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Vandyke tells Alligator Blood's owners to find a new trainer

Vandyke tells Alligator Blood's owners to find a new trainer

Cult hero Alligator Blood will be trained out of Sydney or Melbourne next year after David Vandyke told his owners he no longer wants to work with them.

  • by Chris Roots

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TAB extends Golden Eagle funding deal for four more years

TAB extends Golden Eagle funding deal for four more years

The success of the Sydney spring has seen the TAB extend the deal which funds the Golden Eagle, Million Dollar Chase and the Regional Championships in trots.

  • by Chris Roots
From the couch to victory for Bateup with Monegal

From the couch to victory for Bateup with Monegal

Under Kembla apprentice Brock Ryan, Monegal came with the final run to claim Night Of Power in the shadows of the post to close the program with a local winner.

  • by Chris Roots
Tenacious Archedemus digs deep to take The Gong

Tenacious Archedemus digs deep to take The Gong

Archedemus had been set for The Gong and it showed in the final 200m as he dug in to stave of favourite Dawn Passage.

  • by Chris Roots
Waller's smart stayers set for more summer showdowns

Waller's smart stayers set for more summer showdowns

Relucent got the better of his stablemate on the track but the result was overturned in the stewards room.

  • by Chris Roots
Course record and Euro rookie award cap fairytale year for Kyriacou

Course record and Euro rookie award cap fairytale year for Kyriacou

Sydney golfer Steph Kyriacou has gone from being one of Australia rising talents to a fully fledged European star within the space of one eventful year.

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Punters bullish about Dawn Passage but is Purple Sector a cut above?

Punters bullish about Dawn Passage but is Purple Sector a cut above?

Dawn Passage is ready to peak in The Gong at Kembla Grange on Saturday, but Purple Sector brings winning form to the table for the $1 million contest.

  • by Chris Roots
'He's just awesome': Evergreen Mister Sea Wolf chasing another Gong

'He's just awesome': Evergreen Mister Sea Wolf chasing another Gong

Mister Sea Wolf gave owner Noel Greenhalgh his best day at the races winning The Gong last year and it's the reason he is coming back.

  • by Chris Roots
King's Trust overcomes injury and fires to make every run count

King's Trust overcomes injury and fires to make every run count

King's Trust is looking to make the most of his second chance and his nine starts to date are just a chapter in the book you could write on the five-year-old.

  • by Chris Roots
Pfieffer looks to turn one winner into two on Gong day

Pfieffer looks to turn one winner into two on Gong day

Broken Arrows returns to Kembla Grange for Warwick Farm trainer David Pfieffer looking to go one better than last year.

  • by Chris Roots
Momentum builds towards change in whip regulations

Momentum builds towards change in whip regulations

Racing Australia has to consider what is the right next move on the whip rules.

  • by Chris Roots