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 26 March 2011
Wednesday 19 January 2011
If it's January, it must be time to go for a gong. And never mind the Oscars, never has the result of America's thoroughbred equivalent, the Eclipse Awards, been so eagerly debated. Late on Monday night in Miami came the result that had them whooping in the aisles: the people's darling Zenyatta was finally and justly granted the coveted Horse Of The Year title at the third time of asking.
Friday 31 December 2010
Friday 12 November 2010
Incongruous as it seems to be suddenly engrossed by jumps racing, so soon after one of the epic occasions in Flat history, in a way it is the only possible solution. How else could you tolerably follow the deeds of Goldikova and Zenyatta, at Churchill Downs last Saturday, than with a complete shift of focus?
Tuesday 09 November 2010
Whether he jumped before he was pushed is open to debate, but one of the sport's worst-kept secrets – the deteriorating relationship between those who run Ballydoyle and their stable jockey Johnny Murtagh – was finally made official yesterday with the rider's resignation from his post.
Monday 08 November 2010
You are pretty hard to please if you treat one of the greatest races of all time as an anti-climax. Freeze the moment, deep into that final, shuddering effort. The moment when it became obvious to the fans, screaming and shaking as they were, that a physical capacity consummating generations of horse lore – the giant, sprawling stride of Zenyatta – would reach the end of the spool either one step before the winning post, or one step beyond.
Sunday 07 November 2010
Saturday 06 November 2010
Friday 05 November 2010
They say it might snow here today, and Saeed bin Suroor is in raptures over the possibility. The Godolphin trainer, who returns to Dubai every winter, still regrets the time he just missed a snowfall in Toronto and that delightful smile of his was much in evidence as he discussed the forecast yesterday morning. True, it faded briefly when he disclosed his anxiety about Delegator, whose involvement in the Mile tomorrow is menaced by a bruised foot. But here was one man, at least, who did not seem to be yearning for California.
Thursday 04 November 2010
Wednesday 03 November 2010
Henry Cecil ambled back towards the quarantine barn yesterday morning, his drawled asides drifting and dispersing in the tobacco smoke, each jealously salvaged by a cluster of notepads and microphones. His magnetism seemed to obtain a literal quality as press and photographers tried to keep step, stumbling backwards, craning and twisting. Better testimony to his standing on the Turf, however, came from those who have shared it – both the living and the dead.
Sunday 31 October 2010
Saturday 30 October 2010
Thursday 28 October 2010
The management team at Churchill Downs were alarmed on Tuesday when a tornado warning was issued for the Louisville area. They did not like the idea of an 11th-hour repair job on the iconic twin spires, just 10 days before staging the Breeders' Cup. In the event, the epicentre passed to the north, and it might well be that the meteorologists had simply got their wires crossed with the local horsemen. For there is no mistaking the storm gathering over the Atlantic, with the three hottest favourites at the meeting – Workforce, Goldikova and Midday – all being flown across from Europe.
Wednesday 27 October 2010
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