in the ointment for Latrobe is that he needs a travelling companion to keep him focused and comfortable in his time away from his Irish base. The Williams camp is hoping that another O'Brien horse, Master of Reality, will be able to accompany him in quarantine, but if not arrangements could be made for another foreign horse based at Werribee 11

11 October 2018 7:31 AM How half hour with Arnold made Boyle switch national allegiance

He has never been to Australia before, doesn't yet know the national anthem but Scottish-born winger Martin Boyle says he is committed to the "great honour" of playing international football for the Socceroos. The 25-year-old former Scotland youth international will turn down any future chance of representing his home country and has pledged his future 12

11 October 2018 6:30 AM All hands on deck: MCG makes pitch changes to avoid repeat of Boxing Day

MCG curator Matt Page insists last summer’s raft of lifeless decks was an aberration and is optimistic changes made in the off-season will give the 'G a better chance of producing compelling Test and Sheffield Shield cricket for the next decade. There will be heightened attention on the venue’s wickets this season after all five first-class matches played 15

11 October 2018 4:39 AM Ryan peaks Trapeze Artist for The Everest but rain a worry

The worry for Ryan has been the rain and the heavy Randwick track that faces The Everest field on Saturday. Trapeze Artist is group 1 placed on a Randwick heavy in the Sires Produce Stakes as a two-year-old. "I know he hasn't won on heavy tracks but he ran sixth in a Slipper on a heavy 10 and third in a Sires on a heavy 8. He's not hopeless but does perform 11

11 October 2018 4:02 AM Freedman father and son team learning from each other

The next generation Freedman, Sam, who is looking to carry on one of racing’s more famous names, like his cousin Will at uncle Richard’s Rosehill stable, is working. Shoals has swum and Santa Ana Lane has just finished. “Good luck on Saturday,” Freedman’s old friend says as he walks off with horse in tow. Freedman has been here before, maybe not at front 11

10 October 2018 6:42 AM Showjumping break primes The Monstar for heights of Kosciuszko

Brett Cavanough believes the oldest horse in The Kosciuszko at Randwick on Saturday, The Monstar, will prove to be the boldest. The Scone trainer gave the eight-year-old a break from stable life following his weakening fifth in The Shorts last month and it has revitalised him for the $1.3 million slots race for country horses. “He went out and did showjumping 11

9 October 2018 3:15 AM Allen gears up for biggest day of his young career

As well as snaring the mount on Native Soldier, on whom he won last time out at Caulfield in the Guineas Prelude, Allen will team up with Weir's Caulfield Cup fancy Night's Watch in the Caulfield Stakes and the Weir-trained filly Anjana in the Thousand Guineas. Native Soldier has Sydney-trained The Autumn Sun to beat in the Guineas while the Kris Lees runner 9