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Track key to Miami Bound hopes

Trainer Danny O’Brien is hoping for a wet track for Miami Bound (NZ) in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, the daughter of Reliable Man looking to go back-to-back in the staying feature after winning the contest as a $26 chance last year.

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Clark key booking for Queensland raider

Brisbane-trained Emerald Kingdom has deliberately been targeted at a Sydney assignment at his second run from a spell and trainer Robert Heathcote believes the bold front-runner will benefit greatly from the services of Tim Clark.

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Gal out to ease Smith’s Cox Plate pain

A victory by Tricky Gal in the $2 million The Invitation at Randwick on Saturday would be the perfect tonic in a tough week for Warwick Farm trainer Matt Smith after Japanese import Keiai Nautique (Jpn) was left out of the W.S. Cox Plate field.

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Rival’s form a confidence boost for Portelli

Trainer Gary Portelli wants a rain-affected track for his Bondi Stakes contender Royalzel, a proven wet-track performer and brilliant winner of the Gibson Carmichael Stakes at Flemington in July over Saturday's distance.

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Right time for Manikato assault

The absence of Group 1 sprinting stars due to their participation in The Everest has given Lombardo his shot at the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday evening. Co-trainer Mick Price believes the opportunity is too good to miss with 5-year-old.

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Cox Plate market wide open

While Zaaki (GB) heads the market for the $5m, Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on Saturday, TAB customers definitely do not think it is going to be a one-act affair reports the bookmaker on Thursday morning.

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Thursday, Friday and weekend form

Thursday’s meetings include New Zealand’s Wingatui, Japan’s Urawa, Australia’s Hawkesbury, Ballarat, Gatton, Queanbeyan, Geraldton - includes Cox Plate meeting at The Valley, Randwick, Doomben, Morphettville on Saturday

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Cox Plate runners veterinary examinations

RV veterinarians on Thursday inspected all 10 horses accepted to run in this Saturday’s Group 1 WFA WS Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley - Callsign Mav (NZ) and Gold Trip (FR) displaying lameness and to re-examined on Friday

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A Matt Hill special

Racecaller, Matt Hill has a special announcement regarding the MRC Members’ Horse - watch the video to find out - great work by the voice of Victorian racing

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The Valley track report

The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Carnival track report - brought to you by track manager Marty Synan - the rail will be in the True position for Friday Night and Saturday, and Marty has given his tips for both of the features! 💰 #LEGENDARY #CoxPlate101

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The Wood update on Randwick

Randwick Track Manager Michael Wood with an update on the Randwick Course Proper ahead of the Bondi Stakes meeting at Randwick on Saturday - Track Good 4 and the rail is out 8m from the 1000m to the Winning Post and 5m for the remainder of the entire circuit

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Track conditions, form and scratchings for The Valley - Cox Plate meeting

Track conditions, form and scratchings for The Valley - Cox Plate meeting - Track Good 4 as at Wednesday - rail in the True position for the entire circuit - no irrigation for the last seven days - no rain for the last 24 hours, 37mm for the last seven days - weather partly cloudy 24c Thursday, partly cloudy showers 6mm to 10mm possible 24c Friday, cloudy showers easing up to 8mm possible 12c to 16c Saturday - two scratchings - track update to follow

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Track conditions, form and scratchings for The Valley - Manikato Stakes meeting

Track conditions, form and scratchings for The Valley - Manikato Stakes meeting - Track Good 4 as at Wednesday - rail in the True position - no irrigation for the last seven days - no rain for the last 24 hours, 37mm for the last seven days - weather partly cloudy 24c Thursday, partly cloudy showers 6mm to 10mm 24 Friday - three scratchings - track update to follow

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Track conditions, form and scratchings for Randwick

Early track conditions, form and scratchings for Randwick - Track Good 4 - rail out 8m from the 1000m to the Winning Post, 5m for the remainder of the circuit - 4mm of irrigation for the last 24 hours - no rain for the last 24 hours, 19.3mm for the last seven days - weather partly cloudy 22c Thursday 23 Friday, partly cloudy possible showers to 5mm 15c to 26c Saturday - one scratching

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Sydney adventure continues for Startantes crew

Queenslander Startantes will fly the flag for the fillies in $2 million The Invitation at Randwick on Saturday in the latest development of an epic adventure which has already seen her run sixth in the Golden Rose and place in the Group 1 Flight Stakes.

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Tralee Rose scores game Geelong Cup success

Short-priced favourite Tralee Rose (NZ) re-enforced her claims on this year’s Melbourne Cup with a dour staying effort to land the $400,000, Group 3, Geelong Cup (2400m) on Wednesday’s feature race program staged in Victoria.

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Tutukaka stamps Derby credentials at Geelong

New Zealand visitor Tutukaka (NZ) has produced a strong staying effort to win the Listed Geelong Classic over 2200m on Wednesday and will next take his chance in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on October 30.

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Weather key to Newnham’s Randwick hand

Mark Newnham would prefer the rain stays away for two of his Randwick team, with the imported stayer Skymax (Ger) and the bold front-runner Quackerjack set to make appearances on the Tattersalls Club meeting at headquarters.

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Yamazaki not Dunn with yet

Trainer Matt Dunn says that a rousing trackwork gallop has Yamazaki on song for her Randwick assignment this Saturday – whether she gets a start in the $2 million The Invitation or has to take her place in the Filante Handicap instead.

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State Of Rest to add to O’Brien haul

State Of Rest (Ire) will attempt to join Rekindling (Ire) and Twilight Payment (Ire) as feature Australian race winners for Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien when he lines-up in Saturday's W.S. Cox Play (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

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Express Pass after a Group 1 first

Nick Ryan has targeted the Manikato Stakes on Friday evening at the Valley with his quality sprinter Express Pass and hopes the 5-year-old can deliver his first Group 1 as either a jockey or a trainer.

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Berry riding wave of success

In-form jockey Tommy Berry has an exciting book of rides at Randwick at Randwick, including two untapped talents for Hawkes Racing.

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Entriviere favourite for The Invitation

Entriviere (NZ) is the $3 favourite with TAB for Saturday's inaugural running of the $2m, The Invitation (1400m) for fillies and mares at Randwick.

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Field of ten for Bondi Stakes

A field of ten were accepted 0n Wednesday for the $1m, Bondi Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old’s at Randwick on Saturday, including two Fastnet Rock’s with leading form around them, the Hawkes’ trained Hilal and Waller trained Coastwatch

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Congratulations Barbara Joseph

Today marks 46 years since Barbara Joseph was granted a trainers licence. Since then she’s trained more than 1700 winners including her history-making 1989 Group 1 Doncaster win with Merimbula Bay. She’s still going strong with sons Paul, Matt & a great team. Congrats Barb! 👏

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The Valley track report

It’s a Good 4 right across The Valley today, but we are monitoring the weather very closely with some rainfall predicted later in the week. The next track report will be Friday morning 🙌🏼 #LEGENDARY #CoxPlate101

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Track conditions, form and scratchings for Randwick-Kensington

Track conditions, form and scratchings for Randwick-Kensington - Track Good 3 - rail out 4m for the entire circuit - no irrigation for the last seven days - no rain for the last 24 hours, 21.3mm for the last seven days - weather partly cloudy showers developing 4mm to 10mm possible 21c - 17 scratchings - FINAL

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Track conditions, form and scratchings for Geelong

Track conditions, form and scratchings for Geelong - Track Good 4 - rail in the True position for the entire circuit - no irrigation for the last seven days - 0.2mm of rain for the last 24 hours, 36.4mm for the last seven days - weather partly cloudy 22c - 21 scratchings - FINAL

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Amade out to get campaign back on track

Amade (Ire) needs to win the Group 3 Geelong Cup on Wednesday to push his claims for a Melbourne Cup start, but goes into the midweek feature after being beaten more than 10 lengths by Grand Promenade (GB) in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington on October 2

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Dean Mirfin’s trio to tackle Highway

Bathurst trainer Dean Mirfin could potentially hold a very strong hand in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick with Whatsin, Hamogany and Saint Ay all in line for a start.

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