Troy Parkinson riding Excess Knowledge   at Altona Beach  in Melbourne. Excess Knowledge will be one of two horse in the Melbourne Cup for trainer Gai Waterhouse. Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty

Racing relishes a whiff of sulphur, a touch of nod-and-wink roguery to add to its colourful pot. But when the Melbourne Cup is run in the early hours (...)

  Ruby Walsh and Terminal during the Galway Plate in July  where Terminal  appeared to race quite keenly in the early stages and paid the price in the closing stages Photograph: Inpho

The Guinness Kerry National is a glaring omission from JP McManus’s big race roll-of-honour but the legendary owner is clearly aiming to fill that gap(...)