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Learning experience looms for Lingennic

Learning experience looms for Lingennic

Dubbo trainer Michael Lunn hopes to know more about two-year-old Lingennic at Rosehill because learning opportunities are limited closer to home.

Grey Lion on target for Ballarat Cup

Grey Lion on target for Ballarat Cup

Matt Cumani believes Grey Lion is continuing to improve as he prepares the imported stayer for the Ballarat Cup on his home track.

Fourth Cox Plate tantalising for Winx

Fourth Cox Plate tantalising for Winx

Part-owner Peter Tighe says Winx could be aimed at a fourth Cox Plate, but racing overseas may impede the mare's preparation for the challenge.

More baby steps for Irish trainer O'Rourke

More baby steps for Irish trainer O'Rourke

A recent addition to Sydney's training ranks, Irishman Edward O'Rourke will saddle two-year-old filly Delchuzy at Canterbury.

Today's Horse Racing Form Guide

TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9
Ascot (WA) 5h 35m 6h 10m 6h 45m 7h 23m 8h 1m 8h 36m 9h 11m 9h 46m 10h 26m
Balaklava (SA) 3h 1m 3h 36m 4h 11m 4h 46m 5h 21m 5h 56m 6h 31m 7h 6m
Canterbury (NSW) 3h 46m 4h 21m 4h 56m 5h 31m 6h 6m 6h 41m 7h 16m
Happy Valley (HK) 12h 1m 12h 31m 13h 6m 13h 36m 14h 6m 14h 36m 15h 6m 15h 41m
Ipswich (QLD) 2h 54m 3h 29m 4h 4m 4h 39m 5h 14m 5h 49m 6h 24m 6h 59m 7h 36m
Launceston (TAS) 8h 16m 8h 51m 9h 26m 10h 6m 10h 46m 11h 16m 11h 46m
Sandown-lakeside (VIC) 2h 46m 3h 21m 3h 56m 4h 31m 5h 6m 5h 41m 6h 16m 6h 51m

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Feature Races

Melbourne Cup

If the whole country seems to be coming to a halt, if it’s the first Tuesday in the month of November, then it all makes sense. It’s Melbourne Cup day! This amazing race, run over 3200m, is undoubtedly one of our country’s major thoroughbred races. Indeed, it has also frequently been described as ‘the world’s richest two-mile handicap’. It draws interest, and entries, from Europe and beyond – although horses from there who don’t take advantage of any of the races leading up to the event don’t tend to perform in a stellar way during the Cup itself. That’s a shame for them, with more than six million dollars up for grabs!

Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper field is gathered together to contest the richest race for the 2-year-old age group anywhere. This iconic Australian event has its home in the west of Sydney at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Raced, very quickly, over 1200m, it has a prize pot of around $3.5m. Todman was the first winner in 1957; sixty years later it was the turn of She Will Reign.

Cox Plate

One of our country’s finest horse races, the Cox Plate is approaching its century. Further back than that, W S Cox created Moonee Valley Racecourse, where this race takes place, and the event was named in his honour. The Cox Plate field contests what is a Group 1 2040m Thoroughbred race, and it is held on a late October Saturday. The pot is over $3 million, which earns it a place at number four in all our race prize funds. It’s generally accepted to be Australia’s Weight For Age Championship, and as you hear the thunder of hooves crossing the Tasman, you’ll know it’s a race of choice for many from New Zealand. In the early 1950s, Rising Fast won it three times, and also the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in one unforgettable season.

Caulfield Cup

If you were looking to attend Australia’s top racing occasions, then the Caulfield Cup would be really high on your list. It features a class field for every running, which isn’t surprising considering that it has its place as one of the world’s richest handicaps. $3m in prize money will get the attention of owners everywhere. The Caulfield Cup field assembles every October to contest 2400 metres, and each participating horse will be three years old or more. The venue is the course of the same name, although many locals refer to it affectionately as ‘The Heath’. This race is the centrepiece of the final day of the terrifically popular Caulfield Cup Carnival.