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The gates are open and the bubbles are flowing as punters make their way to the NZ Trotting Cup Day at Addington Raceway in Christchurch.
There may be more than just cheering going on under a coven of witches hats at New Zealand Trotting Cup Day.
If you've taken a bet on the New Zealand Trotting Cup or pulled a horse in a sweepstake, we've made a case for why it can win.
One of the country's premier racing events is in the spotlight for the first time since some of its brightest stars were caught up in allegations of race fixing, corruption and drug offences.
Standing at the end of a long, winding driveway, bordered on one side by a weatherboard family home and surrounded by farmland, is Brent Williams' blacksmithing workshop.
OPINION: Please don't insult the intelligence of horses by alleging they have no choice when it comes to racing.
The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) is keeping a close eye on whip use by jockeys and harness drivers after a spate of charges.
One of the owners of ill-fated Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher, who broke down in the Melbourne Cup, says their stable prides itself on its approach to horse welfare.
Racing Victoria's integrity chief Jamie Stier is adamant visiting European trainers have praised the Werribee quarantine facility after pledging to investigate whether there's a tangible link between internationals and fatalities in the Melbourne Cup.
Animal welfare advocates are calling for substantial changes in Australian racing following the death of a Melbourne Cup runner on Tuesday.
Racing Victoria stewards lashed Hugh Bowman with a near record Melbourne Cup suspension after meting out three separate charges to Winx's jockey, capping a dramatic afternoon at Flemington.
As the races came to an end at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day it was time for punters to kick up their heels. If, of course, they still had them.
Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy made a pledge to his wife and kids if he won the Melbourne Cup - a family home upgrade.
Racing fans are fed up with the TAB, saying its website crashed during the Melbourne Cup - and not for the first time.
A horse and jockey have been lucky to escape without serious injuries following a scary fall at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.
A Kiwi punter has won almost $100,000 after splurging out on the Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter, but has been eclipsed by an Australian who has won A$500,000.