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.

Roy Higgins: a gentleman in racing and in life

Peter Hanlon Roy Higgins left the Flemington mounting yard for the last time on Thursday.

Horse Racing

No more barriers to success when the race has been run and won

Peter Hanlon On a good thing, a jockey can take luck out of the equation, writes Peter Hanlon.

Racing

Dance makes a business out of having fun with friends

Darren Dance

Peter Hanlon From out of nowhere a few smart moves changed the owner's life.

Horse racing

Come Dancing

Racehorse owner and syndicator Darren Dance

Peter Hanlon Darren Dance doesn't know how many people claim some ownership of Caulfield Cup fancy Dandino, but they are all welcome.

Horse Racing

Hearts are heavy over the Cummings' goings

Foreman Reg Fleming and trackwork rider Joe Agresta are coming to terms with a move.

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

Racing

Geelong win is Ibicenco's Cup pass: Moody

Ibicenco

Peter Hanlon A European horse which loves jumping was fancied to win the Geelong Cup, and after his German-bred stayer Ibicenco duly upset the favoured Forgotten Voice trainer Peter Moody said his six-year-old...

Horse Racing

Ibicenco jumps to it

In charge: Ibicenco (left) wins the Geelong Cup to boost his claims for the Melbourne Cup.

Peter Hanlon A European horse who loves jumping was fancied to win the Geelong Cup.

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

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.

Horse Racing

Contrite Oliver puts bad bet behind him to let good times roll

Peter Hanlon dinkus

Peter Hanlon In front of the cameras, having stepped off the scales tingling all over, he spoke of the excitement he had felt about riding Fiorente in a race for the first time - in a Melbourne Cup, no less.

In the twilight zone, but ageless Gauci is still living the dream

Darren Gauci

Peter Hanlon A STRANGE feeling came over Darren Gauci on Tuesday. More than 30 years into his riding career, he got out of the car, hauled his gear through a racecourse gate, looked around and realised, ''I've...

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.

Cocky globetrotter lines up for Caulfield en route to the Big One

Jakkalberry

Peter Hanlon Alex Cairns is halfway through the longest six weeks of his life, and missing his wife, Lizzie, and daughter Ella terribly.

Nomad who can go the journey

Peter-Hanlon-sport-dinks

Peter Hanlon On a long trip away from family, Alex Cairns has a veteran traveller for company.

Dun it again

Craig Williams who rode Dunaden celebrates with the cup after winning the BMW Caulfield Cup during Caulfield Cup Day at Caulfield Racecourse on October 20, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Hanlon There are certain predictable strands to the biggest race days.