By The Numbers

Flying the flag from Flemington to Fannie Bay

Intro: Darwin and Melbourne may be at opposite ends of Australia, but when it comes to racing revelry – and at least one equine family – they are inextricably linked. Story:   Of the 315 active racetracks in Australia, few are more different in setting than Flemington and Fannie Bay. The former hosted the first stakes... Read More

Cost of living and the thoroughbred industry

With cost-of-living pressures dominating the headlines over the past 12 months, By The Numbers looks at how the thoroughbred industry has been historically impacted by high inflation. You would have to be living under a rock to have not realised that the global economy is undergoing a major challenge with inflation over the past year.... Read More

International influence dominant among top freshmen

The influence of international bloodlines among Australia’s top stallions has grown significantly in the past 30 years and was especially strong at the top end of the 2022-23 first-season sires tables. When Justify (Scat Daddy) stood his first season at Coolmore Australia’s Jerrys Plains in 2019, he was part of the smallest cohort of shuttle... Read More

Zac Lloyd, Angela Jones lead record-breaking apprentices

The statistics indicate that Australia’s apprentice riding ranks have rarely been as strong as they are right now. Zac Lloyd’s historic success in the very competitive race to become the champion Sydney apprentice for the 2022-23 racing season, puts him, statistically, alongside some of Australia’s most prominent riders. Only four apprentice jockeys since comprehensive records... Read More

By The Numbers looks at the question of at what point of their careers do stallions produce their best racehorses?

The success of a stallion can be measured in various ways, but the one metric that stands the test of time is the racetrack record of their progeny. Trend, marketability and commercial success can prove important in terms of starting off strong and maintaining momentum, but once a sire’s progeny hit the track, often coinciding... Read More

The stallion makers

Building talented colts into stallions can be a lucrative business model for any stable. By The Numbers looks at the trainers with the most graduates on Australasian stallion rosters. John Hawkes built his reputation as a maker of future stallions in his tenure in charge of Bob and Jack Ingham’s Crown Lodge operation. In the... Read More