Keyword: Australia

  • Inglis Premier Sale Begins Strong

    The Inglis Premier Sale, conducted annually in Melbourne at the Oaklands Junction complex, began March 2 where Karaka in New Zealand left off last month -- with a bang.

  • Street Sense and Bernardini (above) are two of the Darley stallions that will be shuttling to Australia for the 2008 breeding season.

    Bernardini, Street Sense Shuttling

    Eclipse Award winners Bernardini and Street Sense will be headed to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation in Australia for the 2008 Southern Hemisphere breeding season once their duties are completed at Darley near Lexington.

  • Saturday's AJC Gimcrack Stakes in Australia is sponsored by Keeneland.

    Keeneland Race in Australia

    Saturday's listed AJC Gimcrack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Royal Randwick in Australia on Saturday will be sponsored by the Keeneland Association.

  • Weekend Hussler won Autralia's group I Oakleigh Plate by a widening two lengths.

    Weekend Hussler Lives up to Hype

    "Get on this, he is unbeatable today," declared trainer Ross McDonald as his powerhouse 3-year-old Weekend Hussler was lining up for a return to racing in the group I, Oakleigh Plate over 5 1/2 furlongs at Caulfield in Australia on Feb 23.

  • Good Journey

    First Stakes Winner for Magali Sire

    Grade I winner Good Journey was represented by his first stakes winner Feb. 16, when his 3-year-old son Sound Journey won the Top Cut Alister Clark Stakes (Aust-II) at Moonee Valley for trainer Mick Price.

  • Easter Sale Has Broodmare Dispersal

    With entries for the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale closing Feb. 22, Inglis confirmed the auction will feature the complete unreserved dispersal of the Swettenham Stud broodmare band.

  • Apache Cat powers to victory in the Australia Stakes.

    Apache Cat Impressive in Australia

    Apache Cat, the most popular racehorse in Australia, added not only to his growing bag of group I wins, but pretty much convinced his connections a trip to England is now a viable option after he blew away a top class field in the six-furlong Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday, Feb. 16.

  • Shinzig (outside) powers to victory in the Orr Stakes.

    Shinzig Delivers Shock in Orr

    Traditionally a brilliant stallion making race, this year's rivetting rendition boasted nine previous group I winners, and the remaining seven runners had all placed at group I level.

  • Record Covers In Australia

    The upcoming years in Australia will be effected in many ways following the devastation that was equine influenza, in particular on the racetracks. For instance, while Victoria remained, astonishingly, EI free for the duration of the crisis in Australia, broodmare owners in Victoria had no option but to send their mares to Victorian based stallions. As a result we now have a set of statistics that defy belief.

  • Australian Jockey George Moore Dead

    The American equivalent would have been Bill Shoemaker, or in more recent times Pat Day. That's the sort of lofty esteem that international jockey George Moore was held in. Australia's greatest rider, George "Cotton Fingers" Moore, died Jan. 8.

  • George Moore Dies at Age 84

    Jockey George Moore, who Australians would put in the same category as sports stars Bill Shoemaker and Tiger Woods, died Jan. 8 in a Sydney nursing home. Moore was 84.

  • Host (CHI) will have one more start before going to stud in Australia later this year.

    Host to Stand in Australia

    Swettenham Stud has announced that millionaire Host, winner of the Jan. 4 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT), will stand the 2008 breeding season at its Nagambie property in Victoria, Australia.

  • EI Update: Horses Trek to Victoria

    Only 114 days following the discovery of equine influenza (EI) at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia, 66 sale horses from New South Wales will make the journey across the Murray River into Victoria on Monday.

  • Host Sold to Australian Interest

    Host, a grade I winner for owner Eugene Melnyk, has been bought by an Australian group that will stand him at stud.

  • Aussie Stars Clash in $100k Sprint

    There was no black type involved and the race was only worth $100,000, but the clash of group I sprinting Australian icons Takeover Target and Dance Hero over six furlongs at Royal Randwick on Saturday was as good an advertisement for horse racing as could be.

  • Royal Randwick Racecourse

    Racing Returns to Royal Randwick

    It is fitting that global sprinting icon Takeover Target will headline the much anticipated return to Sydney racing as fans flock to the meet at Royal Randwick this Saturday

  • Miss Andretti was crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year on Nov. 26.

    Miss Andretti Gets Top Aussie Award

    Miss Andretti is widely regarded as the best sprinter on the planet. She leads the Global Sprint Challenge, is now in Hong Kong readying herself for the $2.5-million Cathay Pacific International Sprint (HK-I), and on Nov. 26 in Australia she was crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year.

  • Ignored Rules Led to EI Outbreak

    Australian health officials didn't seem too concerned when stallion Encosta de Lago arrived in late August at the Eastern Quarantine facility with an elevated temperature and nasal discharge, according to a groom with Coolmore. The groom also told a judge leading an inquiry into an outbreak of equine influenza that procedures for monitoring the people going in and out of the quarantine were not being followed closely.

  • El Presidente Takes Railway (Aus-I)

    El Presidente made it four in a row when he won the Group I Railway Stakes. The gelding by Dante's Fury won the $1-million race over Hartley's Dream and Mansion House.

  • EI Inquiry: Five Horses Not Checked

    Inquiry reveals that five stallions being shipped from Japan to Australia were not checked when they arrive in Sydney because the plan had stopped in Melbourne first. One of the five stallions, Black Hawk, didn't even make it to Sydney even though the health certificate indicated the stallion should have been on board.

  • The ramifications of equine influenza now have infiltrated the auction markets.

    EI Outbreak Affecting Yearling Sale

    The aftermath of Australia's equine influenza outbreak is aggravating an already tense rivalry between Victorian and New South Wales Thoroughbred breeders. Victoria breeders are asking that all yearlngs prepped in New South Wales for the Inglis Premier Sale in March be kept out of the sale. Australia currently has a ban on interstate horse transport. NWS breeders have said all vaccinated horses should be allowed to be shipped to the sale.

  • The ramifications of equine influenza now have infiltrated the auction markets.

    EI Oubreak Affecting Yearling Sales

    The aftermath of Australia's equine influenza outbreak is aggravating an already tense rivalry between Victorian and New South Wales Thoroughbred breeders. Victoria breeders are asking that all yearlngs prepped in New South Wales for the Inglis Premier Sale in March be kept out of the sale. Australia currently has a ban on interstate horse transport. NWS breeders have said all vaccinated horses should be allowed to be shipped to the sale.

  • EI Inquiry Shows Procedural Flaws

    Three months after Australia's first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government's quarantine procedures, according to recently published inquiry transcripts.

  • Sacred Kingdom bested Absolute Champion in the International Sprint Trial (HK-IIT).

    Absolute Champion Goes On

    If a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Sacred Kingdom yesterday dented David Hall's hopes for a repeat win in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-II) with Absolute Champion, the Australian horseman never let on.

  • Australian bred Alinghi took the Ballston Spa (gr. IIIT) in her lone U.S. stakes win.

    Alinghi Has First Foal By Hussonet

    Two country stakes winner, Australian-bred mare Alinghi has produced her first foal, a filly by Hussonet in Australia. The foal was born at Arrowfield Stud in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

  • Virus Outbreak Does Little to Spoil Melbourne Cup

    The equine influenza outbreak has not been able to penetrate the outer shell of excellence of the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I). In fact, the Aus$5 million ($4.6million) Cup, at two miles Nov. 6, features as good a field as ever.

  • Kibbutz scores in the Victoria Derby.

    Devastating Run by Kibbutz in Victoria Derby

    At Flemington Nov. 3, home of the $5 million Melbourne Cup next Tuesday, a New Zealand bred 3-year-old gelding named Kibbutz became an instant crowd favorite with his devastating win in the Aus$1.5million group I AAMI Victoria Derby over 12 1/2 furlongs.

  • The Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus gr.1) trophy

    Melbourne Cup Fighting For Attention in America

    In most years, the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) occurs only three days after the Breeders' Cup World Championships, allowing the world's richest handicap race to stay fresh in the minds of American and European racing fans. This year, there are 10 days between the two events.

  • EI Crisis Prompts Change in Australian Auction Dates

    In what appears to be a bellwether for upcoming Thoroughbred events in Australia, Inglis & Son Sales company announced it will move the dates of all its yearling sales next year. The major New South Wales race clubs are expected to announce next week they will both be changing their race dates, too.

  • Holy Roman Emperor Will Stay in Australia

    Coolmore in Australia has bowed to broodmare pressure and will not be sending former champion galloper Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'on Vite) back home. The European two-time group I winner is instead out of quarantine and is heading to the stud's New South Wales farm to cover mares for the remainder of the year.

  • Queensland Declares EI Natural Disaster

    The Queensland racing industry is in ruin, so Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has declared the horse flu crisis a "natural disaster." She has placed the state's Disaster Management Group in charge of handling the outbreak and announced an emergency relief package for people directly employed in the racing industry.

  • Hits Keep Coming Down Under Because of Virus

    Magic Millions, which conducts the largest movement of yearlings in Australia with its eight-day sale each January, has acknowledged the sale won't take place as previously advertised because of the equine influenza outbreak.

  • Darley Stallions May Leave Australia

    It looks almost certain Darley will follow the lead taken by Coolmore last weekend and start sending stallions back to Europe. Darley confirmed Sept. 19 it is being discussed.

  • Stravinsky Might Start Breeding in Australia

    Australian breeders are likely to get their first chance to breed to shuttle stallion Stravinsky in 2007, with the horse expected to be announced as an addition to the Coolmore Stud roster.

  • Another Australian Shuttler Positive for EI

    Yet another massive setback to the breeding program in Australia' New South Wales occurred over the weekend, with another of the shuttlers locked up in quarantine testing positive for equine influenza.