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Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral. AP Photo

Can Seabiscuit’s DNA explain his elite racing ability?

The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred's DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
Horse racing is enjoyed by many people, employs thousands of people but there are some concerns over the welfare of the horses. Shutterstock/Vladimir Hodac

Why horse-racing in Australia needs a social licence to operate

Horse racing is enjoyed by millions of people but there are others who have concerns over animal welfare. A social license to operate may help keep all sides happy.
Eventing is a sport enjoyed by many Australians, but what are the risks? alan feebery/Flickr

Why the long face: just how risky is horse riding?

How dangerous really is horse riding and sports like eventing? While there are risks, they can be managed, especially if we learn to understand horses better.
Finding the right balance in feeding a racehorse. Cheryl Ann Quigley/Shutterstock.com

How to feed a racehorse and keep him healthy

As we celebrate the Melbourne Cup today, it's worth taking a look at the way we nourish our champions of the turf.

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