Australian racing

Racing Victoria Makes $25 Million Commitment To Thoroughbred Aftercare

Racing Victoria (RV) announced on Monday a $25 million plan dedicated to the welfare of Victorian Thoroughbreds with an immediate focus on their post-racing wellbeing. The landmark commitment will fund the first three years of an ongoing program to accelerate and expand RV’s Equine Welfare Strategic Plan. RV also called on all sectors of the racing […]

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Australia: After Winx’s Four-Peat, Time For A New Name On The Cox Plate

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous race, but the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley – run this Friday night, has long been the country’s best race. The “Cup” is a two-mile handicap, but the “Plate” is a mile-and-a-quarter weight-for-age contest whose winners’ list reads like an honor roll of the nation’s finest steeds. “The […]

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‘No Way The Industry Can Defend This’: Television Report Shines Light On Slaughter Of Australian OTTBs

In 2016, Australian authorities put a new program in place to begin tracking location and usage of Thoroughbreds before, during, and after their time on the racetrack. In New South Wales, that tracking system was supposed to help officials enforce a ban on sending off-track horses to slaughter. A two-year investigation by ABC News released […]

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Australia’s ‘Pegasus’: The Everest, World’s Richest Race On Turf, Returns

The world’s richest turf race will be staged in Sydney this Friday night. A glittering array of talent will scorch the 6-furlong course at Royal Randwick in the third running of The Everest, which boasts a purse of AU$14 million (US$9.5 million). TVG will be broadcasting live from Royal Randwick (First Post: 6:30p.m. PT, 9:30p.m. […]

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Australia: Final Field Of 18 Set For 1 1/2-Mile Caulfield Cup

The $5 million Caulfield Cup, one of Australia’s biggest races, is run this Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse. The race will be simulcast this Friday evening in the United States and is available at most U.S. ADWs for wagering. The race for a spot in next week’s Cox Plate is at a premium, making the final […]

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Melbourne Cup-Winning Trainer Weir Charged With Animal Cruelty

Trainer Darren Weir, whose credits include a win in the 2015 Melbourne Cup with Prince of Penzance, has been hit with nine charges related to the running of his stable, including animal cruelty. Multiple outlets reported that Weir was charged by police in Victoria Wednesday based on the results of searches of his properties in […]

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Australia: Epsom Handicap, Turnbull Stakes Have Historic Connections To U.S. Racing

This Friday night’s racing from Australia is highlighted by a pair of time-honored Group One races: the Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick in Sydney and the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in Melbourne. Both races were inaugurated in 1865, are steeped in tradition and hold fascinating storylines for North American racing fans. The Epsom, named for […]

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Sky Racing World Brings Back ‘Climbing Everest,’ Featuring North American Racing Personalities

In Australia on Friday night, 18th October, a field of 12 Australian sprint racing stars will line up at Royal Randwick racecourse for the third running of the $14 million (AUD) TAB Everest over 6 furlongs. Creating further anticipation for the world’s richest sprint race on turf is the ‘Climbing Everest’ promotion, which was launched […]

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Australian Hall Of Fame Trainer David Hayes Returns To Hong Kong Racing

David Hayes is returning to Hong Kong as a Hong Kong Jockey Club licensed trainer. The Australian Hall of Famer will rejoin the trainers’ roster at Sha Tin for the start of the 2020/21 season.   The Jockey Club officially unveiled Hayes during a media conference at Sha Tin Racecourse this morning, Tuesday, 10 September. “My […]

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Wrona: With Namesake Retired, Friday Night’s Winx Stakes Arrives On Unfamiliar Landscape

Top-level Australian racing returns to Randwick this week with the running of the 2019 G1 Winx Stakes, although the landscape will look decidedly unfamiliar without the greatness of Winx gracing the turf in her namesake race. With the southern hemisphere racing and breeding season having commenced on August 1, the nation awaits word of Winx […]

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