Some quick news

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Coming into a major weekend of racing there is always a heap of news.

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*Caulfield Cup winner DESCARADO has been retired. He won over $2.5 million and was always competitive at the top level.

*Grahame Begg is confident with BENETTA leading into the Group 1 Coolmore. He feels a few things went wrong last start and she should be forgiven. She has 52kg

*Queenslander RISK AVERSION also has 52kg in the Coolmore.

*Twitter was going crazy this morning with reports Tom Waterhouse has been offered $500 million for his bookmaking business. (Where do I sign would be my response!)

*BLACK CAVIAR will again only take on 6 opponents on Friday night at the valley. I do think they are pretty handy though and as always it will be a spectacle. KARUTA QUEEN will be better for her 1st up run and should be the leader with BLACK CAVIAR not far off her.

*FIVEANDAHALFSTAR is expected to race 4 times in the next month- The Ranvet + The Rosehill Guineas + The BMW + The Derby. It is a big ask but he looks like a horse that will cop it sweet and you would be game to say he can’t win at least a couple of them…