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Steel Prince claims Geelong Cup in hopes of second Melbourne Cup tilt

Steel Prince claims Geelong Cup in hopes of second Melbourne Cup tilt

A 1kg weight penalty from RV's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter will guarantee Steel Prince a second Melbourne Cup start after his Geelong Cup victory.

  • by Damien Ractliffe

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Armory's form better than 2014 Cox Plate winner: Comerford
Cox Plate

Armory's form better than 2014 Cox Plate winner: Comerford

Cox Plate contender Armory is better credentialed than 2014 champion Adelaide, according to Aidan O'Brien's travelling foreman TJ Comerford.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
Cox Plate crowd decision reversed after backlash
Coronavirus pandemic

Cox Plate crowd decision reversed after backlash

Racing Minister Martin Pakula announced the backdown five hours after his office said a small crowd could attend the races this weekend

  • by Rachael Dexter
Win for connections of Cox Plate runners with up to 1250 people to attend Moonee Valley
Coronavirus pandemic

Win for connections of Cox Plate runners with up to 1250 people to attend Moonee Valley

Up to 1250 people will be allowed to attend Moonee Valley for the 100th anniversary of the Cox Plate, as strict social restrictions remain in place for Victorians watching the AFL grand final from home.

  • by Rachael Dexter
Hey Doc 'relaxed' going into Friday night's Manikato
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Hey Doc 'relaxed' going into Friday night's Manikato

Group 1-winning jockey Luke Currie says Hey Doc is coming into his own heading into Friday night's Manikato Stakes, a race the horse won in 2017.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
Racing Victoria provides $15 million in relief to clubs
Horse racing

Racing Victoria provides $15 million in relief to clubs

Racing Victoria bosses have committed a further $15 million to help struggling race clubs get through the coronavirus crisis and the spring carnival downturn as crowds continue to be barred from Victoria's racetracks.

  • by Michael Lynch
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Dark horse: English raider Aspetar primed for Cox Plate
Cox Plate

Dark horse: English raider Aspetar primed for Cox Plate

English raider Aspetar has been out of the headlines, but he is definitely one to watch in Saturday's Cox Plate.

  • by Michael Lynch
Verry Elleegant gets half kilo Melbourne Cup penalty
Horse racing

Verry Elleegant gets half kilo Melbourne Cup penalty

Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant has been handed a half kilo penalty for the Melbourne Cup, making it likely that she will line up on the first Tuesday in November to try to become the first since Ethereal in 2001 to land the double.

  • by Michael Lynch
Racing industry awaits call on owners and crowds for Plate and Cup
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Racing industry awaits call on owners and crowds for Plate and Cup

Victorian Racing Minister is expected to soon make a decision on allowing owners and possibly a limited numbers of spectators to attend the Melbourne Cup carnival and Cox Plate.

  • by Michael Lynch
Williams looks to break Cox Plate duck with Buckhurst
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Williams looks to break Cox Plate duck with Buckhurst

Lloyd Williams will backup Caulfield Cup failure Buckhurst as he bids to win his first Cox Plate, with Jamie Kah to make her debut ride in the weight-for-age classic.

  • by Michael Lynch
Zahra waiting on Cup call for Verry Elleegant
Racing

Zahra waiting on Cup call for Verry Elleegant

Mark Zahra has ridden Verry Elleegant to two group 1 wins on the spin, but he doesn't know if he will retain the ride in the Melbourne Cup if she runs there.

  • by Michael Lynch