Team Williams keen to take on challenge as public trainers and lessen reliance on Peters’ horses

Champion Perth trainers Grant and Alana Williams are chasing a challenge, rather than running away from it, and will do so by embracing the yearling sales circuit in a bid to attract new clients and also plan next year to set up a Victorian stable to complement their Western Australian base. The long-time main trainers... Read More

Overflowing Hunter Valley braces itself for more rainfall

With a whopping 242mm of rain falling in Scone for the month of November, the highest amount ever recorded for this time of year, something eventually had to give and late last week the country’s breeding capital’s surrounding rivers and creeks ran bankers causing 48 hours of mayhem for some of the area’s biggest stud... Read More

Aussie presence in Newmarket as international travel continues to opens up

Restrictions imposed by Covid-19 have not presented a prohibitive barrier for Australian buyers in their quest for sourcing high quality mares and race fillies to bolster their broodmare ranks. And, after significant Australian expenditure in the US, the show rolls on to Europe and the Tattersalls December Mare Sale which, touted by Tattersalls as ‘the... Read More

Size and Moreira post trebles as Borges strikes with Silver Express in Chevalier Cup

An inspired Vagner Borges ride aboard Silver Express (Canford Cliffs) provided John Size with his fourth Class 1 Chevalier Cup Handicap (1600m) triumph at Sha Tin yesterday, while the Hong Kong Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) on December 12 remains firmly on the agenda for Size’s luckless runner-up Excellent Proposal (Exceed And Excel). Given a seamless... Read More

National body a key plank of long-awaited independent thoroughbred welfare report

TAWWG review makes 46 recommendations to provide industry with framework for horse care from birth to end of life  An independent report, commissioned to help the Australian racing and breeding industries face arguably their biggest challenge over the next decade head on, has called for the establishment of a national welfare body and standards among... Read More

Yearlings contend with ‘worst in decades’ flooding in Hunter

In recent days parts of Australia’s thoroughbred breeding heartland in the Hunter Valley of NSW were hit by the worst rain event experienced in decades.  The deluge caused flash flooding and serious disruption to some of the region’s biggest farms, including Willow Park Stud located just outside of Scone, whose draft of yearlings are the... Read More