It's In The Blood

Archo Nacho

Here’s a great question for the next time you gather the coolest people you know for a racing tragics’ trivia night: Q: What do top thoroughbreds Aquanita, Aurie’s Star and Heron Bridge have in common? A: They weren’t thoroughbreds. And neither were a lot of other good thoroughbreds. Not officially at least. This curly subject... Read More


Andrew Lloyd Webber has long been referred to as a man with the Midas touch. It’s of course earned through a lifetime of producing hit musicals – The Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats to name a few – but in recent years it’s carried over into another world of risk and... Read More

Opening Group 1 of the season brings about family affair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… That was an Andy Williams song, written about Christmas, but sod that. For those of us besotted with another, more enduring season, it applies to right now. The sun shines, the warmer breezes of spring fill the lungs, the mares are foaling, and the most alluring races,... Read More

I Am Me

She’s a push-button horse with a name that literally couldn’t be simpler, but amid the ups and downs of racing and breeding, I Am Me (I Am Invincible) has taken a circuitous route to potentially becoming Australia’s next sprinting superstar mare: from riches to rags, then a few more rags, but now to riches again.... Read More


We’ve all been struck by it, at various points in our lives: that sight that barges into the mind’s landscape, arresting the eye, setting the pulse thrumming a little faster. Sometimes it’s a person. For many, it’s a horse. Breeder Verna Metcalfe has been around thoroughbreds for probably more decades than she’d care to remember.... Read More

Coco Sun

Ali and Frazier. Sampras and Agassi. Redoute’s and Encosta. Amid some of sport’s greatest rivalries, the battle between the last pair has become one of the tightest, and most engrossing, Australia’s thoroughbred landscape has enjoyed. There’s one major difference, of course: the competition between Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), born in 1996, and Encosta De Lago (Fairy... Read More