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  • The History of the Australian Bloodhorse
    9th October 2014
    The History of the Australian Bloodhorse - An extract from "The Australian Bloodhorse" by Douglas M Barrie. The Australian thoroughbred is, of course the British thoroughbred, modified to a greater or lesser extent by the Australian environment.  In the first half century a few different elements - mostly Arabs of the highest quality - were added to the mixture, ... Read more
  • The Speed Gene in Thorougbreds has UK orign
    25th January 2012
    Research by a team of scientists suggests that a variant of the so-called speed gene found in top racehorses can be traced back to a single British mare living around 300 years ago.   That mare may have had a similar genetic make-up to today's sturdy native ponies. This fascinating study over hundreds of living horses DNA has revealed that the ... Read more
  • Matriachs of Thoroughbred Racehorses Unmasked
    29th October 2010
    Matriarchs of Thoroughbred Racehorses Unmasked Thoroughbred racehorses have typically been associated with the highly-prized breeds of the Arabian Peninsula; but according to new research, their origins may be far more cosmopolitan than previously thought. In a new set of findings published today, a University of Cambridge-led team of academics reveal how modern racehorses, as well as the Thoroughbreds used for ... Read more
  • Champions - Australian Racing Museum
    30th November 2006
    Visitation Soars – Australian Racing Museum The relocation of the Australian Racing Museum to Federation Square in Melbourne has seen visitation soar to over 100,000 visitors annually. An overwhelming visitor response after opening is now beginning to plateau but the industry’s investment in Champions has exposed the history, culture and excitement of thoroughbred racing to a vastly larger and ... Read more
  • A Day at the Races: The Horse in Australia
    16th November 2006
    A Day at the Races: The Horse in Australia Mitchell Library The NSW State Library has launched a new online site to show its collection of historical racing images and original items depicting the history of the horse in Australia. The Library has a vast collection conservatively valued at $2 billion and includes historical items from all over Australia which showcase ... Read more

  • 13th November 2006
    W.Cothran “Cot” Campbell USA author and the father of thoroughbred racing syndications. When Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell first conceived the idea of ownership of thoroughbred racehorses through participation in syndicates, or partnerships as they are known in the USA, he stepped out onto a new playing field alone, destined ever after to be know as the &... Read more
  • The Melbourne Cup - Three Year Olds
    7th November 2006
    The Melbourne Cup - Three Year Olds   Bill Whittaker writing in the Sydney Morning Herald provided the following interesting statistics for the Melbourne Cup.  Over the past 60 years twelve VRC Derby winners have contested the Melbourne Cup in their 3 year old season. The following table shows how the 3 year old’s fared, note their weight increased from ... Read more
  • Phar Lap Statue For His Birthplace in NZ
    18th September 2006
    Phar Lap Statue For His Birthplace in NZ A $300,000 bronze statue of great New Zealand bred galloper Phar Lap (NZ) (Night Raid)X Entreaty by Winkie) is to be erected in his birthplace of Timaru, New Zealand. A trust has been formed, known as the Phar Lap Charitable Trust, to raise the money required to fund a life-sized bronze memorial ... Read more
  • Waler Memorial
    26th April 2006
    Waler Memorial Tamworth might be better known as the country music capital but people are making a pilgrimage there for another reason - to see the Waler Memorial. Unveiled in October 2005 this life size, life-like bronze memorial to the Australian Light Horse is a project which had taken four years of dedicated work to become a reality. During World War ... Read more
  • Kentucky Derby & The World's Largest Equine Museum
    20th March 2006
    Kentucky Derby & The World's Largest Equine Museum   Col. M. Lewis Clark Jr., inspired by the Epsom Derby (Englad G1) in England, inaugurated the Kentucky Derby in 1875 at his newly opened Louisville Jockey Club Course (Churchill Downs wouldn't get its current name until 1886).  The race was designed to be the centrepice of Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, as well ... Read more
  • New Zealand National Sales History
    10th March 2006
    New Zealand National Sales History The National Yearling Sales have been part of the New Zealand thoroughbred industry for so long it’s difficult to imagine the concept ever needed development. Yet for the first seventy years or so that thoroughbred horse were bred or raced in New Zealand there was no national sale. During this period Pyne, Gould, ... Read more
  • Gertrude
    26th January 2006
    OBITUARY by Kate Harris Gertrude “Gertie” Brook 1922 – 2005 Gertrude “Gertie” Brook, the only woman to win campdrafting’s most prestigious event, the Warwick Gold Cup, passed away peacefully on Boxing Day 2005. Gertie created campdrafting history in 1951 when she was successful on the wonderful gelding Popeye, owned by Clive and Len Ballard, of the Macleay district &... Read more
  • New Book recalls 1000 horses roamed Scone Stud
    28th December 2005
    New Book recalls the time when a 1000 horses roamed the one Scone Stud In the late 1800s, an era before motor transport and in which the Australian population was less that four million, one pastoral property near Scone in the Hunter Valley, ran more than a thousand horses of a variety of description including thoroughbreds. Serviced by the Kingdon Ponds ... Read more
  • Banjo Paterson
    15th November 2005
    BANJO PATERSON Banjo Paterson was a major contributor to the Racing Hall of Fame’s collection of racing stories and verses.  In fact he is currently the only writer in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. ANDREW BARTON PATERSON was born on 17 February 1864 at Narambla, New South Wales.  His parents lived at Buckinbah Station at Yeoval (the ... Read more
  • Phar Lap: The best that ever was?
    18th October 2005
    Phar Lap: The best that ever was? by Ross Stapleton. October 20, 2005 finally sees the DVD release of “Phar Lap” – the best Australian sports movie ever made. His legend remains familiar to generations as one of our two greatest sporting icons alongside Bradman. But while our most revered champion racehorse – was he “the best that ever ... Read more