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Monday 21 February 2011
Wednesday 10 November 2010
For a perfectionist, there can never be a perfect solution. And if that is how Aidan O'Brien came to find himself in his present predicament, then it may also show him the best way out.
Wednesday 20 October 2010
A Halo slipped at Exeter yesterday, when a race that had promised to refresh the appetite of punters for jump racing instead served to remind them only of its hazards. Having finished fourth and second in the last two runnings of the Champion Hurdle, Celestial Halo would be as accomplished a hurdler as Paul Nicholls has ever sent over fences.
Thursday 26 August 2010
The horse pencilled in for Ryan Moore's comeback duly won on his hometown track of Brighton yesterday – but Profondo Rosso was instead ridden by Kieren Fallon and it will be a few days yet before the champion jockey is fit to resume.
Friday 30 July 2010
The bigger picture here is all about the panorama beyond, but yesterday it was the detail on the track itself that provided a defining snapshot of the British Turf. Within barely half an hour the two biggest races of the day summoned opposite extremes, from a headlong descent of five furlongs to a gradual crescendo over two miles. Age cannot wither variety like this, and the prizes were duly claimed by veterans of eight and seven respectively, in Borderlescott and Illustrious Blue.
Friday 16 July 2010
It remains exasperating, not just for Harry Findlay but for the good name of the sport, that an ordeal like this was ever made necessary. Before anyone gets too despondent, however, at least the same independence of outlook that first prompted his extraordinary punishment has now, in turn, provided him with due reprieve.
Friday 18 June 2010
Monday 31 May 2010
Although the two Classics at Epsom this weekend, the Derby and the Oaks, are rightly at the forefront of anticipation, there are so many other facets to the sport, not least the quest to find a successor to the peerless Yeats. The exploits of the great horse, who completed an unprecedented Ascot Gold Cup four-timer last June, revitalised interest in the staying division, but his retirement at the end of the season left an imposing set of horseshoes to fill.
Monday 03 May 2010
Seldom can a panel of racecourse stewards have felt so confident that its intervention would be warmly received. After all, the filly they were promoting to first place had been winter favourite for the Stan James 1,000 Guineas, and thwarted only in a photo finish by an unconsidered 66-1 shot, Jacqueline Quest. In the event, however, their verdict prompted a groan of dismay from many, and only the most sheepish of cheers from the reprieved backers of Special Duty.
Tuesday 30 March 2010
Saturday 27 March 2010
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Though Richard Fahey has six entries for Saturday's Lincoln Handicap, the massed charge down the straight mile at Doncaster that is the traditional curtain-raiser to the domestic turf season, he was not exactly holding his breath yesterday as he put his contenders, headed by Extraterrestrial, through their paces. In his view, there are two compelling reasons why the bulk of the £125,000 William Hill-sponsored purse will not going home to his Musley Bank Stables.
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.
Wednesday 10 March 2010
Nicky Henderson admitted last week to a gnawing sense that the Weatherbys Champion Bumper asks too much of a young horse. They take a very different view in Ireland, however, and once again key protagonists from last year return as strong fancies for the various novice hurdles at Cheltenham next week – most obviously Dunguib, but also Rite Of Passage and Quel Esprit.
Sunday 28 February 2010
Practices, as we have learned recently, are not always perfect, but yesterday's passed without incident. First of all Punjabi warmed up for the defence of his Champion Hurdle title with an effortless success at Kempton and towards the end of the afternoon Gitano Hernando, a horse with the considerably more valuable prize of the Dubai World Cup in his sights, strode home in style at Lingfield.
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