Report: Retired Australian Racehorses Failed By Racing Industry

A 100-page document, authored by retired District Court Judge Terry Martin and veterinarian Dr. Peter Reid, blasts the Australian racing industry for its failure to effectively protect retired racehorses. The authors emphatically state that racehorses were treated as disposable commodities: Once they were not winning, many were discarded. Originally brought to the public’s attention last […]

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New Bacteria Found In Joint Infections Of Australian Thoroughbreds

A new strain of gram negative cocco-bacillus bacteria has caused joint infections in three Australian horses that had no contact with one another. In 2012, a 15-month-old Thoroughbred filly in Hunter Valley, New South Wales had progressive lameness in the right front for two weeks. She was referred to a clinic with severe lameness in […]

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Australian Vets Are A ‘Profession In Grief’ Over Bushfire Ramifications

Australian veterinarians are a “profession in grief” said Julia Crawford, President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Vets are dealing with intense grief over euthanizing the massive amounts of injured animals, dealing with the loss of income during what should be their busiest season and some are managing fire damage to their own communities and […]

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Australian Racing Bodies Stepping Up To Help Those Affected By Fires

Multiple horse racing entities are trying to help horse owners and racing stakeholders as wildfires continue to batter the east coast of Australia. Racing Victoria has opened relief centers in three areas to provide assistance to those who have been affected by the fires. Racing NSW has created an emergency relief package for trainers, owners […]

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World Of Trouble To Shuttle To Australia In 2020

World of Trouble, the fastest 3-year-old of his generation in North America by sire sensation Kantharos, will be shuttling to Australia in 2020 after recently retiring to stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Kentucky. In a deal brokered by de Burgh Equine, the multiple Grade 1-winning turf sprinter will stand at Cornerstone Stud at […]

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Prince Of Caviar, Son Of Australian Star Black Caviar, Retired From Racing

Prince of Caviar, the second foal out of three-time Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar, has been retired from racing with his future at stud pending, the Australian site Just Horse Racing reports. The 4-year-old son of Sebring won one of five starts during his on-track career, and finished second on three occasions, earning […]

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Victoria Racing Club Adding $1 Million To Equine Wellbeing Fund

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has committed $1 million to the newly established Equine Wellbeing Fund (EWF). Commitment to the health and safety of racehorses has been a core tenant of the club, but new initiatives have been undertaken to focus more heavily on this topic. Thus far, the funds will be dispersed in various […]

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Australian Drought Causes Sharp Increase In Horses Auctioned, Euthanized

The ongoing drought in Australia has caused massive hardship to the country’s equine population. The lack of water is expected to cause a sharp intake in the number of horses slated to go through the Echuca auction. There are 200 horses of all breeds anticipated to run through the sale, with trailer loads from Queensland […]

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Australian Superstar Winx Confirmed In Foal To I Am Invincible

Winx, a four-time Australian Horse of the Year, has been confirmed to be in-foal to I Am Invincible for her first pregnancy, the mare’s connections announced in a statement Thursday. The 8-year-old daughter of Street Cry is due in the spring of 2020, per the statement. “We are very excited about this next stage of […]

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