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Thursday 25 October 2012
Nothing, it seems, is quite so universal as insularity. Despite the best efforts of its organisers, the publication yesterday of entries for the 29th Breeders' Cup reiterated the challenge they face in matching its formal billing as the World Thoroughbred Championships.
Monday 15 October 2012
Everyone else might take a different view, as fatal fissures seem to emerge in his long partnership with Frankie Dettori, but Sheikh Mohammed himself knows that Godolphin's riding arrangements are fairly incidental. Paying such wages, he will never lack a world-class jockey. More fundamental changes are afoot, however, in the supervision of his horses away from the racecourse. And if the Sheikh is relieved that an implied admission of failure is receiving far less attention, then that indulgence is perhaps the least he deserves for quietly grasping some pretty painful nettles.
Wednesday 10 October 2012
Irish ally of Turf's rival superpowers poised to land fifth Dewhurst victory in seven years
Monday 08 October 2012
Anyone trying to map the shifting topography of the Turf would be interested to note that Qatari interests – essentially condensed in the Al-Thani family – accounted for as many as 10 runners in the elite races at Longchamp yesterday, compared with only four in the familiar silks of their Gulf neighbours, the Maktoum family of Dubai.
Friday 28 September 2012
His many admirers would not be short of reasons to celebrate a first trainers' championship for John Gosden, who yesterday nosed his way past Aidan O'Brien at the top of the prize money table. Even beyond his skill, decency and intelligence, however, they might treasure the certainty that not one Clarehaven horse will be declared to run this autumn with Gosden's title challenge in mind.
Saturday 25 August 2012
Australian sprinters have a reputation for unadulterated speed, but the latest to plunder a big prize on these shores did so despite being unable to cope with the early pace.
Thursday 23 August 2012
Whether or not he ends up gilding it with the formal status of champion trainer, John Gosden is enjoying an outstanding season, with Thought Worthy's Great Voltigeur Stakes win yesterday another Pattern success. Moreover his two-year-olds look competent for a seamless transfer of the baton next season. Each tier of his stable provides the favourite for the two big races on the second day of the Ebor meeting, both confined to fillies.
Wednesday 22 August 2012
He's hailed as the greatest horse ever but, says Chris McGrath, it's an ill fit as he's left it until today, the twilight of his days, to ride outside his comfort zone
Wednesday 22 August 2012
At such short odds, over a new trip, even a true great like Frankel can hardly appeal as a betting medium at York today. In fact, the Juddmonte International Stakes market is more likely to interest each-way "thieves", who will surely cover their money on St Nicholas Abbey. His two pacemakers should guarantee a sufficient test over the long Knavesmire straight for the Ballydoyle raider to outstay all bar the champion for a podium finish.
Monday 13 August 2012
Sports presenter Clare Balding is to be the main host of Channel 4's horseracing coverage - but says she will continue to work for the BBC.
Sunday 12 August 2012
She has some chunky statistics to defy in the future, but for the mom-ent the classy young filly Certify is heading in the right direction. The daughter of Elusive Quality maintained her unbeaten record at Newmarket with a clear-cut success in the afternoon's two-year-old feature, the Sweet Solera Stakes, and so moved up the betting for next year's 1,000 Guineas.
Saturday 04 August 2012
If Frankel's procession in the Sussex Stakes this week was a no-brainer, punters must now get their thinking caps on to work out the Blue Square Stewards' Cup, the traditional last-day Glorious Goodwood bookmaker bonanza. From the sublimely easy to the ridiculously difficult.
Friday 03 August 2012
Royal Hunt Cup second can make most of inside draw to go one better in big mile handicap
Tuesday 31 July 2012
For those who sighed over Danny Boyle's version of long-lost, bucolic Britain, perhaps a visit to Goodwood is the answer. This isle's most glorious setting for a race meeting is now into its third century as a venue. And just as in 1802, when Pantagruel galloped six miles in three heats to win the first race on the third Duke of Richmond's estate atop the Sussex Downs and when peasants still wore smocks, the English Channel still shimmers silver to the south and rolling ripe cornfields glitter gold to the north.
Friday 27 July 2012
Quite how hollow a victory would have beckoned Frankel at Goodwood next week, but for the sporting intervention of Sheikh Mohammed, became evident yesterday when only seven others remained in contention for the Group One Qipco Sussex Stakes. These include his own pacemaker, Bullet Train. Fortunately the sheikh had already committed his Godolphin stable to supplementing Farhh, an excellent second to Nathaniel in the Eclipse last time. That colt was duly added to the field yesterday for a fee of £19,500. Even so, a lap of honour so surely beckons the unbeaten champion that Coral offer odds of just 1-20. "Though the addition of Farhh ensures a new foe, it will still be one of the biggest shocks ever seen on a racetrack if Frankel does not make it win No 12," said the firm's spokesman, David Stevens.
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