Horse Racing

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has been close to winning a Victoria Derby a number of times and gets his latest chance when he rides Eshtiraak.

Jockey Craig Newitt has had to settle for luckless seconds in the Kennedy Mile in the past two years and will be out to go one better when he rides So Si Bon.

Stakes-winning mare Bidii babe will take the first step in her Magic Millions campaign when she resumes at Doomben.

Trainer Kelly Schweida has his two young stars back in work but it will be old stager Outraged who will carry his hopes at Doomben.

Bendigo Cup winner Qewy will not back up in the Melbourne Cup leaving Godolphin with Hartnell as its only runner.

Snowy has the eye in after tipping 8 from 10 Bendigo on Wednesday. He has your Derby Day covered with his full preview and his best bets for the day.

How long does racing in Australia have to continue to operate under the disjointed and completely inexplicable regime of having differing integrity rules and practices in each jurisdiction? Put bluntly, it simply makes it to complex.

Geelong Cup winner Vengeur Masque is likely to have to run in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington in a bid to make the Melbourne Cup field.

Peter and Paul Snowden have narrowed the focus for My Country to her preferred 1200 metres when the mare’s preparation continues at Rosehill.

After a successful opening to the Melbourne spring carnival, Stephen Baster is hoping it carries over to the opening day at Flemington.

Shoals is the favourite and the only filly in the full field of 16 for the Group One Myer Classic.

A drier racing surface at Doomben is expected to help sprinter Sir Donald erase memories of his failure first-up on a wet track.

Trainer Anthony Freedman believes Shoals is ready to produce a peak performance this spring when the filly takes on the mares in the Group One Myer Classic.

Regular runner-up In Times Of War has another opportunity to end a frustrating sequence of near misses at Rosehill.

New Zealand trainer Murray Baker is no stranger to winning Classic races and is hoping to add another when he saddles up Weather With You in the Victoria Derby.

After winning the Cox Plate aboard Winx, Hugh Bowman would now like to add a Melbourne Cup to his record on Marmelo.

Sydney jockey Tye Angland has three Group One chances to salute for the first time in Melbourne, including Victoria Derby favourite Ace High.

Craig Williams is not about to dismiss Justice Faith as a Derby chance saying the 2500m-Classic is an open race.

Glyn Schofield likes what he sees after riding his Melbourne Cup mount Nakeeta in trackwork at Werribee for the first time.

Statistics indicate Tiyatrolani will race well at Doomben but trainer Tony Gollan isn’t getting carried away with summer plans.

Legendary jockey Lester Piggott says French horse Tiberian is the one to beat in the Melbourne Cup, a race he never had the chance to ride in.

Sir Michael Stoute says the booking of Frankie Dettori for Ulysses in the Breeders’ Cup Turf is a positive.

Trainer Stuart Kendrick believes good barriers are the key to brilliant but sometimes erratic galloper Tarzan who is likely to back up at Doomben.

If Winx doesn’t run in the Emirates Stakes, her jockey Hugh Bowman will ride Gingernuts in the Group One race.

Barring a successful appeal, Regan Bayliss will miss the chance to ride in his first Melbourne Cup because of a careless riding suspension.

Trainer Mike Moroney has lamented a wide barrier draw for import Radipole in the Group One Kennedy Mile for which the gelding has the limit weight of 52kg.

Sky Boy is bound for the spring carnival in Melbourne with two options after winning convincingly at Canterbury.

Facts about the Group One $1.5 million Victoria Derby at Flemington.

Hartnell has been confirmed as a Melbourne Cup starter after a strong track gallop at Flemington.

After wins in the Geelong Cup and Sandown Cup on a previous visit, Godolphin galloper Qewy has added the Bendigo Cup to his record.