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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Monday 16 August 2010
There was an episode in the 1960s TV comedy about a talking horse, Mr Ed, in which the eponymous hero confided to his human sidekick, Wilbur, that his racing buddies once let one of their number win because it was his birthday. The trouble with today's upstarts is that they tend not to read scripts, notably Makfi at Deauville.
Saturday 14 August 2010
Tuesday 03 August 2010
However muddled the three-year-old middle-distance division is in these parts, at least in the States they now know who will be carrying the Stars and Stripes against the Europeans at Breeders' Cup time in November. Lookin At Lucky re-established himself as the clear leader of his generation as he put a field that included Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver to the sword in the Haskell Invitational.
Monday 02 August 2010
The weekend was very much one for number crunching. On Saturday at Goodwood, the Richards Hannon and Hughes took their scores for a glorious record-breaking festival week to nine winners apiece.
Sunday 01 August 2010
Saturday 31 July 2010
Thursday 29 July 2010
He made it sound like some undeserved sinecure, a perk of marrying into the right family. "I'm the luckiest man in the weighing room, to ride for Richard Hannon," he grinned. "It's as simple as that. Jockeys are ten a penny."
Tuesday 20 July 2010
Paul Hanagan dashed past another significant milestone on what is proving an epic journey for the whole sport at Ayr yesterday, riding his 100th winner of the campaign in the opener. He then rode his 101st and 102nd on his next two mounts, in the process extending his lead over Ryan Moore in the race for the jockeys' championship to 18.
Thursday 01 July 2010
The Americans have opened up a contentious new front in a civil war with critical international ramifications. For those conservatives who cannot come to terms with the revolution in racing surfaces there must now explain a survey that appears to demonstrate a massive improvement in attrition rates on the new, synthetic tracks.
Tuesday 29 June 2010
A certain theme, already evident this season, may well be continued at Sandown on Saturday. The female of the thoroughbred species has been performing with great credit in open company at the top level this season; think Goldikova, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes, think Plumania, who nosed out perennial best man Youmzain at Saint-Cloud on Sunday, think Sariska, High Heeled, Chinese White, Daryakana, Fleeting Spirit, all Group One-placed.
Saturday 19 June 2010
Friday 18 June 2010
In contrast to the gorgeous throng in the stands, the females on the track itself today comprise a very grey area. All three of the major fillies' Classics over a mile have produced chaotic finishes, and it is time the protagonists introduced some clarity in the Coronation Stakes.
Wednesday 16 June 2010
By starting yesterday with three consecutive Group One races, Royal Ascot sets itself an impossible standard for the rest of the week. The one elite prize offered today, moreover, owes its highly competitive nature to the lack of a truly outstanding operator at this level. Timeform, for instance, rates no fewer than eight of the runners within 4lb of each other, and their marginal best, Twice Over, managed to find three to beat him in a similarly tight field last year.
Wednesday 28 April 2010
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