Welcome to Racing Girl. My name is Tai Ryan, I've grown up in the racing industry but there's still so much more I want to learn. Come along for the ride as we explore racing together! Read my full intro here.
This August marks ten years since the darkest times in Australian Racing history - where the 2007 outbreak of the Equine Influenza virus bought the industry to a complete standstill, crippling hundreds of participants, at its most important time of the year. *A horse at Rosehill Gardens preparing for EI vaccination. Image courtesy AP Photos. With over 75,000 horses infected by the virus, the outbreak was declared a disaster for the Australian horse racing and breeding industr
Anyone with children knows that they are great at nagging! My son is no exception - Ever since I started Racing Girl, Benji has been nagging me to let him write a blog article. After secretly writing one on a recent road trip to Sydney I could hardly say no to his enthusiasm, so this week’s blog is written by my guest writer, Benji… Racing Kid. *A little pre-race talk to Snitzerland HELLO! My name is Benji, I am 8 years old and I love horse racing. I love the competition, th
Last week, Racing Victoria announced an annual wagering turnover of $6 billion for the 2016/17 year. Whether you're a seasoned punter or only place a bet on Melbourne Cup Day, there's no denying punting has always been a fun, confusing, sometimes addictive yet very integral part of racing. *Punting has long played a part in racing, Ascot December 1933. Image courtesy QLD State Library My friends have learnt the hard way not to ask me for tips as I'm only an occasional punter
Last Thursday, Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne received a four week suspension from race riding after testing positive to a banned substance, appetite suppressant Phentermine. The announcement certainly made for some interesting and mixed reactions on social media. Whatever your opinion, the rules are the rules and Michelle graciously accepted her error in judgement. *Jockey Lester Piggott weighs in at the right weight, 1980. Image courtesy of CNN. Despite Michell