Peter Tonkes

  • Favorites Alinghi, Lonhro Win Big Races in Australia

    Onlookers might have suffered a heart flutter when Alinghi settled at the rear. Someone had to be second last of the 12 Blue Diamond (Aust-I) aspirants in the $1 million (Australian funds) juvenile feature, but it isn't supposed be the heavy favorite.

  • Pat Glennon, Rode the Great Sea-Bird II, Dies

    Pat Glennon, the Australian jockey who thrilled racegoers with triumphs aboard Sea-Bird II in the 1965 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Epsom Derby in Europe, died Feb. 15 in Adelaide, South Australia, after a short illness.

  • Regimental Gal Snatches Lightning Stakes Win

    The military stamped Australia's speed championship in Melbourne on Feb. 9. The cavalry arrived in the nick of time as Regimental Gal rushed down Flemington's grandstand rail to collar the 13-4 favorite Our Egyptian Raine (by Desert Sun) at the wire in the Lightning Stakes (Aust-I).

  • Rhythm Mares 1-2 in Aukland Cup

    Mares by Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Rhythm have supplied a 1-2 result for their sire in the Auckland Cup, New Zealand's premier two-mile race.

  • Australian Breeders Merge Two Bodies

    Australia's Thoroughbred breeders have taken a significant step toward unity with a merger of its two leading bodies. Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse jointly announced their amalgamation in a press statement earlier this month.

  • Elvstroem Wins Rematch in Victoria Derby

    From the moment Danehill colts Kempinsky and Elvstroem staged their Derby-prep war at Moonee Valley, they dominated discussions for the 149th Victoria Derby (Aust-I). Such prep performances invariably incur an awesome weight of expectation.

  • Field of Omagh Pulls Upset in Cox Plate

    As if to foreshadow several upsets-in-waiting at Santa Anita during the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Fields of Omagh sprung a 16-1 surprise in the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) at Melbourne, Australia, on the same day (Oct. 25).

  • Mummify Wraps Up Caulfield Cup

    Mummify, a horse with a name which might belong in antiquity, wrapped up the 126th Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 18 with a wire-to-wire win.

  • In Top Swing Takes Caulfield Guineas

    Chief's Crown son Beautiful Crown collected his first classic success when his first crop son In Top Swing won the $1 million (Australian funds) Caulfield Guineas (Aust-I) at Melbourne Oct. 11.

  • Indian Danehill Switches Shuttle Location

    A late switch has seen Indian Danehill redirected to Java Lodge in the Waikato, rather than complete his second southern season at Lindsay Park. Danehill's Irish-bred French group I winner arrived at the Waikato farm of Jo and Ross Mackie at 9.30 p.m. Aug. 26.

  • Anabaa's Travel Plans to Australia Delayed

    Plans for Danzig stallion Anabaa to shuttle from France to Australia for his sixth season at Widden Stud in Australia have been delayed as a result of injury at the Head family's Haras du Quesnay.

  • Australian Star Northerly Retired

    As the grand sweep of Seabiscuit's story reaches many more generations in movie theaters, the career has closed on one of Australia's wonderful underdog Thoroughbreds. Northerly departs far from the applause which accompanied his recently conferred Horse of the Year title.

  • Hennessy, represented by first Aussie classic winner.

    Hennessy Gets First Australian Group I Classic Winner

    It was no great surprise that Half Hennessy supplied the first group I classic win for his sire in the $500,000 (Australian funds) Queensland Derby (Aust-I) on June 7. It was the manner in which he dispatched his 13 rivals that provided the shock.

  • Bel Esprit Breaks Through for Group I Win

    As Royal Academy rests up before his eighth year of dual hemisphere work his best southern son, Bel Esprit, broke through for a belated group I at three in the $500,000 (Australian funds) Doomben 10,000 (Aust-I) in Brisbane May 17.

  • Hennessy Notches First Aussie Group I

    Hennessy landed his first Australian group I win as his 4 year-old son Grand Armee raced to a brilliant 3 1/2 length victory in the $2.5 million (Australian funds) Doncaster Handicap on April 19.

  • Rhythm To Shuttle to Australia

    Eclipse Award winner Rhythm, whose daughter Ethereal was Australia's champion stayer, is scheduled to commute on the shuttle again after an absence of four years

  • Vinery Australia Gets First Group I Win

    Tom Simon was present to see the southern chapter of his Vinery operation record its first group I success when the aptly named Bollinger led almost wire-to-wire to secure a clear-cut victory in the Coolmore Stakes (Aust-I).

  • Yell Wins Third Straight Group One

    Anabaa colt Yell continued his rout of the older horses in the Australia Stakes (Aust-I) in Melbourne, Australia on March 22, stretching successive group I victories to three and his winning sequence to five.

  • Lonhro Ready to Meet Northerly

    Lonhro is likely to have taken a step closer to a confrontation with Australia's leading Thoroughbred, Northerly, with a facile win in the $250,000 (Australian funds) Chipping Norton Stakes (Aust-I) at Sydney's Warwick Farm March 15.

  • Orientate to Shuttle to Australia

    Arrowfield Stud will spark a new era in Australian breeding this year with the addition of three internationally renowned first-time shuttle stallions to its sire roster

  • Numbers Down at New Zealand Sale

    Turnover at the 77th New Zealand yearling sale series closed at $47,235,200 for 970 head and experienced a significant drop in the lower end of the market. Receipts for eight days of selling were down 14% on the previous year.

  • Solid Start for Stravinsky Down Under

    As many of the first northern 2-year-olds by Stravinsky are in various stages of pre-schooling, his first southern generation made a significant impact on the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale

  • Sunday Silence Colt Tops Australia's Magic Millions Sale

    Tom Simon's Vinery harvested the top-priced Sunday Silence at the Magic Millions Yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast. The Vinery principle was present as the son of the deceased champion and unraced Miner's Mark daughter topped the auction at $900,000 (Australian funds).