Finche best backed to win the 2019 Melbourne Cup

Champion trainer Chris Waller is firming to win his first Melbourne Cup as Finche assumed favouritism on the eve of Australia’s most famous race. Japan’s Mer De Glace had been at the top of markets since drawing gate two in Saturday’s barrier draw but by late Monday he was displaced as favourite by Finche who […]

Dettori chasing Melbourne Cup win for the 17th time

Frankie Dettori is famous for his exuberant personality and the controversies that have dotted his career, but mostly he is known for his riding skills. This year Dettori has won 18 Group One races thanks in no small part to trainer John Gosden and his stable including stars Enable and Stradivarius. One race to elude […]

Horses and jockeys hope to break Melbourne Cup hoodoos

No international horse has won the Melbourne Cup twice, and Frankie Dettori has not won the race at all. But both Cross Counter, to be ridden by William Buick, and the flamboyant Dettori aboard Master Of Reality, will bid to rewrite the record books at Flemington on Tuesday. And they won’t be alone. Vow And […]

‘Ordinary bloke’ chases 2019 Melbourne Cup win

Englishman Duncan Smith grew up watching black-and-white film replays of Phar Lap’s 1930 Melbourne Cup win, never imagining he would one day have his own runner in the great race. Smith has made his first trip to Australia to be trackside at Flemington on Tuesday cheering on Raymond Tusk in the 2019 Melbourne Cup. “I’ve […]

Surprise Baby kept safe ahead of Melbourne Cup 2019

Trainer Paul Preusker says his job is done with local hope Surprise Baby ahead of the Melbourne Cup. His focus now is keeping the stayer safe ahead of Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington with the fitness work all complete. Surprise Baby is one of only three runners in the 24-horse field to have […]

Gai Waterhouse without a 2019 Melbourne Cup runner

The ebullient Gai Waterhouse is a notable omission from this year’s Melbourne Cup build-up after Hush Writer failed in a last-ditch bid to book a start. It is the first time in five years, and just the third in a decade, that one of Australia’s most popular trainers has not been represented in the country’s […]

Hotham Stakes winner set for Melbourne Cup 2019

Hotham Stakes winner Downdraft has come through the Flemington race well as he prepares to run on a quick back-up in the Melbourne Cup. Downdraft’s win in Saturday’s 2500m-race confirmed his spot in Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington where he will be one of four runners for Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien. O’Brien […]

Stephen Baster set for Melbourne Cup carnival swansong

After a distinguished 28-year career in the saddle, Stephen Baster is calling it quits at the conclusion of the Melbourne Cup carnival. Baster fronts up for his final last Victoria Derby meeting at Flemington on Saturday with three rides including Chief Ironside in the Group One Cantala Stakes (1600m), a race he won in 2006 […]

Waller chooses Golden Eagle meeting over Victoria Derby day

Unable to be in two places at once, Chris Waller has decided to play at home, choosing the Golden Eagle meeting at Rosehill over Flemington’s Derby day. Waller-trained stars Arcadia Queen ($3.10) and Kolding ($5) will be at Rosehill for Saturday’s new 1500-metre Golden Eagle for four-year-olds worth $7.5 million. With four Group One races […]

What you need to know about the Victoria Derby 2019

VICTORIA DERBY * The $2 million Victoria Derby is a Group One Classic for three-year-olds run over 2500m at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse * It will run as race seven at 3.45pm AEDT on Saturday, November 2 HISTORY * First run in 1855 when won by Rose Of May, the Victoria Derby pre-dates the Melbourne Cup […]