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No Victoria Derby for Cox Plate fancy Long John

Punters can be assured every ounce of Cox Plate fancy Long John will be used up on Saturday after trainer Peter Snowden confirmed he would not send the three-year-old to the Victoria Derby.
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Damien Oliver to miss Cox Plate

Champion jockey Damien Oliver will not ride in the Cox Plate after copping a 12-meet suspension for careless riding aboard Zonza in the Snowhite Maintenance Classic at Caulfield on Wednesday.
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Atlantic Jewel's record put to the test

Star mare Atlantic Jewel will take on seven rivals on Saturday when she attempts to maintain her unbeaten status in Melbourne.
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Fiveandahalfstar almost didn't run

Under-fire hoop Damien Oliver revealed he had to talk trainer Anthony Cummings into running Victoria Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar in Saturday's Group One race.
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Oliver claims fourth Derby

Champion jockey Damien Oliver won his fourth Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday when Fiveandahalfstar outstayed his rivals to triumph in the three-year-old showcase of the spring.
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Alcopop wins Mackinnon Stakes

There was a boilover of sorts in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Saturday with underrated galloper Alcopop upstaging Cox Plate winner Ocean Park to claim the Group One race.
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Zydeco powers home in Wakeful

Darley runner Zydeco looks set to start a short priced favourite in the Group One Oaks after an effortless victory in the Wakeful Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
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Waller gets a Cup starter

Sydney stayer Kelinni won his way into Tuesday's Melbourne Cup with a tough victory in the Group Three Lexus Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
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Corstens leading local charge

If there is one Australian trainer involved in this year's Melbourne Cup that knows what it takes to hold off the ever-strengthening foreign invasion of our greatest race then it is Leon Corstens.
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Monteith defends TV snub

Departing Victoria Racing Club chief executive Dale Monteith has defended the decision to deny punters live coverage of Flemington's four-day Melbourne Cup carnival via TVN and Sky Channel to home viewers.
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Derby favourite can bounce back

New Zealand trainer Murray Baker remains confident his star colt It's A Dundeel can bounce back from his shock defeat in Saturday's Group Two Vase at Moonee Valley and win Saturday's three-year-old classic the Victoria Derby.
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Boss hails career high

Jockey Glen Boss has described Ocean Park's win in the Cox Plate on Saturday as the high point of his career.
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Pierro drifts in open Cox Plate

Saturday's Cox Plate is set to be the most open in 37 years with three-year-old Pierro drifting out to $4.60 with bookmakers, the longest price for a favourite in the race since 1975.
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Cox Plate track will be fair

Moonee Valley Racing Club chief executive Michael Browell says the club's decision to stage a Friday night meeting for the first time prior to the running of the Cox Plate will not affect the track for Saturday's weight-for-age championship of Australia.
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Trainers back young Cox Plate winner

Rival trainers Wayne Hawkes and Gai Waterhouse are convinced their three-year-olds will fight out the finish of Saturday's $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley despite the overall poor record of young horses in the race.
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Favourites draw well for Cox Plate

The favourites have all drawn ideally for Saturday's $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley with a full field of 14 runners to contest Australia's weight-for-age championship.
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Time switch for Cox Plate

The 2012 Cox Plate has been brought forward to accommodate broadcaster Channel Nine, after the free-to-air channel dug its heels in on the issue.
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Weight drop too tough for Dunn

Caulfield Guineas winning jockey Dwayne Dunn will not attempt to get down to the light weight of 49.5kg to continue his association with All Too Hard if Team Hawkes decides to back up the Guineas winner in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 27.
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Raiders primed for Cox Plate

The Cox Plate may not yet have produced an internationally-trained winner, unlike the other two big Melbourne spring racing features the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, but that could be about to change this year.
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No Cox Plate for Mosheen

Star mare Mosheen is out of the Cox Plate, with trainer Robert Smerdon declaring the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington her chief target for the spring.
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