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TRACK-SIDE: Horses on the gallop as they take to the track in a regional race meet.
TRACK-SIDE: Horses on the gallop as they take to the track in a regional race meet.

HORSE racing is an ancient sport with chariot races and mounted races held at the ancient Greek Olympic Games (700 - 40 BC) and organised as public entertainment during the times of the Roman Empire.

Since then the basic concept of horse racing as a sport has undergone little change. It is still a contest of speed and stamina between horses and their riders for the amusement of spectators with the first horse across the finish line declared the winner.

Horse racing in Australia began in the early years of European settlement when horses were revered beyond their practical use of transportation and labour.

The first official race was held at Sydney's Hyde Park in October 1810 and marked the beginning of Australian's fascination with these animals.

It is a sport of cultural and social significance and an important part of Australia's history and folklore.

Stories of legendary horses, jockeys, trainers, breeders and owners are vast with many books and films depicting the 'sport of kings' in our country.

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