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Monday 18 October 2010
After maintaining his unbeaten record in such taking style in the Dewhurst Stakes, generally accepted as Europe's top race for juveniles, Frankel goes into the winter as a red-hot ante-post favourite for the 2,000 Guineas. And should he come through the close season unscathed, he will carry not only Tom Queally on his back as he canters to post for the Newmarket Classic, but the weight of hopes and expectations.
Saturday 16 October 2010
Friday 15 October 2010
Friday 15 October 2010
An experiment with the stamina of Sizing Europe appeared to backfire yesterday when he was turned over by one of just three rivals at Punchestown. But Henry de Bromhead, his trainer, was not immediately persuaded that the horse had failed to catch China Rock through lack of stamina.
Wednesday 13 October 2010
One of the beauties of this game is that you cannot, whatever the marketeers insist, construct or predict a narrative, you have to wait for it to unfold. And sometimes it does to such enchanting effect that you start to believe you have strayed into the realms of fairy tale. You would swear the leprechauns had a hand in the story of John Grogan, the dairy farmer from Co Tipperary, and his filly Katla.
Tuesday 12 October 2010
Behind every star, there is an entourage, and horses are no exception. But in the case of Snow Fairy, one of the fancied contenders for Saturday's Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, to describe one of her followers as a hanger-on is by no means pejorative in tone. The dual Oaks heroine tends towards exuberant friskiness when she goes out for exercise with her trainer Ed Dunlop's string and has unseated most of those who have sat on her. The exception is Lynsey Hanna, whose sympathetic handling has given a positive direction to the filly's exuberance.
Monday 11 October 2010
Sunday 10 October 2010
Chris McGrath: Enjoy this superb showdown at Newmarket while you can – it won't be here next year
Saturday 09 October 2010
Thursday 07 October 2010
Richard Hughes has been unsuccessful in his appeal against the six-day suspension he picked up at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.
Thursday 07 October 2010
Sunday 03 October 2010
Saturday 02 October 2010
Tuesday 28 September 2010
Though Ed McMahon could saddle his first Group One winner at Newmarket on Friday, he may face a still more momentous challenge when he gets home to Lichfield that evening. Win, lose or draw in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes, McMahon will head straight to a public meeting against a proposed high-speed railway – scheduled to slash through the heart of his gallops. One way or another, it promises to become a day of fresh perspectives on 17 years of family graft and achievement.
Friday 24 September 2010
Regular punters and racegoers, and those the marketing men are trying to attract, might be forgiven for twitching an eyebrow over Canford Cliffs' eleventh-hour defection from his eagerly awaited showdown with old rival Makfi in tomorrow's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. On Wednesday morning, the Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old had apparently left scorchmarks on the East Eversleigh gallops during his final warm-up for the Group One finale to the European mile programme, but just 24 hours later a routine veterinary examination produced a slightly abnormal result, and consequently his name was not among the eight confirmed yesterday for the £250,000 contest.
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