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2016 Melbourne Cup More Likely for Forever Now

2016 Melbourne Cup More Likely for Forever Now

One of the lightly weighted European entries for the world’s richest handicap at Flemington this November, Forever Now is more likely to be saved for the Melbourne Cup 2016 with the stayer instead targeting a Newmarket run at home this season.

The now Martyn Meade-trained Galileo stallion is a Northern Hemisphere four-year-old who has won two from 10 to ...

2015 Adelaide Cup Bid Starts for Refectory

2015 Adelaide Cup Bid Starts for Refectory

Tonight under the lights at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse the Adelaide Cup 2015 bid of the Richard Laming-trained import Refectory begins in earnest.

Refectory (inside) runs at Moonee Valley tonight as the import heads towards next month’s 2015 Adelaide Cup. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

The five-year-old Danehill Dancer gelding is one of 10 hopefuls lining up in the last at ...

Lord Van Percy Will Press On in 2014 Zipping Classic

Lord Van Percy Will Press On in 2014 Zipping Classic

English horse Lord Van Percy missed the chance to qualify for the 2014 Melbourne Cup after a late scratching from the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m), but the four-year-old is over his recent setbacks and ready to press on in the 2014 Zipping Classic at Sandown this Saturday, the final day of the spring carnival.

Lord Van Percy is ready ...

Melbourne Cup Dream over for Lord Van Percy

Melbourne Cup Dream over for Lord Van Percy

Adding to the woes of British trainer Andrew Balding this week the 2014 Melbourne Cup dream is over for his Ebor Handicap runner-up Lord Van Percy who has been scratched from today’s Lexus Stakes.

Lord Van Percy is out of the Lexus Stakes and out of the 2014 Melbourne Cup starting line-up. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

On Thursday ...

Mackinnon Stakes 2014 Odds Update

Mackinnon Stakes 2014 Odds Update

One race before today’s marquee race, the Victoria Derby, a field of stayers including a number of potential Melbourne Cup starters will face off in the 2014 Mackinnon Stakes.

Criterion is narrow favourite to win today’s Mackinnon Stakes 2014. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Due to jump at 3:00pm (AEDT) as Flemington Race 6, this year’s $1 million ...

2014 Lexus Stakes is Must-Win for Lord Van Percy

2014 Lexus Stakes is Must-Win for Lord Van Percy

European stayer Lord Van Percy must win the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington this Saturday to have any hope of making the field for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) three days later on Tuesday, November 4.

Lord Van Percy can handle the back-up of the Lexus Stakes to the Melbourne Cup according to trainer ...

Side Glance Scratched from 2014 Mackinnon Stakes

Side Glance Scratched from 2014 Mackinnon Stakes

Defending Mackinnon Stakes champion Side Glance will no longer get a chance to win back-to-back in the $1 million feature race after being scratched from the race on Thursday morning.

Side Glance has been scratched from the Mackinnon Stakes after wrenching a fetlock. Photo by Steve Hart.

The UK galloper had been paid up for the race on Wednesday, drawing ...

Side Glance Will Defend Title in 2014 Mackinnon Stakes

Side Glance Will Defend Title in 2014 Mackinnon Stakes

Side Glance is all set to defend his Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) crown at Flemington this Saturday, and trainer Andrew Balding couldn’t be happier with the gelding’s form.

Side Glance will aim to take away a Mackinnon Stakes double this Saturday as he defends his title. Photo by Steve Hart.

Side Glance is one of two horses set to ...

Can International Raider Side Glance Win the 2014 Cox Plate

Can International Raider Side Glance Win the 2014 Cox Plate

A notable performer on racing surfaces of all integrities over all corners of the globe, Side Glance has been confirmed for a second attempt at the featured Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley this weekend.

Side Glance offers punters exceptional value for money in 2014 Cox Plate betting markets. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing an impressive race ...

Sandown over Melbourne Cup 2014 for Renew

Sandown over Melbourne Cup 2014 for Renew

Final emergency for Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field, the Marco Botti-trained international raider Renew has been confirmed as no longer targeting the Melbourne Cup with Aussie connections instead eying a win in the 2014 Sandown Cup.

2012 Geelong Cup winner Gatewood is one of the Melbourne Cup-bound raiders for OTI this spring. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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