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Equine Welfare

At the Australian Turf Club the horse is at the centre of our business. Our Members, Board and Management have a deep passion for the welfare of horses.

Equine Welfare at Australian Turf Club

On Australian Turf Club premises we maintain high expectations of our staff and participants ensuring the safety and welfare of all racehorses competing at Australian Turf Club racecourses, training at our venues and retired horses under our management. Our goal is to continually implement initiatives to ensure each and every horse receives the standard of care they deserve.

Beyond our boundaries, Australian Turf Club supports the objectives of the Regulatory Authority, Racing NSW, in setting world-leading standards of equine care for racehorses at all stages of the horse’s life.


Australian Turf Club Equine Welfare Strategy

The below outlines the 5 pillars of the Australian Turf Club Equine Welfare Strategy:

  • Support Racing NSW Equine Welfare Policy, in particular the aftercare of racehorses program
  • Provide safe racing and training facilities for all horses raced and trained at ATC Racecourses
  • Ensure all participants maintain a reasonable duty of care for the racehorses they train at ATC Racecourses
  • Maintain a high standard of welfare for the horses under ATC care
  • Continue to advance industry and educational initiatives alongside Racing NSW to improve overall standards of equine care and community understanding


Australian Racing Industry Welfare Strategy

The Australian racing industry is committed to the welfare of the Australian thoroughbred.
Click here to read more information about the Welfare Guidelines for Horse Racing. 

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Love the Horse features


Strappers play a lead role in the health and well-being of racehorses. The strappers form special connections while caring for their horses, becoming best friends.

#LoveTheHorse - Celebrating the Horses' Birthday

Group 1 winning jockey Rachel King tells us about her love of the horse, with a special tribute to Group 1 winning mare Maid Of Heaven, who is in foal at Arrowfield.

Behind the Barriers - Colm Santry, Coolmore Australia

We went Behind The Barriers with Coolmore Australia Sales Manager Colm Santry, who spoke about the Coolmore operation in Australia, their stallion line-up heading into the breeding season including Yes Yes Yes, and opportunities for thoroughbreds after their racing careers.


Australian Turf Club Racing Ambassador Katelyn Mallyon introduces us to Lloyd, a former racehorse who she rode to a win at Flemington and who is now being re-trained for equestrian competitions.

Re-training Thoroughbred racehorses for equestrian events

Australian Turf Club Racing Ambassador Katelyn Mallyon and former racehorse Lloyd competed in their first show jumping competition at Hawkesbury earlier this month.