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Friday 20 July 2012
In signing a retainer for Sheikh Hamdan, Paul Hanagan knew perfectly well that he had almost certainly forfeited any chance of a third consecutive jockeys' title. A four-timer at Hamilton yesterday reiterated that he can still accumulate the quantity, whenever the quest for quality permits. But the big meeting at Ascot this weekend could well provide equal impetus in both the race to succeed Hanagan, and the one for the trainers' championship.
Tuesday 17 July 2012
It may seem daft to back a horse for a race nearly a year in the future before it has ever raced, but those who made Camelot the long-range Derby favourite before his juvenile debut were not wrong. And it is now as little as 10-1 against his trainer Aidan O'Brien staging a repeat at Epsom with Mars, an easy winner on his debut at Dundalk yesterday.
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Even before her scare at Ascot, Black Caviar's trainer had taken one look at the undulations of the July Course and abandoned any notion of sticking around for the Darley July Cup. Moonlight Cloud, who so nearly ruined the Australian champion's perfect record, is also safely out of the way, back in France. There is a tempting Group One opportunity, then, at Newmarket on Saturday – and two new hats were duly thrown into the ring yesterday.
Friday 06 July 2012
Typical. Having finally started to win over those who were treating his career in the northern hemisphere as an anti-climax, So You Think yesterday let them down once and for all. As ever, it was through no fault of his own.
Monday 02 July 2012
Find a frock that will make you shine, whether you have weddings and garden parties or picnics in the park in mind
Saturday 30 June 2012
Today's Irish Derby will be no easy addition to Ballydoyle star's CV in heavy Curragh going
Friday 29 June 2012
Santander, the bank, last night officially revealed its dramatic concept for a Formula One grand prix on the streets of London, with the support of Bernie Ecclestone and world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who drive for the McLaren team which they sponsor.
Sunday 24 June 2012
The unbeaten mare's trainer turns down the chance to race her against her big rival
Sunday 24 June 2012
Jockey Nolen admits 'brain-fade' after miracle mare has to pull out all the stops
Friday 22 June 2012
It was mere convention that obliged Frankie Dettori to refer to his young rival, in the stewards' inquiry, as "Mr Barzalona". But the situation between them will have made it impossible, however unfairly, for the television audience not to vest such formality with some subliminal frisson of sarcasm. Here he was, arguably the most accomplished rider on the planet, obliged to enact this ritualised version of a very public battle to preserve his status and self-respect.
Friday 22 June 2012
It might seem closer to recklessness than optimism to favour a mere maiden winner over a filly who last month surged nine lengths clear of her rivals in a Classic. But Cardigan (3.45) represents a trainer of such circumspect judgement that her very presence in the field qualifies her as a most intriguing candidate for the Coronation Stakes today.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Aidan O'Brien's So You Think recorded his 10th Group One victory in the 150th Anniversary of Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Tuesday 19 June 2012
The fashion police were out in force today to enforce the new dress code at Royal Ascot.
Thursday 14 June 2012
If the meeting seems set to open with two regal processions, rather than one, then at least some proper, unruly competition looks guaranteed soon after the monarch has admired Frankel following her down the straight at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
Tuesday 12 June 2012
The wretched weather is giving an unhappily literal quality to the way the domestic programme treads water between Epsom and Royal Ascot. The card at Salisbury today is subject to a morning inspection, and likewise the turf races at Lingfield. And while the French did contrive a fleeting moment of quality yesterday, deteriorating conditions locally may also limit its significance.
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