Costa Rolfe / Journalist

Costa is a racing historian and published author - researching and writing 'Winners of the Melbourne Cup', a social-history of the celebrated two-miler - in 2008. Costa spent four years at, commencing as a journalist before becoming Editor and Social Media Manager.




Costa Rolfe

Costa Rolfe: Dee-Day as ‘mighty’ Mick swoops for more Group 1 spoils

Costa Rolfe's weekly look at world racing highlights the improved Group 1 form of jockey Mick Dee, Deep Impact's burgeoning New Zealand legacy and a few horses to follow in the coming months.

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Costa Rolfe: Mark Twain to reprise Cup account?

Author Mark Twain famously wrote about the Melbourne Cup in 1895. Could a New Zealand stayer of the same name be plotting a course toward the 2023 renewal?

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Eight-time Group 1 glory not a Patch on retirement spotlight

Apache Cat won 19 races and $4.5 million on the track, but it is his immense popularity off it that has elevated the extravagantly marked chestnut to become the (baldy) “face of Australian racing”.

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Bel Esprit, Smokey’s ‘super horse’

Jockey Wayner Treloar and trainer John Symons reflect on the career of Bel Esprit, 2002 Blue Diamond winner and sire of unbeaten champion Black Caviar.

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‘She was dynamite’: remembering Hot Danish, punters’ princess

Tim Clark speaks to Asian Racing Report about his star mare Hot Danish, whose bombproof racing style and grit in a close finish made her greatly admired among Australian racing fans.

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The ‘Shadow Roll Monster’ recast: Narita Brian thrills Japanese audiences anew

Anime phenomenon Uma Musume is ensuring that the feats of past champions like 1994 Triple Crown winner Narita Brian can be appreciated by a new generation of racing fans.

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‘He just refused to let them pass’: Court’s In Session knew only one way

Danny Beasley spoke to Asian Racing Report about the extraordinary will to win possessed by the Guy Walter-trained Court’s In Session, a gelding still going strong on his owner’s farm aged 23.

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Paynter: the miracle colt who came back from the brink

They call the Belmont Stakes the ‘Test of the Champion’, but 2012 runner-up Paynter will be best remembered for passing an examination in which the stakes were altogether higher.

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The Lark Hill sand dunes that harboured a Perth Cup secret

The story of the incredible training performance behind 1999 Perth Cup winner King Of Saxony, who made history in winning the two-miler first-up off an eight-month break.



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