Outlook Over to a business that works, in the form of Betfair. It looks like a winner. The gambling company jumped to the head of the field by trouncing the City's profit forecasts and handed out sugar lumps to the shareholders in its stable with a chunky dividend hike. The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.
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Friday 12 July 2013
O’Brien’s Jersey Stakes winner has the pace to beat speedsters at their own game in July Cup
Tuesday 02 July 2013
While Frankie Dettori continues his mortifying hunt for a first winner since before Royal Ascot, the champion jockey himself has gained stunning impetus after ending his own frustrations at that meeting. Until overcoming a nightmare draw on Sky Lantern in the Coronation Stakes on the Friday, Richard Hughes had endured a maddening week, repeatedly finding himself stuck in traffic or caught out by the draw. As soon as Ascot was out of the way, however, Hughes promptly accumulated 20 winners in eight days – with a treble at Windsor on Monday evening completing the fastest hundred of his career.
Saturday 29 June 2013
No less than any other walk of life, it is pretty rare in racing for anyone to profess indignation when credited with a stroke of genius. Such was the case at Epsom last month, however, when Aidan O’Brien and his patrons at Coolmore maintained a scrupulous show of bemusement about a theory that their horses had collectively undermined the prospects of the hot favourite, Dawn Approach, by setting an unexpectedly slow pace in the Investec Derby.
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Many trainers with limited resources can impress at a corresponding level, but the most instructive measure of their acuity is how they set about making the most of a horse eligible for higher grades. That is when you will often see them exposed, excitably shooting for the moon. In his campaigning of Winning Express, then, Ed McMahon must be commended in both raising and lowering the stakes.
Thursday 20 June 2013
Estimate lands first Gold Cup for monarch after emotional triumph for Henry Cecil's Riposte
Wednesday 19 June 2013
Al Kazeem spearheads 892-1 three-timer for jockey after Irish again claim early success
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Royal meeting opens with international fanfare after scandals and bereavement
Tuesday 04 June 2013
In noting that Ruler Of The World had not been burdened with such a portentous name by accident, John Magnier apologised at Epsom on Saturday for the number of colts owned by the Coolmore partners – George Washington apart, presumably – that had failed to live up to their implicit expectations when named after American presidents. The christening of Stubbs, however, suggests that they may have a masterpiece on their hands after his impressive success at Naas yesterday.
Saturday 04 May 2013
Betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas is so skewed towards the two favourites that neither retains any vestige of value.
Sunday 28 April 2013
Australia's stance on drugs a world away from here as sport struggles to put scandal behind it
Saturday 23 March 2013
To think that some of these jockeys will be riding in Dubai next weekend.
Friday 21 December 2012
22 August: Juddmonte International Stakes; Frankel finally goes the full distance
Saturday 03 November 2012
They did not dare send Frankel here, but at least we have his representative on Earth. And success in a vintage Breeders’ Cup Mile would certainly seal the emergence of Excelebration from the shadow of his nemesis. After all, remarkably enough, he arrives here with the highest official rating of all the horses Aidan O’Brien has run at the Breeders’ Cup.
Monday 15 October 2012
Everyone else might take a different view, as fatal fissures seem to emerge in his long partnership with Frankie Dettori, but Sheikh Mohammed himself knows that Godolphin's riding arrangements are fairly incidental. Paying such wages, he will never lack a world-class jockey. More fundamental changes are afoot, however, in the supervision of his horses away from the racecourse. And if the Sheikh is relieved that an implied admission of failure is receiving far less attention, then that indulgence is perhaps the least he deserves for quietly grasping some pretty painful nettles.
Monday 08 October 2012
Anyone trying to map the shifting topography of the Turf would be interested to note that Qatari interests – essentially condensed in the Al-Thani family – accounted for as many as 10 runners in the elite races at Longchamp yesterday, compared with only four in the familiar silks of their Gulf neighbours, the Maktoum family of Dubai.
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