It's In The Blood

King Colorado

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace powered to their 11th Group 1 of the season on Saturday when King Colorado (Kingman) – a colt with a scintillating pedigree in more ways than one – took the JJ Atkins Plate (Gr 1, 1600m) at Eagle Farm. The all-conquering stable’s surge towards its first national premiership this season... Read More

Invincible Caviar

Three deities of the Australian industry, famous for three different reasons, made their mark on Saturday: the former racetrack champion; the super sire, and the outstanding broodmare. To say former–champion is perhaps understating it: We’re dealing with probably the best sprinter of all time, once rated the best horse in the world. Yet Black Caviar’s... Read More

Little Brose

As those bits of inspiration on Facebook say, the fact any of us is alive – amid the randomness of the universe – is a miracle. And it’s the same for horse as for human. The odds of breeding a stakes winner are also rather large, but for Little Brose to have become the burgeoning... Read More


It was 18 37. Queen Victoria began her long reign. Lord Melbourne was Britain’s prime minister, and European free settlers on the north bank of the Yarra had, two years earlier, named their township after him. Charles Darwin had just published his history-changing work on the origin of all species and, south west of London... Read More

Magic Time and Short Shorts

Farmers are all about growing things, and horse farmers are no exception, and nature being what it is, sometimes things don’t grow according to plan. But for two men in the game, those sorts of earlier disappointments have borne some very promising fruit, which was on show again last Saturday. Magic Time, a three-year-old filly... Read More

In Secret

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm’s Michael Christian knows a bit about breaking droughts. As an AFL footballer, he was a member of the Collingwood side that in 1990 finally ended the giant club’s long wait for a premiership, one prolonged through 32 years and countless heartbreaks – even a drawn grand final and lost replay in 1977.... Read More