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18 November 2018 6:39 AM Carnival is over, but raiders gear up for Perth group 1 riches

Weir's good sprinter Voodoo Lad will be aimed at the Winterbottom - for which Caulfield based Lloyd Kennewell's Viddora, last year's winner, is favourite - while his three year old Junipal, narrowly beaten in listed company at Flemington on Oaks Day, will be aimed at the WA Guineas. Jarrod McLean, Weir's Warrnambool foreman who also trains a handful 38

11 November 2018 4:16 AM Probe into Cup death looks at all factor as RV commits to safety

While several have enjoyed great success on the track, others have not fared so well at the quarantine centre at Werribee. Godolphin's main Cup hope, Hamada, had to be euthanised after a trackwork gallop while others, such as Duretto, Emotionless and Red Verdon, all missed their main targets because they sustained injuries while exercising at the centre 17

9 November 2018 6:19 AM Group 1 victory on Pierata the perfect way for Berry to thank Hickman

“I always thought he would suit this horse and it has worked out that he has been able to hook up with him at the right time. Hickman of course remembers the Berry boys as a pair. The twins were always together. Nathan tragically died four years ago from NORSE syndrome, an acute form of epilepsy, while riding in Singapore. Tommy Berry's ride on Pierata 10

6 November 2018 6:28 AM Internationals dominate but tragedy shadows win

Cross Counter had to use some luck however to win the race however after narrowly avoiding The Cliffsofmoher when he broke down leaving the straight for the first time and knocked over the James Cummings-trained Avilius who eventually finished 22nd. A trifecta of English trained horses filled the placings with Cross Counter's trainer Charlie Appleby 16

6 November 2018 4:24 AM Cross Counter wins the 2018 Melbourne Cup

Second home was another English-trained galloper in Marmelo, ridden by Winx's regular rider Hugh Bowman, for trainer Hugh Morrison. Third place went to yet another English-trained horse in A Prince of Arran, from the Newmarket yard of young handler Charlie Fellowes. He was partnered by expatriat New Zealander Michael Walker, who has called Melbourne 14

5 November 2018 9:37 AM Meet Runaway, the horse who could bring the Melbourne Cup home

The pair began building the breeding operation on properties near Ceres, a town about 20 minutes out of Geelong, after Nigel's father Grant died in 2003. Mithen threw in his career in journalism to help, having his love of horses sparked when his late father Bill - who died 34 years ago on the Sunday just gone - woke Mithen and his brother Bill to watch 14

5 November 2018 2:00 AM The owner who will have more Cup runners than Lloyd

To most, it's almost impossible to compile a Melbourne Cup arsenal bigger than the race's most successful owner Lloyd Williams. To Rupert Legh, this year it's about to become a reality. The man who has been the very public face of the ownership group behind the stall stutters which forced Chautauqua away from the track will boast three Melbourne Cup runners 11

4 November 2018 7:00 AM Ten out of 10 sends Who Shot Thebarman to top of the class

The gelding’s owners, the O'Leary brothers, were at Moonee Valley bearing tangerine caps and big grins as they listened to jockey Tye Angland tell them it was Who Shot Thebarman's most promising run this preparation. They know he is 10, but describe him as old to any of the clan and they will quickly remind you he won the Sydney Cup, his first group 15

3 November 2018 11:25 PM Turn the taps on at Flemington, says Yucatan's owner

"If they can get the taps on, water the ground well and make it safe going I think that will help every runner," Ian Williams said. The cry for more water is often made by overseas trainers with horses used to running on soft tracks, however it was not a view shared by A Prince of Arran's trainer Charlie Fellowes. Fellowes said his first runner in the Melbourne 10

3 November 2018 8:36 AM Godolphin and Cummings enjoy Best Of Days

"You get to Cup week and the eyes of the racing world, and I think the sporting world, are on Flemington and Australian horse racing this week," said Cummings, who earlier won races with Ranier and Osborne Bulls. "To have the colours of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed front and centre, my team there that have put the polish on these horses with me ... they've 11