When a young Jess Fox was dreaming of life as a revered and decorated athlete, she could hardly have expected to be honoured in this way.
Fifty years to the day after Gay Icarus won the 1971 Caulfield Cup, the trophy will be on display in the Trophy Room bar at Ascot racecourse on Saturday.
The decision to host an illegal gathering at an Airbnb and then mislead stewards over who was there has turned into a million-dollar mistake.
Jamie Kah’s barrister told the Victorian Racing Tribunal the star jockey had been booked to ride Incentivise but connections say that wasn’t the case.
The star WA mare has been ruled out of the rest of the Melbourne spring carnival after she was scratched from Saturday’s Makybe Diva Stakes with an elevated temperature.
Superstorm booked a start in the Cox Plate by winning the Feehan Stakes, but owner Bob Peters is well aware of the task he faces against Australian racing’s latest star, Zaaki.
WA star Superstorm gained valuable experience at Moonee Valley in a track gallop on Tuesday morning and worked strongly ahead of Saturday’s Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m).
Pike’s racing manager Dale Verhagen’s phone ran hot over the weekend after leading rider Jamie Kah and prolific Group 1 winners Mark Zahra and Ben Melham were slapped with three-month suspensions.
Steve Wolfe’s Ascot carnival assault will start to warm up when Ex Sport Man and Watch Me Dance trial on Monday, but the trainer’s plans to get Red Can Man back from Victoria have hit a snag.
Superstorm won’t join stablemate Inspirational Girl in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes at Caulfield, with the Group 1 performer set to chase an automatic Cox Plate start the following week at Moonee Valley.
Danny O’Brien couldn’t be happier with how WA stars Inspirational Girl and Superstorm have settled in to their new stable as he prepares to unleash the latter publicly for the first time.
A Chris Waller trained prize mare who was in foal to one of the country’s top sires was one of five thoroughbreds killed in a float crash in the Hunter Valley.
Fresh details have emerged in a long-running plan to revitalise one of Melbourne’s premier race tracks.
WA Group 1 winning reinsman Stuart McDonald has secured a Melbourne race driving contract with new Victorian trainer Nathan Purdon and will leave Perth within three weeks.
Only another win in Saturday’s All-Star Mile will satisfy jockey William Pike.
Dom To Shoot could push his card for a wild-card berth in the All-Star Mile if he performs up to high expectations in today’s Australian Guineas at Flemington.
Star WA mare Arcadia Queen remains tentatively booked on a flight to Melbourne on Monday night, despite it being in the midst of Victoria’s five-day lockdown.
Top gallopers Arcadia Queen, Regal Power and Perfect Jewel will trial at Belmont Park on Monday in preparation to tackle rich Melbourne autumn carnival feature events.
WA sprinter Fabergino is thriving on a longer break between runs and will warm up for her next Group 1 assignment when she races at Flemington on Saturday.
Classy four-year-old Shockwave has drawn gate three and will start inside arch rival Chicago Bull in Friday night’s $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park.
Like few other events, the spring racing carnival has had a habit of producing feel-good stories that resonate beyond sport — from Winx to Michelle Payne’s triumph and Makybe Diva.
In an eerie amphitheatre usually filled with tens of thousands of screaming Flemington fans, teary jockey Jye McNeil had only the roar of his Melbourne Cup destiny ringing in his ears.
Former WA jockey Mark Zahra will cap a dramatic career transformation if he wins the Melbourne Cup on star Sydney mare Verry Elleegant.
The Melbourne Cup has meant a great deal to a great many Australians through the Great Depression, two World Wars and today, the unexpected coronavirus pandemic, writes Steve Butler.
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