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DEFENDING champion Protectionist and English star Snow Sky will need to break a 55-year hoodoo if they are to win this year’s $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) following the release of weights today by Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter.

Protectionist, who delivered Germany its first Melbourne Cup win last year before being transferred to Newcastle trainer Kris Lees, and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky share topweight of 58kg for the 3 November feature at Flemington Racecourse.

IN an unprecedented move on Monday, Racing NSW Stewards released a 36-page document detailing the reasons behind the guilty findings in the long- running Sam Kavanagh Midsummer Sun cobalt inquiry.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that in this inquiry Kavanagh and five other individuals faced 54 separate charges and were found guilty on 51 charges. The publication of the reasons behind the guilty findings is likely to foreshadow lengthy bans from the sport of kings for the six individuals found guilty.

THE lawyer for a journalist facing charges over the cobalt investigations has questioned whether Racing NSW stewards should have jurisdiction over media personalities.

CHRIS ROOTS reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that TVN racing channel tipster Brent Zerafa is facing a charge of conduct prejudicial to the image or interests of racing. His lawyer Damien Sheales told stewards that they should not "discipline or have access to discipline the media in this country".

JUST hours after Racing Victoria stewards reminded Peter Moody of his obligations to the racing industry following remarks he made in the media, the premiership-winning trainer decided not to speak to journalists at Caulfield on Saturday.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that Moody was interviewed by stewards following some adverse remarks he had made through the media regarding the cobalt crisis.

After winning the opening race with former New Zealand mare Abidewithme, Moody announced the media ban.

RACING Victoria's bold move to create its own television station became a reality on Tuesday when Channel 78 was launched at the studios of the Seven Network.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for THE AGE that despite only having a short amount of time in which to assemble the station, it seems both parties, Seven West Media and RVL, are determined to make it work.

Some of Sevens' stars will be on track on Saturday at Caulfield to launch the channel including Bruce McAvaney and Hamish McLachlan as well as high-rating radio personality Ross Stevenson.

RACING NSW Stewards advise that on the 19 August 2015 a charge under AR175A of conduct prejudicial to the image and/or interests of racing was issued against racing media personality, Mr Brent Zerafa relative to Mr Zerafa’s conduct as a TVN employee providing expert comment from the mounting yard on Race 3 at the Royal Randwick meeting on Saturday, 17 January 2015.

During the course of their investigation, Stewards have viewed footage of Mr Zerafa’s expert comments to both on and off course patrons as the field left the Theatre of the Horse to compete in Race 3, ultimately won by Palazzo Pubblico trained by Mr Sam Kavanagh, which was not one of the two horses tipped by Mr Zerafa.

LEADING trainer Peter Moody will not attend Sunday’s Victorian Racehorse of the Year awards, at which his galloper Dissident is favourite to win.

ROD NICHOLSON reports for the HERALD SUN that Moody said he was highly unlikely to attend the Australian title at an MCG extravaganza on October 8 in which Dissident is a red-hot favourite to give the Caulfield trainer a staggering fifth national title in the past six years.

AS the cobalt circus continues to roll on, barely a week goes by without some form of hearing or some new revelation.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that last week in Sydney there was the "show-cause" hearing on Australian Turf Club official Matt Rudolph and also final legal submissions on the long-running Sam Kavanagh hearing with charges against an eclectic bunch including Kavanagh, his vet Tom Brennan, Brennan's manager Aaron Corby and Standardbred identities John Camilleri and Mitchell Butterfield.

VICTORIAN racing has escaped almost unscathed from the seven-week Sky Racing blackout.

ROD NICHOLSON reports in the HERALD SUN that Racing Victoria chief ­Bernard Saundry said the industry had dropped no more than $150,000.

“Any suggestion that the industry has lost millions of dollars in wagering revenue during the broadcast disruption period is rubbish,” he said.

AUSTRALIAN Turf Club executive manager of racing Matt Rudolph was grilled about where his loyalties lay in a meeting with Mark and Sam Kavanagh at the Lord Dudley Hotel as he gave evidence to a sub-committee of the Racing NSW board on Tuesday.

CHRIS ROOTS reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that it was implied Rudolph's friendship with Flemington Equine Clinic partner Tom Brennan stood above concerns for trainer Sam Kavanagh,  stewards and racing in general. 

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