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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.
Saturday 03 October 2009
If he happens to win the Arc the way he has won everything else, Sea The Stars will be compared with the greatest champions in Turf history.
Tuesday 15 September 2009
Monday 07 September 2009
Flags flew at half mast across at race meets across the country all weekend, in remembrance of two young jockeys killed in a fire in North Yorkshire in the early hours of Saturday morning.
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