Harness racing in Brisbane.
Harness Racing Australia has announced it will ban the use of the whip. The decision is a world first for any horse sporting body, so what about the rest of the horse racing industry?
Jockey Michelle Payne rides Prince of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
We all know about Phar Lap, but what about the remarkable story of Walter Craig on Nimblefoot, or the market gardener who always knew when Poseidon would win?
Are the odds in favor of big computer-assisted bettors?
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Are regular bettors and the house helped or hurt when deep-pocketed, high-volume computer-assisted bettors are wagering? Mathematicians used game theory to model this new wrinkle in parimutuel betting.
Eventing is a sport enjoyed by many Australians, but what are the risks?
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.
Even before the Grand National’s official starting date of 1839, British horse racing saw plenty of drama.
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Why two-thirds of the adult population in the UK bet on this annual horse race.
Neck and neck on the line.
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Has horse racing become too risky for the runners?
Michelle Payne spoke of horse racing’s chauvinism following her victory on Prince of Penzance in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Almost all of the decision-makers in horse racing are male, and they almost invariably favour their own sex.
The horseshoe motif symbolises swift feet that win races for their owners and jockeys, but it symbolises much else too.
Two motifs predominate in racing fashion: the horseshoe and the horse bit. But what does it mean when "fillies on the field" dress in clothes adorned with stirrups, bits and other equine symbols?
Finding the right balance in feeding a racehorse.
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As we celebrate the Melbourne Cup today, it's worth taking a look at the way we nourish our champions of the turf.
So much data is collected from horse racing that could be used to prevent accidents.
It's a year since the tragic death of two Australian jockeys and the sport has claimed two more lives since then. So what is being done to imprve safety in horse racing?
Lucy Kemp-Welch, Horses bathing in the sea, 1900. Oil on canvas. Estate of Lucy Kemp-Welch.
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The Horse, currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, celebrates the pivotal role the horse has played in the evolution of civilisation.
Bart Cummings holds aloft his 12th Melbourne Cup, won by Viewed in 2008. The legendary trainer has died at the age of 87.
It is through Bart Cummings’ 12 wins in the Melbourne Cup that he has achieved something comparable with Don Bradman’s 99.94 Test batting average.
Are new speed records down to faster horses… or better jockeys?
Racce horses are getting faster and faster but nobody knows why.
Money and welfare should be separated in all animal industries.
Now that Victoria and Queensland have reported on their inquiries into the greyhound racing industry, it is timely to consider the findings of the reports and their implications for the animal industries of Australia.
Following reports of cruelty Queensland will separate the commercial and integrity arms of the greyhound industry.
Queensland will create a new statutory body to oversee the integrity of the racing industry, but it will only work with enough resources.
A reduction over the years in rider deaths in horse racing means further tragedies could be prevented.
Horse racing claimed the lives of three jockeys recently – two in Australia and one in the United States – and some prominent industry professionals have openly claimed that deaths in racing are part of…
Whipping race horses inflicts pain but is exempt from animal welfare laws. Yet research suggests it does not increase their pace at the finish.
Beating and overriding a horse is deemed cruel under Victoria’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986. You would never guess that from a day at the races, including Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival…
Admire Rakti finished the race last, but died in his stall soon afterwards.
The tragic deaths of the favourite Admire Rakti and seventh placegetter Araldo soon after the Melbourne Cup has focused attention on some of the risks involved in racing horses. The Japanese horse Admire…
The unicorn is an icon of our contemporary love affair with escapism.
This is not an article about unicorns or virgins, but about the power of imagination, both wonderful and terrible. As an academic and equine artist I work between creative imagination and scientific epistemology…