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

Rocking up in pursuit of a group 1 dream

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

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.

Racing

The Laing shot

Polanski

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

Horse Racing

Emotions on a razor's edge as jockeys ply trade

Peter-Hanlon-sport-dinks

Peter Hanlon A jockeys' room on a group 1 race day has a little bit of everything, and then some.

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...

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.

Seniors' moment as Demi takes Oaks

Demi

Peter Hanlon With all due respect to those involved - with the exception of three-year-old filly Dear Demi, which in truth did most of the work - the Oaks was not so much a win for the ages as a win for the aged.

Final act

Damien Oliver

Peter Hanlon It has been a funny old spring, with lauded favourites fading and bargain horses saluting.

Cummings truly a chip off the old block

The Cups King likes what he sees.

Peter Hanlon After a win in the opening race, the old master stepped back to let the son also shine.

Lady Luck smiles on Lemaire

French jockey Christophe Lemaire

Peter Hanlon The story was what happened on the way to the Melbourne Cup.