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  • Champion race mare set to break the mould?

    They say champion mares just don’t throw similar talent into their babies. Sunline, she of the $12million in stakes money and 32 wins, 13 at Gr 1 level, had 4 babies, 3 raced and only 2 of them won. And they were low key events. Atlantic Jewel, who was so… Read More »

  • G1 winner killed by lightning

    As Saturday came to a close, scone-based trainer Paul Messara was conflicted. During the day two immensely emotional moments occurred in his life. The first was finding his beloved mare, Alverta dead in a paddock. The second was watching the horse his father part-owns called The Autumn Sun doing a… Read More »

  • Photo-finish fiasco at Sandown in England

    A judge in England has called the wrong horse the winner in a hurdle at Sandown based on a photo from the first of two winning posts on the track. One For Rosie, trained by Nigel Twiston–Davies, was announced as beating the Hughie Morrison-trained Third Wind. But it transpired the… Read More »

  • Former trainer jailed for 23 years

    Former trainer John Nikolic has been sentenced to 23 years in jail after being found guilty of importing cocaine into Fiji. John Nikolic and his wife Yvette were arrested after Fijian authorities found more than $20 million worth of drugs, along with two guns on their luxury yacht last year…. Read More »

  • Should female jockeys get a weight allowance?

    Late last year in France, the governing body for horse racing, France Galop, decided to allow female riders a 2kg weight allowance EVERY time they rode in a race. This was for all females, not just apprentices, and the hope was the ladies would receive more rides. Which has happened…. Read More »

  • Winx breaks World Record

    A gallant Happy Clapper has made Winx work for her latest record-setting feat in the Chipping Norton Stakes but she has no peer and simply eased past him to claim a 23rd Group One win. The crowds lining the Randwick straight on Saturday gave her a reception befitting her status… Read More »

  • Is Pell’s Judgement correct?

    Owners and horse names: a combination so intriguing it fascinates many. Me included. They say dog owners end up looking like their dogs, which may be true. I’m rather wiry, I’ve been a runner forever and I’ve owned three pet greyhounds during the course of my life. Go figure. But… Read More »

  • All Star Mile contender embarrassing at Eagle Farm

    An All Star Mile contender has reaffirmed the farce that is the voting system for a $5m race with the name ‘All Star’ in it running second last in a Class 6 plate at Eagle Farm today, beaten close to ten lengths. Urban Ruler was voted into the $5m All… Read More »

  • Does the All Star Mile need a name change?

    On March 16th we will see the inaugural running of the $5m All Star Mile at Flemington but unfortunately the name doesn’t truly reflect the quality of race. The name All Star Mile suggests racing fans will get to watch the best milers or thereabouts battle it out for a… Read More »

  • Winx would be far too good for Beauty Generation

    In Hong Kong Beauty Generation is the best race horse. He’s so good he’s a deadset national superstar. No question, and he showed it again leading all the way at Gr 1 level in super fast time at Sha Tin last weekend. Champion jockey Zac Purton regularly rides him and… Read More »

  • Watch: Mass brawl breaks out at races

    A mass brawl broke out at Haydock Park Racecourse overnight in what were very ugly scenes. “At around 4.50pm, officers were called to Haydock Racecourse following reports of a disturbance involving a group of men,” a Merseyside Police statement said. “Officers attended the scene and following further enquiries, a 26-year old… Read More »

  • The $5m ‘Not So All Star’ Mile

    The current $5 All Star Mile vote leader and one of the key horses in markets is unlikely to line-up in the inaugural event which has put further pressure on the quality the race is set to attract. The Chris Waller trained The Autumn Sun who currently leads $5m All… Read More »

  • Registrar lets star colts name slip through

    Do me a favour please: read carefully the very next paragraph. ‘The Registrar of Racehorses reserves the right to register or not register a name which is the same or similar to another name based on factors including but not limited to the age and sex of both horses, the… Read More »

  • Breeders miss potential star after cashing in early

    At Wagga today a 2YO named Zelago should be winning. And when he does, there may be a couple of peeps in this world kicking themselves. Zelago (Delago Deluxe-Ze Choice) is on debut for trainer Barb Joseph and her co-training sons Paul and Matt. You would need to watch a… Read More »

  • John Allen defends ‘suspicious’ G1 winning ride

    Jockey John Allen who over the past year had great success riding for the now banned Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean has spoken out to defend his ride on Trap For Fools in the Mackinnon Stakes which has come under scrutiny on social media. Allen’s ride on the Jarrod McLean… Read More »

  • Darren Weir was racings ‘worst kept secret’

    Hall Of Fame trainer Lee Freedman has spoken out about about the disqualification of Australia’s biggest trainer Darren Weir suggesting it was racing’s ‘worst kept secret’. Freedman spoke on Macquarie Sports Radio this morning where he said everyone thought something was going on in Weir’s stable and that credit must be… Read More »

  • Maher, Eustace to take over Darren Weir’s stables

    Ciaron Maher Racing has secured the Ballarat stables formerly owned and occupied by Darren Weir and will begin operating out of the complex immediately. The Ballarat Turf Club announced the move on Thursday and Racing Victoria has given approval for the training partnership of Maher and David Eustace to replace… Read More »

  • Is this Australia’s best broodmare?

    March 23 is shaping up as not just racing’s biggest early day of the year, but breeding’s as well. And it could very well be historical. It is of course Golden Slipper day, the 1200m race this year worth $3.5million. It’s also sees the running of the G1 George Ryder… Read More »

  • Sportsbet get behind Tom Melbourne for All Star Mile

    After finally breaking one of the most notorious droughts in Australian racing, an illustrious spot in the All-Star Mile could beckon for the people’s horse, Tom Melbourne. Online bookmaker Sportsbet is getting behind the once perennial bridesmaid to help book a spot at Flemington on the 16th of March. Currently sitting at 31st on… Read More »

  • Darren Weir’s horses ordered to be scratched

    Horses trained by Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean have been ordered to be scratch by Racing Victoria stewards. Racing Victoria stewards have withdrawn all horses entered for races over the weekend trained by Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean after imposing an interim order until the two face an adjourned show… Read More »

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