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Jim Byrne still in race for Ipswich title
Mark Oberhardt 2 hours agoJim Byrne remains in with a chance to win his ninth Ipswich jockeys' premiership after he and rival Jeff Lloyd both rode winners at the meeting.
Chris Waller sets new training landmark
Chris Barclay 2 hours agoChris Waller has eclipsed another of his training benchmarks by reaching 170 Sydney winners at Canterbury thanks to Mutarakem and Hugh Bowman.
King's 3kg claim to help Scottish Rogue
Mathew Toogood 2 hours agoLachlan King will ride two-year-old Scottish Rogue at Flemington, with connections of the gelding keen to utilise the apprentice's 3kg claim.
Thinkin' Big aptly named with Derby goal
Chris Barclay 3 hours agoThinkin' Big has taken the first step towards the Australian Derby with an encouraging debut win at Canterbury for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
Single Gaze joins Chris Waller stable
Chris Barclay 3 hours agoNick Olive has expressed his shock former stable star Single Gaze could race on this spring having been sent to trainer Chris Waller by her new owner.
Champagne Cuddles on track for Tiara
Mark Oberhardt 4 hours agoChampagne Cuddles' trainer Bjorn Baker admits the $13 million Everest is on his mind if the filly can win the Tatt's Tiara.
Dio D'Oro to add to maiden win at Randwick
Chris Barclay 4 hours agoGary Portelli-trained colt Dio D'Oro can prove his wet track prowess again when he aims to back up his maiden win with another victory at Randwick.
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There’s a special change that comes over Australia on the first Tuesday of every November when all eyes in the nation turn towards Flemington Racecourse for the running of the Melbourne Cup. Nothing else compares with it. Huge swathes of people who never watch a horse run, let alone consider betting on it, gather in groups around television sets to see if the Melbourne Cup tip they accepted will turn out to be the right one.
The Golden Slipper is by far the greatest event on Sydney’s horse racing calendar. The 1,200-metre sprint takes place at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and is the world’s richest race for two-year-olds. The $3.5 million prize purse makes it one of the most eagerly sought titles in Australian racing.
The Cox Plate does not gain the same media attention in Australia as other great races such as the Melbourne Cup, which is a shame. The rest of the world certainly recognises its significance. It is the only race in the Southern Hemisphere that’s been given the honour of joining the prestigious World Series, while this year the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Awards in London named the Cox Plate the best turf horse race in the world (a title it shares with the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes).
In terms of prominence, the Caulfield Cup comes in just behind the Melbourne Cup, taking the title as Australia’s second-most prestigious horse race. It’s something of a curtain-raiser for the Spring Racing Carnival, occurring in October as a signal for everybody with a passion for horse racing to shift their focus to Melbourne and not look away again until the winners of both cups have been decided. Eleven champion horses have managed to take home the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year.