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  • Terry Bailey gives evidence at VCAT hearing

    Victoria Racing chief steward Terry Bailey says he arranged for security at his home after claiming disqualified jockey Danny Nikolic had threatened him. Bailey was giving evidence at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing of an appeal by Nikolic against a two-year ban from racing. Nikolic missed out… Read More »

  • Fashion ambassador’s bright tips

    Structured, ladylike and Mad Men-inspired fashion is set to take over Randwick this Saturday, TV personality Zoe Balbi says. The 27-year old Sydney Spring Carnival fashion ambassador helped draw barriers for Saturday’s Group One Epsom Handicap at Sydney’s The Star on Wednesday. Balbi told AAP there would be a smorgasbord… Read More »

  • Newcastle track to get $11m makeover

    The Newcastle Jockey Club has received a major boost with the announcement of $11 million in upgrades, highlighted by the creation of an inside track. The new turf racing surface will mimic the Kensington track at Randwick and will span 20 metres across to cater for 14 starters. The course… Read More »

  • Pilot program saves retired racehorses

    For the usual retiree, life after work consists of leisure and relaxation, but for NSW racehorses, retirement could soon involve starting a new career. Retraining retired NSW racehorses for other careers will be compulsory in the next few years if Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys gets his way. The… Read More »

  • Geelong Cup set for status review

    The race which has become a gilt-edged form reference for the Melbourne Cup is in line for an upgrade in status after figuring in a major prizemoney increase. The Geelong Cup will carry $300,000 in stakes this year – up from $225,000 in 2011. It’s a lift which the Geelong… Read More »

  • State of Origin to be shown at Rosehill

    The rugby league State of Origin decider will be shown live on the mega screen at Rosehill Racecourse. The Australian Turf Club (ATC) will open the course free to the public for the match from Brisbane on July 4. The screen, which was officially launched during the autumn carnival, is… Read More »

  • TVN rights to sell NSW and Vic racing

    The combined might of the NSW and Victorian thoroughbred racing industries has secured a broadcast rights deal to take the sport into a new era. The thoroughbred industry-owned television company TVN will now control who broadcasts vision of all NSW and Victorian racing until 2028. Under the previous arrangement the… Read More »

  • Change in ownership rules

    The Australian Racing Board has doubled the number of individual owners allowed to share in the ownership of a racehorse. From next season, up to 20 owners will be permitted per horse, up from the previous maximum of 10. The change is the result of a request by the Australian… Read More »

  • Randwick hotel to be built trackside

    A new trackside hotel to be built at Royal Randwick will give guests a view down the home straight and club members another spot to wine and dine on carnival days. The Australian Turf Club (ATC) and the NSW Government on Thursday unveiled plans for the four-star hotel complex which… Read More »

  • Successful night for John O’Shea

    Additional money raised at a function to support trainer John O’Shea will be split between two racing families who are doing it tough. The families of injured jockey Kristy Banks and late trainer Pat Quinn will share the $115,000 raised above the $175,000 target. The event was staged in Sydney… Read More »

  • Dixon quits BRC to join RQL

    Brisbane Racing Club chairman Kevin Dixon has resigned to take up a position as a board member of Racing Queensland Limited. Dixon’s decision is expected to ultimately lead to him taking up the vacant role as chairman of Queensland’s governing race body from May 1. BRC board member Bill Sexton,… Read More »

  • RQL, Qld govt to discuss transition plan

    The board of Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) is expected to put forward a transitional plan to the Queensland government this week. RQL chairman Bob Bentley said his board was due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the new Queensland government’s racing policy. However, Bentley refused to speculate on his own… Read More »

  • ATC toasts new partner

    The Australian Turf Club has received a major boost ahead of one of its biggest meetings of the year with prestige wine and spirits group Moet Hennessy signing a five-year sponsorship deal. Darren Pearce, chief executive of the ATC, said the merger of the Sydney race clubs had made sponsorship… Read More »

  • Racing Vic moves to turnover model

    Racing Victoria has confirmed it will adopt the same turnover-based model on rights fees as its NSW counterpart. The decision comes on the heels of the High Court verdict last month which ruled wagering operators Betfair and Sportsbet must pay a 1.5 per cent fee on turnover to Racing NSW… Read More »

  • Cox Plate eve meeting gets go-ahead

    Racing Victoria has approved a Cox Plate eve race meeting for the Moonee Valley Racing Club featuring its premier sprint, the Group One Manikato Stakes. The Manikato moves from the club’s AFL grand final eve meeting in late September to headline the program on the Friday night before the Cox… Read More »

  • Bauer to begin new career

    Bauer, beaten just a nose by Viewed in the 2008 Melbourne Cup, will become a clerk of the course horse on metropolitan tracks. Clerk of the course Graeme Salisbury will pick him up on Friday to begin preparing him for his new career. The nine-year-old grey gelding, prepared by Luca… Read More »

  • Victorian racing gets $18.7m prizemoney increase

    Victorian prizemoney will rise to $160 million next season with an $18.7 million funding injection of which 63 per cent will be allocated to country meetings. The across-the-board increases to minimum prizemoney levels will take effect from August 1 with country minimums up from $12,000 to $15,000, showcase races up… Read More »

  • Michelle Payne named Lady In Racing

    Popular jockey Michelle Payne has been honoured with the Victorian Wakeful Club’s annual Lady in Racing award. Victorian racing minister Denis Napthine presented the award to the 25-year-old at a celebratory luncheon on Wednesday. Payne has been one of Australia’s most successful women riders with her achievements including a Group… Read More »

  • ARB to consider approval of second lab

    The Australian Racing Board (ARB) will at its March meeting consider the approval of a second racing laboratory to conduct arsenic testing following the outcome of a Racing Victoria (RV) stewards’ investigation. The RV integrity sub-committee announced on Monday that it would not pursue the trainer whose winner returned an… Read More »

  • New sponsor for Sydney racing carnival

    The Australian Turf Club has announced a new sponsor for the Sydney autumn carnival, car company BMW. The deal means BMW will hold naming rights to the ATC’s flagship carnival, which will be known as the `BMW Sydney Carnival’, along with backing Doncaster Mile Day on April 21. It also… Read More »

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