By The Numbers

Measures of confidence

With both prize-money and yearling investment at historic highs in Australia, we take a look at the relationship between the two over time. For those operating thoroughbred racing across Australia, the current health of the industry has been written in the balance sheets, with the doubling of prize-money since 2010. On the back of soaring... Read More

The Monash freeway to the breeding barn

We take a look at the unlikely record of the Sir John Monash Stakes, to be run at Caulfield this Saturday, when it comes to unearthing future stallions. A mid-winter sprinting stakes race is not often the platform for the breed shapers of the next generation, but on a cool winter’s day in July 2009,... Read More

Fastnet Rock – The Group 1 machine

After notching up his 43rd Group 1 winner over the weekend, we look at the extraordinary record of Fastnet Rock when it comes to producing elite horses. Of the 52 sons of the great Danehill (Danzig) to have gone to stud and produce a Group 1 winner, none has had as many elite stars as... Read More

The 2023 Queensland carnival in review

With the feature race action wrapped up for the season in the Sunshine State, we look at the most successful horses, sires, jockeys, trainers and vendors from the 2023 Queensland winter carnival. Bought locally, trained locally. That would be the very simple message from an analysis of the 60 stakes races run since April 15... Read More

The ceaseless march of the digital market  

Statistics show the burgeoning online market for racehorses is transitioning toward a much more quality-focused offering. The sale of multiple Group winner Daisies (Sebring) on the Inglis Digital platform this week for $920,000 represented the highest price yet in 2023 for an online purchase. The buyer was no surprise. Yulong has led the way in... Read More

The Australian Group 1 season in review

With all 74 Group 1 races for the Australian racing season completed, we take a look at the most successful horses, trainers, jockeys, breeders, vendors, owners, buyers, sires and broodmare sires. When Palaisipan (So You Think) strode to victory in last Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara (Gr 1, 1400m) at Eagle Farm, she became the 61st, and... Read More