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THE category finalists for the 2013 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards presented by Racing Victoria, Sky Racing World and TAB have been revealed today with a star-studded VOBIS Gold Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding category among the highlights.

Glamour colts All Too Hard and Pierro will square off with star Kiwi It’s A Dundeel and Group 1-winning duo Fiveandahalfstar and Super Cool in what is shaping as one of the most intriguing categories.

The Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding will be announced at the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards at Peninsula at Docklands, Melbourne, next Thursday night, 3 October.

MOONEE Valley executives are looking for a lift of between 14 and 40 per cent on its average opening-night crowd for the launch of this year's night racing season on Friday.

MICHAEL LYNCH reports in THE AGE that Chief executive Michael Browell says the club, which is staging a top-level card headed by the first running of the Moir Stakes as a group 1 event, is targeting an attendance of between 8000 and 10,000 for the first of 17 night meetings this season.

RACING NSW Stewards on Tuesday conducted the hearing of a charge issued against Mr Bruce Clark of having breached AR175(l) in that he acquiesced with Mr Luke Murrell of Australian Bloodstock in making false statements and in Mr Murrell’s provision of false documents to Racing NSW, in respect to Mr Clark’s ownership interest in the racehorse Hathras.

(At an inquiry of the 19th July 2013, Australian Bloodstock Directors Mr Luke Murrell and Mr Jamie Lovett were fined $5,000 and $3,000 respectively after pleading guilty to making false statements to RNSW Racecourse Detective Mr Albert Gardner concerning the ownership interests of Mr Bruce Clark and Mr Dean Petit in the racehorse Hathras).


THE weights for Australia’s most famous horse race, the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup, have been released today by Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, with two familiar names sitting atop of the 134 entries.

French star Dunaden is likely to carry the number one saddle cloth for the second year running after again being allotted topweight for ‘the race that stops a nation’. A winner of the 2011 Cup when carrying 54.5kg, the Mikel Delzangles-trained eight-year-old has been given 58.5kg for the coveted 3200-metre handicap at Flemington on 5 November.

RACING Victoria stewards swooped on two of the state's biggest training centres on Monday, carrying out early-morning raids and conducting blood tests from all horses who competed at Saturday's meeting at Moonee Valley.

RVL stewards arrived at Caulfield and Flemington racecourses to test for banned substances 48 hours after events.

On Saturday, RVL stewards withdrew South Australian galloper Happy Trails from the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley after discovering a puncture wound on the horse's neck.

THE explusion of punter and brothel owner Eddie Hayson from racetracks on Tuesday is nothing new to the Sport of Kings.

DAILY TELEGRAPH writer ADAM MOBBS has revisited some of the more infamous cases and heavy suspensions in Australian racing.

THE sad thing in the spiralling story of Danny Nikolic is that he is not one of life's hopeless mugs.

MATT STEWART reports in the HERALD SUN that Nikolic had the tools and the choices. He wasn't some derro jockey who could barely string together a sentence, whose only asset was a rapport with racehorses.

During appearances before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, taking the stand within spitting distance of stewards he has always regarded as put on Earth to stitch him up, the handsome Nikolic was remarkably restrained.

DEFENDING champion Green Moon might not be the only star chasing a repeat Emirates Melbourne Cup success when the $6.2 million race is run at Flemington on 5 November.

French hero Dunaden, the 2011 Cup champion, remains a chance of making a surprise return trip to Melbourne after featuring amongst 135 entries for the race, which closed at noon on Tuesday.

The Mikel Delzangles-trained entire was expected to campaign exclusively in Europe this year, but his nomination opens the door for third consecutive Spring Racing Carnival assault.

RACING Victoria, in conjunction with the Victoria Racing Club, has released nominations for the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup, whilst celebrating the 20th anniversary of international participation in the world’s most famous staying race.

It was in 1993 that Dermot Weld’s Irish raider Vintage Crop broke new ground when becoming the first internationally-trained starter and winner of Australia’s most famous horse race.

Over the past 20 years, there have been 101 internationally-trained starters with Media Puzzle (Dermot Weld, Ireland, 2002), Delta Blues (Katsuhiko Sumii, Japan, 2006), Americain (Alain de Royer Dupre, France, 2010) and Dunaden (Mikel Delzangles, France, 2011) the other visitors to have triumphed on the first Tuesday in November.

RACING Victoria announced on Monday that the State’s premier thoroughbred racecallers will now come under the management of RV instead of previous employers RSN and TVN.

The transfer of the racecaller’s employment to RV is part of its strategy to consolidate the industry’s media assets to ensure maximum value for its Clubs and participants.

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