Ciaron Maher Racing leases Bong Bong Farm

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will lease the Racing NSW-owned Bong Bong Farm in the state’s Southern Highlands, allowing the stable to increase its horses in training by an extra 80. The 97.5-hectare property, which has 61 boxes, 1250-metre turf and sand training tracks, an equine swimming pool, hyperbaric chamber and spa, among other facilities,... Read More


A rich vein of breeding gold involving one of the world’s all-time great stallions was to the fore again with another Group 1 in Saturday’s South Australian Derby triumph of the exciting Dunkel (Dundeel). The gelding – who capped a four-straight winning streak with the Listed Tasmanian Derby in February – stormed home at the... Read More

Racing is built on those like Margaret De Gonneville

As we enter the off-season of racing in Australia and the industry decries proposed prize-money cuts in Victoria, a heartwarming story emerged at Port Macquarie this week. The club named a race at its meeting on Tuesday in honour of a local trainer by the name of Margaret De Gonneville. Intrigued by this, I decided... Read More

Ladbrokes launches $10 million maiden bonus scheme, set to ramp up racehorse ownership 

Bookmaking powerhouse Ladbrokes plans to expand its investment in horse ownership and continue to focus significantly on racing as its main betting medium as the company yesterday unveiled a $10 million scheme aimed at the grassroots of Australia’s thoroughbred industry. Entain, the parent company of corporate betting agencies Ladbrokes and Neds, yesterday revealed it would... Read More

Anamoe Horse of the Year a fait accompli – or should it be?

Anamoe, barring unlikely and imaginative thinking, will almost certainly, but somewhat curiously, be crowned Australia’s 2022-23 Horse of the Year.  His body of work, six Group 1 wins for the racing season, is way beyond that of any other candidate even if that tally includes a Winx Stakes which is about a legitimate Group 1... Read More

Two for one – buying mares in foal

With nearly 500 in-foal mares set to be offered at Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale next week, we look at the considerable upside of purchasing pregnant mares. There is no better showcase for the virtues of buying a mare in-foal than the back story of one of the greats of Australian racing, three-time Melbourne Cup... Read More