Jo McKinnon Column

Lyons: Nature Strip is one of Australia’s greatest sprinters

Five trainers, 38 starts, 21 wins, and more than $18 million in prize-money later, Nature Strip (Nicconi) has taken his group of owners on an incredible journey since he first stepped onto the racetrack in a maiden race at Mornington back in 2017. Rod Lyons is one of those lucky people and has nothing but... Read More

Industry bodies and educational projects leading the way in staff crisis

Staffing continues to remain a major challenge within and outside of Australia and the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry is working as proactively as possible to come up with solutions to curb the problem. Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW), along with a number of major commercial players, including Silverdale Farm, is doing some great work in... Read More

Vet full of praise for Heathcote after Rothfire’s fairytale win

Rothfire’s (Rothesay) comeback from the catastrophic injury he sustained in the Golden Rose (Gr 1, 1400m) two years ago is simply incredible and no doubt the many who wrote him off completely are still shaking their heads in disbelief. To have defied early veterinary prognosis which suggested he would never race again let alone win... Read More

White’s heartfelt emotion is why we work with thoroughbreds

For most, if not all of us, the love of the horse is what essentially drives our interest and involvement in thoroughbred racing and breeding. Right now, I can’t recall anyone who epitomises this more than Vinery Stud’s long-serving bloodstock manager, Adam White, who spoke with such raw, heartfelt emotion over the weekend after news... Read More

Million-dollar colt set for possible breeding career as show stallion

One of the most uplifting thoroughbred rehoming stories of the year emerged at Queensland’s largest agricultural show, the EKKA, which was held recently in Brisbane. Supercharge, a magnificent bay stallion by I Am Invincible, took one of the highest honours for the breed and was sashed supreme champion led thoroughbred. The prestigious event, judged by... Read More

Vale Cobby the lead Pony – a guide to many of racing’s greats

At 27 years old, the big bay gelding wakes in a barn full of high-energy racehorses each morning. After his breakfast, he’s tacked up in his heavy work saddle and suddenly he feels less than half his age.  With a spring in his step and not an ear pinned back or a tooth bared he... Read More