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8 November 2018 4:43 AM Widdup believes Chia will improve in blinkers

“There are a couple of good ones from Godolphin in the race but I feel they will have to be good to beat her.” Widdup also has Chauffeur returning to the races again, and the entire might be facing D-day for his manhood. The four-year-old was runner-up in the Magic Million Classic a couple of years ago after being the top-priced yearling from the sales 28

8 November 2018 2:32 AM Vinicunca keeps Gai and Bott's terrific two-year-old run going

"She has struck early with black type, but I think there are bigger things to come. We are looking at a Blue Diamond campaign and then into a Slipper with a filly that's bred as well as she is. "Electra Niarchos selected her (at the Easter sales). They have had some fantastic results worldwide, they have had some great levels of investment into Australia 23

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 22

5 November 2018 7:51 AM Gosden looks to finish golden year by breaking Melbourne Cup jinx

Trainer John Gosden has a remarkable year - winning the Ascot Gold Cup, the Arc De Triomphe and Breeders' Cup turf - but his greatest achievement could come at Flemington on Tuesday if Muntahaa can break the English jinx in the Melbourne Cup. Cracksman, Enable and Roaring Lion will fight out the horse of the year title in Europe, and all carried the Gosden 22

2 November 2018 4:02 AM The once and future Stars of Carrum: Footy boys right in Derby mix

A win for the Robbie Laing-trained colt, a son of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, would help square the fiscal ledger, but it's not the cash that has Cox and his mates excited. It's the chance to be part of history and more than that, to dream; any horse that can win a Victoria Derby can stay a trip and can act around Flemington, so it's fair to say that a tilt at the following 22

30 October 2018 7:42 AM Fifteen minutes of fame for locals Yucatan, Soundcheck

Yucatan seemed a good option as a name for the Domesday colt out of Folk Rock that South Australian trainer Matthew Seyers bought for $16,000 at the Adelaide yearling sales in March last year. Gary Wilks, who owns half the horse, had thrown the name forward as a nod to the sire Domesday, aware a meteorite that struck the Yucatan Peninsula about 66 million 13

27 October 2018 2:58 AM Gai-ja vu: Waterhouse and Bott claim prize again

It's an Inglis sales-restricted race, an event that carries an entree to a richly endowed series with a $3 million bonus. So it was odds-on that Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott would have not just a runner, but a fancied contender. Punters should, if they haven't already, learn to set their watches for just after noon on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley 24

24 October 2018 2:37 AM Winx's mum to watch on from Japan as the great mare goes around

The plan is to have her back in the country by the end of November, returning to Segenhoe Stud in the Hunter Valley where she is based, for good. This short sojourn overseas came about because she wasn't pregant last season and Deep Impact, who won't be around forever, was available and ready so her owner John Camilleri decided to strike while the iron was hot. The trip has gone well according 26

27 September 2018 4:00 AM Brem legacy could be a Star group 1 double

Denise Martin worked closely with Brem in the past couple of years and her Star brand will be represented by D’Argento as favourite in the Epsom on Saturday. The grey son of So You Think made an immediate impact on both Brem and Martin. “I remember when we saw him I said to him, 'Is he our Cox Plate horse?',” Martin recalled. “He said we’ll see, he was always 17

27 August 2018 6:54 AM Luc Longley thinks sound could trump sight when Boomers take on USA

“I played in front of 30,000 people in Toronto in the frenzy of MJ’s return and I thought that was overwhelming so this will be great.” Tickets for the two games on August 22 and 24 next year go on sale to the public on Wednesday and organisers are confident they could be sold out quickly judging from the pre-sales. Sydney 2000 Olympics gold medallist 40