Jo McKinnon Column

’Now they are living it, they are blown away by the success’ 

Triple Crown Syndications’ Michael and Chris Ward are as synonymous with horseracing’s Everest as Sir Edmund Hillary is with the real thing. They have made The Everest (1200m) their own since its inauguration in 2017 with their red and white colours carried by Redzel (Snitzel) in three runnings of the world’s richest sprint race resulting... Read More

‘To have a Hall of Famer go on and win a sire’s championship would be really special. It would be my proudest achievement’

Regal and beautiful. So You Think (High Chaparral) lived up to his very good looks on the racetrack. During the peak of his prowess, the ten-time Group 1 winner was the pin-up horse of Australian racing. Pictures of him staring through the gloriously thick forelock of his handsome head regularly adorned the front covers of... Read More

‘The natural disaster brought out the best in people in terms of helping horses’

The recent devastating floods in northern NSW took a huge toll on livestock with thousands of head of cattle, sheep, and horses losing their lives. The immediate impact on both the animal and human population in the region was catastrophic and weeks after the floodwaters have subsided the dire consequences of this natural disaster are... Read More

Ayrton back to his brilliant best after near-death experience

“Today is probably the best he’s felt and he accelerated.”  Those were the words of jockey Jamie Kah after she steered Ayrton (Iffraaj) to a first-up victory in the Victoria Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. It’s hard to believe that a racehorse could come back from near-death to be bigger, stronger, and... Read More

Equimillion the most important announcement of the year

Just as The Championships at Randwick were about to reach a crescendo, Racing NSW this week announced a game-changer for the never-ending challenge of rehoming Thoroughbreds – an equestrian event to be known as Equimillion. With a proposed minimum of $1 million in prize-money, exclusively for retired racehorses, Equimillion is designed to showcase the versatility... Read More

Two heads better than one – Richard and Will Freedman open new chapter in family history

A new chapter in the Freedman family’s racing history will begin today with Richard and his 31-year-old son Will officially commencing their training partnership at Rosehill. The decision to join forces comes as no surprise and continues the trend of great racing families working closely to survive and thrive in the cutthroat and highly competitive... Read More