Veteran Irish jockey continues his remarkable sequence of winning rides on Gordon Lord Byron
Top sprinter could make heavy weather of Haydock event after stablemate is ruled out
Marco Botti is keeping his fingers crossed Ryan Moore will keep the ride on Dandino when he lines up in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington on 5 November.
Jockey Doyle follows Kingman success with Irish Group One victory for veteran trainer
O'Brien compares York International victor to his old warhorse Giant's Causeway for toughness
Nell Gwyn winner can overturn Classic form and cause rare reverse for Hannon and Hughes
Hannon colt strikes late to defeat Guineas winner at third attempt in 'Duel on the Downs'
Third-choice jockey Johnny Murtagh targets literary double in Arc, having already won it on Dylan Thomas
Though Britain’s premier league fillies were firmly repulsed by Chicquita in the Irish Oaks on Saturday, at least the second division came home with some honour from The Curragh yesterday.
Irish hopes look shaky as Epsom winner puts reputation on the line at the Curragh
Hannon swayed by pressure to appeal against controversial Falmouth Stakes ruling
Of the weekend’s July Cup heroes, Lethal Force was easily the most relaxed yesterday. The four-year-old enjoyed a lazy lead out to stretch the limbs that had carried him to his record-breaking Group One victory and a prolonged pick at grass to settle his rather fizzy mind, then spent the rest of the day chilling in the cool of his box. Meanwhile his trainer Clive Cox, after sorting out his entries for the rest of the week – it’s back to bread and butter at Lingfield on Wednesday – fielded interminable phone calls of inquiry and congratulation.
While Frankie Dettori continues his mortifying hunt for a first winner since before Royal Ascot, the champion jockey himself has gained stunning impetus after ending his own frustrations at that meeting. Until overcoming a nightmare draw on Sky Lantern in the Coronation Stakes on the Friday, Richard Hughes had endured a maddening week, repeatedly finding himself stuck in traffic or caught out by the draw. As soon as Ascot was out of the way, however, Hughes promptly accumulated 20 winners in eight days – with a treble at Windsor on Monday evening completing the fastest hundred of his career.
No less than any other walk of life, it is pretty rare in racing for anyone to profess indignation when credited with a stroke of genius. Such was the case at Epsom last month, however, when Aidan O’Brien and his patrons at Coolmore maintained a scrupulous show of bemusement about a theory that their horses had collectively undermined the prospects of the hot favourite, Dawn Approach, by setting an unexpectedly slow pace in the Investec Derby.
Win a bottle of wine
Many trainers with limited resources can impress at a corresponding level, but the most instructive measure of their acuity is how they set about making the most of a horse eligible for higher grades. That is when you will often see them exposed, excitably shooting for the moon. In his campaigning of Winning Express, then, Ed McMahon must be commended in both raising and lowering the stakes.