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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Friday 26 March 2010
Saturday 20 March 2010
Only the most heroic punting appetite will remain unsatisfied after the past four days. Happily, however, the racing calendar tends to introduce a sorbet at just the right stage of the banquet. So while the Festival is over, Flat racing resumes on turf next weekend – not to mention the richest meeting in history, in Dubai – and a fortnight later many Cheltenham stars will reconvene at Aintree. And both themes are usefully anticipated by today's televised action, which features a Grand National trial and the climax of the all-weather Flat season.
Thursday 04 March 2010
Victor Chandler doesn't have much time for racing's administrators. "You know, four horseracing enthusiasts drunk in a pub could come up with better ideas than they have." He still loves the sport, and will be at Cheltenham to see his Champion Hurdle chance Zaynar run.
Friday 12 February 2010
Wednesday 27 January 2010
Wednesday 20 January 2010
Monday 18 January 2010
Allowances should perhaps be made for those too elated by the return of jump racing to perceive that the weekend found its lasting significance in a fresh start of an altogether different kind. Otherwise it might become necessary to charge them with exactly the sort of blinkered attitude that has been so gloriously rejected by connections of Zenyatta.
Wednesday 13 January 2010
Monday 11 January 2010
Saturday 09 January 2010
Saturday 28 November 2009
Monday 09 November 2009
If racehorses teach us anything, it is not to perceive the hand of destiny in random events. So many unaccountable things happen on a racecourse that its habitués tend to end up treating the rest of their lives in much the same way – as some kind of across-the-board wager, one that may or may not come off. The best you can hope to do is enjoy the ride.
Sunday 08 November 2009
Victory at Doncaster yesterday in the domestic Flat season's last feature handicap was probably scant consolation for the loss of a trip to the Breeders' Cup in Santa Anita. But despite having to settle for stark black branches and soggy leaves underfoot in south Yorkshire instead of a backdrop of palms and the San Gabriel mountains in California, Jimmy Fortune handed out a lesson in dignity to those in other sports who so readily flounce at the mere thought of being confined to the bench.
Sunday 08 November 2009
The setting could scarcely be less like Newmarket, with the slender palms on the infield reaching up towards the hazy San Gabriel mountains. For John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, however, it felt just like home as Pounced got the European challenge off to a flying start at the Breeders' Cup last night.
Saturday 07 November 2009
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