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Crowd of 5500 approved for Derby Day at Flemington

Crowd of 5500 approved for Derby Day at Flemington

A fully vaccinated crowd of 5500 has been approved to attend Derby Day, the opening day of Flemington’s four-day Melbourne Cup carnival.

  • by Damien Ractliffe

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Future stallion Jonker adds group 1 to CV with Manikato Stakes win

Future stallion Jonker adds group 1 to CV with Manikato Stakes win

Jonker has stamped himself as the new kid on the block with a powerful win in Friday night’s Manikato Stakes under lights, adding a group 1 to his CV ahead of a future stud career.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
‘One of the better bets of the day’: Punters stick with Entriviere

‘One of the better bets of the day’: Punters stick with Entriviere

Entriviere has long been targeted at The Invitation and punters think gun Kiwi trainer Jamie Richards has got the preparation spot on right.

  • by Chris Roots
Zaaki at his best could dominate, Cox Plate says ratings expert

Zaaki at his best could dominate, Cox Plate says ratings expert

Paul Daily, from ratings2win.com.au, is prepared to forgive Zaaki his failure last start and expects him to win Saturday’s Cox Plate.

  • by Chris Roots
Mo’unga, Anamoe need a fair crack of the whip as appeal of Elleegant, Zaaki fades

Mo’unga, Anamoe need a fair crack of the whip as appeal of Elleegant, Zaaki fades

The temptation to overdo the saddle encouragement in the Cox Plate and The Invitation must be resisted by jockeys - but will it be with millions at stake?

  • by Max Presnell
Race-by-race preview and tips for Randwick on Saturday

Race-by-race preview and tips for Randwick on Saturday

The inaugural running of the $2 million The Invitation headlines a cracking card at headquarters.

  • by Brad Gray
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Basheer more nervous about The Invitation than for a World Cup final

Basheer more nervous about The Invitation than for a World Cup final

David Basheer says his first passion was for racing and race calling, but in Icebath has found a horse to deliver on his racetracks dreams.

  • by Chris Roots
Nolen relished the Caviar, now he just savours each big race dish

Nolen relished the Caviar, now he just savours each big race dish

Luke Nolen is one of the quiet men of Victorian racing despite his success on the phenomenal Black Caviar. He gets a chance to grab limelight again in the Plate.

  • by Michael Lynch
Music or real estate beckoned, but Neasham’s calling was always horses

Music or real estate beckoned, but Neasham’s calling was always horses

Annabel Neasham, trainer of Cox Plate favourite Zaaki, has come a long way in a few years since landing in Australia, but she has always had the drive to succeed.

  • by Michael Lynch
Gold Trip out of the Cox Plate, Callsign Mav passed fit

Gold Trip out of the Cox Plate, Callsign Mav passed fit

Gold Trip is out of the Cox Plate after failing to satisfy Racing Victoria’s veterinary team that it had overcome a lameness issue a day out from the race.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
Elleegantly put: The real reason Cox Plate fancy flopped last start

Elleegantly put: The real reason Cox Plate fancy flopped last start

While much has been written about Verry Elleegant needing a thorough vet’s examination after the Turnbull Stakes the real reason was nothing more than hormones.

  • by Christian Nicolussi