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  • Five Tax Tips before buying your first yearling
    17th December 2009
    With the yearling sales season about to come upon us, well known accountant Paul Carrazzo has published five valuable tips for people thinking of purchasing at the sales so read on.   I'm sure there are many of you out there contemplating your first yearling purchase in the months ahead. Good luck to all of you and enjoy the ride! ... Read more
  • Mott Searching for Elusive Derby Victory
    28th April 2008
    Mott Searching for Elusive Derby Victory Racenet Monday, 28 April 2008  Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has spent spring at Churchill Downs every year since 1979 and has amassed an impressive résumé at the historic Louisville track.  Mott is the all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs by victories with 561 and by stakes wins with 69. The 57-year-old ... Read more
  • What's Colour Got To Do With It?
    24th February 2008
    What’s Colour Got to Do With It? by Jane Henning Many assumptions are made about an unraced horse’s likely ability based on the colour of its coat. We have all heard such comments as, “I would only buy a bay Flying Spur,” or, before Lion Hunter raced, “There’s never been a ... Read more
  • La Troienne
    19th February 2007
    The February 2007 USA publication The Best and Worst of Thoroughbred Racing by author Steve Davidowitz includes this very interesting author’s impression of the great mare La Troienne. The book is available from Daily Racing Form or Here is what the chapter on this mare says. La Troienne (1926, Teddy – Helene de Troie, by Helicon) &... Read more
  • Lung Disease in Racehorses - USA Article
    29th January 2007
    Lung Disease in Racehorses - USA Article Anyone who has ever raced horses is aware that racehorses seem unable to successfully defend themselves against the causes of lung disease. Racehorses represent a section of the equine population that is well cared for, fit and receive regular strenuous exercise. Yet racehorses are much more likely than slower, weaker, less fit horses ... Read more
  • Measuring Up Yearlings
    10th December 2006
    Measuring Up Yearlings A study has confirmed what many people have long suspected – yearlings that are tall at the whither and hip, have a long body and large girth have an increased chance of a successful racing career and are more likely to achieve higher earnings than smaller yearlings. Measurement of leg length and circumference were not found to ... Read more
  • USA Hall of Fame Trainer Wayne Lukas
    10th December 2006
    USA Hall of Fame Trainer Wayne Lukas Address to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), 03 December 2006 USA Hall of Fame trainer gave a great talk which focused on his keys to success during a career filled with Eclipse Awards, Classic Race victories and Breeder’s Cup wins. This is a summary of what he said: “If you ... Read more
  • Dr Reg Pascoe's advice to Yearling Buyers
    30th November 2006
    Dr Reg Pascoe’s advice to Thoroughbred Yearling Buyers This world renowned veterinary surgeon was a speaker at the recent Queensland Racing Educational Day for new owners. In what turned out to be one of the most interesting topics discussed on the day Reg drew on his 50 years experience to explain in “layman’s” terms what ... Read more
  • Singapore's Kranji - World's lowest breakdown track
    26th November 2006
    Singapore’s Kranji – World’s lowest breakdown track After seven years of heavy racing on Singapore Turf Club’s Kranji course proper it is now claimed to be the world’s safest track with fewer breakdowns. The Singapore track was chosen after lengthy trials at Bukit Timah in which the Club compared various track surfaces, ... Read more
  • The Craziest Betting Race Ever - Ladbrokes
    31st October 2006
    The Craziest Betting Race Ever – Ladbrokes With the Melbourne Cup only days away and the Japanese horse Pop Rock selected to win by respected journalist Les Carlyon; the following story from the Racing Post on Monday 2nd October 2006 provides an insight into the betting potential of the Japanese if their horse looks like having a chance. Japanese star Pop ... Read more
  • World's Craziest Horse Race
    7th March 2006
    Worlds Craziest Horse Race When champion Australian stayer Sailor’s Guide won the Washington International in 1958 it was dubbed by the media as ‘one of the craziest races in turf history’. Sailor’s Guide beaten 3 ½ lengths by American horse Tudor Era won the $100,000 event on a protest. Jockey Grant who rode Sailor’s Guide ... Read more
  • How Irish wizard O'Brien got them dancing to his tune
    7th February 2006
    How Irish Wizard O'Brien got them Dancing to his tune.   by Max Presnell   'A good horse should move like a ballet dancer,' - a yardstick of Vincent O'Brien.  The four-legged Nijinsky, O'Brien's great champion, presumably moved like the two-legged variety. Nobody could achieve more in the equine field than O’Brien.  Not only did ... Read more
  • E-TRAKKA - New Technology for Training Horses
    12th January 2006
    E-TRAKKA – NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR TRAINING RACEHORSES E-Trakka is a personal fitness monitoring system for horses – during training it combines readings from a heart-rate monitor with readings from a GPS (Global Positioning System) –based velocity meter to produce a single fitness score. Invented by Andrew Stuart who at 15 was a jockey and at 19 retired due to height and ... Read more
  • Talking of Thoroughbred Champions
    14th December 2005
    TALKING OF THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONS English Author Nat Gould reckons the best racehorse he ever saw during his time in Australia was Carbine, or Old Jack as he was known.  By Musket from Mersey, Carbine was born in New Zealand and purchased as a yearling by Dan O’Brien for 620 Guineas. In any other era with the assistance of ... Read more
  • Racing into a New Era
    9th October 2005
    Racing into a New Era By a remarkable coincidence Dash for Cash, the first top grade performer by Secret Savings (USA), the sire of 2005 AJC Breeders' Plate winner Super Savings, the first winner to be 'zapped' in the mounting yard prior to performing his task on the racecourse, has a horse close up in his breeding who obviously played a ... Read more
  • The Golden Slipper - A Breeders' Dream
    28th September 2005
    THE GOLDEN SLIPPER - A BREEDERS’ DREAM The late Dan Buffier was a third generation Aussie and one of the most respected breeders in a great era in the history of the thoroughbred industry. Just before he died, well-known thoroughbred identity Graham Orr wrote this (edited) article about the great man. You might wonder what the article has to ... Read more
  • Country Racing
    21st September 2005
    COUNTRY RACING In my time, Docket was one.  River Ridge another, indeed one of the best.  And then there were the likes of Queer Street and Solo Lad and the bonny mare, Black Look, no more than a pony. And Merry Jack.  As true as steel.  One day in the last at Randwick, Merry Jack (Red, ... Read more
  • How Some of Australia's Top Races Got Their Names
    19th July 2005
    HOW SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S TOP RACES GOT THEIR NAMES There is a plethora of Group or feature races run each year around Australia.  Generally the history behind the naming of the races goes unnoticed. It is not rocket science to work out how the Kingston Town Stakes, Tulloch Stakes, Melbourne Cup or South Australian Derby got their ... Read more
  • What Happens To Old Racehorses
    19th July 2005
    WHAT HAPPENS TO OLD RACEHORSES"CHIEF DE BEERS" Just over a decade ago, a son of Hula Chief and Diamonds For Rosie called Chief De Beers thrilled race goers with a sterling victory in Doomben’s time honoured annual feature Group 1 sprint – the Doomben 10,000.  Three years later (1998) saw Chief De Beers repeat the dose, when he decimated ... Read more
  • How Carbine Conquered Sydney
    14th January 2005
    How Carbine Conquered Sydney The AJC Autumn Carnival is one of the highpoints of the Australian Racing Carnival - Eurythmic, Gloaming, Manfred, Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Tulloch, Galilee, Gunsynd, Kingston Town, to name but a few, and in more recent times Super Impose, Octagonal and Sunline. But none have come close to emulating the feats of Carbine in his three ... Read more
  • Let's Remember Champion Bernborough
    17th August 2004
    LET’S REMEMBER CHAMPION BERNBOROUGH August, 2004 After the Doomben 10,000 was run last Saturday and the Doomben Cup is run next Saturday, it is timely to just reflect for one moment on the champion Bernborough who was able to win the 1946 versions of both races under crushing weights. At the time he won the 1946 Doomben 10,000, it was called the T. ... Read more
  • Buying A Yearling
    11th December 2003
    Leola Jacobs talks with George SmithOne of Australia's most respected judges of thoroughbred horses, George Smith, believes that the first sight of a young racehorse is the best guide to grasping its quality. "First impressions are the best," Smith told me at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in February 2002.I'd gone there to ask him about the things he considers ... Read more