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.

The outsiders

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

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.

Horseracing

Lead a horse to Waterhouse, and she'll make it a winner

Gai Waterhouse

Peter Hanlon DAWN is yet to break at Flemington, but Gai Waterhouse is already lighting up the gloom. ''I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it, I cannot tell you!'' she says of a life that is both a long time...

Gai & the invasion of time

Gai Waterhouse cheers her horse, Fat Al, on to victory at the Epsom Cup.

Peter Hanlon Gai Waterhouse knows how hard it is to be on top, so she enjoys it when she is.

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.

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.

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.

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.