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Melbourne Cup Carnival: Is This The Year Of Godolphin, Gai Waterhouse?

Australia’s most storied horse racing event, the Melbourne Cup Carnival (Nov.2nd to 9th), is upon us. For trainer Gai Waterhouse, Victoria Derby favorite Thinkin’ Big (3/1) will present an opportunity to achieve an honor that narrowly eluded her 23 years ago – a Derby-Melbourne Cup double. Meanwhile, racing stable Godolphin will look to put an […]

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Prized Icon Takes Victoria Derby In Fourth Generation Training Feat

When Prized Icon crossed the wire first in Saturday’s Group 1 Victoria Derby, trainer James Cummings became the fourth generation of his family to win the historic event at Flemington Race Course. Cummings’ great-grandfather won the Derby with Comic Court in 1948, his grandfather won the race five times, and his father won it just […]

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Weekend Lineup Presented By Pegasus World Cup: The Final Countdown

In the final weekend leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, racetracks around the world will have plenty of action to keep horseplayers’ minds sharp as they prepare for the two-day extravaganza at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 and 5. Leading the way is Australia’s Victoria Derby, on Saturday, and the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, Nov. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: A Melbourne Cup Winner Walks Into A Bar…

Saturday is one of the biggest days in all of Australian racing.  Let’s start with the fact that tomorrow is very much like Breeders’ Cup Saturday in that all of the races are Group stakes. In addition, it’s Victoria Derby day, which is the equivalent of the Kentucky Derby in the U.S. In this week’s […]

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Tales From Australia: Down Under With Spendthrift Farm

In 2004, billionaire entrepreneur B. Wayne Hughes purchased historic Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Ky. In the ensuing years, Hughes got it in his mind to expand — in particular, he took a liking to Australia, and a decade after buying Spendthrift, he acquired a farm in the state of Victoria. In the 18 months since Spendthrift […]

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Can A Son Of Uncle Mo Win Australia’s Biggest Derby, Too?

This weekend’s AAMI Victoria Derby Day will grab the attention of North American race fans. They’ll be eager to see if Hollywood Mo, who shares a sire with Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, is able to prove that breeding is everything by winning the AAMI Victoria Derby race. There are eight other Group races for fans […]

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Tales From Australia: Everything’s Coming Up Flemington Roses

Roses are such an integral part of the Melbourne Cup that when the current members’ grandstand is replaced soon, it will supposedly be redesigned in the shape of a rose. For this Cup, at least15,000 blooms will be in place by the time the race goes off a week from today. Planting the flowers is […]

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Polanski’s ‘Fairytale’ Win In Victoria Derby Kicks Off Melbourne Cup Week in Australia

A A$4000 yearling purchase found Group 1 success in the A$1.5 million Victoria Derby at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Saturday Nov. 2, according to an article in Australia’s Courier Mail. Australia’s oldest classic race, the Victoria Derby marks the opening day of the Fleming Spring Carnival which culminates with the Group 1 Melbourne Cup. A longtime fan […]

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