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Melbourne Cup a possibility for Derby favourite

Connections of the appropriately named Thinkin’ Big are doing just that with the talented colt who is favoured to win the Victoria Derby. And if successful in Saturday’s $2 million Victoria Derby at Flemington, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt could step out in the $7.3 million Melbourne Cupthree days later. “We haven’t given […]

Melbourne Cup International contenders headed for Australia

The final group of international contenders scheduled to contest spring carnival features are bound for Melbourne. A group of eight horses, all nominated for the 2018 Melbourne Cup, departed London on Friday morning (AEDT) and are scheduled to arrive in Victoria on Saturday to begin two weeks of post-arrival quarantine at Werribee. Among the horses […]

Melbourne Cup 2018 International contender ruled out of race

Classy European stayer Torcedor is out of Melbourne Cup contention after spiking a temperature. Nine horses entered quarantine in England and Ireland overnight but the Andreas Wohler-trained Torcedor did not enter quarantine in Europe, meaning he will not be travelling to Melbourne for this year’s Cup. The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite, who finished second in […]

Vengeur Masque hopes to make 2018 Caulfield Cup field

Trainer Mike Moroney has Caulfield Cup ambitions for Vengeur Masque but fears the stayer may fail to make the final field. A poor draw in Saturday’s Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield hasn’t made the task to win a ballot exemption into the 2018 Caulfield Cup any easier. The winner of Saturday’s race gets a free pass into the 2400m-handicap on […]

Avilius set to target 2018 Melbourne Cup

Progressive imported stayer Avilius will not run in the Metropolitan Handicap at Randwick with Godolphin to instead aim him at the Melbourne Cup via the Bart Cummings. Avilius, who has won all three of his Australian starts including Saturday’s Group Three Kingston Town Stakes (2000m), was the 2.80 favourite for the Metropolitan (2400m) on September 29. […]