Monthly Archives: December 2010

Champions Australian Racing Museum

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on December 30, 2010

As horse racing is such a huge part of the culture in Australia, visitors to the country are encouraged to visit the Champions Australian Racing Museum in Melbourne. The museum, which is also home to the Racing Hall of Fame, settled into their new premises in the National Sports Museum in October 2010, and the displays available for viewing are nothing short of breathtaking. Here, the history and world of horse racing in Australia can be explored through documents, items and memorabilia of some of the country's racing greats.

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Equine Hydrotherapy

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on December 27, 2010

It is no secret that the ocean is one of the best therapies and treatments for horses with leg injuries and even various diseases. The legendary Red Rum, winner of three Grand Nationals, was exercised along the beach every day of his racing career, as the cold sea water has anti-inflammatory properties for tissue and assists with swelling. Unfortunately, not all horses are able to get to the beach on a regular basis, so after approximately a hundred and fifty years of patenting equipment and developing new technology, horses are now able to benefit from equine hydrotherapy, no matter where they are.

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Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing

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on December 23, 2010

Everyone is familiar with the prestigious Triple Crown horse racing series that consists of the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby. But not many horse racing enthusiasts are aware of the Triple Tiara that is exclusive to three-year-old fillies. Even though the races that make up the Triple Tiara of American Thoroughbred Racing have changed, the challenge has remained the same, as has the high quality of competitors that have participated over the years of its existence. It is a very important series for fillies, and a series that few have been able to conquer.

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McCoy Reigns Supreme

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on December 20, 2010

An ad campaign has been running to show support for jockey Tony McCoy and his horse racing career achievements. All the support and over six hundred and fifty votes, saw McCoy walk away with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. For the last fifty-seven years, this prestigious award has been awarded to numerous sportsmen, but has always eluded the horse racing community. The Personality of the Year award was therefore not only a significant moment in the career of Tony McCoy, but a historical moment for the horse racing industry.

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5000 for Scott Lake

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on December 16, 2010

For racehorse trainers each victory, no matter how big or small, is a momentous occasion, as the thrill of watching a horse under your guidance cross the finish line in first position never goes away. It is testament of their dedication to the sport and commitment to the horse owners, and most trainers dream of leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered long after they have retired from the sport. There were five trainers who stood in a league of their own with more than 5000 victories behind their name, and on Wednesday, 15 December 2010, Scott Lake made it six.

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Snow Fairy Takes Hong Kong Cup

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on December 13, 2010

The well known Hong Kong Cup is open to horses that are three-years-old and older, and is one of the most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing events on the calendar. It is a Group 1 event that is run over a distance of two thousand meters and has a lucrative purse amount of HK$ 20 000 000 waiting for the winner. This international event is supported by numerous international competitors each year. Even though it was inaugurated in 1988, the event was only opened to international horses the following year. This year, a British competitor took Sha Tin by storm and ran away with the 2010 Hong Kong Cup.

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Personality of the Year 2010

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on December 9, 2010

On 19 December 2010, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be announced and there are many in the horse racing industry that are hoping that Tony McCoy will be walking away with this prestigious award. The award was established in 1954 by Paul Fox, and over the years the awards ceremony expanded and grew to include awards such as the Unsung Hero Award, Team of the Year, Hellen Rollason Award, Overseas Personality Award, Newcomer Award and Coach Award. This year, a new and refreshing campaign was launched by Ladbrokes to lend their support to Tony McCoy and his bid for the award.

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Weather Halts British Racing

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on December 6, 2010

Britain is known for its exciting and noteworthy horse racing, but as with most countries, racing takes place when the weather is good. If there is a risk of the weather affecting the health and well-being of the horses, races are cancelled or postponed. Unfortunately for Britain, the weather has been unforgiving, with temperatures plummeting below freezing, forcing racecourses to cancel racing until further notice. This is a massive knock for the British horse racing industry and only time will tell when racing can resume.

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Thornton Returns to Racing

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on December 2, 2010

Robert Thornton, affectionately referred to as “Choc”, is one of the top jumps riders for the Alan King Yard. In July, a devastating accident while on Hell’s Bay caused serious injury to the ligaments in Thornton’s knee and it was expected that he would take at least a year to recover from his injury. But since the start Thornton had been determined to get back in the saddle as soon as possible, and has managed to recover six months earlier than expected. His return to racing is not only an achievement for the jockey Thornton, but welcome news for the Alan King Yard.

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