Australian racing

Waterhouse (right) with training partner Adrian Bott (left) at Magic Millions
Haslett: Trainers To Watch Down Under In 2017

Two of the world’s 10 best-ranked racehorses have Southern Hemisphere trainers. The second best-ranked Winx is trained by Sydney-based New Zealander Chris Waller, while Australian John O’Shea of the Godolphin Stable is behind Hartnell, rated 8th. Waller’s and O’Shea’s prize horses are set to go head-to-head again within weeks, but they are by no means […]

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Krupika and Peaches share a cuddle
Barn Buddies: Long Live Peaches

Life as a barn cat can be risky. Although more sheltered than most outdoor cats, barn residents have to contend with nightly visits from wildlife, rough temperatures, and need to be very smart about cars and machinery. That’s why I was surprised to hear about the tradition of feline durability at Australia’s Arrowfield Stud. (I […]

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Cartwright took a hard right in mid-stretch and veered into a pair of rivals on the outside
Jockey Banned 18 Months For Reckless Riding – ‘Arguably The Worst Ever Seen In Australia’

Thoroughbred Racing SA stewards have suspended jockey Josh Cartwright for 18 months after he intentionally veered his horse into several rivals during a race at Morphettville Race Course in South Australia. In addition, Cartwright – who is a dual license-holder – had his trainer’s license suspended for six months. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Cartwright’s suspensions […]

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Australian Horse of the Year Winx notched her 14th straight victory in the G2 Apollo Stakes
Mighty Winx Earns 14th Straight Win With Powerful Display In G2 Apollo Stakes

Australian Horse of the Year Winx returned to the racetrack a winner on Monday when she powered to a 2 3/4-length victory in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick Racecourse. It was the 14th consecutive victory for the 5-year-old mare by Street Cry, which matches the feat of the mighty Phar Lap. The seven-furlong Apollo […]

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Hugh Bowman celebrates aboard Winx after her 2nd consecutive Cox Plate victory.
Haslett: Arrogate’s Global Challenger Winx Returns To Australian Racing

Now that California Chrome has retired following his defeat in last month’s Pegasus World Cup, Arrogate has proven himself as the world’s best active racehorse. However, the Bob Baffert-trained colt faces strong global competition from Winx, the next-best ranked international horse who returns to Australian racing in the G2 Apollo Stakes this Friday night, starting […]

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The year looks promising for jockey James Doyle (photo, Steve Hart)
Haslett: Jockeys To Watch Down Under In 2017

While UK jockey Sophie Doyle is making her mark in US racing – winning Race 5 on Lemon Squeeze at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Jan. 28th – her brother James Doyle is doing just as well in Australia. The Godolphin stable jockey is only one Southern Hemisphere-based rider to follow this season, […]

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Rowe with the Zoustar colt on the Magic Millions sales grounds
‘Makes My Heart Sing’: Equine Body Worker Brings Training From Humans To Thoroughbreds

Although he didn’t make headlines for his price tag, the yearling son of Zoustar (AUS) who knocked down 250,000 AUD ($189,675) at last month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale was a highlight for someone besides his purchaser, Ciaron Maher Racing. Woodside Park Stud consigned the chestnut, and the team that foaled and prepared him for […]

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Cobalt Scandal: Aussie Trainer Receives 15-Month Ban After Positive Tests

Racing NSW officials have suspended trainer Garry McCarney for 15 months after two of his horses tested positive for cobalt. reports that McCarney pleaded guilty to two charges after Southern Flight and Head to Toe both tested positive after racing Nov. 12 at Narromine Race Course. Both mares won that day, and have since been […]

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Australia: With $10M Purse, ‘The Everest’ To Eclipse Melbourne Cup As Country’s Richest Race

Taking inspiration from the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup, Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have announced that beginning in October, Randwick Race Course in Sydney will host ‘The Everest’, a 1200 meter (six furlongs) contest worth $10 million(Aust) that officials hope will attract the best sprinters in the world. As the Sydney Morning […]

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Symons with Hamish the Highland Cow
Barn Buddies: Jockey Finishes Work, Comes Home To ‘The Funky Farm’

Australian jockey Chris Symons has a somewhat unusual way of kicking back after a long workday at the track. When Symons looks out over his backyard on the Mornington Peninsula, he sees 60-odd animals of almost as many species. There are sheep, a Highlander cow, mini horses, and other farm animals. There is a rainbow […]

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