Friday, April 18th, 2014

Opinion

  • Who are the favourites for the Australian Open?

    Matt White

    Matt White is a Channel Seven tennis commentatorWe are at the halfway mark of the Australian Open so I guess we can take a look at who I think is looking strong enough to win the title in 2014 and who maybe a smokey as well.MenNovak Djokovic:I think...

    January 20, 12:06 pm

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  • Attack on Waterhouse is unfair

    Simon Marshall

    I though John Singleton’s attack on Gai Waterhouse over the weekend was a bit unfair.I think someone like Gai deserves more respect than that from John.I was actually quite shocked to hear what John had to say on Saturday about More Joyous and Gai a...

    April 29, 12:40 pm

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  • And on the Seventh Day, someone decided we’d have race meetings

    David Salmon

    I’m old enough to remember when we didn’t race on a Sunday.Some of you will find that hard to believe. No races anywhere. Nothing.Horses would stay at home. Trainers and jockeys would do other things. Like go to church. Or the pub. Or they’d go to c...

    April 11, 12:40 pm

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  • My secret role in getting Black Caviar back to Brisbane

    David Salmon

    The connections of Black Caviar were at a loss.Everyone wanted a piece of the Mighty Mare. Offers were coming in thick and fast. Where should they take her next?We were on our weekly phone hook-up. Yes, it took up some of my valuable time, but I was...

    March 5, 12:11 pm

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  • Can someone please find me a winner in 2013?

    David Salmon

    Just a few days to go, and we’ll be watching fireworks and downing the last cool drinks of the year.That means it’s time for the racing industry’s most sought after list. The annual Hold All Tickets awards for 2012.The biggest names in the game will...

    March 5, 12:09 pm

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  • Peter Donegan’s Emirates Stakes preview

    Peter Donegan

    So we come to the end of what has been an extraordinary Melbourne Cup Carnival.With the favourites struggling to make an impact, the bookmakers have had to hire semi-trailers to get their money out of Flemington. At least the second favourite Dear D...

    November 9, 1:56 pm

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  • Matt White's Oaks Day preview

    Matt White

    Thursday is Crown Oaks Day at the Melbourne Cup Carnival and as always there will be plenty of celebrities with me in the Lavazza Marquee. But the stars will have a lot to live up to after what we witnessed on Tuesday.I’ve never seen anything like t...

    November 8, 7:46 am

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  • Simon Marshall's Melbourne Cup preview

    Simon Marshall

    The main focus for many on Tuesday will be on two horses, Dunaden and Americain.Dunaden is the most professional, foolproof staying horse in the race. History suggests that he’s got to carry a record weight but I would not be surprised if he went ba...

    November 5, 11:03 am

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  • Derby Day is Christmas day for adults

    Hamish McLachlan

    Michael Rodd rides Super Cool to victory in the Mitchelton Wines VaseThe first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is Derby Day and as I often say…..it's like Christmas Day for adults.There are group races everywhere you look - four of them Group One....

    November 2, 3:34 pm

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  • Step aside for some famous faces. The rules on how to deal with big names at the track.

    David Salmon

    They put down their race books, and parted as if Royalty had arrived.And she had. Racing Royalty. Gai had joined us.No second name required. Like Madonna. Except the famous trainer is ageing better.She’d just finished one-two in the Gold Coast Magic...

    January 20, 11:13 pm

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  • Magic tip

    David Salmon

    It’s not often I put my tipster’s hat on.No need to. There are plenty out there already. Tipsters, not hats. They put the hours in. Do the videos. Still, it should be said that not many are driving Porsches.Regular readers of this page know full wel...

    January 13, 10:52 pm

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  • Time to Sheikh things up

    Wayne Hawkes

    The French have taken away our Melbourne Cup again and hopefully that victory will finally inspire Godolphin to bring their best horses out for the race next year.If I hear one more time that Sheikh Mohammad is coming and they are bringing out their...

    November 4, 4:51 am

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  • Stakes Day takes us from Black Caviar to Bauer

    Peter Donegan

    Black Caviar - the undisputed queen of Australian racing - is searching for 16 wins in a row; something that is unlikely to be seen in our lifetime again. She's unbackable - but people will flock through the gates just to say they've seen on...

    November 4, 3:14 am

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  • Difficult Melbourne Cup to pick

    Peter Donegan

    color:#1F497D;">The influx of foreign raiders sees a slightly unusual Melbourne CupThe influx of foreign raiders sees a slightly unusual Melbourne Cupfield take to the track at Flemington this year.It comes as no surprise, however, as it seemed inev...

    October 31, 7:22 am

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  • Our best Cup chance

    Wayne Hawkes

    For a horse trainer, the Melbourne Cup is the greatest test of your abilities and it's a race you love to be involved in. We were always hopeful Niwot would make the grade and get into the race and all of the sudden we are in there and it's ...

    October 31, 1:37 am

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  • Derby Day one for the purists

    Simon Marshall

    Unfortunately for Craig Williams, it's that time of year when jockeys are dressed down by stewards.The stewards usually let it be known from Guineas Day onward that if you fall out of line you'll cop it harsh and you'll cop it hard.High ...

    October 28, 1:24 am

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  • Leave the Derby alone

    Wayne Hawkes

    Ahead of the Victoria Derby there is always talk about reducing the distance of this great race and I see it's in the papers again this year. But I don't support that at all.Those trainers who are against the Derby at its current distance ha...

    October 28, 12:13 am

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  • The race that stopped many nations

    Peter Donegan

    Melbourne Cup winning jockey Gerald Mosse couldn’t believe the atmosphere as he crossed the finish line at Flemington yesterday.He said he’d never experienced anything like it.The crowd was soaking wet and just kept cheering through the discomfort.I...

    October 20, 5:40 am

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  • Questions over Helmet

    Wayne Hawkes

    Having put the saddle on Octagonal for his win in 1995, I know a little bit about getting three-year-olds to win the Cox Plate. I know it takes a special horse to do it and the question is, is Helmet that special horse? I'm not so sure.As well a...

    October 20, 5:08 am

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  • Get behind Black Caviar

    David Salmon

    Have you ever been part of sporting history?Were you there the day Cathy Freeman ran the race of her life in Sydney? That life-changing, golden lap.I have mates who were. Magical, they called it. Bordering on a religious experience.What about the ti...

    October 20, 5:04 am

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