It was a 68th birthday to remember for Godolphin boss Sheikh Mohammed when his speedster Harry's Angel scorched down the track to win Newmarket's July Cup.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
It's the unkindest cut of all, the ultimate gear change. But it must be said that a gelding operation has made a man of emerging sprinter Ability.
There's an old saying in racing that all horses go fast past trees.
Few people disagree that there is a need for an A-League second division.
Steven Lowy succeeded his father Frank as chairman of the FFA about 18 months ago. Many regarded it as a controversial appointment at the time because it looked, through at least one prism, as though he was being bequeathed the most powerful position in the game as some sort of birthright.
World soccer's governing body FIFA has dealt FFA chairman Steven Lowy and his embattled board an embarrassing blow by rejecting its plan for a new local policy-making body.
Former Melbourne City skipper Patrick Kisnorbo's progression through the coaching ranks at the Bundoora-based club has taken another step after he was named as head coach of the club's dual title-winning women's team.
Three cases of depression have forced players to stand down by the halfway mark of the AFL season, with social media cited as a major contributing factor.
It's a measure of how much the Melbourne Cup has changed in the past couple of decades that a young stayer on the way up virtually has to win at group race level to even get a sniff of a place in the field.
The highway linking Adelaide to Melbourne is the shortest between interstate capitals, which is just as well given the conveyor belt of players who have spent time at both Melbourne City and Adelaide United since the former came into the league in its sixth season.