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Armchair diplomacy is no help to anyone

Crikey readers have their say on our relationship with China, horse racing and other issues of the day.

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The plot thickens surrounding Tinkler’s mysterious buyers

Cibola Capital, a so-called UAE private investment group, has supposedly bought Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm. But freelance writer Kiwa Fisher finds that if you scratch the surface, the tale — and the sale — might not hold up to much scrutiny.

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‘Granting’ freedom of speech

Crikey readers talk sustainability, Joe Hockey and Bernard Keane’s right to an opinion.

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The inequity of Abbott’s parental leave

Crikey readers vent their spleens on parental leave, Malaysia’s elections and the racing industry.

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Gambling insider: you’re lowering all our odds, Tom

Tom Waterhouse has to be stopped, according to one gambling industry insider. His pervasive brand of promotion is giving everyone in the gambling game a bad name. Now Tony Abbott is on the case.

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Tinkler’s kingdom for a horse: racing empire sent to knackery

Nathan Tinkler’s empire is disappearing fast, but the sale of his best horse — the aptly named All Too Hard — will particularly sting. His meteoric rise is landing with a thud.

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Who put the fun police in charge of racing?

From the end of this month there will be new forms to fill in if you want to avoid the risk of someone else legally grabbing your horse.

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No reason to believe the IMF’s economic prediction either

Another day and another gloomy prediction about the world economy.

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Meet America’s So You Think

As Australia’s racing season comes to an end — and the people’s champion So You Think is on-sold to an Irish stable never to be seen on these shores again, meet AMerican horse Zenyatta. She is, quite possibly, the greatest female racehorse of all-time, an undefeated champion who has won all 19 races she’s entered.

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So you think you’ve seen the last of this great race horse?

Is So You Think heading overseas? And have we seen the last of this great race horse on Australian soil?

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Cup-winning jockey, 50 years on

A former teenage punter and Ballarat boarding school bookie, Ross Stapleton fulfills a long-time ambition to interview the jockey known as “the cups specialist” – W.A. (Billy Smith) now long retired at 82 on the Gold Coast.

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The Brumby Dump: new racing commission probing misconduct

In its first eight months of operation, the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner has launched investigations into two separate complaints about misconduct in the Victorian racing industry, writes Swinburne University journalism student Lauren McShanag.

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Melbourne Cup: the little horse that could

Little regarded Gothic Crown is just one giant step away from taking his place in the Melbourne Cup field. And if it can win Saturday’s Lexus Stakes then his trainer, Todd Balfour, could have a horse alongside sheikhs and Bart Cummings, writes the SMH’s Andrew Eddy.

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Spring Racing Carnival Jockey Wrap: the Cox Plate

Crikey’s Sport tsar Leigh Josey and SmartCompany Editor James Thomson have a look at which horses have a chance at taking out the coveted Cox Plate.

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Time to look at illicit drugs in racing

Racing’s attitude to illicit drugs is still reflective of how sports like AFL used to think, writes Back Page Lead’s Ralph Horowitz.

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Spring Racing Carnival Jockey Wrap

This weekend is the Caulfield Cup, so join Leigh Josey and James Thomson — and occasional ramblings from First Dog on the Moon as they talk horses, Vodka Cruisers, betting and how likely it is they will actually win any money (current status: unlikely).

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Slate | FILM & TV|

Horsing around in the acting game

What makes a horse a good actor? Slate asks this question as it looks at the new Disney film, Secretariat, about the 1973 Triple Crown winner. For just one horse character on screen, they used ten different horse actors.

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Hats off at the races and rodeo

Brunette Downs is a huge cattle station in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Barkly Tableland and Bob Gosford was there, amongst the Akubras, for the 100th annual ABC Amateur Race Club meeting.

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Rundle’s UK: Mixing with the stinking rich, in case of a Tory victory

David Cameron says he will try and form a government first off, even if he doesn’t get a majority. There could be two competing legitimacies. Anything could happen.

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Why wear the fox hat at the Oaks, I asked?

When Bart’s filly swooped down that long Flemington straight to claim the Group One fillies’ prize, no wonder the Oaks Day crowd stood and cheered, writes TP Maher: They’d taken the poisonous short odds quoted by those legalised vampires in the betting ring and they were happy.

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Big cup done and dusted by Irish trifecta

Yesterday’s gigantic sting by Shocking caught thousands upon thousands of pundits, coat-tuggers, gombeens and gobshites who all said that Bart could do no wrong, writes TP Maher.

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The Melbourne Cup: just a drunken school formal for grown ups

Bob Dumpling lets loose on the Melbourne Cup and the mess that happens on the other side of the track. No horses involved, just drunk D grade celebrities and fake charities funding the TAB. Time to grow up Australia.

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The 1896 Melbourne Cup

Footage from the 1896 Melbourne Cup: slightly fewer drunken women throwing up champagne all over their frocks, but pretty much the same as it is over 100 years later.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

The powerful myth of the Melbourne Cup

Yep, get all the clichés out, today is the race that stops a nation, the sport of kings. But the Melbourne Cup is also a strong example of the distinct Australian social classes, from the supermodels in the birdcage to the country horse lovers.

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My tips for tomorrow: don’t drink and don’t bet

Getting ready for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup? Then don’t follow TP Maher’s example, as he reflects on the drinking, gambling and also the horses from Saturday’s Derby Day.

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