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 The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.
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Saturday 25 August 2012
Australian sprinters have a reputation for unadulterated speed, but the latest to plunder a big prize on these shores did so despite being unable to cope with the early pace.
Thursday 23 August 2012
Whether or not he ends up gilding it with the formal status of champion trainer, John Gosden is enjoying an outstanding season, with Thought Worthy's Great Voltigeur Stakes win yesterday another Pattern success. Moreover his two-year-olds look competent for a seamless transfer of the baton next season. Each tier of his stable provides the favourite for the two big races on the second day of the Ebor meeting, both confined to fillies.
Wednesday 22 August 2012
He's hailed as the greatest horse ever but, says Chris McGrath, it's an ill fit as he's left it until today, the twilight of his days, to ride outside his comfort zone
Sunday 12 August 2012
She has some chunky statistics to defy in the future, but for the mom-ent the classy young filly Certify is heading in the right direction. The daughter of Elusive Quality maintained her unbeaten record at Newmarket with a clear-cut success in the afternoon's two-year-old feature, the Sweet Solera Stakes, and so moved up the betting for next year's 1,000 Guineas.
Saturday 04 August 2012
If Frankel's procession in the Sussex Stakes this week was a no-brainer, punters must now get their thinking caps on to work out the Blue Square Stewards' Cup, the traditional last-day Glorious Goodwood bookmaker bonanza. From the sublimely easy to the ridiculously difficult.
Friday 03 August 2012
Royal Hunt Cup second can make most of inside draw to go one better in big mile handicap
Friday 27 July 2012
Quite how hollow a victory would have beckoned Frankel at Goodwood next week, but for the sporting intervention of Sheikh Mohammed, became evident yesterday when only seven others remained in contention for the Group One Qipco Sussex Stakes. These include his own pacemaker, Bullet Train. Fortunately the sheikh had already committed his Godolphin stable to supplementing Farhh, an excellent second to Nathaniel in the Eclipse last time. That colt was duly added to the field yesterday for a fee of £19,500. Even so, a lap of honour so surely beckons the unbeaten champion that Coral offer odds of just 1-20. "Though the addition of Farhh ensures a new foe, it will still be one of the biggest shocks ever seen on a racetrack if Frankel does not make it win No 12," said the firm's spokesman, David Stevens.
Tuesday 17 July 2012
It may seem daft to back a horse for a race nearly a year in the future before it has ever raced, but those who made Camelot the long-range Derby favourite before his juvenile debut were not wrong. And it is now as little as 10-1 against his trainer Aidan O'Brien staging a repeat at Epsom with Mars, an easy winner on his debut at Dundalk yesterday.
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Even before her scare at Ascot, Black Caviar's trainer had taken one look at the undulations of the July Course and abandoned any notion of sticking around for the Darley July Cup. Moonlight Cloud, who so nearly ruined the Australian champion's perfect record, is also safely out of the way, back in France. There is a tempting Group One opportunity, then, at Newmarket on Saturday – and two new hats were duly thrown into the ring yesterday.
Friday 06 July 2012
Typical. Having finally started to win over those who were treating his career in the northern hemisphere as an anti-climax, So You Think yesterday let them down once and for all. As ever, it was through no fault of his own.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Today's Irish Derby will be no easy addition to Ballydoyle star's CV in heavy Curragh going
Sunday 24 June 2012
Jockey Nolen admits 'brain-fade' after miracle mare has to pull out all the stops
Friday 22 June 2012
It was mere convention that obliged Frankie Dettori to refer to his young rival, in the stewards' inquiry, as "Mr Barzalona". But the situation between them will have made it impossible, however unfairly, for the television audience not to vest such formality with some subliminal frisson of sarcasm. Here he was, arguably the most accomplished rider on the planet, obliged to enact this ritualised version of a very public battle to preserve his status and self-respect.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Aidan O'Brien's So You Think recorded his 10th Group One victory in the 150th Anniversary of Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Tuesday 19 June 2012
The fashion police were out in force today to enforce the new dress code at Royal Ascot.
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