Australian racing

Jeff Lloyd: Australia’s Answer To Mike Smith, Riding For The Ages At Doomben

Mike Smith is not the only veteran jockey poised to defy the odds and show that age is just a number this weekend. While the 52-year-old Smith is looking to achieve his first Triple Crown atop Justify in this Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the evening before sees legendary 57-year-old Queensland jockey Jeff Lloyd attempting to bring […]

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Australia’s First Licensed Female Jockey Lived As A Man

ABC News Australia looked back this week at the life of Wilhemena “Bill” Smith, who is believed to be the country’s first female jockey. Smith, who was born in 1886 and orphaned while she was young, went by “Bill” and lived most of her life as a man. The report says it’s unclear when or […]

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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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Australian Rider James McDonald Set To Return After 18-Month Suspension For Betting

After serving an 18-month suspension for betting on his mount, jockey James McDonald returns to riding this week in Sydney, Australia. The New Zealander, previously the top rider for Godolphin in Australia, placed a $1,000 wager on his horse, Astern, at Randwick in 2015. The bet made a $4,000 profit but McDonald was quickly caught […]

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Australia Doping Conspiracy: Top Trainer Smerdon, Two Others Get Lifetime Bans

Prominent Australian Thoroughbred trainer Robert Smerdon, his long-time assistant Greg Nelligan and Nelligan’s wife, Denise, were banned for life Thursday by the Racing Victoria Appeals and Disciplinary Board. Five others inside the so-called “Aquanita Eight” received varying suspensions. The trainers and stable employees involved were found guilty earlier this week of practicing sodium bicarbonate loading […]

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Australia: Redzel, In Her Time, Houtzen Set Up Three-Way Clash In Doomben 10,000

This Friday night, May 11th, Doomben racecourse will bring together Australia’s best horses, jockeys and trainers for the official start of the Brisbane Racing Carnival. It will be a full-circle moment for Redzel as he returns to the G1 Doomben 10,000 – the main feature of the evening and the race that shot him to […]

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Australia: Guilty Verdicts in ‘Systematic Conspiracy’ To Cheat

Five trainers and three stable employees have been found guilty of corrupt practices in what Racing Victoria Appeals and Disciplinary Board chairman judge John Bowman has called  “one of the darkest and longest chapters in the history of Australian turf.” The so-called Aquanita case, named for the stable involved in the long-running scheme, involved what […]

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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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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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