St Nicholas Abbey, the Classic flop who became the winner of six Group One races and the highest-earning runner in the history of Ballydoyle, lost his battle with chronic health problems when he had to be put down after an attack of colic.
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Saturday 20 August 2011
For a conservative community, it is still startling to see the rider of a Group One winner clasping her prize with fingers decorated in pink nail varnish, as did Hayley Turner here yesterday; or indeed to see so many kisses administered in congratulation. But if she has earned the unanimous respect of British horseracing, then the best way of showing it is no longer to treat Turner as just an unprecedented female achiever – but as a jockey taking her rightful place among her peers in the elite.
Wednesday 17 August 2011
The maddening reality, for those seeking to contrive a formal narrative for the calendar, is that the ancestral peregrinations of the Victorian gentry have bequeathed one pretty hard to improve on. After taking in Epsom and Royal Ascot during the London season, and Goodwood in time for Cowes, they would suspend the persecution of grouse on the nearby moors for a spot of racing at York. That legacy is cherished by all those, from every rank of society, to whom the Ebor meeting remains a delightful ritual of the sporting summer.
Tuesday 16 August 2011
It was a singular entertainment, for a Monday, but otherwise provided exactly what you might expect of a race involving Goldikova – acceleration like a razor's cut from an outstanding female miler. This time, however, its author was not the one who had already accumulated a record tally of Group One wins.
Monday 15 August 2011
The two winner's blankets were spread proudly upon the mesh perimeter of the quarantine barn yesterday morning, like flags staked upon conquered soil. But while this carnival will always retain a pioneering legacy, 30 years after the Arlington Million first opened new frontiers for the sport, the mature international circuit offers European horses no more congenial territory. You might have imagined otherwise, watching the exotic squall that flayed the course beforehand, but this proved pretty much a home game for horses that had flown an ocean to get here. Certainly the American turf performers, as so often, proved incompetent to assert the remotest advantage, efficiently outclassed by Ballydoyle's last two Irish Derby winners: Cape Blanco, in the big one, and Treasure Beach, in the Secretariat Stakes.
Tuesday 02 August 2011
The career of successful jumps trainer Howard Johnson hangs in the balance today, when an inquiry by the sport's authorities into alleged breaches of the rules covering horse welfare is due to conclude. Johnson faces charges that, if proven, carry a ban of up to 10 years.
Monday 01 August 2011
In a sport that thrives on figures and statistics, the weekend was a particular delight for number-crunching anoraks. Pride of place, of course, goes to the pride of France; yesterday at Deauville, gorgeous Goldikova made it a fourth Prix Rothschild in a row, a win that was her 14th at the highest level and brought up the century in such contests for her rider Olivier Peslier.
Saturday 30 July 2011
Thursday 28 July 2011
Canford Cliffs left trailing by a stunning five lengths in Sussex Stakes victory which confirms colt's reputation
Saturday 18 June 2011
Well, at least the weather was authentically British.
Friday 17 June 2011
Absurdly, three of the seven Group One races staged at Royal Ascot this week were over within 80 minutes on Tuesday. Sure enough, not a single Group One winner is on view today, with just three of the fillies lining up for its only elite contest having even made the podium at that level.
Friday 03 June 2011
Thursday 26 May 2011
So many people seem to have decided that Carlton House only has to turn up to win the Investec Derby – and a meteoric piece of work yesterday did little to discourage them – that it seems proper for them to be reminded that for the moment he remains behind another colt in his own stable. The reappearance of Workforce at Sandown this evening should perhaps be treated as a timely corrective to the hype. For there appears to be every chance you will be offered roughly the same sort of price against Workforce to beat Group Three rivals for the Piper Heidsieck Brigadier Gerard Stakes as against Carlton House at Epsom on Saturday week. Yet Workforce not only won the Derby last year, he careered home by seven lengths, and then proceeded to add the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on only his fifth start.
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Saturday 07 May 2011
Monday 11 April 2011
Recital, one of Ballydoyle's leading Epsom contenders, lost his unbeaten record on his reappearance at Leopardstown yesterday. The Montjeu colt, fast-tracked from a maiden success to win a Group One in France last autumn, was only third as Banimpire proved herself a tough filly typical of those trained by Jim Bolger.
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