Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon has worked at The Age since 1995, initially as deputy sports editor, subsequently as editor of the Saturday and Sunday Age sports sections, and since 2007 as a senior sports writer. He writes extensively on the AFL, and has also covered the Beijing Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Horse Racing

Hearts are heavy over the Cummings' goings

Peter Hanlon Times are changing at a famous stable, Peter Hanlon writes.

Horse Racing

One of the world's great stables wants our great race

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Peter Hanlon When you sell yourself as one of the world's great races, trying to attract the biggest names in the game, it's no bad thing to have in the field a horse trained by English thoroughbred nobility.

Plate hope relishes the quiet life

Cox Plate runner Puissance De Lune

Peter Hanlon It sounds like a twist on the old, ''A horse walks into a bar …'' joke, but no one will be asking, ''Why the long face?'' if Puissance De Lune wins Saturday's Cox Plate.

Horse Racing

Very, Berri good

Darren Weir.

Peter Hanlon A Cox Plate win would come with an uncomfortable rider for Darren Weir, who can count among all he's learnt in racing a conviction that he'll never relish the spotlight.

The outsiders

How's that: Chad Schofield returns on Shamus Award.

Peter Hanlon The Cox Plate lead-up had been so full of dramatic twists it was destined to cough up a winner straight out of central casting.

Horse Racing

Tips and Beers: a name on the lips of many

Derby-bound: Tips And Beers wins at Caulfield this month.

Peter Hanlon Tips And Beers will have a big cheer squad in the derby, writes Peter Hanlon.

Horse Racing

Steady hand

Craig Newitt at home with wife Karli and their boys

Peter Hanlon After seven Cup rides without a placing, Craig Newitt is hoping to go the distance this time on Foreteller.

Racing

The Laing shot

Polanski

Peter Hanlon A bargain basement Derby winner proves fairytales still come true.

Racing

Oliver takes centre stage with Thousand Guineas win

Damien Oliver

Peter Hanlon Damien Oliver, the jockey in the midst of a betting scandal, stole centre stage at Caulfield today when he piloted star filly Commanding Jewel to an easy victory in the group 1 Thousand Guineas.

When the going gets tough, Oliver gets going

Damien Oliver

Peter Hanlon Damien Oliver has risen to great heights before when burdened with a heavy heart.

Cop the tip, McDonald is here to win

Warm-up: James McDonald and Victoria Derby favourite It's A Dundeel get a feel for Moonee Valley yesterday.

Peter Hanlon New Zealand sensation has already made a series of bright starts.

Racing

Plate cheapies give sport of kings a reality check

Happy Trails

Peter Hanlon Between them, three of today's Cox Plate runners - Happy Trails, Shoot Out and Sincero - cost less than the price of a new Commodore.

Cheap thrills all part of the luck of the draw

Happy days: Stephen Farley with Sincero.

Peter Hanlon You don't have to fork out millions to find a good horse.

Boss cocky. Well, why not?

racing By Peter Hanlon GLEN BOSS broke free of the microphones and well-wishers' hands being thrust in his face, darted back onto the Moonee Valley track and ran whooping and hollering along the rail, high-fiving racegoers...

Boss Man is back as life of the party

Jockey Glen Boss.

Peter Hanlon GLEN BOSS broke free of the microphones and well-wishers' hands being thrust in his face, darted back onto the Moonee Valley track and ran whooping and hollering along the rail, high-fiving racegoers...

Water under the bridge

Gai Waterhouse

Peter Hanlon Gai Waterhouse is upbeat despite a dismal start to her carnival, writes Peter Hanlon.

Racing

It's been gloomy, but Gai still has spring in her step

Gai Waterhouse

Peter Hanlon GAI WATERHOUSE has trained eight winners since the spring carnival picked up speed at Caulfield two weeks ago.

Baker seasoned to triumph and tragedy of tough game

VRC Derby favourite Its a Dundeel

Peter Hanlon EMILY MURPHY arrived at Murray Baker's stables the week after Lion Tamer died, and felt the sadness.

Sentimental favourites & harsh reality

VRC Derby favourite Its a Dundeel with handler Emily Murphy.

Peter Hanlon Emily Murphy is just happy to be on what she thinks is the ultimate working holiday.

Nothing done by halves in Dear Demi's Oaks victory

Oaks and out: Dear Demi drives to the line in the VRC Oaks ahead of Zydeco.

Peter Hanlon The associations behind the VRC Oaks win were long, very long, writes Peter Hanlon.