Sunderland win on penalties to book date at Wembley
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Sunday 21 February 2010
Having written a quartet of well-regarded racing thrillers, Graeme Roe has swapped fiction for fact with this collection of reminiscences from a high-class field of folk talking about their days to remember.
Sunday 20 September 2009
If your name's on it, it's on it. Jimmy Styles, who emerged from the starting stall that no one wanted, showed that fate was on his side by winning yesterday's Ayr Gold Cup for Frankie Dettori and trainer Clive Cox. The five-year-old, a 14-1 shot, swept past Barney McGrew in the closing strides to take the season's richest sprint handicap by a head.
Monday 14 September 2009
Saturday 12 September 2009
Tuesday 25 August 2009
Saturday 01 August 2009
A lifetime of achievement by Richard Hannon is being distilled by his present crop of juveniles, who added yet another big prize to their haul here yesterday.
Friday 31 July 2009
Friday 19 June 2009
Sunday 26 October 2008
Thursday 09 October 2008
Wednesday 03 September 2008
Perhaps they will find that the letter of the law has indeed been breached. But the decision yesterday to summon Aidan O'Brien to an inquiry, concerning possible breaches of their rules governing "team tactics", raises the disturbing prospect that the regulators of British racing may also view the spirit of the law as mean and petty.
Monday 25 August 2008
Another day, another Group One winner for Johnny Murtagh and the Coolmore behemoth, though for once without the wondrously able assistance of Aidan O'Brien. Less than 24 hours after helping the Ballydoyle team to its 18th top-level prize of the year, courtesy of Duke Of Marmalade in the International at Newmarket, Murtagh brought his own seasonal tally to 17 on two-year-old Bushranger, trained by David Wachman, in the Prix Morny at Deauville.
Tuesday 15 July 2008
A stunning four-length victory in the Grand Prix de Paris last night propelled Montmartre to the head of the betting for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The winning margin could easily have been doubled if Christophe Soumillon had not eased the Aga Khan-owned son of Montjeu inside the final furlong. He replaces his stablemate in Alain de Royer-Dupré's yard, Zarkava, at the head of Arc betting on 4-1, with that filly sharing second favouritism in Ladbrokes' lists with Soldier Of Fortune. New Approach, his rival as the season's leading middle-distance colt, is on 6-1.
Thursday 10 July 2008
As he returned to the winner's enclosure after the big race here yesterday, Frankie Dettori must have been tempted to abandon the usual flying dismount in favour of a half-twist and pike. As it was, not even he could restore much frizzante to an afternoon starkly betrayed by the British summer.
Sunday 15 June 2008
Most of the racegoers at Royal Ascot this week will neither know nor care that it was Queen Anne who initiated horseracing there back in 1711. Fewer still will be aware that the first official race run under written rules was the Town Plate at Newmarket in 1664 (Anne's forebear Charles II won it in 1671 and 1674). Newmarket remains the HQ of English racing, and these facts come from John Carter's affectionate, authoritative look at a year in the town's life through the eyes of 12 individuals. Carter deftly interlinks the 2007 fortunes of a cast including jockey Frankie Dettori and trainer Jeremy Noseda but also less heralded but equally vital characters intimately connected with the town's 3,000 thoroughbreds in training. His words are complemented by the vibrant photographs of one of his subjects, Trevor Jones, and while some of the territory covered will be familiar to the expert, the result is a winner of the highest class.
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