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A World Away

Seen by much of the racing world as that curious island nation far away from everything, New Zealand defies all odds as one of the world’s ...

Justify takes home 13th ever Triple Crown – in a way that makes him unique among the unique

Until June 9 it had only happened 12 times in history. Last time was with American Pharaoh in 2015 and before that there was a 37 ...
William Buick.

William Buick

The sun has disappeared for the sake of the darkness. An audience of eighty thousand people is whispering his name. His face appears on a multi-coloured ...
Photo: Steve Powell/Getty Images

Inside racing’s greatest drama

Shergar lit up the racing world in 1981, winning the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths. He was set to become a superstar stallion, but events took ...

Paths of glory

At France’s top racing centre, Chantilly, the horses run through dreamy, serene beechwood forests. Just outside Paris, the town otherwise known for its château and Chantilly ...

Tough, rough, courageous – The Mongol Derby

Welcome to a horse race like no other, a 1000km endurance event – the longest in the world -  across Mongolia’s limitless horizons. For a rider, ...

7 Keys to horse racing photography

Racing’s drama and colour have been celebrated for centuries, with artists and photographers having long endeavoured to capture the majesty of the galloping thoroughbred and the ...
Cigar.

The Unconquerable Invincible Unbeatable – CIGAR

A race horse’s place in history tends to fade in time. New runners come along, records are broken, memories get replaced. Every now and then, though, ...

Top of the World – down under

Recently named the best in the world and the man who gets to ride one of the all-time greats, champion Australian jockey Hugh Bowman is at ...
The beauty of Irish Jumps racing is more than skin deep.

Irish National Hunt Racing

Standing around in a rainy field on a cold Sunday in February might not be many people’s idea of fun, but we Irish have long been ...
Living Legends, a place where champions could enjoy the retirement.

Where OLD Champions GO

Aptly named, Victoria’s Living Legends honours and rewards past champions of the turf in retirement. For those who were there when Might And Power streaked away ...
Chantilly-based trainer Corine Barande-Barbe and Cirrus des Aigles.

Cirrus des Aigles

What makes a champion? Number of victories? An unbeaten record? Longevity? Versatility? Popularity? This is one of racing’s eternal debates. Yet certain horses receive unanimous approval. ...
Pegasus - races with million-dollars-

SUPERSTARS at Gulfstream – 2017.

The people came to see California Chrome vs Arrogate. The seasoned fighter meets the new upstart—the standard story for traditional race goers. But they also got ...

DEAUVILLE

Because it is only a couple of hours from Paris by train or car and just a flight across the channel from London, Deauville has long ...

MORE THAN GAMBLING

Money has always been an important part of racing, but is the sport purely an economic concern? On a recent trip to Hong Kong International Races, Gallop Editor ...
The celebrations knew no bounds when Triple Crown's Redzel won The Everest. Photo: Oscar Colman. Courtesy of Racing NSW.

The sport of Kings & Mortals

It is not without reason that horse racing is often referred to as ‘the Sport of Kings’. Due to the prohibitive costs involved in purchasing and keeping ...
Ride a race horse on the beach!
Haras du Morne on the spectacular Le Morne peninsula on the southern tip of the island.

Mauritius – the racing island in the sun

Imagine a tropical paradise, far from everything. A place where almost everybody speaks both English and French, where beaches look like they come out of lottery ...

Things to do in Mauritius

Mauritius is a tiny island, far away from everything. But is a fantastic place to visit, especially if you're a racing fan. Here are a few ...
Lillie Langtry was the Kim Kardashian of her era.

Femme Fatale

Now and again the name Lillie Langtry pops up in various contexts. A mare by that name is the mother of Coolmore’s fantastic filly Minding, and ...
Take a quick look. See for yourself. A map of the United States shows the Mississippi River flowing north to south. The downward descent is more or less a straight line until it approaches the Gulf of Mexico where it begins to twist, turn and fold back on itself like the lower intestinal tract of the human body.

Post cards from – Cajun Country

Take a quick look. See for yourself. A map of the United States shows the Mississippi River flowing north to south. The downward descent is more ...
Arrogate, the steel-grey son of Unbridled’s Song.

THE RISE of ARROGATE

A 100-foot statue of the mythical equine Pegasus looms over the Florida landscape, crushing into submission a writhing steel dragon. With no hint of understatement, this ...

THE MAN, who changed the racing world

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, gave an exclusive interview to Gallop Magazine. On June 20, 1977, a six-year-old mare named Hatta won a race in ...
Del Mar, the beautiful track at the edge of the Pacific Ocean or, as it says in the song, “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.”

Where the Turf meets the Surf

In May 1936, in the aftermath of the American Depression, a hastily convened meeting took place at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California. The reason ...
On June 6 2015, a talented bay colt went to the front of the 1 ½-mile contest and never looked back. With his victory, American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

The Triple Crown

In the world of horse racing, the Triple Crown is the title awarded to a racehorse who wins the biggest three races on the flat for ...

The Triple Crown Winners

Each year in May, the racing world is asking the same question: Will we have a Triple Crown winner this year? Will one three year old ...

The GRAND NATIONAL from the back of a horse

The start of the Grand National. The Grand National is probably the most well known horse race in the world. Controversial. Loved by some. Hated by ...