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Synchronised In Tune for Lexus Chase 28/12/11
The connections of Synchronised were proved justified in their decision not to defend his Welsh National crown at Chepstow and instead cross the Irish Sea to tackle the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.
Le Beau Bai Prevails in Coral Welsh National 27/12/11
Le Beau Bai, trained by Richard Lee and ridden by Charlie Poste, won a war of attrition for the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.
All Hail King Kauto 26/12/11
Kauto Star became the first horse in history to land the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton five times with a quite brilliant performance under Ruby Walsh.
Binocular Defends Christmas Crown
Binocular pulled out all the stops to defend his crown in a thrilling williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
According To Pete Lands Rowland Meyrick 26/12/11
There was a 33-1 shock in the feature race at Wetherby as Malcolm Jefferson's According To Pete landed the Betfair, Don't Settle For Less Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase.
Kauto Star Statue Plans for Haydock Park 23/12/11
On the eve of his attempt to win an historic fifth King George on Boxing Day, Haydock Park and Betfair have jointly commissioned sculptor Willie Newton to make a Kauto Star bronze for the racecourse to acknowledge the horse’s stunning exploits in winning four Betfair Chases at the track between 2006 and 2011.
Henderson Out to Wreck Kauto Kempton Party 22/12/11
Nicky Henderson seems to have more than accepted that he is likely to play the part of the pantomime villain at Kempton Park on Boxing Day when his young start Long Run bids to once again foil a fifth King George VI Chase victory for the hugely popular veteran Kauto Star.
Carruthers on Welsh National Trail 22/12/11
Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers is among a field of 33 to stand their ground at the confirmation stage for the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on Tuesday.
Market Support for King George Favourite Long Run 21/12/11
Punters appear to have decided that 6/4 was simply too good a price to resist for Long Run to follow up his victory of 12 months ago in the Grade 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
Wayward Prince On Course for Wetherby Return 21/12/11
The £40,000 Grade Three Betfair. Don’t Settle For Less Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (1.40pm), the highlight of a six-race programme at Wetherby on Boxing Day, Monday, December 26, has received a tremendous entry of 21 horses.
Big Buck's Better Than Ever in Long Walk 17/12/11
Big Buck's moved another step closer to jumping immortality with a faultless display in the Lough Derg Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
Raya Stars in The Ladbroke 17/12/11
Raya Star (12-1) continued Alan King's red-hot run of form with a game success in The Ladbroke at Ascot.
Midnight Chase On Course for Rowland Meyrick 16/12/11
Midnight Chase, who finished a fine fifth in last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, is on course to contest the £40,000 Grade Three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (1.45pm), the highlight of the six-race programme at Wetherby on Boxing Day.
First Season Chasers Making a Big Impression 15/12/11
Just by taking a look at the antepost betting market for the Arkle Trophy and the RSA Chase for the Cheltenham Festival allows us to note how competitive the Novice chasing division is this season and just how many potentially top class first season novice chasers are currently making an impression in Jumps Racing.
Big Race is on as Kauto Takes on Long Run in King George
Last year’s hero Long Run takes on the four-time winner Kauto Star in what is building up to be a great race for the Grade 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
Walsh Confirmed Aboard Kauto Star in King George 14/12/11
Walsh was quick to be confirmed as the man on board in preference to the four-time race winner's illustrious stable companion Master Minded.
Webber Considering Sarando for Rowland Meyrick 14/12/11
Exciting second season chaser Sarando could bid to return to winning ways in the £40,000 Grade Three Betfair Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (1.45pm), highlight of the first day of the Welcome To Yorkshire Christmas Meeting at Wetherby on Monday, December 26.
Quantitativeeasing Helps Out Bookies 10/12/11
It is a rare occasion when the bookmakers celebrate a JP McManus winner at Cheltenham but it was certainly the case in the Spinal Research The Atlantic 4 Gold Cup.
All-Time Great Denman Retires After Sustaining Tendon Injury
Paul Nicholls’ star chaser Denman has sensationally been retired after being found to have sustained a tendon injury whilst training for his seasonal reappearance in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown at the end of the month.
Wymott & Giles Cross The Early Value In The Welsh National Antepost Market 08/12/11
One of the highlights of the post-Christmas racing calendar is the Welsh National, a race in which there is plenty of antepost value to be had.
Gauvain Impresses as Somersby Disappoints in Peterborough Chase 08/12/11
A classy looking renewal of the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase over an extended 2½ miles at Huntingdon saw the Nick Williams trained Gauvain upset the odds winning the race by a good five lengths from hot 5/4 favourite, Somersby.
Right on Target for Repeat Scottish National Bid 08/12/11
John Wade's talented staying chaser Always Right looks set to be campaigned this term with a repeat assault on the Coral Scottish Grand National as his main objective after putting up a fine performance on his seasonal reappearance to win in impressive fashion at Kelso on Sunday.
Desert Cry In With A Shout for Ladbroke Hurdle 08/12/11
Desert Cry is set to try and give connections a bumper payday in The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday, December 17, after the weights were revealed yesterday for the £150,000 Listed handicap hurdle, one of the highlights of Ascot’s two-day Christmas Meeting.
Henderson Eyes Strong Weekend for Grandouet 07/12/11
Nicky Henderson wants a performance from Grandouet this weekend that will help the horse emerge as a genuine contender for next year’s Cheltenham Festival.
Horse Racing – Betting Tips 07/12/11
Betting on horses can be an almost infinitely intricate undertaking. There’s a good reason why only experienced and well informed bettors are successful in the long-run.
Stellar Cast for International Hurdle 07/12/11
This year’s £130,000 StanJames.com International (3.05pm) looks set to be a fascinating contest after a top-quality entry of 10 was received for one of the feature races of day two of The International at Cheltenham, Saturday, December 10.
Max Bygraves & Buffalo Bob On Course for Aintree Highlights
This year’s £100,000 Listed Betfred Becher Handicap Chase looks set to be another hugely informative renewal after a top-quality field of 15 was declared to run in the three and a quarter-mile contest run over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday, December 3.
December Gold 30/11/11
Speed ushers in the first taste of December's jumping action with the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 3 taking pride of place. This year's renewal is hardly a vintage version of the two-mile pace test and reigning Champion Chase holder Sizing Europe should be good enough to see off Tataniano.
Betting Guide to Horse Racing 30/11/11
When betting on horse racing the standard factors of course and distance, going, weight, trainer and jockey form and the draw are always taken serious before a wager is placed. However, with so much racing taking place the professional gamblers will try to specialise in order to narrow their focus.
Richards Hoping New Recruit Abbeybraney Can Show Some Sparkle 29/11/11
Aintree plays host to Betfred Becher Chase Grand National Trials Day this Saturday, December 3 and two cracking contests are in prospect over the Grand National fences with 26 entries for the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase and 23 entries for the Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase.
Hello Bud Returns for Becher Chase 28/11/11
Last year's winner Hello Bud is one of 26 entries for the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree on Saturday.
Carruthers Grabs Hennessy Glory 26/11/11
Carruthers outstayed his rivals to land a famous victory for the small stable of Mark Bradstock in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
Overturn Makes Newcastle History 26/11/11
Overturn could have another crack at the stanjames.com Champion Hurdle after making history at Newcastle.
Stone Very Much the King George Dark Horse 25/11/11
Kauto Stone, half-brother to the outstanding four-time race winner Kauto Star, could well be the joker in the pack for the Grade 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
Notre Pere Set to Return to Aintree for Betfred Becher Chase
Notre Pere is on course for another crack at Aintree’s famous Grand National fences in the £100,000 Listed Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (2.10pm), highlight of Betfred Becher Chase Grand National Trials Day, which takes place this season on its new date of Saturday 3rd December.
Synchronised Favourite to Win Two Welsh Nationals in One Year
Synchronised is the 5-1 favourite with the sponsor for next month's Coral Welsh National, a race the eight-year-old also won in January of this year, after last year's renewal was abandoned due to adverse weather.
Big Buck’s 5/2 with Betfred for Perfect Season 23/11/11
Big Buck’s has been chalked up at 5/2 by Betfred to pick up where he left off in April and remain undefeated throughout the entire National Hunt season.
Spinal Research The Atlantic 4 Gold Cup 22/11/11
Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to announce that the £100,000 December Gold Cup, one of the highlights of The International on Saturday, December 10, will this year be run as the Spinal Research The Atlantic 4 Gold Cup.
Master Minded On Course to Clash with Stablemate Kauto Star in King George 21/11/11
Whilst Paul Nicholls has not offered any hint of who he thinks is the better of the two, he and Clive Smith, who own Master Minded and Kauto Star are clearly intent on running the pair.
Binocular Heads Fighting Fifth Field 21/11/11
Tony McCoy is hoping Binocular can kick start the new campaign in the best possible way in the Stanjames.com "Fighting Fifth" Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday.
Aiteen Thirtythree Among Hennessy Contenders 21/11/11
Ante-post favourite Aiteen Thirtythree features among 19 confirmations for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
Hennessy Gold Cup Trends 21/11/11
The Hennessy Gold Cup takes place at Newbury on Saturday 26th November. Run over 3M 2½F, it’s a grade 3 handicap chase which usually attracts a high class field of staying chasers.
Thousand Stars Blitzes Morgiana Rivals 20/11/11
Thousand Stars made every yard of the running under Ruby Walsh to emerge a comfortable winner of the ladbrokes.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.
Nicholls 2-7 to Retain Trainers' Title After Super Saturday 20/11/11
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is 2-7 (from 1-2) with
to retain his title, after he extended his lead in the standings courtesy of big race wins for Kauto Star and Master Minded on Saturday.
Fabulous Kauto the Betfair Star 19/11/11
Kauto Star claimed his 15th Grade One success when landing the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase for the fourth time with a brilliant performance at Haydock Park.
Overturn Overpowers Opposition in Coral Hurdle 19/11/11
Overturn took advantage of the final-flight fall of Oscar Whisky to make all in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot.
Master Minded Masterful in Amlin 1965 Chase 19/11/11
Master Minded showed a real spring in his step as he returned to form with a second successive victory in the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot.
Long Run Heads Six in Betfair Chase 18/11/11
This year’s brilliant Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run heads six declarations for the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase (3.05pm), highlight of the second day of the Betfair Chase meeting at Haydock Park on Saturday, November 19.
King George Possible Rubi Misses Betfair Chase 17/11/11
Irish challenger Rubi Light, quietly fancied to give Long Run and Kauto Star something to think about in the Betfair Chase at Haydock at the weekend, will miss the big three-mile contest having failed to please handler Robbie Hennessey in his final workout prior to the big race.
Minor Reduction in 2012 Fixtures 17/11/11
The number of racing fixtures for next year is just 24 fewer than in 2011, it has been revealed after the much-delayed programme was finally published.
Frankel is Cartier Horse Of The Year 2011 16/11/11
The unbeaten Frankel, who was electric on the racecourse throughout 2011, was last night named Cartier Horse Of The Year at the 2011 Cartier Racing Awards.
Long Run and Kauto Star in Betfair Chase 14/11/11
King George and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run is the headline act among eight remaining entries for a star-studded Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.
Long Run Odds-On for Haydock Reappearance 14/11/11
Last season's star chaser, Long Run, is 4-6 favourite with Coral for Saturday's Betfair Chase, following the latest entry stage for the Haydock Grade One.
Workforce Calls It A Day 14/11/11
Workforce, brilliant winner of last year's Investec Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been retired to stud.
Grand Crus Impressive Over Fences 11/11/11
David Pipe secured a Cheltenham treble when crack staying hurdler Grands Crus made a winning debut over fences in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase.
A Look Back at the 2011 Breeders’ Cup 11/11/11
The 2011 Breeders’ Cup is in the books and so are its heroes, which turned out to be mostly human rather than equine.
British Horseracing Authority Announces More Adjustments to Whip Rules 10/11/11
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today announces that following a period of close monitoring of the new whip Rules and constant dialogue with the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) and other stakeholders, a modified penalty structure and related revisions will take effect from Friday 11th November.
Cue Card and Grand Crus Set to Clash 10/11/11
Cue Card and Grands Crus are set for a mouthwatering early-season clash in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.
Need Help Choosing Your Tote Ten To Follow? 10/11/11
The Tote Ten To Follow competition is extremely popular amongst punters and racing enthusiasts alike, and with a guaranteed prize of £250,000 to the winner it’s little surprise – it’s a life-changing pot of money!
Always Waining On Course to Return for Becher Chase 09/11/11
Always Waining will bid to enhance his excellent record over the Grand National fences when he returns to Aintree for Becher Chase Grand National Trials Day on Saturday, December 3.
Webber Feels Rupert is Improving Ahead of Betfair Chase Bid
Paul Webber couldn't be more pleased with the way his exciting chaser Time For Rupert is shaping ahead of his clash with the mighty Long Run and Kauto Star in what should be a thrilling renewal of the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at the 2011 Betfair Chase Festival on November 19.
Coral Favour Frankel Over So You Think in Lockinge Showdown
Coral has priced up a Lockinge Stakes match bet between the ex-Australian superstar and the unbeaten Frankel, and make the latter the red-hot 1-8 favourite to come out on top should the pair clash at Newbury next May, with So You Think 5-1.
Unscripted Start to Season for RSA Winner Bostons Angel 07/11/11
Bostons Angel, a live outsider for the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup at the festival meeting in March, had a far from ideal return to action this term when unseating his rider at the fifth fence from home in the Grade 1 JNwine.com Chase at Down Royal.
Zuider Zee Gives Gosden November Glory 05/11/11
John Gosden improved his already impressive Betfred November Handicap record when Zuider Zee (8-1) ran out an emphatic winner at Doncaster.
Last Chance to Influence Cartier Awards at The Breeders' Cup
A most thrilling racing year is winding down, with the turf season in Britain ending on Saturday at Doncaster and the announcement of the 2011 Cartier Racing Awards less than two weeks away.
Competitive JN Wine Chase Could Provide Early Gold Cup Pointers 04/11/11
Despite no Kauto Star this year, the GradeOne JN Wine Chase over 3 miles at Down Royal on Saturday has attracted a top quality field, with two Cheltenham Festival champions, Sizing Europe and Bostons Angel both declared, as well as a host of other chasers with big ambitions for the season.
Big Field for Betfred November Handicap 03/11/11
Mick Channon's Montaff will head the weights for the final big Flat race of the season at Doncaster on Saturday, the Betfred November Handicap.
Long Run Odds-On for Haydock Showpiece 02/11/11
The Cheltenham Gold Cup hero, Long Run, is 4-6 favourite with Coral to make a winning reappearance in the Betfair Chase later this month, after the entries were unveiled for the Haydock showpiece today.
Breeders’ Cup Classic 10-Year-Trends 02/11/11
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the most valuable horse race run in the United States each year and considered by many to be the most prestigious horse race run in the world.
Dunaden Denies Red Cadeaux in Melbourne Cup 01/11/11
French raider Dunaden just pipped British runner Red Cadeaux in a thrilling finish to the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington Park.
Sizing Europe Heads 10 in Royal Feature 31/10/11
Sizing Europe heads 10 possibles for the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday 5th November 2011.
Melbourne Cup Promises to be Another Exciting Affair 28/10/11
The race is the biggest of the year in Australia and takes place over a distance of 3,200 metres (just under two miles) and attracts horse from across the globe.
Several Hold Claims In Star Studded Charlie Hall Chase 28/10/11
The Grade 2 Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby over 3 miles and 1 furlong on Saturday looks like being a cracking encounter; with 13 set to go to post.
Restless Dickin Aims Harry at Wetherby for John Smith's Hurdle
Restless Harry is set to start his campaign at Wetherby on bet365 Charlie Hall Chase Day, Saturday, October 29, in the £32,000 John Smith’s Hurdle (2.50pm), over three miles and a furlong.
What A Friend Set for Seasonal Bow 25/10/11
Paul Nicholls is set to include What A Friend in the line up for the John Smith's Hurdle at Wetherby on Saturday for his first run of the new campaign.
Divers Returns to Action on Sunday Ahead of Paddy Power Gold Cup Tilt 25/10/11
Trainer Ferdy Murphy is hoping that history can repeat itself as rising star Divers makes his seasonal return this Sunday ahead of his big early season target, the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Fair Along Aims for John Smith's Hurdle Hat-Trick 24/10/11
Fair Along is in line to bid for a third successive win in the John Smith's Hurdle at Wetherby on Saturday.
British Horseracing Authority Announces Adjustments to Whip Rules 21/10/11
The Board of the British Horseracing Authority today announces adjustments to the Rules on the use of the whip in Horseracing, following discussions with representatives of the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) and other stakeholders earlier this week.
Frankel Ignites Qipco British Champions Day as Cartier Awards Loom 20/10/11
Frankel took yet another unfaltering stride towards greatness at the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 15, with a brilliant victory in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO.
Vaughan And Saint Are Ready for Sunday's Aintree Test 19/10/11
Saint Are is set to return to the site of his greatest triumph with trainer Tim Vaughan ready to unleash the Grade One winning hurdler in the £10,000 Matalan Novices’ Chase (2.35pm) at Aintree on Sunday, October 23.
Duffy Considers bet365 Charlie Hall Chase for Diamond Harry Return 19/10/11
Diamond Harry, last seen winning a cracking renewal of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury in November, could return to action at Wetherby in the racecourse’s richest race, the £100,000 Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase on Saturday, October 29.
Master Minded Heads Classy Entry for Old Roan Chase 18/10/11
Star chaser Master Minded (11st 10lb) could return to Aintree for a crack at the £50,000 Grade Two Betfred Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase, highlight of the opening day of Aintree’s first meeting of the new season, Saturday, October 22.
The Need to Rebrand British Horse Racing 17/10/11
The British Horse Racing Authority, the Racecourse Association and the Horsemen’s group have apparently grown worried about the current slump in horse racing revenues and decided to commission a study regarding the plight of the industry.
Coral Giving Champions Day Huge Trading and Marketing Effort
Coral is devoting considerable effort tomorrow to promote betting on, and interest in, British Champions Day in its 1,700 betting shops and it confidently expects the day to generate over £40 million betting turnover industry-wide.
Hughes Quits Until Whip Rule Review 14/10/11
Richard Hughes has pledged to relinquish his riding licence with immediate effect until there is a review of the British Horseracing Authority's new whip rules after picking up another ban at Kempton last night.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 13/10/11
The racing community is getting ever more excited about the superb QIPCO Champions’ Day at Ascot this Saturday and the return of Frankel in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is the feature race of the day.
Aintree Welcomes in New Season with Betfred Old Roan Chase Day 13/10/11
Aintree’s new season starts on Saturday, October 22, with the £50,000 Grade Two Betfred Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase taking centre stage at a two-day meeting that continues with Matalan Freaky Family Funday on Sunday, October 23.
Final Flat Action of 2011 at Ayr Racecourse 12/10/11
Ayr Racecourse stages its final flat meeting of the 2011 season on Saturday October 29 with a seven race card scheduled.
Old Roan Chase Named in Honour of Monet's Garden 12/10/11
Aintree Racecourse is delighted to announce that this year’s £50,000 Grade Two Betfred Old Roan Chase, one of the highlights of the first part of the jump season, will be named in honour of retired racehorse Monet’s Garden.
Botti Hoping It's Third Time Lucky for Excelebration 11/10/11
Excelebration will be racing against Frankel for the third time in the £1-million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, Saturday, October 15.
Strong Suit Emerges as Big Danger to Goldikova Breeders Cup Bid 10/10/11
Strong Suit's stylish victory in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket yesterday has propelled him to 4-1 second favouritism from 10-1 for the Breeders Cup Mile with Coral.
Never Can Tell What Frankie Will Do, Admits Osborne 08/10/11
After some career upheavals trainer Jamie Osborne roared back with a big-race winner when Never Can Tell won the Betfred Cesarewitch.
Crusade Takes Shock Victory for Team O'Brien 08/10/11
Aidan O’Brien trained the Group One Emaar Middle Park Stakes for a fourth time thanks to 25/1 shot Crusade.
Breeders' Cup Challenge for Impressive Strong Suit 08/10/11
Strong Suit booked his ticket to Kentucky and an anticipated dream showdown with Goldikova in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (November 5) after registering an impressive victory in the Group Two Burj Khalifa Challenge Stakes.
The Queen Heads to Ascot for Carlton Champion Stakes Bid
The powers that be at Ascot have reportedly been jumping for joy at the news that The Queen has agreed to attend the event and present the trophy for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Britain's first ever £1 million horse race, on October 15
Pocket Guide to the Dewhurst Stakes 07/10/11
Spiritual Star was really impressive when winning last time at Newmarket where he won his maiden by six lengths in a good time. He looks the type to make into a decent three-year-old and he deserves his place in this field and could cause an upset.
Arc Weekend Shakes Up Leaders for 2011 Cartier Awards 06/10/11
The standings for the 2011 Cartier Racing Awards have undergone a big shake-up following a fantastic weekend of racing at Longchamp on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.
QIPCO British Champions Day Fields Taking Shape 05/10/11
With just 10 days to go until the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, the likely fields are taking shape for Britain’s richest-ever raceday at Ascot on Saturday 15 October.
Goldikova Cut to 2-1 for Historic Breeders Cup Mile Win 05/10/11
Goldikova has been cut to 2-1 from 5-2 by
to win a historic fourth consecutive Breeders Cup Mile following reports that Excelebration, the 7-2 second favourite, will miss the race in favour of a clash with Frankel at Ascot on Champions Day.
Few Suprises in Melbourne Cup 79 04/10/11
The major contenders stood their ground as 79 horses went forward for the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup following the first acceptance stage on Tuesday, October 4.
Cesarewitch Betting Opportunities 04/10/11
The Cesarewitch takes place on Saturday 8 October at Newmarket and the race offers a number of possible betting opportunities for horse racing punters.
Goldikova Remains On Target for Fourth Breeders Cup Mile Despite Longchamp Upset 04/10/11
Goldikova will head to America next month looking to claim a fourth victory in the race which will undoubtedly confirm her amongst the greatest racehorses of all time and possibly the greatest ever mare.
Ryan Trained 3-Y-O Favourite for York Glory 04/10/11
The appropriately named, York Glory, is the 6-1 favourite with the sponsorsto win the Coral Sprint Trophy at York on Saturday.
Norwegian Challenge at Newmarket 04/10/11
Norwegian handler Rune Haugen is hoping that Giant Sandman can make a winning raid across the North Sea in the £80,000 Group Two Burj Khalifa Challenge Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket on Dubai Future Champions Day, Saturday, October 8.
Juvenile Stars Out in Force for Dubai Future Champions Day 04/10/11
Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket on Saturday, October 8, is set to be a superb day’s racing with a host of potential stars on show, headed by a total of 16 colts going forward, including one supplementary entry, for the Group One £317,500 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes.
Tangerine Pulls Up Trees in Prix de l'Abbaye 02/10/11
Tangerine Trees led all the way under Tom Eaves to capture the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp for the Bryan Smart team.
Danedream Lands Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe for Germany 02/10/11
German filly Danedream ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Connections of Snow Fairy were delighted with her display in finishing third.
Coupe De Ville Motors to Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy 01/10/11
Richard Hannon went a long way to retaining his trainers' championship title with the victory of Coupe De Ville in the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy at Newmarket.
Captain's Pocket Guide to the Arc 30/09/11
Workforce won this last year and has had this race as a target for a while. The ground is an issue as he would not want it too fast and there are already a few disconcerting messages emanating from the Stoute yard. Do not be suprised if he is a non runner.
Joint-Favourites in Arc Betting as 16 are Declared 29/09/11
Sarafina and So You Think are the 7-2 joint-favourites with Coral for Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, after 16 runners were declared for the Longchamp showpiece. Galikova is next at 6-1, with Workforce 7-1 for a repeat win.
Phelan Aiming for Betfred Cesarewitch Glory with Ermyn Lodge29/09/11
Recently crowned Epsom trainer of the year Pat Phelan is hoping to cap an excellent season as he bids to win the £160,000 Betfred Cesarewitch (3.40pm) with consistent stayer Ermyn Lodge.
Countdown to Inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day 29/09/11
There is now just over a fortnight until Britain’s richest-ever raceday is staged, the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October. Interest in the five Group contests intensifies today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors following the 27 September scratchings deadline.
Galikova Backed for Arc, Goldikova for Foret 28/09/11
So You Think and Sarafina are the 7-2 joint favourites with Coral for Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, after the latter was eased from 3-1, following support for rival filly, Galikova, 6-1 (from 15-2) today.
BHA Announces Publishes Use of Whip Review Conclusions 27/09/11
The British Horseracing Authority has concluded its wide-ranging and detailed Review into the use of the whip in Horseracing, which first commenced in November 2010.
Longchamp's Loss Could Be Ascot's Gain 27/09/11
Nathaniel and Reliable Man are 7-2 and 9-2 respectively for the Qipco Champion Stakes, a race that both could run in if they miss the Arc.
Makfi Nomination for Fillies & Mares Winner 27/09/11
A special prize courtesy of the sponsor awaits the winning owner in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, one of the five big races on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October.
McCabe Dreaming of Breeders Cup for Improving Caspar 23/09/11
Caspar Netscher proved too good for his rivals in Saturday's Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and may well have booked himself a trip to Churchill Downs in November and a crack at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
William Hill Extend Ayr Gold Cup Support 22/09/11
William Hill have announced they will extend their sponsorship of the Ayr Gold Cup Festival by a further two years until September 2013.
Best Terms Warm Order Favourite to Land Cheveley Park Stakes
This weekend’s Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket for two year old fillies looks to have attracted a decent field with several of the leading protagonists holding early entries in next year's 1,000 Guineas.
The Loss of Michael Jarvis 21/09/11
Much will be written about Michael Jarvis, all positive, the amount of superlatives just won’t be enough. For me growing up Carroll House in the Arc was a triumph I was working for SIS then and it left a lasting impression.
Hofer Aiming for Betfred Cambridgeshire Riches with Ideology and Combat Zone 21/09/11
German trainer Mario Hofer is launching a dual assault on the £160,000 Betfred Cambridgeshire with Ideology and Combat Zone on course for the prestigious nine-furlong heritage handicap at Newmarket on Saturday, September 24.
Fantastic Betfred Cambridgeshire Day in Prospect 20/09/11
Newmarket hosts Betfred Cambridgeshire Day on Saturday, September 24, and the seven-race card on the Rowley Mile offers a mouth-watering programme of two Group One contests, a Group Two race and one of the most competitive handicaps of the season.
Deacon Blues Backed for Champions Sprint Success 19/09/11
Deacon Blues is the 11-4 (from 9-2) favourite with
for next month's Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes, after further support for the Wokingham winner yesterday.
Our Jonathan Takes Gold at Ayr 17/09/11
Our Jonathan gave owner Dr Marwan Koukash back-to-back victories in the William Hill Gold Cup at Ayr.
Longchamp on Agenda for Impressive Manieree 16/09/11
John Oxx his has string in tremendous form at the moment and added another good prize to his recent haul as Manieree ran out an impressive winner of the Group 2 The Tote Blandford Stakes at the Curragh on September 11.
So You Think Closes on Frankel in Race for Cartier Awards 16/09/11
So You Think moved to within four points of Cartier Horse Of The Year pace-setter Frankel with a brilliant victory at Leopardstown on September 3, while an array of fabulous performances from fellow leading candidates in Ireland, France and England saw the race for Cartier Awards honours intensify.
Beacon Lodge Primed for Group Two Nayef Joel Stakes 16/09/11
Beacon Lodge is primed for action in the £100,000 Group Two Nayef Joel Stakes (2.25pm), a highlight on day two of the fantastic three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting on Friday, September 23 at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course.
Strong Suit Has Challenge Stakes Option 15/09/11
The seven-furlong contest for three-year-olds and upwards kicks off the tremendous card at 1.55pm and has attracted 34 entries, including the Richard Hannon-trained Strong Suit.
Meade Considering Betfred Cesarewitch for Top Hurdler Donnas Palm 15/09/11
A total of 91 horses remain on course for the £160,000 Betfred Cesarewitch following the first scratchings deadline for the second leg of the Autumn Double on Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket on Saturday, October 8.
Arlequin Takes Aim at Betfred Cambridgeshire 15/09/11
James Bethell is hoping the rain stays away for his £160,000 Betfred Cambridgeshire hope Arlequin, one of 122 horses going forward at the scratchings stage for the historic nine-furlong heritage handicap Saturday, September 24.
Leading Two Year Old Colts To Look Out For As The Flat Season Draws To A Close 14/09/11
With plenty of the Flat season to come including the major Group One juvenile races it is difficult to say with much certainty which of the two year old Colts seen so far will be in Classic and Group One contention next years as three year olds.
Red Duke to Run at Longchamp 13/09/11
The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe weekend is not too far away and there are plenty of horse betting opportunities to be had at the weekend with decent prices usually on offer.
Nocturnal Portland Wins a Truly international Affair 13/09/11
The victory of the David Marnane-trained Nocturnal Affair in the ultra-competitive Ladbrokes Portland Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday once again proved what a truly international sport horse racing is these days.
Sarafina Cut to 3/1 Clear Favourite for Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe 11/09/11
Sarafina showed an impressive turn of foot, and then survived a steward's enquiry, to win the Prix Foy this afternoon prompting Coral to cut her to 3/1 clear favourite from 4/1 for next month's Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe.
Masked Marvel Storms to Victory in St Leger 10/09/11
Masked Marvel ensured that John Gosden and William Buick became the first trainer/jockey partnership to win the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger in consecutive years since Fulke Johnson Houghton and Lester Piggott teamed up with Ribero (1967) and Ribocco (1968).
Trumpet Major Sparkles in Champagne Stakes 10/09/11
Trumpet Major relished a return to a sound surface as he quickened nicely to give trainer Richard Hannon a first success in the Group Two One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes since his subsequent 2,000 Guineas hero Don’t Forget claimed the prize in 1986.
Lyric Of Light Shines in May Hill Stakes 09/09/11
Godolphin strengthened their powerful hand in the juvenile fillies' department when Lyric Of Light dented the reputation of Fallen For You in the Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Saddler's Rock Takes Stobart Doncaster Cup 09/09/11
John Oxx scored with his first runner in Britain this season on Thursday when Alanza prevailed and he maintained his 100% record as Saddler's Rock ran out an impressive winner of the Stobart Doncaster Cup.
Meeznah Stamps Class on Park Hill Stakes for Frankie 08/09/11
Meeznah (5-2) bounced back to her best with a smooth win in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Reply Has All the Answers St Leger Two-Year-Old Stakes
Joseph O'Brien's star continues in the ascendancy and he landed a valuable pot for his father Aidan as Reply claimed Doncaster's Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes.
Krone Rolls Back the Years with Leger Legends Victory 08/09/11
US Hall of Famer Julie Krone returned to the saddle at Doncaster on Wednesday, flying in from North America to take part in the 'Leger Legends' mile contest that illuminated the opening day of the four-day St Leger Festival.
One-Time Leger Favourite Backed for Classic Success 06/09/11
Masked Marvel, 7-1 (from 8-1), and the one-time ante-post favourite, Seville, 8-1 (from 10-1), have both been the subject of support for Saturday's St Leger with
Opinion Poll Seeks Hat-Trick in Stobart Doncaster Cup 06/09/11
Opinion Poll could seek a hat-trick at Doncaster on Friday, September 9, with Godolphin’s charge featuring among the 10 entries for the £100,000 Stobart Doncaster Cup (2.25pm) over two and a quarter miles.
Stoute Has High Hopes for Sea Moon in St Leger 06/09/11
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute was today hopeful that Sea Moon, an eight-length winner of last month’s Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, could put up a bold show in Saturday’s Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.
Godolphin & Ballydoyle Triple Handed for St Leger 05/09/11
Godolphin will be triple-handed in Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster after Rumh was supplemented at the six-day-entry stage, and there were a surprising three left in from Aidan O'Brien, who was expected to only field Seville.
Dream Ahead Sneaks Betfred Sprint Cup Thriller 03/09/11
Dream Ahead came out on top in a thrilling three-way finish with Bated Breath and Hoof It in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park on Saturday.
So You Think Works for Irish Champion Stakes Win 03/09/11
So You Think kept his massive reputation intact at Leopardstown as he won the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes after a terrific duel with Snow Fairy.
Leading St Leger Meeting Races – Champagne Stakes 02/09/11
The final day of the St Leger meeting needs starting in style and that’s probably why one of the big supporting events on the card is chosen to lead the way in the shape of the Champagne Stakes.
So You Think Hot Favourite for Irish Champion Stakes 01/09/11
There is little doubt that Aidan O’Brien and his Ballydoyle stable are determined to maintain their dominance in the Group One Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown this coming Saturday.
Noseda Dares as 158 Go Forward for Betfred Cambridgeshire 01/09/11
Jeremy Noseda will seek a first Betfred Cambridgeshire (3.40pm) triumph with current sponsor’s joint-favourite Dare To Dance (8st 2lb and 8/1) in the historic nine-furlong contest, the first leg of the Autumn Double, at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Betfred Cambridgeshire Day, Saturday, September 24.
Doumen Considers Betfred Cesarewitch for Diamond Boy 01/09/11
Diamond Boy (9st 8lb and 25/1 with sponsor Betfred) could bid to give France a rare victory in the historic £160,000 Betfred Cesarewitch (4.15pm) at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse on Saturday, October 8.
Haydock Sprint Cup Trends 01/09/11
The Betfred Sprint Cup takes place at Haydock on Saturday 3rd September. It’s a six-furlong group 1 open to horses aged 3 and above. The winners of the two 6F group 1’s in Britain this season, Dream Ahead and Society Rock, could lock horns in this.
St Leger – History 31/08/11
The Group 1 St Leger Stakes now sponsored by Ladbrokes is run over 1M 6F and 132 yards in early September each year and completes the set of the five British Classics all of the other four being run much earlier in the year.
Dream Ahead Now Sprint Cup Favourite After Deacon Blues Doubts 31/08/11
Dream Ahead is the 7-2 (from 9-2) favourite with Coral for Saturday's Haydock Sprint Cup, following the news that Deacon Blues, who had been the 4-1 market leader, is unlikely to run in the Group One contest.
Tominator Team Eye Crack at Doncaster’s Mallard Handicap 31/08/11
Reg Hollinshead’s stable star Tominator could be set to appear at Doncaster’s prestigious St Leger meeting after it was revealed that plans are afoot for the Northumberland Plate winner to take his chance in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap on September 9.
Seville St Leger Bid Hangs in the Balance 30/08/11
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Seville went into the recent Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes as the solid 3/1 ante-post favourite for the world’s oldest classic, but three minutes later plans were immediately under review after the son of Galileo finished a modest third to runaway winner Sea Moon.
So You Think 1-3 for Saturday's Irish Champion Stakes 30/08/11
So You Think has been installed as the 1-3 favourite for Saturday’s Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes by Bet365, Boylesports and , with second best in the market Snow Fairy as big as 6-1 with Paddy PowerBoylesports and Victor Chandler.
Deacon Blues Heads Haydock Sprint Cup Betting 30/08/11
The Wokingham winner, Deacon Blues, heads Coral's betting for Saturday's Haydock Sprint Cup, following the latest entry stage for the Group One contest. Dream Ahead is the 9-2 second favourite, ahead of Hoof It at 11-2.
Hoof it Handed Top Weight in William Hill Ayr Gold Cup 30/08/11
Hoof It, trained by Mick Easterby and owned by golfer Lee Westwood and his manager Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler has been allocated top weight in this year's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
Hughes Gets it Right on Dubawi Gold 27/08/10
Dubawi Gold swept through for a cheeky success in the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood to replenish Richard Hannon's strength in the division.
Maybe Confirms Guineas Favouritism with Moyglare Success 29/08/11
Maybe stretched her unbeaten record to five with a thoroughly professional performance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
Guineas Favourite Maybe Odds-On for Moyglare Assignment
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Maybe, already 5-1 favourite with Coral for next year's Qipco 1,000 Guineas, is heads the betting for Sunday's Moyglare StudStakes at 5-6, following the final declarations for the Group One contest.
Major Victories Shake Up Cartier Racing Awards Standings 25/08/11
Events this month at premier Group One venues such as the Curragh, York, Deauville and Arlington Park, USA, not only thrilled and delighted horseracing fans, they also gave the latest Cartier Racing Awards’ standings a bit of a shake-up.
Zoffany and Wootton Bassett Among 17 for Park Stakes 25/08/11
Ladbrokes St Leger Day on Saturday, September 10, also features the prestigious £100,000 Group Two Park Stakes (3.40pm) over seven furlongs, which is contested under Group One conditions.
32 Remain for Champagne Stakes 25/08/11
Ladbrokes St Leger Day on Saturday, September 10, also features the £75,000 Group Two One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes (2pm) for two-year-olds over seven furlongs.
Sea Moon and Blue Bunting Among 17 Eyeing Ladbrokes St Leger Glory 25/08/11
Sea Moon, ante-post favourite at 6/4 with sponsor Ladbrokes, heads 17 horses going forward for the £500,000 Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, September 10, following the August 23 scratchings deadline.
Maybe and La Collina Take Star Billing in Moyglare Stud Stakes
Maybe and La Colina are the two star fillies in the line-up for Sunday’s eagerly awaited Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
Record Entry for William Hill Ayr Gold Cup 23/08/11
A record 241 horses have entered for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday September 17.
Opinion Poll Doubles Up in Lonsdale Cup 20/08/11
Opinion Poll repeated last year's success with a hard-fought victory in the Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York to complete a double for Frankie Dettori and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.
Surprise Ebor Success for Moyenne Corniche 20/08/11
Yorkshire trainer Brian Ellison sprung a 25-1 surprise in the Betfred Ebor at York as he landed the valuable prize with second string Moyenne Corniche.
Margot Did Win Nunthorpe for Hayley 19/08/11
Hayley Turner rode her second Group One sprint winner when driving 20-1 shot Margot Did to a surprise success in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Brave Blue Bunting Takes Yorkshire Oaks 18/08/11
Blue Bunting landed her third Group One triumph with a hard-fought win in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on the Knavesmire.
Sea Moon Underlines St Leger Credentials 17/08/11
Sea Moon, who was touted as a Derby prospect prior to suffering a setback earlier in the season, vindicated connections’ high opinion of him when dismantling a high-class field in the Group Two Sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting.
Betfred Offers £100,000 Autumn Double Bonus 17/08/11
Betfred will generously award a fantastic £100,000 bonus to any stable that wins both legs of the historic Autumn Double, the £160,000 Betfred Cambridgeshire and the £160,000 Betfred Cesarewitch, at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse.
Twice Over Gains International Glory 17/08/11
Last year's runner-up Twice Over lunged late to deny stablemate Midday in the Juddmonte International at York.
Ebor Handicap 10-Year-Trends 16/08/11
The Betfred Ebor Handicap is the showpiece event of York’s four day Ebor festival which starts on Wednesday 17th August.
Brown Panther Can Still Bring Michael Owen St Leger Success 15/08/11
As most horse racing followers will know, footballer Michael Owen has invested heavily into his ever developing horse racing business and could well have an opportunity to break into the real big time if his highly talented Brown Panther can win the Doncaster St Leger next month.
Galikova Cut For Arc After Deauville Success 15/08/11
Coral has trimmed Galikova to 16-1 (from 20-1) for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, following her win at Deauville this afternoon.
Census Bids to Register Ladbrokes St Leger Credentials 12/08/11
Census has caught the eye of many experienced observers as a potential Group One Ladbrokes St Leger hero and the Richard Hannon-trained colt will head to Newbury on Saturday for his final prep race.
Paul Hanagan Turns Up the Heat for Champion Jockey Title 10/08/11
Paul Hanagan rode a treble at Ayr on Tuesday, his second this week after scoring a similar hat trick at Thirsk on Monday.
La Collina Second 7-1 for 1,000 Guineas after Phoenix Shock 07/08/11
Coral has introduced La Collina into their Qipco 1,000 Guineas betting as 7 -1 seocnd favourite, following the filly's surprise win in this afternoon's Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
La Collina Takes Flight in Phoenix Stakes 07/08/11
La Collina collared Power close home to land a 33-1 surprise success in the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Ireland Lands Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Hat-Trick 07/08/11
Ireland team captain Richard Hughes marshalled his troops in dramatic fashion to lift the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for a third consecutive year.
Sweet Solera Winner Cut for 1,000 Guineas 07/08/11
Coral has slashed Discourse to 8-1 second favourite (from 20-1) for next year's Qipco 1,000 Guineas, following her impressive win in this yesterday's
Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.
All The News from the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Draw 05/08/11
The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is the world’s premier international jockeys’ team competition with four teams, each consisting of three jockeys, representing Great Britain (GBR), Ireland (IRE), Europe (EUR) and the Rest of the World (ROW).
Phenomenal Frankel Storms Clear in Race for Cartier Awards 05/08/11
Frankel has already been hailed as one of the greatest horses to have ever graced the English turf and the Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt added weight to his case for inclusion among the elite pantheon of racing legends with a stunning victory in the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, July 27.
Frankel Heads 31 for Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 05/08/11
An outstanding entry of 31 horses for the £1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (Group One), which will be by far the richest mile race ever run in Europe, includes the world’s top four milers headed by superstar Frankel.
Long Run Likely to Compete at Both Cheltenham and Aintree Next Year 04/08/11
Long Run, the brilliant Nicky Henderson-trained winner of last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup, will be trained with a view to defending his title at Prestbury Park in mid-March but could also take his chance very nearly four weeks later at Aintree in the Grade 1 Betfair Bowl.
Fabulous 40 for QIPCO Champion Stakes 04/08/11
The £1.3 million QIPCO Champion Stakes over one and a quarter miles, which will be the richest race ever run in Britain, has attracted a similarly powerful entry of 40 horses.
Canford Cliffs Retired 04/08/11
Canford Cliffs has been retired from racing on veterinary advice due to a near-fore pastern injury which he suffered during the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last week.
English Raiders Look to Stop Ballydoyle's Record Breaking Phoenix Stakes Bid 04/08/11
The Group One Phoenix Stakes for two year old colts and fillies is one of the most important juvenile races of the season in Ireland and is run on Sunday 7th August at the Curragh.
Basic Horse Racing Handicapping Tips 04/08/11
Betting on horses can be a fun leisure activity, but most people who do it, do it for an entirely different reason: to make money. If making money is your objective, you need to step back and take a look at some basic guidelines and tips, otherwise you’ll never stand even a remote chance to fulfill your objective.
Fallon Fans Back Ebor Mount Into Favouritism 02/08/11
Coral has trimmed Saptapadi to 7-1 joint favourite (from 8-1) for the Ebor,
after support for the horse confirmed today as the mount of Kieren Fallon
in the York highlight.
Speed figures from Glorious Goodwood 02/08/11
Angus McNae had a look at the first two days action at Glorious Goodwood and have put together some speed figures which give us an idea which horses put in the best performances.
Goldikova Team Eyeing Frankel Showdown 01/08/11
The team behind Goldikova have hinted at a showdown with the unbeaten Frankel in the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions' Day at Ascot in October.
Coral Can't Split Goldikova and Canford in Possible Breeders' Cup Showdown 01/08/11
Coral have opened betting on a Breeders' Cup Mile match bet, and go 5-6 each of two about Goldikova and Canford Cliffs, after the former won her 14th Group One yesterday afternoon.
Glamorous Night of Racing and Entertainment 29/07/2011
It's one of the most glamorous nights of the year - Champagne GH Mumm Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday August 6.
Frankel Team Prepare for Biggest Test Yet 26/07/11
Frankel will have his hands full as the 3-year-old colt goes in search of maintaining his unbeaten record in the highly anticipated Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.
Libranno to Spoil Stable-mate Strong Suit's Party in the Lennox Stakes 26/07/11
Glorious Goodwood has finally arrived and takes place on the most picturesque course in the country. On a sunny day that is! The weather is set to be fair and dry, providing perfect racing conditions to host the Group 3 Gordon Stakes, Group 3 Molecomb Stakes for 2yo dashing over 5f and the big race of Day 1, the Group 2 Lennox Stakes over the 7f of rolling South Downs.
Blissful Hoping to Give Handler Another Winning Ebor Moment
Hopes appear high that Sir Michael Stoute can send out the winner of the premier European mile-and-three-quarter handicap with his Blissful Moment, a highly progressive son of Dynaformer.
Formidable Irish Team for the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup 25/07/11
Richard Hughes is once again set to lead the boys in green in the world’s premier international jockeys’ competition at Ascot on Saturday 6 August.
Nathaniel Cut To 7/1 for Arc After King George Success 24/07/11
Nathaniel has been slashed to 7/1 co-second favourite from 16/1 for the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe by Coral after this afternoon's victory in the King
George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.
Hoof It Dashes to Big York Prize 23/07/11
Hoof It, owned by top golf agent Chubby Chandler and Lee Westwood, landed a gamble in the Sky Bet Dash at York to stake a strong claim for next Saturday's Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood.
Twice Over Returns to Form in Sky Bet York Stakes 23/07/11
Twice Over showed his class when bouncing back to form with a Group Two success in the Sky Bet York Stakes on the Knavesmire.
Nathaniel Scores for Classic Generation 23/07/11
Three-year-old Nathaniel proved his champion qualities when he defeated the best of the older generation to win an epic and incident-packed King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Workforce Heads King George Betting as Five Line Up 21/07/11
Workforce is the 11-8 favourite with Coral for Saturday's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, following the final declarations for the Ascot showpiece.
Weld Looks for the Big Prizes at 2011 Galway Races 21/07/11
The ever popular Galway Races will get underway on 25th July and will last for seven days with the final race going off on Sunday July 31st.
Sahpresa Aiming for Hat-Trick in Sun Chariot Stakes 21/07/11
Sahpresa is on course to bid for an unprecedented third success in the £160,000 Group One Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, highlight of the third and final day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, Saturday, September 24, at Newmarket.
Green Light as Nathaniel Joins Star Studded King George Line-Up 21/07/11
Lady Rothschild, owner of the hugely impressive King Edward VII Stakes winner Nathaniel, has paid the £75,000 supplementary fee adding her John Gosden-trained charge to a small but select field for what promises to be a thrilling Betfair-sponsored Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Maqaasid Given bet365 Lennox Stakes Option 21/07/11
Maqaasid has the option of dropping back in trip for the bet365 Lennox Stakes or taking on the likes of Frankel and Canford Cliffs over a mile in the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes - the “Duel on the Downs” - at the same course 24 hours later.
Head Planning Cross-Channel Ladbrokes St Leger Raid 21/07/11
An outstanding renewal of the £500,000 Group One Ladbrokes St Leger is on the horizon after an exciting 36-strong entry for the world’s oldest Classic was revealed yesterday, Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
Frankel Odds-On for Sussex Stakes Success After Pleasing Work 19/07/11
Frankel is the 4-5 favourite with Coral for next week's Qipco Sussex Stakes, after the unbeaten colt pleased connections in his final piece of serious work before the 'duel in the downs' at Glorious Goodwood.
Hoof It Popular for SkyBet Dash 19/07/11
The fantastic seven-race card at York on July 23 is sponsored exclusively by
and also features the prestigious £50,000 Sky Bet Dash Handicap (3.40pm) over six furlongs, which has attracted 45 entries.
Dominant Connections Eye Sky Bet York Stakes 19/07/11
Dominant could face older rivals for the first time in the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes (3.05pm) over 10 furlongs at York on Saturday, July 23, after connections entered the exciting three-year-old for the £100,000 contest.
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 10 Year Trends 19/07/11
Run over a mile and a half, it was historically a good acid test for Derby winners and it is good to see last year’s Derby winner, Workforce, entered to run.
Redemption for Frankie on Blue Bunting 18/07/11
Frankie Dettori's win on Blue Bunting in the Irish Oaks has been dubbed as redemption for the mistake he made when dropping his hands on the same filly in the Investec Oaks and losing third place.
Blue Bunting Triumph in Darley Irish Oaks
Frankie Dettori snatched a last-gasp victory on Blue Bunting in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Workforce Cut for the King George at Ascot 18/07/11
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Workforce, winner of last season’s Epsom Derby and Arc, was on Sunday slashed in the betting for next weekend’s Betfair King George VI Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot after producing a good piece of work on the gallops under big-race jockey Ryan Moore.
Workforce Cut for King George After Postiive Report and Rain 18/07/11
Workforce is 5-2 (from 7-2) joint second favourite with Coral for next Saturday's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, after a combination of a positive gallops report plus forecast good ground at Ascot saw support come for Sir Michael Stoute's charge.
Coral Cannot Split Frankel and So You Think in Dream Champions Day Clash 15/07/11
Following the news that the 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel could be aimed at the Qipco Champions Stakes in October, Coral have priced up an Ascot match bet with the unbeaten three-year-old against the Coral-Eclipse winner So You Think.
Work Watchers Left Drooling After Latest Frankel Gallop 14/07/11
On Wednesday morning Sir Henry Cecil's superstar Frankel did a piece of work that left even seasoned observers looking for superlatives to reflect the training run they had just seen.
So You Think and Dream Ahead Take Centre Stage in Cartier Racing Awards Points Update 14/07/11
The Cartier Racing Awards are European horseracing’s answer to the Oscars and the current season is proving to be of blockbuster proportions with a star-studded cast stealing scenes with exquisite aplomb before a rapt audience, awed at the brilliance before them.
No Decision Yet on Activate Ebor Bid 12/07/11
Activate, prominent in the ante-post list for next month's Ebor Handicap at York, is by no means a certain runner in the Knavesmire showpiece event with connections seriously considering an alternative bid at Goodwood instead.
Promising Juveniles Emerge at Newmarket's July Meeting 11/07/11
There were several highlights to emerge from the 2011 July Meeting at Newmarket, a couple of very useful looking juveniles emerged to prominences and will no doubt be worth watching for the remainder of this season and beyond.
No Pacemaker for Frankel in Sussex Stakes 11/07/11
Sir Henry Cecil has suggested that his unbeaten star Frankel may well run in the Group 1 Qipco Sussex Stakes, the highlight of the outstanding Glorious Goodwood fixture later this month, without a pacemaker.
Darley Irish Oaks Betting Preview – Laughing Lashes Too Good to Miss at 14-1 11/07/11
The Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh on July 17 is shaping up be a cracking contest, with the English Oaks first, second, fourth and fifth, Dancing Rain, Wonder of Wonders, Blue Bunting and Misty For Me respectively, set to renew rivalry.
Dream Comes True in Darley July Cup 09/07/11
A dream came true for Hayley Turner as the most successful female jockey in British history gained a first Group One success aboard David Simcock's Dream Ahead in the Darley July Cup.
Timepiece Clocks Up Falmouth Win for Cecil 08/07/11
Sir Henry Cecil's Timepiece finally proved herself a top-class filly with a terrific performance in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
Dettori Swoops on Gamilati to Land Cherry Hinton 08/07/11
Godolphin's Gamilati recorded the first victory of her career with a superb effort in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket.
Frederick Engels Impresses in July Stakes 07/07/11
Frederick Engels made the successful transition to Pattern company when taking the Group Two TNT July Stakes in the hands of Eddie Ahern.
Masked Marvel Heads for Leger after Bahrain Trophy Win 07/07/11
Masked Marvel staked his claim for the Ladbrokes St Leger with a head success in the Bahrain Trophy.
Crystal Capella Sparkles for Princess Prize 07/07/11
Classy mare Crystal Capella showed the boys the way home with a brilliant display in the Princess of Wales's sportingbet.com Stakes at Newmarket.
A Dozen Remain for QIPCO Sussex Stakes 07/07/11
The countdown to the mouth-watering “Duel on the Downs” between Canford Cliffs and Frankel at Glorious Goodwood in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, July 27, is now just three weeks away.
Star Witness & Delegator Go Into Darley July Cup in Top Form
Star Witness worked on the July Course early on the morning of Tuesday, 5th July, and pleased both trainer Danny O’Brien and jockey Steven Arnold ahead of the Group One Darley July Cup over the same course at Newmarket on Saturday (9th July).
Elzaam Backed Again for July Cup Glory 05/07/11
Coral has trimmed Elzaam to 13-2 (from 7-1) for Saturday's Darley July Cup, following further support for the Golden Jubilee Stakes fourth today. Another one in demand for the Group One sprint is Monsieur Chevalier, now 12-1(from 16-1).
Winker Watson and War Artist Among 19 Aiming for July Cup 05/07/11
Winker Watson and War Artist have their respective connections dreaming of Group One glory ahead of the £400,000 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday 9th July.
Redwood Aiming to Go One Better in Princess Of Wales’s sportingbet.com Stakes 03/07/11
Taking centre stage on the first day, Thursday, 7th July, is the £80,000 Group Two Princess of Wales’s sportingbet.com Stakes (3.00pm) over a mile and a half.
Sahpresa Looking for More Group One Glory in Falmouth Stakes
Trainer Rodolphe Collet is hopeful that Sahpresa can record a third Group One victory at Newmarket in the £160,000 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (3pm), highlight of the second day of the Piper Heidsieck July Festival, Friday, 8th July.
Workforce Eclipsed by So You Think in Sandown Spectacular 02/07/11
The ex-Australian star, So You Think, now trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, emerged victorious by half a length after a titanic battle with last year’s Investec Derby and Arc winner, Workforce, in a scintillating Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park.
Workforce Can Eclipse So You Think in Sandown Spectacular 01/07/11
On Saturday evening there is a heavyweight clash between David Haye and Wladimir Kiltschko in a boxing ring in Hamburg, and earlier in the day an equine heavyweight clash takes place at Sandown where So You Think and Workforce square up in the Coral-Eclipse.
£340,000 Bet Sees So You Think Shorten for Coral-Eclipse 27/06/11
So You Think is evens (from 5-4) favourite for Saturday's Coral-Eclipse,
after the sponsor laid a £340,000 bet on the ex-Australian superstar this
Ballydoyle Dominates Irish Derby As O'Brien Saddles First Three Home 27/06/11
Carlton House punters cannot say they were not warned about the perils of backing against Aidan O’Brien and his Ballydoyle contingent in the Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday.
Strongest Ever Rest Of The World Team for Shergar Cup 27/06/11
South African Doug Whyte, the record-breaking 10-times Champion Jockey in Hong Kong, will return to the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for the first time in five years on Saturday 6th August as Captain of the Rest of the World Team.
Major Autumn Mile Targets for Classy Excelebration 27/06/11
Italian-born trainer Marco Botti has been mapping out the probable campaign for the rest of the season for his smart miler Excelebration, last seen finishing a fine third behind Frankel in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Treasure Beach Takes Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby 26/06/11
Epsom runner-up Treasure Beach went one place better to give Aidan O'Brien his ninth victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, with the Queen's Carlton House only fourth.
Radical Overhaul of Racing Fixtures Urgently Required 24/06/11
The new Racehorse Owners Association President today called for a drastic overhaul of horse racing's fixture list and the creation of three tiers for the sport.
Royal Ascot Heroes Lead Race Towards Cartier Awards 2011 23/06/11
Cartier Racing Awards are bestowed upon European horseracing’s elite performers and the five days of Royal Ascot last week provided the consummate setting for a whole array of such luminaries to stake claims for the coveted end of season honours.
South African Raider River Jetez a Possible for Falmouth Stakes
Fillies and mares take centre stage on day two of Newmarket’s Piper Heidsieck July Festival, Friday, 8th July, Abu Dhabi Day, when the highlight is the £160,000 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes over a mile.
Stellar International Cast Among 30 for July Cup 23/06/11
Newmarket’s Piper Heidsieck July Festival is now just over a fortnight away and the countdown steps up a gear today with the publication of the latest entries going forward for the highlight of the three-day meeting, the Darley July Cup, which takes place over six furlongs on Saturday, 9th July.
Classic Rematch on the Cards in Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby 22/06/11
A total of nine horses have stood their ground at yesterday’s entry stage for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh this Sunday and what a race our premier Group One Classic promises to be.
Clash of the Generations in Qipco Sussex Stakes 22/06/11
Goodwood racecourse is gearing itself up for the eagerly-anticipated clash between Canford Cliffs and Frankel in the £300,000 Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, which takes place over a mile on Wednesday, July 27, day two of Glorious Goodwood.
Carlton House Connections Eye Tilt at Irish Derby 21/06/11
Carlton House has been installed as clear favourite to gain compensation in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh on Sunday, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
Mijhaar Can Outpoint Nathaniel 17/06/11
Nathaniel heads the ante-post lists for the St Leger and he is worthy of his position at the head of the betting for the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.
Lucky Thirteen Line Up for Coronation Stakes 16/06/11
Thursday of the Royal Meeting may traditionally be known as Ladies’ Day but it is the turn of the blueblooded three-year-old fillies to shine on Friday in the feature race of the day, the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.
Where Next for Canford Cliffs After Thrilling Ascot Win? 14/06/11
The Richard Hannon trained Canford Cliffs got the better of Goldikova to win the Group One Queen Anne Stakes over one mile in a thrilling curtain raiser to this year’s Royal Ascot meeting.
Pour Moi as Short as 4-1 for Arc Glory 04/06/11
Pour Moi is a top-priced 7-1, but as short 4-1 in places, following his last-to-first victory in the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 4.
Workforce Returns to Triumph in Brigadier Gerard Stakes 27/05/11
Last year's Derby and Arc hero Workforce made the perfect start to his four-year-old career with victory in the Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.
Identifying the Epsom Derby Trends 25/05/11
The Epsom Derby is without doubt a unique challenge that presents its own problems for both horse and rider and many will think that it presents a race which is difficult to evaluate and find the winner of.
Misty For Me Takes Irish Guineas Glory 22/05/11
The well-backed Misty For Me (5-1) just got the better of stablemate Together to win the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh.
Sole Power Shoots Down Budapest Bullet in Temple Stakes 21/05/11
Sole Power bounced back to his best form to land the betfred.com Temple Stakes at Haydock as the 'Budapest Bullet' Overdose failed to fire.
Roderic O'Connor Wins Irish 2000 Guineas 21/05/11
Roderic O'Connor emphatically turned around the Newmarket form with Dubawi Gold as he led all the way to win the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh.
Workforce Among 14 Entries for Brigadier Gerard Stakes 20/05/11
Sandown Park plays host to the highest-class evening fixture of the whole season next Thursday, May 26, when the six-race programme features a Group Two contest, a Group Three event and two Listed races.
Bassett on Course for St James's Palace Stakes 20/05/11
Richard Fahey's classy colt Wootton Bassett might have tasted his first ever defeat in last weekend's French 2000 Guineas but connections feel they have learned from the experience and are looking forward to heading to Royal Ascot in mid-June for a clash with the mighty Frankel in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes.
Dialed In Can Upset Animal Kingdom’s Triple Crown Bid
It’s the second leg of the American Triple Crown on Saturday and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who is bidding to become the first horse since 1978 to win the crown, has been drawn in favourably in stall eleven for the 2011 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday.
Aidan O’Brien’s Together Favourite for Irish 1000 Guineas
Together heads the betting for Sunday’s Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas at the time of writing, and the Galileo filly is a worthy favourite, having been beaten less than a length by Blue Bunting in the English equivalent at Newmarket at the beginning of the month.
Dubawi Gold Heads 11 for Irish 2000 Guineas 18/05/11
Saturday’s Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas has lost some of its lustre though the absence of Dream Ahead and Pathfork at the five-day declaration stage, while of the current 11 entries a maximum of 10 will go to post, as Zoffany, one of a quintet of Aidan O-Brien-trained horses entered, has been ruled out with colic.
Dubawi Gold Supplemented to Irish 2000 Guineas 16/05/11
Dubawi Gold has been supplemented to the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh next Saturday, 21st May at a cost of €32,500 and has been installed as 7/4 favourite by Paddy Power for the first Irish Classic race of 2011.
Canford Cliffs Wins Lockinge Stakes in Style 14/05/11
The second mile race in the QIPCO British Champions Series, the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury this afternoon, saw last year’s star British miler, Canford Cliffs, lay down a big marker to French champion, Goldikova, and the sensational QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner, Frankel.
Canford Cliffs Solid for the Lockinge Stakes 13/05/11
Saturday's feature race is the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and Richard Hannon provides about 75% of the book courtesy of Dick Turpin and Canford Cliffs.
Delegator Delights Dettori as Potential Group One Sprinter 12/05/11
Second behind the legendary Sea The Stars in the 2000 Guineas in 2009, Delegator burst on to the sprinting scene at York this week with a cracking performance to win the Group Two, Duke of York Stakes over 6 furlongs.
Totesport Dante Stakes Betting Preview 12/05/11
The totesport Dante Stakes at York on Thursday is a truly mouth-watering contest with three leading fancies for next month’s Investec Derby putting their credentials for that Classic on the line.
York Dante Meeting - Tips for TV races on Day One 11/05/11
The York Dante meeting gets underway on Wednesday and Channel 4 are showing four races live. The draw can have an effect here and historically, a high berth has proved a huge disadvantage over this course and distance.
Grand Day for Henderson at Punchestown 07/05/11
Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty took the honours on the final day of the Punchestown Festival with a 235-1 treble highlighted by Grandouet's success in the AES Champion 4YO Hurdle.
Vaughan Bags Champion Novice Hurdle 06/05/11
Trainer Tim Vaughan, who had his first Grade 1 success at Aintree last month, enjoyed another top-level victory when breaking his Punchestown Festival duck with Spirit Of Adjisa in the Grade 1 Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle.
Hurricane Fly Awesome In Rabobank Champion Hurdle
The Grade 1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle promised to be a highlight of the 2011 Punchestown Festival and it did not disappoint as the Willie Mullins-trained Hurricane Fly cruised to his ninth, and arguably most-impressive Grade 1 victory of his career.
Kauto Star Close to Retirement 06/05/11
Double Gold Cup winner Kauto Star is on the verge of retirement after his poor showing in the Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday, his owner has suggested.
Will it be a Breeze for Hurricane Fly at Punchestown? 06/05/11
Only six are set to go to post for the highlight of the fourth day of the Punchestown festival on Friday, the Rabobank Champion Hurdle, but it’s a select field headed by Hurricane Fly, who was so imperious at the Cheltenham Festival in March when landing the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
Quevega Takes Second World Series Hurdle 05/05/11
The brilliant mare Quevega survived a blunder at the final flight and held off stablemate Mourad to win the Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle for a second consecutive year.
Captain Chris Impresses in Ryanair Novice Chase 05/05/11
The Philip Hobbs-trained Captain Chris, winner of Cheltenham’s Irish Independent Arkle Chase, justified 4/6 favouritism to take the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase by a length and a quarter from Realt Dubh.
Stellar International Cast Among 57 for July Cup 05/05/11
This year’s £400,000 Group One Darley July Cup will be a mouth-watering clash of the continents with sprinters representing Asia, Africa, Australasia, North America and Europe featuring among the 57 horses entered for the six-furlong contest at Newmarket on Saturday, 9th July.
Budapest Bullet Heads to Haydock Park for Temple Stakes
Overdose, the superstar Hungarian sprinter, is all set to head to Haydock Park on Saturday, May 21, to contest the Group Two £80,000 Betfred.com Temple Stakes over five furlongs.
Follow The Plan Takes Gold as Kauto Fails to Star 04/05/11
An eventful Grade 1 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup saw the Oliver McKiernan-trained Follow The Plan take the spoils after Roberto Goldback unseated his rider at the final fence when in the lead and Kauto Star, who was sent off 10/11 favourite, was pulled up.
Big Zeb Just Champion 03/05/11
A fantastic renewal of the Grade 1 Boylesports.com Champion Chase, the feature event on the 2011 Punchestown Festival’s opening day on Tuesday, May 3, saw the Colm Murphy-trained Big Zeb reverse the placings with his Cheltenham conqueror Sizing Europe.
Past, Present and Future Champions Set to Clash at Punchestown 03/05/11
The annual five day Punchestown National Hunt Festival gets underway on Tuesday May 3rd and runs for five fantastic days, playing host to some of the very best race on the National Hunt calendar.
Captain Cee Bee to Gatecrash Champion Chase Party 03/05/11
The two rivals go head to head once again at Punchestown this afternoon in the Champion Chase. Colm Murphy and Barry Geraghty will be looking for revenge after having to settle for runner up spot in the Queen Mother at Cheltenham in March.
Kauto Star Confirmed for Punchestown 29/04/11
Owner Clive Smith has confirmed that Kauto Star is set to bid for a 15th career Grade 1 success in the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup next Wednesday (May 4).
Third Intention to Travel to Punchestown 29/04/11
Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard is also set to be among the British raiders at Punchestown next week after announcing that his improving hurdler Third Intention is set to line up in the Grade 1 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle on Saturday, May 7.
Murphy Plays Late Poker Hand 23/04/11
Timmy Murphy staved off thoughts of retirement for at least another season with a magical ride aboard Poker De Sivola in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.
Bet 365 Gold Cup Betting Preview & Tips 23/04/11
The final weekend of the jumping season and the final big race, the Bet365 Gold Cup, has attracted a healthy entry. Not easy to solve, but Poker De Sivola has a decent chance.
No Grand National Whip Use at Towcester Race Course 22/04/11
Towcester will be the first race course in Britain to outlaw the use of whips in races at the track. The traditionally tough course with the huge uphill run in will have seen its fair share of jockeys whip use, coming up the hill in fighting finishes in the past.
Paul Hanagan Scores Treble at the Lesters 22/04/11
The 2010 Champion Jockey scooped a total of three Lester awards at the Birmingham Metropole in front of 400 sporting and celebrity guests.
Unaccompanied to Punchestown for Champion 4YO Hurdle
Unaccompanied is pleasing connections ahead of a tilt at the 80,000 euros Grade 1 AES Champion 4YO Hurdle over two miles at Punchestown on Saturday, May 7.
Binocular Confirmed for Unmissable Clash with Hurricane Fly at Punchestown 21/04/11
Binocular is set to take on this year’s brilliant Cheltenham scorer Hurricane Fly for the first time in the 160,000 euros Grade 1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival on Friday, May 6.
Fallon to Miss Guineas After Receiving 10-Day Ban 21/04/11
Former champion jockey Keiren Fallon has suffered an early blow to his hopes of regaining the title, but more importantly will miss the Qipco Newmarket Guineas fixture after falling foul of the Kempton stewards on the 13th April picking up a 10-day ban that rules him out of the feature meeting at HQ.
Elliott Planning Triple Pronged Fairyhouse Raid 21/04/11
Gordon Elliott, who saddled two winners at this year’s Aintree Festival but missed out on reaching the podium in the John Smith’s Grand National itself, will be hoping for better luck later in the month when he may saddle as many as three runners in the prestigious Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Bank Holiday Monday, April 25.
Grade 1 AES Champion 4yo Hurdle Attracts 22 Entries 18/04/11
Unaccompanied is among 22 entries for the 80,000 euros AES Champion 4YO Hurdle over two miles at Punchestown on Saturday, May 7.
So Young Among 30 Entries for Champion Novice Hurdle 18/04/11
A fantastic 30-strong entry for the Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle on Friday, May 6, includes the Willie Mullins-trained So Young, a fine third to the Mouse Morris-trained First Lieutenant at Cheltenham in March.
Captain Chris Bids for Arkle Follow-Up in Ryanair Novice Chase 18/04/11
Captain Chris heads to Punchestown for the 90,000 euros Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase in an attempt to add the two-mile contest to his victory in the Grade 1 Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Quevega Likely to Aim for Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle 18/04/11
Although the brilliant mare Quevega is entered in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle, trainer Willie Mullins has revealed that she is more likely to bid for a second consecutive victory in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle over three miles on Thursday, May 5.
Hurricane Fly to Lead Mullins Charge for Punchestown Honours 18/04/11
Champion trainer Willie Mullins has an abundance of options going into the Punchestown Festival next month when Cheltenham hero Hurricane Fly will seek to repeat last year’s success in the Grade 1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle on Friday, May 6.
Scottish National Victory Sweet for Richard Johnson 18/04/11
Jockey Richard Johnson rode his first ever Coral Scottish Grand National winner at Ayr on Saturday - at the 14th time of asking.
Frankel Romps Home in Greenham Stakes 16/04/11
Henry Cecil was on a bit of a hiding to nothing ahead of Saturday’s Greenham Stakes as his Guineas favourite Frankel was sent off at no bigger than a 1-4 shot.
Beshabar Bags Scottish Grand National Glory 16/04/11
Cheltenham Festival runner-up Beshabar went one place better with a terrific performance from the front in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
Champion Chase Quartet Set for Rematch at Punchestown 15/04/11
Sizing Europe, Big Zeb, Captain Cee Bee and Golden Silver, who led home a famous Irish 1-2-3-4 in Cheltenham’s Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase last month, look set to renew rivalry at this year’s Punchestown Festival.
Classy Native Khan Lands Craven Prize 14/04/11
Native Khan oozed class in winning the Breeze Up Vendors Craven Stakes at Newmarket for Ed Dunlop and Kieren Fallon.
Barefoot Lady Steps Up to Take Nell Gwyn Stakes 13/04/11
Barefoot Lady (14-1) swooped fast and late to complete a fantastic big-race double for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.
Sing Softly Heads Betting for Newmarket Guineas Trial 13/04/11
It really feels as though the Flat turf season has began in earnest when the Newmarket Craven meeting comes around and on the first day of the meeting on Wednesday the fillies go on trial for next month’s 1,000 Guineas in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes.
Can Paul Nicholls End Scottish National Drought? 12/04/11
In the wake of last weekend’s Aintree Grand National punters could be forgiven for forgetting that it’s the Scottish Grand National this coming Saturday at Ayr and is the highlight of a cracking two day card at Scotland’s premier racecourse.
Oscar Whisky Completes Henderson Hat-Trick 09/04/11
Oscar Whisky completed a remarkable hat-trick for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty when just holding Thousand Stars in the John Smith's Aintree Hurdle.
Finian’s Rainbow Lands Double for Henderson 09/04/11
Nicky Henderson wasted no time in landing a big-race double on Grand National day at Aintree as Finian's Rainbow atoned for a near-miss at Cheltenham in the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase.
Spirit Son Sails Home in Mersey 09/04/11
Barry Geraghty started Grand National day on a high with victory on Spirit Son in the John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree as he set up a quick double.
Finian’s Rainbow Odds-On for Maghull Novices’ Chase 09/04/11
Eight of the last 10 winners of the John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase had contested the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival a month earlier; six were beaten in the Grade 1 event before coming to Aintree and collecting, so the omens are good for Finian’s Rainbow.
Binocular and Peddlers Cross Set to Lock Horns 08/04/11
Although everything that precedes the Grand National on Saturday will serve as a build-up to the big race, the undercard isn’t half bad and the John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle has the makings of a cracking race.
Saint Are Springs Sefton Surprise 08/04/11
The Tim Vaughan-trained Saint Are ran out a surprise winner of the Grade One John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.
Always Waining Gets Double Compensation in Topham 08/04/11
Always Waining once again showed his love for the Grand National fences with a second successive victory in the John Smith's Topham Chase at Aintree for Peter Bowen.
Master Minded Back to His Best in Melling Chase 08/04/11
Master Minded bounced back to something like his brilliant best with an imperious performance under Ruby Walsh in the John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree.
Quito De La Roque Wins Mildmay Thriller 08/04/11
Quito De La Roque pipped Sarando in a thrilling finish to the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree.
Topolski Top of the Novices 08/04/11
David Arbuthnot's Topolski came from last to first to maintain his unbeaten record over obstacles in the John Smith's Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.
Ballyholland for Topham Glory Over National Fences 08/04/11
The day before the 2011 running of the John Smiths Grand National and the famous Aintree fences will be tickling the underside of 30 runners in the Topham Chase, run over a distance of 2 miles 5 ½ furlongs.
Nacarat Romps Home in totesport Bowl 07/04/11
Nacarat put up a superb round of jumping from the front to claim the totesport Bowl at Aintree under Paddy Brennan.
Zarkandar Does Enough to Win Matalan Hurdle 07/04/11
Zarkandar made heavy weather of landing the odds in the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.
Big Buck's on Easy Street in Liverpool Hurdle 07/04/11
Big Buck's proved a different league to his rivals once again when completing a hat-trick of victories in the BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.
Blue Square Go 5 Places on Grand National 07/04/11
Blue Square are now offering the non-runner=no bet concession on the big race and as well as betting to 5 places, so if you have a bet in the big race and your selection doesn’t make it to the start, then we will refund your bet in full.
The Importance of Pace Analysis 06/04/11
The more time I spend watching Racing the more interested in pace analysis I become.
Of course the mathematical quantification of pace is something that many people far more capable than I still grapple with but maybe the tussle is worth it.
Sweet Lightning Strikes for Lincoln Glory 02/04/11
Sweet Lightning struck to give Johnny Murtagh a second successive victory in the first big race of the new turf Flat season, the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster.
William Hill Online Crowned 'Online Betting Company of the Year’ 30/03/2011
William Hill Online has scooped the ‘2011 Online Company of the Year Award’ at the prestigious Betview Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane on Tuesday night.
Chicago Grey Bound for Coral Scottish Grand National 30/03/11
Chicago Grey, winner of the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham is one of 80 entries for the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday April 16.
Star Fillies Head 93 for Investec Oaks 21/03/11
A total of Ninety-three fillies have been entered for the 2011 renewal of the Investec Oaks at Epsom on June 3.
Alarazi Heads for County After Imperial Cup Romp 12/03/11
Alarazi fulfilled one of Lucy Wadham's long-held ambitions by winning the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown.
Sandown's Imperial Cup Preview - David Pipe Looking to Bag Bonus 11/03/11
The Imperial Cup at Sandown on the Saturday before Cheltenham is almost a part of the festival itself. Although on the face of it the race is just a really decent handicap hurdle, there is always the added interest of a lucrative bonus that will go to connections should the winner go on to victory at the Festival next week.
Racing Boost for Scottish Charities 08/03/11
Scottish charities received a shot in the arm from last year's busiest ever Saints and Sinners Racenight at Ayr Racecourse.
Frankel Heads 125 Going for Epsom Glory in The Investec Derby 04/03/11
Last season’s joint European champion two-year-old Frankel heads 125 hopefuls going forward for the 2011 Investec Derby following this week’s scratching stage.
The Top Four Year Olds to Look Out For in 2011 02/03/11
With the 2011 Flat season fast approaching, thoughts are turning to horse to follow for the forthcoming campaign.
Double Header at Ayr 01/03/11
Racegoers are in for a treat at Ayr next Friday and Saturday (11th/12th March) with a two day fixture featuring La Barrique Raceday followed by Irish Raceday.
Competitive Champion Flat Jockey Contest Expected 25/02/11
We are yet to reach the climax of the National Hunt season with both the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Grand National meeting still to come but there is already some anticipation for the official start of the Flat season.
Can Friend Be a National Champ for Fergie? 22/02/11
After What A Friend finished second in the rearranged AON Chase at Newbury last week, champion trainer Paul Nicholls suggested he was likely to fit a pair of blinkers for the eight-year-old's next outing in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Kennon Provides Candlish with Biggest Win To Date 21/02/11
The thoroughly likeable staying hurdler Cross Kennon provided Staffordshire-based trainer Jenny Candlish with the biggest winner of her career when causing something of a surprise in winning the Grade 2 Totescoop6 Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.
Fistral Beach and Nacarat Head Market for Racing Post Chase 21/02/11
The next big race on the National Hunt calendar is the Racing Post Chase, which is run at Kempton on February 26. Among the entries is Nacarat, winner of the race in 2009 and runner-up to Razor Royale last year.
Riverside Theatre Claims Ascot Prize 19/02/11
Riverside Theatre notched a first Grade One success as he romped home in the Betfair Ascot Chase at the Berkshire track.
Recession Lifts Trophy Prize 18/02/11
Recession Proof (12-1) just held Bothy (8-1) in a thrilling finish to the totesport Trophy Hurdle.
George Building up for Dual Festival Challenges 17/02/11
Jimmy Moffatt's stable star Chief Dan George is on the road to both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals over the next couple of months, but will first try his luck over hurdles at Haydock on Saturday where he is entered to run in the Grade 2 Rendlesham Hurdle.
Golan Misses Cheltenham to Concentrate on Aintree Targets
They do say that patience is a virtue and if indeed that is so then East Sussex–based trainer Sheena West should get her due reward when her talented novice chaser Golan Way goes to Aintree in April, instead of bidding for the glittering prizes on offer at Cheltenham some three weeks earlier.
Vedette Takes Centre Stage at Navan 16/02/11
Colm Murphy’s talented mare Voler La Vedette has endured a frustrating time for much of this season chasing the shadows of both leading Champion Hurdle candidate Hurricane Fly and the smart Solwhit.
Kempes Strikes Hennessy Gold 12/02/11
Kempes ran out a clear-cut winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown for Willie Mullins and David Casey.
Horses Killed at Newbury Probably Electrocuted 13/02/11
Tragedy struck Newbury racecourse on Saturday in unprecedented circumstances when two horses collapsed and died under freak circumstances in the paddock prior to the first race being run.
William Hill Lincoln Attracts 118 Entries as Brittain Eyes First Victory with Nideeb 10/02/11
The £100,000 William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday, April 2, the first major handicap of the Flat season, has attracted a fantastic 118-strong entry that includes last year’s victor, the William Haggas-trained Penitent, who is 14/1 co-favourite with sponsor William Hill.
Joncol 7-4 Favourite for Rescheduled Hennessy 09/02/11
William Hill have installed Joncol as their 7-4 favourite for this Saturday’s rescheduled Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown.
Salden Licht Proving Most Popular of King Quartet Ahead of totesport Trophy 09/02/11
Salden Licht has been trimmed to 7/1 (from 8/1) for the totesport Trophy with the sponsors as punters try and second-guess which of the Alan King quartet will be the stable’s number one choice come Saturday.
Wayward Prince Lands Towton Double for Williams 05/02/11
Ian Williams celebrated his second successive totesport.com Towton Novices' Chase victory as Wayward Prince landed the Grade Two feature at Wetherby to follow up Weird Al's triumph 12 months ago.
Tote Sale Set to Benefit Racing Industry 03/02/11
The British racing industry, in such fragile financial shape for the last few years and with little optimism filtering through for the year ahead, has received a welcome tonic with the news that the impending sale of the Tote could result in a windfall of some £50 million.
Ustedes Switches to Henderson Team 01/02/11
There have been more than a couple of raised eyebrows at the news that Alan King’s stable star Voy Por Ustedes has been moved from the Barbury Castle trainer to the care of Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows.
Cape Tribulation Wants Rain Ahead of totesport.com Towton as Wayward Prince and Wymott are Entered 01/02/11
Wetherby stages the £23,500 Grade Two totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase (3.15pm) on totesport Irish Day, Saturday, February 5, and the three-mile, one-furlong contest has attracted 12 entries, including two of the season’s hottest novices, Wayward Prince and Wymott.
Willie Mullins Rules the Roost at Punchestown on Sunday 31/01/11
Ireland’s champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins ruled the roost at Punchestown on Sunday, winning five races on the card, the highlight of which was Golden Silver’s victory in the Grade 2 Tied Cottage Chase.
Grands Crus Sails to Cleeve Hurdle Victory 29/01/11
Grands Crus was a brilliant winner of the Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in the hands of Tom Scudamore and looks a real threat to Big Buck's in March.
Neptune Collonges Makes Argento Splash 29/01/11
The Paul Nicholls-trained Neptune Collonges bounced back to his best by making every yard of the running in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham under Tony McCoy.
Fair Along in Good Form Ahead of Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle 28/01/11
The evergreen Fair Along heads to Cheltenham tomorrow, Festival Trials Day, to contest the £40,000 Grade Two Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle and trainer Philip Hobbs is keeping an eye on how the nine-year-old performs before deciding on his target at The Festival in 2011.
Time For Rupert to be Tested in the Argento Chase
Ante-post RSA Chase favourite Time For Rupert will be putting his unbeaten status over fences on the line at Cheltenham on Saturday when contesting the Argento Chase.
Walkon and Final Approach New Totesport Trophy Favourites After Tocca Injury 27/01/11
Walkon and Final Approach are the new 7/1 joint-favourites with the sponsors for the totesport Trophy at Newbury on February 12, after news came through that ante-post favourite Tocca Ferro has been ruled out for the season with a tendon injury.
Voy Por Ustedes moved to Henderson Yard 26/01/11
Multiple Grade One winner Voy Por Ustedes is back in training but not with Alan King as owner Sir Robert Ogden has moved his fallen star to the Seven Barrows yard of Nicky Henderson.
Gollings Hopes Local Hero Can Triumph at Cheltenham 26/01/11
Lincolnshire trainer Steve Gollings is hoping that unbeaten juvenile hurdler Local Hero will book his ticket to The Festival in March with a bold show in the £22,500 Grade Two JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 29.
Little Josh Bidding for More Cheltenham Glory on Festival Trials Day 25/01/11
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is looking forward to seeing this season’s Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Little Josh return to Cheltenham for Festival Trials Day this Saturday, January 29.
King Fontaine and Merigo Set for Sky Bet Chase 25/01/11
Scottish Grand National hero Merigo and the progressive King Fontaine are intended runners among 29 acceptors at the five-day confirmation stage for the Listed £75,000 Sky Bet Chase over three miles at Doncaster on Saturday, January 29.
Master Minded Hangs On to Win Victor Chandler Chase 22/01/11
Master Minded held on to win by a narrow margin over a gutsy Somersby under Tony McCoy to win a second Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot.
The Sawyer Set for Festival Trials Day Hat-trick Attempt 21/01/11
The Sawyer is poised to bid for a remarkable hat-trick of victories in the £40,000 Grade Three Murphy Group Chase on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham - Saturday, January 29 - having captured the competitive handicap in each of the past two seasons.
Hurricane Fly the One to Beat in Irish Champion Hurdle 20/01/11
With only five looking likely to go to post in the Irish Champion Hurdle over two miles at Leopardstown on Sunday 23rd January, the race is already looking like another battle between the two principles, Solwhit and Hurricane Fly.
Tidal Bay Aims for Argento Chase 19/01/11
Tidal Bay stormed to an impressive victory in the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day last year and the talented 10-year-old will bid for another victory at this season’s high-class fixture on Saturday, January 29, but this time he will seek glory in the £90,000 Grade Two Argento Chase.
Master Minded odds-on for the Victor Chandler Chase 19/01/11
Master Minded bids to win the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot for the second time on Saturday. He is generally a 4-7 chance to repeat his 2009 pyrotechnics in this Grade 1 contest.
Brilliant Binocular Wins Christmas Hurdle 15/01/11
Binocular put up a superb show of fast and accurate jumping to land the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton in tremendous style.
Long Run Grabs King George Glory 15/01/11
Long Run put up a magnificent performance to win the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton as Kauto Star's attempt at an amazing fifth victory came up short.
21 Contenders for Queen Mother Champion Chase 14/01/11
Dual winner Master Minded heads a superb entry of 21 for this year’s £320,000 sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase, highlight of the second day of The Festival, Wednesday, March 16.
Teal Star Gets Brits off the Mark in Dubai 14/01/11
The Dubai Carnival fixture saw its first British winner of 2011 when Roger Teal’s grand servant Steele Tango came from well off the pace to land the valuable Master Collection Handicap on the turf course at Meydan, under a tremendous ride from former champion jockey Ryan Moore.
Europe Sidesteps King George Challenge 13/01/11
Kauto Star will have one less opponent to worry about when he faces the starter for the fifth time in the Grade 1 William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Saturday, following the news that last year's Arkle Chase hero Sizing Europe will miss the race on account of the anticipated testing ground.
2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival 13/01/11
Its Carnival time once again and you can follow all of the action from day 1 of this years event from Meydan live on
. I am a big fan of this event which provides competitive action on both Tapeta and Turf and with generous prize money top class horses from all over the world converge on the UAE every January thanks to this event.
Binocular Favourite for Christmas Hurdle at Kempton 13/01/11
The day being billed as ‘Super Saturday’ at Kempton not only features the rescheduled King George VI Chase, but also the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle, for which the Nicky Henderson-trained Binocular heads the market, generally at around the 2-1 mark.
2010 World Thoroughbred Rankings 12/01/11
Although the equine stars of 2009 had looked a hard act to follow, the class of 2010 proved well up to the mark according to the 2010 World Thoroughbred Rankings.
Newmarket in 2011 Fixture Switch 11/01/11
Newmarket Racecourses is delighted the British Horseracing Authority has agreed to a switch in dates that will allow racing to take place on the Rowley Mile on Saturday, October 1 instead of the following Friday, October 7.
Kauto Star Bang On-Course for King George 10/01/11
Although racing fans were robbed of their usual Boxing Day treat when officials at Kempton were forced to abandon the two-day Christmas meeting, their patience will be duly rewarded on what is being billed as ‘Super Saturday’ at the Sunbury venue this weekend.
AP Completes Full Sweep of Nationals on Synchronised 09/01/11
The Jonjo O’Neil trained Synchronised helped AP McCoy complete a grand slam of National victories in the Coral-sponsored Welsh National at Chepstow on Saturday 8th January. AP now joins Ruby Walsh as the only current rider to have lifted the Nationals of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Synchronised Heads Market for Chepstow Marathon 07/01/11
The Coral Welsh National is one of few big races on the National Hunt calendar that Tony McCoy has failed to win. But he has a cracking chance of ending his hoodoo in this marathon handicap chase this year aboard Synchronised.
Walsh Nearing Return from Injury 07/01/11
Irish Champion Jockey Ruby Walsh looks set to return next month after a leg injury had ruled him out in November.
Madison Gunning for Kauto King George Scalp 05/01/11
Racing fans are still coming to terms with the fact that this season’s Grade 1 King George VI Chase will be run in mid-January instead of its usual Boxing Day slot, but the announcement that regular big-race contender Madison Du Berlais is set to take his chance will be good news for his supporters.
Monet's Garden Fights for His Life 05/01/11
The 13 year old who scored his third Old Roan Chase victory at Aintree in October also picked up an injury that day which has become infected leading to him struggling to recover. So serious is the infection, it has entered bone and become life threatening.
Trainer Confidence Prompts Welsh National Support for Dance Island 05/01/11
Dance Island is 10-1 (from 12-1) with the sponsor for Saturday's Coral Welsh National, following support for the Ben Case-trained eight-year-old yesterday.