Jo McKinnon Column

Alexanders Project Pride initiative a welcome and overdue addition to racing

With Worldpride and Mardi Gras recently taking place in Sydney, the timing of Alexander Racing’s historic launch of Australia’s first LGBTQIA+ and allies-owned syndicated racehorse could not have been better. The initiative, aimed at welcoming the rainbow community into the thoroughbred industry through a “Project Pride” ownership experience, is clever and taps into the almighty... Read More

Teamwork to the fore as Turpin’s progression mirrors that of Neasham

Right around the time star filly Learning to Fly (Justify) was born, Alix Turpin began her own journey in Australian racing joining what was then the fledgling Annabel Neasham stable. Turpin had just completed a six-month stint riding breakers at Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley and through Rob Archibald, who was working in a... Read More

Anamoe a real thing of beauty

Trackside at Randwick on Saturday I had the pure pleasure of watching Anamoe (Street Boss) in the flesh for the first time. I was totally captivated and so were those sitting with and around me in the grandstand. Shortly after he careered away with the eighth Group 1 victory of his career in the Chipping... Read More

Join me on the new site for all things off the track

Since I was 12, I have handled, ridden and competed retired thoroughbreds. Being on the taller side, I graduated onto hacks at an early age and have fond memories of wandering through racing stables with my mum in search of a suitable horse to transform into a show mount. Back then it was a pretty... Read More

Hickman moves to back life-changing stallion at Inglis Classic Sale

Pierata (Pierro) was the horse of a lifetime for veteran Warwick Farm trainer Greg Hickman. The astute horseman selected him from the Kitchwin Hills draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and he went on to become a $5.8 million prize-money-earning Group 1 winner, defeating the likes of Trapeze Artist (Snitzel), Bivouac... Read More

Patience paying off for Heys

Patience and loyalty are two of the fundamental principles that lead to success in life and certainly when it comes to horse racing. This type of approach is starting to pay off for trainer Bryce Heys and his expensive I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) filly Dancing Alone, who made it two wins in as many... Read More