Peter Snowden not short of support for family's new stable

John Holloway Coolmore Stud’s management team rates Peter Snowden’s training capabilities high and the Darley mentor will prepare part of its huge racing string.


Vietnam vet hopes Weary can harness Anzac spirit at Randwick

Chris Roots Vietnam veteran Geoff Grimish will march in the Anzac Day parade on Friday to honour his mates and then hopes Weary can honour one of the Australian army’s most famous figures in the All Aged...


Jockeys the stars of the autumn as big-name horses fail to sparkle

Chris Roots dinkus

Chris Roots The Sydney autumn started with plenty of stars looking to climb to the next level. It still has the stars of the turf, but they have failed to sparkle.

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Softer Menangle track to make life easier for horses

Racing into the 21st century: The Menangle Park track is being replaced.

Chris Roots After a couple of world records on InterDominion Grand Final day, the surface of the Menangle is the process of being replaced as the program improve track infrastructure around the state moves into...

Horse Racing

Sydney's bid to attract top overseas horses handicapped by quarantine arrangements

Martin Talty

Patrick Bartley Sydney's attempt to lure high-class overseas horses to its autumn carnival may not work.

Horse racing

The race to save our horses

Chris Whitton studies the Scintigraphy scans on a race horse

Stathi Paxinos Bone research could prevent another tragedy like that of French mare Verema in last Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

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Short notice, but organisers want top international horses

Wise Dan

Chris Roots Sydney will become the centre of the racing world in April when the Championships take place for the first time and the dream is to have unbeaten Arc De Triomphe heroine Treve and American horse of...

Horses chase the riches in the wild west


Kyle Mackey-Laws The attention turns to Ascot on Saturday, with Perth hosting two group 1s headlined by the $1 million Railway Stakes over the mile.

Horse Racing

Cup horses get 24-hour guard

Chief steward Terry Bailey.

Patrick Bartley EXCLUSIVE Runners in this year's $6 million Melbourne Cup will, for the first time, have 24-hour guards.

Kiwi champ Jonathan Paget and mentor Kevin McNab's eventing horses test positive for drugs

Pippa Cuckson The eventing world is in shock after two horses tested positive to a sedative.

Waller's horses for courses strategy extends to his list of riders

Max Presnell

Max Presnell The adroit use of jockeys has spurred the success of Chris Waller, the dominator of Sydney racing.

Trainer accused of using synthetic peptides in his horses

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Metabolic Pharmaceuticals with vials of Chinese ADO that Metabolic purchased from China to test the purity of the peptide and found to be less than 10%.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker A Victorian trainer is one of several thoroughbred racing figures being investigated over the suspected use of peptides in their horses, including the anti-obesity drug given to some Essendon players.


Anger as Tinkler horses withdrawn from Magic Millions sales

Nathan Tinkler

Chris Roots Angry scenes have marred the Magic Millions horse sales on the Gold Coast on Friday after the auction house announced it would exercise its right to withdraw from sale another 13 horses from Nathan...

Anger as Tinkler horses pulled

Nathan Tinkler.

Chris Roots Angry scenes marred the Magic Millions horse sales on the Gold Coast on Friday after the auction house said it would exercise its right to withdraw from sale another 13 horses from Nathan Tinkler's...


Handy horses return to the track

Kyle Mackey-Laws And so it gets interesting. There are some handy horses returning to the track today, with several three-year-olds making their moves after the juvenile season six months ago.

Pierro's defeat spurred me to switch horses, says Williams

Craig Williams.

Michael Sharkie Having severed his commitment with Cox Plate favourite Pierro in preference for second-favourite Green Moon, Craig Williams admitted today that he would not have made the switch had the Gai...

Horses are a breed apart with drug use

Glen Robertson-Smith

Glenn Robertson-Smith The innuendo regarding drugs in horse racing could not be further from the truth.


Big names face elimination as Cup horses pay up


Andrew Eddy and Will Brodie There were several familiar local faces with multiples chances still in the Melbourne Cup when second acceptances were taken for the race this morning.

For young horses, it's a balancing act in long run

Glen Robertson-Smith

Glenn Robertson-Smith Up-and-coming stars of the turf need special attention to safeguard their bone structure.

All the horses, all the form

Andrew Eddy The Age racing editor Andrew Eddy's guide to the Cup field.