Racing industry participants are all committed to improving the quality and safety of racing, with racehorse health at its core. Best-practice veterinary and training procedures are provided and encouraged, as a culture is fostered where the welfare of the thoroughbred is paramount.
Come behind the scenes to experience a day in the life of Vandoula Lass, a filly in training at Flemington with Team Hawkes.
People who work in racing are dedicated to the care of the animal, but in order for the carers to supply this unwavering support, they too need to be cared for.
Dressage is a beneficial cross-training method for many leading trainers.
Starting young horses under saddle and setting them up for a lifetime of positive riding experiences takes a special skill.
Ice boots are an effective way of preventing injury in racehorses and help to support recovery by maintaining and promoting healthy ligaments, tendons and joints in the legs.
Routines may vary slightly across different stables, but the daily roles – and the passion – are almost exactly the same.
Charlotte Littlefield is a trainer who does things a little differently. She believes it takes time, patience and compassion to get the best out of each horse.
For many of us, a day at the beach is the perfect respite for a tired body or a lagging mind. The same can be said for horses. We explore the benefits of beach work.
When Tom Simpson began his career as an equine physiotherapist, it was a relatively unknown profession. Now his work is recognised and respected across the racing industry.
The new synthetic track will provide a more forgiving surface for horses and reduce the training load on Flemington’s grass tracks.
Equine pools are a great way to exercise and rehabilitate horses and are now a practice integrated into most trainers’ routines.
The yearling sales are a vital and exciting part of the racing industry. We look at the journey to the sales ring.
Jump outs and trials are crucial in the education and training of racehorses. More serious than track work, but not as strenuous as a race, they are the perfect dress rehearsal.