Natasha works her Magic with Rocky

Legendary racehorse Rock Magic has quite a few quirks but his strapper Natasha Barbarich understands and loves all of them. The champion, trained by Chris and Michael Gangemi, ran his last race in the Winterbottom Stakes on 27 November 2021. At the age of 12, he moves on from his first career of 16 wins […]

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World-leading technology for horse health comes to WA

An advanced veterinary imaging centre at Murdoch University will help Western Australian horses stay in top shape. Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has partnered with The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University (TAHMU) to bring standing CT and MRI to the horse community, including subsidised scans for thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses. Innovations in CT and […]

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Spirit never Withers in Tommy Shelby’s family

Kira Withers is slightly mystified by the extraordinary worldwide following attracted by her family’s greyhound Tommy Shelby.  It’s not just because he’s a champion who has won Group 1 races across Australia.  It can’t quite be explained by their custom of donating 10 per cent of the owners’ prize money to charity after every win.  And there’s more to it than the fact that […]

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Jemma gives her dreams free rein

When Jemma Hayman was a teenager, she and her parents had different ideas about her future.  Jemma dreamed of a life with horses. Her parents had a good education and solid career in mind.  “My uncle owned a standardbred when I was about 14 and that’s how I got the racing bug,” Jemma said.  “I spent a lot of time at the trainer’s stables and started working there at weekends but […]

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Horse racing is a lifestyle Taylor-ed for Lochie

The Taylors are well known in racing circles and have long been a horse family.  Lochie Taylor is the third generation of his clan to choose a life with horses and he’s proud of the tradition started by his grandparents Lois and Mick Taylor.  Three generations still join in the chores at the family property in Bullsbrook, including Lochie’s trainer dad Jim Taylor, his TV racing personality sister Brittany and grandmother Lois, who holds a special place in racing […]

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Dogs like Pepper bring flavour to Linda’s life

Ask greyhound trainer Linda Britton about the standout animals in her life and she doesn’t mention her greatest champion but one with a big personality who loved attention. The renowned trainer’s most famous greyhound is Paradise Street, who won the Group 2 National Distance Championship at Cannington in 1998 and remained WA’s only winner in […]

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Retired racing animals are a life’s work for Mara

Work and leisure are two different things for most people but for Mara Coombes life merges with livelihood. At work, she is Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s Off the Track WA Marketing Coordinator, supporting racehorses in finding new homes and purpose when they retire. At home, her family includes an off the track thoroughbred, an […]

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Animal welfare central to review of State’s greyhound racetracks

The State’s three greyhound tracks are being upgraded to ensure they deliver the best levels of care for racing greyhounds following a review by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As part of its commitment to provide the highest animal welfare standards, Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) commissioned the UTS review, to assess the […]

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Racehorse Phoebe changes track to find her place in life

When Phoebe retires as a clerk horse for harness racing, Tamara Markham will lose her most trusted colleague. Together, Tamara and Phoebe learned their clerk of the course duties 14 years ago and they’ve been taking care of each other and the horses and drivers at racetracks across the state ever since. But as Phoebe […]

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New glory for star racehorse Man Booker off the track

Elite racehorse Man Booker is beginning a second career as a show horse with a rider who was delighted to give him a new home when he retired. Together, he and new partner Indianna Weinert have been working on their skills and a recent coaching clinic on the first anniversary of the Off the Track […]

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