Monday, December 11, 2023



New research into the impact of radiographic lesions to help the thoroughbred industry: AgriFutures Australia

New research focused on Australian thoroughbreds is now available to help understand the impact of a range of lesions on a yearling’s potential racing performance. The Investigation of what radiographic lesions in thoroughbred yearlings are significant in limiting future racing performance project was delivered by AgriFutures Australia...

Bring the New Year in right and get to the Beet! 1 January 2024

Gearing up for a spectacular start to 2024, the Burrumbeet Park & Windermere Racing Club is set to host the 134th edition of the Pacific Fuel Solutions Burrumbeet Cup. This time-honored event promises a day of exhilarating Country Racing against the backdrop of picturesque landscapes—a perfect setting for friends and families to come together and usher in the New Year.

2024 Newhaven Park Country Championships Series: Racing NSW

Racing NSW announced the 2024 dates and venues for the Newhaven Park Country Championships Series. In 2024, the series of seven regional qualifiers and two Wild Card races of $150,000 prizemoney will culminate in a Final with $1 million in prizemoney.

Wilde party at Donald cup

Peter Hibberd. The after-party of the running of the bet365 Donald Cup was very good, but it would not compare to the party held by the Symon Wilde stable from Warrnambool after three winners at the Donald Racing Centre, including successive Donald Cups.

Roma Cup! 18 November 2023

Roma Turf Club

They came from near and far

Blake Lee. From fashions to food, friends and family to fun, the iconic Elders Mt. Wycheproof Cup Day offered something for all 4,000 in attendance ... Wycheproof may only be home to 600 residents; however, it surely knows how to attract large crowds to its vibrant events...

Wyche Cup – abandoned

Peter Hibberd. Due to the provisions of the track safety inspection policy, the last two races at the Elders Wycheproof Cup meeting were abandoned. Riders were concerned about a section of track. After remedial work was completed, stewards and a deputation of riders inspected the section concerned.

Bong Bong Picnic Races, 24 November 2023

This is the big comeback at Bong Bong after 3 years of no racing two due to COVID and last year due to track conditions. Don’t miss this great Highlands tradition, the race that stops the Highlands.

Mancel displays fine form

Several local businesses supported the initiative to display a pristine flag ahead of Derby Day in the Country and increase the Spring Racing Carnival atmosphere across Wycheproof ahead of a community event not held with crowds for three years.

$600,000 Melbourne Cup trophy tour to Maldon

How did the $600,000 18-carat-gold Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy land in Maldon at the Sandy Creek Clydesdales last Wednesday? Since its inaugural journey in 2003, the Melbourne Cup trophy tour has travelled more than 900,000 kilometres and visited more than 590 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations.

Horseless racing well attended

The Gunbower Racing Club’s annual race day was held on Saturday, but in yet another blow to the club, the 45ml of rain received ... saw all horse racing cancelled ...the club went ahead with all planned off-track events and was blown away by the support of the almost 2,000 people who still attended ... “Our track was in beautiful condition, and that’s what made it so hard."

Who knew? Dianne Barnes was once a leading jockey

Many know Dianne Barnes as the successful para dressage rider, but there is so much more to the story. With the Paris Olympics less than a year away, Dianne and her mount Sorena are on a path to compete on the para dressage team, but this is just the latest chapter in a varied and successful riding career.

Lockhart Picnics make grand return

Lockhart Picnic Races made a return to racing after a three year hiatus with horses once again gracing the track last week. Racegoers gathered from as far as Melbourne to attend the event with around 1000 people filling the venue.

Lockhart Picnic Races, 29 September 2023

Lockhart Picnic Race Club

Jamestown Cup, 30 September 2023

Jamestown Racing Club

Donald Springs into racing action

Donald's race meeting on Sunday, September 17, was blessed with beautiful warm sunshine, suggesting that the Spring Racing Carnival has arrived. The track was rated a good four, with an upgrade to a good three prior to race three, with a moderate crowd attending the event.

Trainer’s fall from a horse results in a fractured pelvis

Muchea trainer Alan Mathews’ fall from an unraced horse resulted in an operation and a short stint in rehabilitation ... Mathews, who has won six Perth Cups, said the accident that put him in hospital was a fall from a horse that wasn’t even going fast.

“After three long years … it’s our racing return”: Wycheproof prepares for Cup Day

There is a spring feeling in the air, a hustle and bustle ambience on Broadway. Anticipation is building. “Derby Day in the Country” is almost BACK.  Get set to celebrate the wonderful Elders Mt. Wycheproof Cup Day this November – a highlight of the spring social calendar in the Mallee.

Expert commentary: Invasive species driving Australian biodiversity loss: CSIRO

In the wake of IPBES' release of the Invasive Alien Species Assessment, CSIRO's Dr Andy Sheppard explains why invasive species are of urgent concern, providing key insights with a focus on Australia. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES; often described as the IPCC for biodiversity) released its Invasive Alien Species Assessment in Bonn, Germany, on 4 September 2023.

Race club makes the final field

The Towong Turf Club has been recognised for the success of its annual race meeting with its nomination as the ‘Best Country Racing Event in 2023’. Returning for the first time since 2019, the awards will be presented at a gala event on Saturday. "We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the Kelly Sports Country Event of the Year," said Towong president, Al Mackinnon.

World famous shuttle stallions arrive for Australian breeding season: DAFF

Shuttle stallions are highly valuable, male thoroughbred and standardbred horses who are ‘shuttled’ between the Northern and Southern hemisphere to mate and produce valuable offspring for the racing industry. Renowned for their race-track performance and historic pedigrees, these stallions will mate with some of Australia’s top broodmares.

Sarah’s Field of Dreams

Peter Hibberd. To be inducted into Racing Victoria’s jockey program is a dream for many aspiring jockeys. To win at your first race ride and join a very elite club, that is something else. Last Friday at the Donald racing centre all these dreams were realised when 25-year-old apprentice jockey Sarah Field won her first race at her first ride on the aptly-named Field Of Flutes.

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