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Mega-claims don’t have a happy history in Australian courts. Ask Kerry Stokes. Ask John Maconochie, writes Michael Pascoe.

NAB finally sinks Maconochie’s mega-claim

Mega-claims don’t have a happy history in Australian courts. Ask Kerry Stokes. Ask John Maconochie, writes Michael Pascoe.

Despite the likely the appearance of a pair of sure things in Miss Andretti and Weekend Hussler, Emirates Stakes day can be challenging: some of the horses have well and truly peaked while others, who haven’t been through the rigours of an ambitious spring campaign can be fresh enough to cause real upsets.

Crikey’s Spring Carnival form guide: Emirates Stakes Day

Despite the likely the appearance of a pair of sure things in Miss Andretti and Weekend Hussler, Emirates Stakes day can be challenging: some of the horses have well and truly peaked while others, who haven’t been through the rigours of an ambitious spring campaign can be fresh enough to cause real upsets.

The Oaks is an even race with five main chances, but Try This seems to be the one most likely to enjoy the combination of Flemington’s long straight, and the 2500 distance, writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

Crikey’s Spring Carnival form guide: Oaks Day

The Oaks is an even race with five main chances, but Try This seems to be the one most likely to enjoy the combination of Flemington’s long straight, and the 2500 distance, writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

A Melbourne Cup winner usually means enough money to buy a round of drinks, or if you’re really lucky, to service a week’s worth of the additional debt incurred by any interest rate ride. And while none of the contenders has a mortgage on the event, I’m going for Princess Coup, writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

Crikey’s Spring Carnival form guide: The Melbourne Cup

A Melbourne Cup winner usually means enough money to buy a round of drinks, or if you’re really lucky, to service a week’s worth of the additional debt incurred by any interest rate ride. And while none of the contenders has a mortgage on the event, I’m going for Princess Coup, writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

The one race millions of Australians put some of their hard earned one each year is generally the most difficult to find the winner of – and tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup will be no exception.

The Cup: Rain and a new track add to the intrigue

The one race millions of Australians put some of their hard earned one each year is generally the most difficult to find the winner of – and tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup will be no exception.

Derby Day – it’s a great card all right. I might just as well blow the entire kitty on Marching in the main event. But I won’t of course, because like our PM I don’t just want to win, but win often, writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

Crikey’s Spring Carnival form guide: Derby Day

Derby Day – it’s a great card all right. I might just as well blow the entire kitty on Marching in the main event. But I won’t of course, because like our PM I don’t just want to win, but win often, writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

Does anyone not want to be like John Howard? With polls suggesting most Australians are heartily sick of the Prime Minister, the two men who want his job seem desperate to demonstrate that they're exactly like him, writes David MacCormack.

MacCormack: Does anyone not want to be like John Howard?

Does anyone not want to be like John Howard? With polls suggesting most Australians are heartily sick of the Prime Minister, the two men who want his job seem desperate to demonstrate that they're exactly like him, writes David MacCormack.

Last Saturday is best forgotten in many respects, and thanks to the barrage of weekday Election 07 thrills, it mostly has been. Tomorrow’s Cox Plate card isn’t easy, but interest rates are justifiably high in the big races writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

Crikey’s Spring Carnival form guide: The Cox Plate

Last Saturday is best forgotten in many respects, and thanks to the barrage of weekday Election 07 thrills, it mostly has been. Tomorrow’s Cox Plate card isn’t easy, but interest rates are justifiably high in the big races writes our Professor Punt, Lawrie Zion.

Howard stands firm ... APEC's success overrated ... The Sydney Declaration ... Peter Beattie ... Gordon Brown ... Jetstar ... deciphering newspaper readership ....

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Howard stands firm ... APEC's success overrated ... The Sydney Declaration ... Peter Beattie ... Gordon Brown ... Jetstar ... deciphering newspaper readership ....

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