Horse Racing Industry

  • Trainer John Nikolic disqualified

    Horse Racing Industry April 9, 2014 6:12 pm

    Queensland trainer John Nikolic has been disqualified for 12 months after a horse he brought across the NSW border to race tested positive to an illegal substance. Nikolic is the brother of banned jockey Danny Nikolic and only returned to training last year after a previous infringement. A post-race sample [...]

  • Moloney fractures both ankles in race fall

    Horse Racing Industry April 5, 2014 6:24 pm

    Apprentice Patrick Moloney will have surgery on a broken left ankle after a fall at Flemington on Saturday. He might also require surgery on his right ankle, which was also fractured, according to Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief executive Des O’Keeffe. Moloney fell from Sweet Starlett when near the tail of [...]

  • Qld racecaller Larry Pratt dies aged 78

    Horse Racing Industry April 5, 2014 2:18 pm

    A former leading voice of Queensland racing Larry Pratt has died in hospital aged 78. Pratt, the younger brother of former premiership winning trainer Alby Pratt, had been in hospital for the past month after heart surgery. His son Michael Pratt said Larry had been thought to be improving, but [...]

  • Eagle Farm back on new-season race roster

    Horse Racing Industry April 4, 2014 3:42 pm

    Racing Queensland has been forced to do a back flip and include Eagle Farm in its schedule for the 2014-2015 racing season. RQ and the Brisbane Race Club had hoped to shut Eagle Farm in July from until April 2015. A dates schedule was drawn up without racing at Eagle [...]

  • Racing industry mourns Nathan Berry

    Horse Racing Industry April 3, 2014 5:24 pm

    Jockey Nathan Berry has died in a Sydney hospital just hours after he was flown home to Sydney from Singapore. The 23-year-old had been seriously ill in a Singapore hospital since he collapsed at Kranji racecourse on March 18. His death was confirmed in a statement from Racing NSW chief [...]

  • Longines to partner Australian Turf Club

    Horse Racing Industry March 29, 2014 12:06 pm

    Luxury watch brand Longines will sponsor the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the richest race of the Sydney autumn carnival. The Australian Turf Club announced on Saturday the naming rights and sponsorship was part of an extensive deal between the two. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) is at Randwick on [...]

  • Court rules NSW vets should be licensed

    Horse Racing Industry March 24, 2014 6:48 pm

    A court ruling enabling Racing NSW to license vets has angered the Australian Veterinary Association which says it will continue to fight the regulation. But the state’s ruling body says it is necessary to ensure the integrity of the sport. Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said vets who look [...]

  • Higgins an idol to many

    Horse Racing Industry March 13, 2014 6:24 pm

    Reg Fleming grew up in Brisbane listening to broadcasts of Roy Higgins riding two of his favourite horses. Years later, after Higgins had retired from racing, Fleming became Melbourne foreman for legendary trainer Bart Cummings and also get to meet the jockey who had one of the most distinguished careers [...]

  • Roy Higgins farewelled at Flemington

    Horse Racing Industry March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

    Roy Higgins has been remembered as an inspiration, an icon for Australian racing and a champion bloke. Many of horse racing’s biggest names, past and present, turned out at Flemington racecourse on Thursday to farewell the champion jockey who died last weekend aged 75. An inaugural member of the Australian [...]

  • Hayden Haitana applies to have ban lifted

    Horse Racing Industry November 24, 2013 12:54 pm

    Former trainer Hayden Haitana has applied to have his lifetime ban from racetracks over the infamous Fine Cotton ring-in scandal lifted. The board of Racing Queensland will consider Haitana’s case on Friday after the 68-year-old, who has served 29 years so far, wrote to officials last month. “The board will [...]

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