Men in Australia caught transporting horses despite ban on shipment due to equine influenza. First horse death due to EI reported.
The equine influenza outbreak has worsened with news of infected yearlings at Darley, whose farm manager has called for a vaccination program.
Leading West Australian trainer Fred Kersely ventured east with his star Marasco for a fifth time and finally landed the chocolates at Flemington on Sept. 8.
Racing resumes in Australia at Canberra Sept. 7 and Warwick Farm Sept. 8. The Warwick meeting is for horses stabled there only.
Australian Minister For Primary Industries Ian Macdonald confirmed Thursday there are 1,319 horses infected with equine Influenza on 146 properties in in New South Wales, plus another 3,376 suspected cases on 405 properties.
For the embattled, almost crippled breeding industry in New South Wales, the major Thoroughbred nursery in Australia, the news seems to worsen every day. Now wind is driving equine influenza to imperil 15,000 newborn foals.
With confirmation that a broodmare in Australia has equine influenza, the foal crop is in jeopardy.
The Sydney Racing Club plans to open a quarantine facility that could allow New South Wales horses to compete in major races in Victoria.
The Australian Spring Carnival in Sydney will not be held because of a virulent outbreak of equine influenza, of which there are now eight confirmed cases in Thoroughbreds.
Racing Victoria has breathed a huge breath of fresh air into the Thoroughbred industry in Australia by going against the recommendations of its sister states in the wake of an equine influenza outbreak, but the problems is far from resolved.
All track work halted Aug. 26 at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia after three Thoroughbreds showed symptoms of equine influenza. It was the first time EI appeared to have crept into Australian racing circles.
The spread of equine influenza in Australia could cause the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) to be run later than usual. Forty-seven horses have tested positive.
Catastrophe struck Australia's entire horse population - and in particular, the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries - with the blanket cancellation of all race meetings Aug. 25 after an outbreak of equine influenza.
- By Ric Chapman
The racing and breeding industries in Australia took an almighty turn for the worse in the early hours of Aug. 25, when the government stopped movement of horses across the country because of a diagnosis of equine influenza.
Makybe Diva, the two-time Australian Horse of the Year, has given birth to her first foal, a colt by Galileo.
Shadea, the dam of Australian Horse of the Year Lonhro, was found dead in her paddock Tuesday at Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia.
The weanling focus in Australia has moved south to Victoria and this time is being conducted by Inglis & Son. On Tuesday, June 26, there was aggressive trading as pinhookers latched onto the value added opportunities in Australia.
There was to be no Rags to Riches outcome from the BMW Queensland Derby (Aus-I) at Eagle Farm racecourse on Saturday when favored Eskimo Queen, winner of last week's Queensland Oaks (Aus-I) took a tumble with five furlongs remaining.
Former jockey Tracey Bartley was close to tears immediately following the running of the QTC Stradbroke Handicap (Aus-I) over seven furlongs at Eagle Farm racecourse in Australia on Saturday.
Kitchwin Hills manager Mick Malone purchased Wiener for the top price of Aust$1.25 million Tuesday during the second select session of the five-day broodmare section at the Magic Millions National Sale.
Gypsy Dancer sold for Aust$1.5 million as the Magic Millions broodmare sale got off to a record-setting start.
A Fastnet Rock colt sold for Aust$370,000 (U.S. 307,000) Thursday to top the second and final session of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale in Australia.
A Redoute's Choice weanling sold for Aust$1,150,000 (U.S. $943,000) Wednesday during the opening session of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale Wednesday.
Takeover Target roared back into Royal Ascot contention Saturday by gunning down the wonder 3-year-old filly of Australia, Gold Edition to win the Carlton Draught Doomben.
Another one of Juddmonte Farm's best bred young racehorses is coming to stand stud in Australia.
On the heels of a record yearling sale, Inglis select broodmare sale sets a record for gross.
An unserved mare and an ageing dam of a bona fide champion highlighted day four of the Inglis Australian broodmare sale in Sydney, Australia Thursday.
Despite the large run of passed in hips, the quality horses continued to find good homes on day three of the 2007 William Inglis & Son Australian Select Broodmare Sale on Wednesday in Sydney. And some of them for good prices.
Darley's two gun stallions in Australia, Elusive Quality and Bernardini, have earned spots in the limelight following the announcement of their respective Southern Hemisphere service fees.
The 2007 William Inglis & Son Australian Select Broodmare Sale in Sydney on Tuesday proved that those with money to buy mares with proven progeny records are going to be rewarded.
Pinhookers were out in force as day one of the Sydney Inglis Weanling sale unfolded on Sunday in Australia. The top price was paid by Coolmore representative Colm Santry who went to Aus$320,000 (U.S.$266,700) on behalf of a client for a filly by Encosta de Lago from the stakes placed Langfuhr mare Shalang.
William Inglis & Son's Easter yearling sale, which ended Thursday in Australia, generated a series of all-time highs during its three-session run.
Premier Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse spent $3million (U.S. $2,476,000) for a handsome half-brother to European superstar Holy Roman Emperor during the second session of William Inglis & Son's Australian Easter yearling sale Wednesday night in Sydney.
The old adage 'the cream rises to the top' was in play as day one of Australia's biggest yearling sale -- in fact the southern hemisphere's biggest yearling sale -- came to a thunderous end on Tuesday evening.
- By Ric Chapman
Kiaran McLaughlin is headed to Dubai with Invasor this weekend but before he leaves he will lose one of his barns' best bred gallopers, Paullinus, to Australian interests.
There are two superstar stallions in Australia: One is Redoute's Choice and the other is Encosta de Lago. Coolmore owns Encosta de Lago, and he is about to be given the chance to show his talents on a global stage at the outfit's stud in Ireland.
There was a surprise on the second of the Melbourne Inglis Premier Sale when a stallion standing for a small fee had a colt fetch a whopping Aus$270,000 (U.S.$209,000).
The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Victoria, Australia, is always seen as the main preliminary event on the under card to the April Easter Yearling Sale, also conducted by Inglis. If day one of Premier was a precursor of things to come, Easter should be mind blowing.
A filly by Royal Academy sold for Aust$160,000 (U.S. $127,00) to top the second day of the Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale.
Former U.S. multiple graded stakes winner Classic Endeavor has been purchased by an Australian stud farm and is headed down under to begin his breeding career.
As the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale got underway, a filly by Redoute's Choice brought the top price.
As the second day of the four day Perth Magic Millions sale in Western Australia ended, former U.S. sprinter El Moxie was the top attraction.
In Australia on Monday, the Inglis Classic Yearling sale ended reaching new heights - just like every other yearling sale in the world so far this year.
He may have only won at grade II level, but Darley's homebred freshman stallion hope Untouchable is completely outshining the host of more impressive shuttlers as the first two days of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale ended on Sunday evening in Australia.
Bloodstock agent Michael Steaman was the buyer of a No Excuse Needed colt that set a Select Section record of NZ$230,000 during the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale series.
Lucky Owners colt brings top price when sold for NZ$170,000 (US116,731)to bloodstock agent Kieran Moore.
Self-made millionaire purchases Zabeel colt for $1.4 million from Cambridge Stud.
A son of Stravinsky was sold for US$906,000 during Monday's opening session of New Zealand National Yearling Sale to David Ellis.
The experiment to make session five of the expanding Magic Millions Yearling Sale didn't produce the fireworks expected -- but records still continued to fall.
Coolmore's world famous representative Demi O'Byrne paid the Magic Millions Day 4 top price of (Aus) $900,000 for a colt by Arrowfield Stud current Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice.
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