Australian Horse Racing

  • From refugee to Cup contender

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 7:15 pm

    Rags-to-riches stories are becoming rarer in big-time racing, but there could be few to match that of Marwan Koukash, a former Palestinian refugee aiming to become a Melbourne Cup winner. As an eight-year-old whose family farm in Palestine had just been bombed, Koukash, his seven siblings and mother walked three [...]

  • Hawkes hoping for a lucky day

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 6:30 pm

    The $3.6 million winner’s cheque is not the only reason trainer Wayne Hawkes wants to win the Melbourne Cup – he rather fancies having a yarn with Camilla. “I just hope I’m up there next to Camilla and ask her a few questions about Charles,” Hawkes says. There’s a fair [...]

  • Big punters back locals in Cup-eve betting

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 6:30 pm

    A massive Cup-eve betting splurge on locally-trained gallopers has shaken the international grip on Australia’s greatest race. Punters fired off a string of huge bets on the Sydney-trained Kelinni and Melbourne stayer Lights Of Heaven at Monday’s Call of the Card, pinning their faith on Australia’s two most successful trainers [...]

  • Kelinni ahead of schedule in Cup bid

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 6:00 pm

    Chris Waller’s rise to the top of the Sydney training ranks has been the result of meticulous planning and placement of his horses. His first live chance in the Melbourne Cup has done the job to get himself there. Kelinni is one of a large contingent of European horses in [...]

  • Dunaden in peak form for defence: Williams

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 5:30 pm

    Jockey Craig Williams says neither history nor weight will stop Dunaden from becoming only the sixth horse to win the Melbourne Cup more than once. And he says the seven-year-old is a better horse now than when he won last year’s Cup – without Williams, who missed the ride through [...]

  • Boss closing in on Melbourne Cup record

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 5:15 pm

    Glen Boss would like to be remembered as the jockey who won the most Melbourne Cups – and it’s hard to say it won’t happen. He already has three, just one shy of Bobbie Lewis and Harry White, and goes into Tuesday’s race confident he has on the right horse [...]

  • Moraitis looking for another lucky day

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 4:45 pm

    Winning the Melbourne Cup is an experience that will stay with Nick Moraitis forever. Winning a second is something he finds hard to imagine. In 1997, Might And Power won the race in a heart-stopping finish that tricked Greg Hall on runner-up Doriemus into a premature victory salute. Jim Cassidy [...]

  • Picnics takes centre stage at Randwick

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 4:30 pm

    Randwick might be a construction zone but on Melbourne Cup day it promises to the centre of the racing universe for twenty-six horses, 12 trainers and seven jockeys. Picnic racing, part of the fabric of rural communities in Australia, makes its annual return to Sydney but this time it is [...]

  • Mount Athos strategy to pay Cup dividend

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 4:30 pm

    English-based Kuwaiti businessman Marwan Koukash has gone from a horse racing novice to an owner who now admits to going to bed with dreams – and nightmares – about horses. Koukash’s dream to run in the Melbourne Cup was achieved when he brought Munsef here in 2009 and now he [...]

  • What you need to know about the VRC Oaks

    Australian Horse Racing November 5, 2012 1:00 pm

    Some facts about the Group One $1 million VRC Oaks (2500m) to be run at Flemington on Thursday:- * The Classic for three-year-old fillies was first run in 1861, the same year as the inaugural Melbourne Cup, and won by Palestine. * It was run over 12 furlongs (2400m) until [...]

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