Outlook Over to a business that works, in the form of Betfair. It looks like a winner. The gambling company jumped to the head of the field by trouncing the City's profit forecasts and handed out sugar lumps to the shareholders in its stable with a chunky dividend hike. The shares duly raced even further ahead of a 950p indicative offer that was withdrawn in May by a major shareholder in cahoots with private equity.
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Saturday 23 March 2013
To think that some of these jockeys will be riding in Dubai next weekend.
Friday 21 December 2012
22 August: Juddmonte International Stakes; Frankel finally goes the full distance
Saturday 03 November 2012
They did not dare send Frankel here, but at least we have his representative on Earth. And success in a vintage Breeders’ Cup Mile would certainly seal the emergence of Excelebration from the shadow of his nemesis. After all, remarkably enough, he arrives here with the highest official rating of all the horses Aidan O’Brien has run at the Breeders’ Cup.
Friday 26 October 2012
A devastated John McCririck, the longtime face of Channel 4 racing, has launched a scathing attack on the channel's bosses, accusing them of “ageism” after he was sacked from the station's line-up.
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.
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