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2014 Mackinnon Stakes Field: Rising Romance impossible to fault: Logan

A trip to Hong Kong has been shelved for Rising Romance to ensure the New Zealand mare’s Sydney autumn plans are not compromised. Rising Romance did trainer Donna Logan proud with her second to Japanese horse Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup,...

Melbourne Cup 2014 week: Atzeni calls on Frankie Dettori for advice

A telephone call to legendary jockey Frankie Dettori has given Italian young gun Andrea Atzeni a valuable Melbourne Cup carnival insight. The 23-year-old Atzeni rides Farraaj in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Saturday and he has the mount on...

Light Up Manhattan ready for test in Victoria Derby field

Trainer Ciaron Maher was thrust into the Melbourne Cup carnival spotlight when $101 bolter Tears I Cry won the 2007 Group One Emirates Stakes. Fast forward seven years and Maher is hoping to play a starring role on Derby Day at Flemington with Light...

Preferment a Victoria Derby 2014 puzzle for Waller

Chris Waller is known for his meticulous planning and his ability to get horses to peak for big races. But the leading trainer admits Preferment is a puzzle he has not yet solved. The colt goes to Saturday’s Victoria Derby as the second...

Melbourne Cup 2014: Varian wins battle with moody stablemates

It’s nearly always complicated with highly strung Melbourne Cup mare My Ambivalent. And if trainer Roger Varian didn’t have enough to do trying to work how to manage an interrupted lead-up to Tuesday’s race, he’s brought...

Fast facts about the Mackinnon Stakes

MACKINNON STAKES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW HISTORY: * First run in 1869 when won by Glencoe. Traditional lead-up to the Melbourne Cup NOTABLE WINNERS: * Carbine (1890), Wakeful (1901-02-03), Gloaming (1924), Phar Lap (1930-31-32), Peter Pan (1934),...

Moody with two-pronged attack in Coolmore Stud Stakes 2014

Armada is the outsider in the Coolmore Stud Stakes but trainer Peter Moody insists the colt is not out of place in the Group One field. Moody won the sprint with the filly Headway in 2009 and has another filly Bring Me The Maid and well-bred Fastnet...

Kerrin McEvoy chasing first Victoria Derby 2014

The Victoria Derby has been a race of near misses for Kerrin McEvoy. But the jockey is confident he can change that on Saturday when he rides favourite Hampton Court in the $1.5 million Classic at Flemington. “I’ve run second in it four...

Fast facts on the Myer Classic

MYER CLASSIC: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW HISTORY: * First run in 1988 when it had Listed status and was won by Concordance, trained by Colin Hayes * Upgraded to Group Three in 1995, Group Two in 1997 and elevated to Group One in 2004 * Weight-for-age...

Late Mail: Victoria Derby 2014 day Tips – Flemington racecourse

Flemington will host arguably its best race meeting of the year, that being Victoria Derby 2014 day in which every race is at Group level. The headline is the Victoria Derby for three year olds where we see Hampton Court dominate betting but there...

Melbourne City vs Adelaide United live scores, results – A-League Week 4

Friday’s only A-League Round 4 match is between Melbourne City and Adelaide United. The opening kick-off is set to commence at (time) with the game to be played at AAMI Park. The away team¬†Adelaide United are the favourites for the match....

Tips: Kerrin McEvoy chasing first Victoria Derby in 2014

The Victoria Derby has been a race of near misses for Kerrin McEvoy. But the jockey is confident he can change that on Saturday when he rides favourite Hampton Court in the $1.5 million Classic at Flemington. “I’ve run second in it four...