Safety

Waller takes the safety-first course with smart baby Champagne Cath

Chris Roots CHRIS WALLER is not taking any risks with impressive two-year-old Champagne Cath on the way to next month's $2 million Magic Millions Classic, but admits he is ready to end the preparation if she is...

Horse racing

Grand National jockeys rebel

Grand National-winning Leighton Aspell was part of a mass jockeys' rebellion against the racecourse stewards at Aintree racecourse after Pineau De Re's 25-1 success on Saturday.

Horseracing

Kembla trainer Erwin Takacs on life support after pool incident

Racing Royal Randwick

Adam Pengilly, Bree Fuller Police are still trying to determine the cause of a mysterious accident that has left a Kembla Grange trainer fighting for his life in Wollongong Hospital.

Racing

Melham must cool heels as stewards continue crackdown

Ben Melham

Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch Ben Melham has joined the growing list of top jockeys sidelined after he was outed by Racing Victoria stewards at the Geelong Cup meeting.

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Horse Racing

Women jockeys face huge career hurdles, report finds

Successful female jockey Michelle Payne.

Michael Lynch The life of a jockey looks like one of the more glamorous ways to earn a living.

Horse Racing

Frustration as jockeys flout rules

Terry Bailey.

Patrick Bartley and Michael Sharkie Racing Victoria chief steward makes no apologies for the recent spate of leading jockeys being sidelined for careless riding during the most important month of racing on the Australian calendar.

When tragedy upsets the science of horse racing

International horses  at  Werribee this morning , Verema with Jonathan Fleutot aboard
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Thursday the 31st of October 2013

Daisy Dumas As Fiorente swept gracefully to victory on Tuesday, to the far left of Flemington's world-famous course a horse lay unmoving, her right foreleg's cannon bone badly broken.

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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A jockey's life: The toughest game in town is for those without fear

Kathy O'Hara

Andrew Wu It has been only 15 days since Kathy O'Hara fell and had a horse trample over her head. On Saturday at Randwick, she returns to the racetrack.

Horseracing

Randwick's reputation takes another hit after big wet

Ray Murrihy

Chris Roots Randwick track manager Nevesh Ramdhani has been fighting a losing battle against Mother Nature since headquarters reopened in April and the final nail was the abandonment of Saturday's meeting after...

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Racing

Samaready shows she's willing and able

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31: Craig Newitt riding Samaready wins The Shark.com.au Stakes during Melbourne racing at Caulfield Racecourse on August 31, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Chris Roots Mick Price is eyeing another group 1 with Samaready after the star mare made a winning comeback at Caulfield on Saturday.

Horse racing

Oliver 'fit and focused'

Damien Oliver.

Patrick Bartley Trainer Mick Price said he had no misgivings re-establishing a relationship with Damien Oliver

Horseracing

Flying Bucky may have blazed a trail for the picnics

Max Presnell dinkus

Max Presnell Over drinks at the historic Fernhill homestead the previous evening, a ride on the training track - on the resident Clydesdale, Rosie - sounded like a leisurely pursuit.

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Horse Racing

Rocking up in pursuit of a group 1 dream

Lloyd Kennewell with Thiamandi at their temporary Flemington base on Tuesday.

Peter Hanlon Giving the big races a shake can be a family affair, writes Peter Hanlon.

Racing

Jockeys injured in double fall at Queanbeyan Race Track

Jay Ford/

Chris Wilson Two jockeys appear to have been cleared of serious injury after their horses fell at a Queanbeyan race meeting on Monday.

Horse Racing

Napthine demands answers on Werribee

Denis Napthine.

Patrick Bartley Racing Victoria asked for probe into embarrassing events at last Wednesday's meeting.

Horseracing

Payne gain: young Kiwi makes big impression in the city

Courtney Van Der Werf.

Chris Roots New Zealand apprentice Courtney Van Der Werf came to Australia chasing a dream and Dowdstown Charlie helped her take a big step towards that dream.

Racing

Win boosts Black Opal

Channel Seven Brisbane racing carnival. The Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, QLD, May 25, 2013. Kerrin McEvoy riding on Epaulette wins during race 8, the Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000.
Photo: Tertius Pickard.

David Polkinghorne There's a rising chorus for Canberra's Black Opal Stakes to be elevated to group 3 status.

Jumps Racing

Smerdon believes the jumps is in renewal mode

Robert Smerdon

Patrick Bartley Robert Smerdon has forgotten more about jumps racing than most of his rival trainers know.

Smerdon confident a new spring has returned to jumps racing

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon has forgotten more about jumps racing than most of his rival trainers know.