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Equine Abortions in Australia Linked To Bird-Borne Pathogen

A cluster of equine abortions in New South Wales have been linked to a pathogen carried by birds. The bacterium, called Chlamydia psittaci, is also able to infect humans and other mammals. Parrots carry the strain that caused the abortions in Australia. In 2016, regional equine reproductive loss was reported in New South Wales; researchers […]

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Dettori Could Have Massive Royal Ascot Meet With Cracksman, Redkirk Warrior

Frankie Dettori, the most successful current jockey at Royal Ascot with 56 winners, talked about how special Royal Ascot is to him. He said: “It was a year ago today that I broke my shoulder and it was awful. To me, Ascot is everything and to injure myself four days’ before it last year’s Royal […]

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Drought In Australia Affecting Even Large Thoroughbred Farms

Drought conditions in Australia are affecting all livestock owners, including large Thoroughbred breeding farms, with an increased cost for hay and the potential for limited quality hay in the near future. Farms like Yarraman Stud and Arrowfield are considering or have implemented an additional fee on horse owners to cover the rising cost of quality […]

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Tick Trouble: Foreign Longhorn Tick Found In VA

The second case of an invasive and exotic tick has been reported to the Virginia Department of Agriculture. Found in Warren County on horses that are locally owned, the first report of a longhorn (bush) tick was on a calf in Albemarle County. Native to Japan, China and Australia, little is known about these ticks […]

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Black Caviar: Daughter Retired, Colt Prince Of Caviar Makes Debut

The offspring of the great Australian racemare Black Caviar are headed in different directions: Oscietra, her daughter, has officially been retired, while juvenile son Prince of Caviar finished fourth on debut at Sandown. According to racing.com, Oscietra (Exceed and Excel) has been retired sound with two wins from five starts. Prince of Caviar settled at the […]

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Will English Surprise Again In Australia’s Kingsford Smith Cup?

This Friday night’s racing at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse promises an exciting rematch for the top runners in the G1 Doomben 10,000 earlier this month. After her surprise victory over two Everest favorites, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained English now rallies to once again overcome the odds (4/1) and defeat her familiar rivals Le Romain […]

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Australia: Ambitious Tries Comeback In G1 Doomben Cup Ahead Of Preakness Stakes

This Saturday’s Preakness Stakes favorite Justify has overcome his bruised heel injury sustained in the Derby, but the French-bred wonder horse Gailo Chop has not been as fortunate for this Friday night’s 1¼ mile G1 Doomben Cup in Australia. The 7-year-old stallion has been sidelined from the showpiece event of the Brisbane Racing Carnival’s second […]

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Australia: Championship Stars Poised For Success At All Aged Stakes Day

This Friday night, April 20th, an array of familiar talent from The Championships will be back in action at Royal Randwick racecourse for the final meeting of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Schweppes All Aged Stakes Day will see leading trainers like Chris Waller, James Cummings, Darren Weir, Gai Waterhouse and Tony McEvoy, put […]

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‘The Best Horse In The World’: Winx Topples Another Record In The Queen Elizabeth

Australian superstar Winx was in top form once again on Saturday, blowing past the field of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes to win her 25th consecutive race by five lengths at the line. The victory brings Winx on level terms with champion Black Caviar, and her connections couldn’t have been more elated. “This is […]

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Is That A Crack In The Racetrack? No, It’s A Giant Python!

Animal stories from Australia never cease to amaze. There’s one this week from Cannon Park Racecourse in Cairns. Early Wednesday morning, jockey Masayuki Abe was galloping a horse on the track when he saw what appeared to be “a big crack on the ground.” A gateman was trying to warn him as Abe went by… […]

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