Date - July 25, 2016

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Muraaqib stars for Sheikh Hamdan on Dubai day at Newbury - pure racing entertainment
Watch a full replay of the Shadwell Dubai Internati - pure racing entertainment
Convey delivers at Pontefract - pure racing entertainment
Convey ended a long winless streak in - pure racing entertainment
Rookie trainer Robbie McNamara has Chadic fired up for Galway - pure racing entertainment

Irish Racing Horse Racing News Headlines

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Garvan Donnelly's Plough Boy has been primed for his return to Galway after being pipped
Clive Cox won the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte for the second time in four
Officials at Galway are expecting more than 160,000 racegoers at the seven-day festival which starts


The British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority

June was another busy month for Racing Together building on the recent successes with Give & Gain Day, on the 20th May. On the 23rd June, 152 students, 120 parents and teachers from six local primary schools attended the Adnams July Racecourse for

TWO CLASS FILLIES Two high quality fillies lit up the mile division at Newmarket’s July meeting last week writes Dominic Gardiner-Hill. With luck they may meet at some point during the remainder of the season. I am, of course, referring to Lumiere

DARTMOUTH TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE IN THE ROYAL ASCOT 12 FURLONG CONTESTS Phil Smith assessed Dartmouth on 119 from his thrilling win in the Hardwicke Stakes on Saturday. It was a tricky race to rate. Clearly everything behind Mount Logan had run belo

Latest Blogs

  • BHA Logo BHA announces further boost to Mares’ Chase programme - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that four additional Mares’ Listed Chases have been added to the race programme, creating a further significant boost to an area which has been subject to sustained enhancements in recent years. The four additional races are: 3 November Market Rasen Mares’ Steeple Chase over […]
  • Sir Michael Stoute trained Zilzal Convey well on top in the Pomfret Stakes - Convey gained just the second victory of his interrupted career as he outclassed his rivals in the Listed Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Pomfret Stakes at Pontefract this afternoon. Seven horses went to post for this mile contest and it was Algaith who went on from Cappo Rosso and Kentuckyconection, […]
  • Andrew Balding Balding mulls Solario Stakes bid with South Seas - Andrew Balding is contemplating stepping the unbeaten South Seas up in both trip and class for next month’s Solario Stakes at Sandown. Although plans are yet to be firmed up for the two-year-old, the Kingsclere handler has earmarked the seven-furlong Group Three contest as a potential target. After bolting up […]
  • Clive Cox Tis Marvellous romps to Prix Robert Papin glory - Tis Marvellous roped to an impressive victory as he took apart Royal Ascot form in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte this afternoon. A field of six went to post for this prestigious contest, with Norfolk Stakes winner Prince Of Lir and Queen Mary second Al Johrah giving […]
  • Clarcam clears the last for a brilliant Leopardstown victory

Image by Elliott aiming Clarcam at a first Galway Plate - Gordon Elliott will head all guns blazing into the Galway Festival next week. The dual-purpose handler has never won either the prestigious Plate or Hurdle but has come close on several occasions. Clarcam appears to be his best chance in the Plate this year, as the dual Grade One-winning chaser […]
  • My Dream Boat

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse My Dream Boat enjoying his summer break - Clive Cox’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner My Dream Boat is enjoying a mid-summer break. After a slightly below-par run behind Hawkbill in the Eclipse, Cox felt his charge had earned a rest after four runs and with the ground firming up. He holds entries in the Juddmonte International and […]

Latest Features

  • Big Orange gets the better of Trip To Paris in an enthralling Goodwood Cup

Image by Big Race History: Goodwood Cup - One of the oldest events in the Flat calendar, the Goodwood Cup was established in 1812 as a three-mile race. The distance dropped to two miles in 1825 and then settled at two miles and five furlongs from 1833 before being reduced to two and a half miles in 1990 […]
  • The brilliant Sonic Lady beats stable mate Scottish Reel and Effisio in the 1986 Sussex Stakes

Image by Big Race History: Sussex Stakes - High class championship racing over a mile, on the glorious undulations of the South Downs. Glorious Goodwood takes place at the height of the English summer’s splendour and offers racing fans five days of top class action, with the Sussex Stakes the undoubted highlight of the week. The Group 1 […]
  • Kris captured against the glorious background of the Sussex Downs, Goodwood

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Ed Byrne Memory Lane: Sir Henry Cecil recalls Kris - In June 2010 I was privileged to interview Sir Henry Cecil for a feature on Kris’s 1979 Sussex Stakes victory, which duly appeared in an issue of Racing UK’s Club Magazine. With Racing UK’s kind permission I am delighted to reprise this article as we build towards the latest running […]
  • Prince Of Lir beats the Last Lion in the Norfolk Stakes

Image by Big Race Preview: Prix Robert Papin - Sunday’s big race at Maisons-Laffitte puts the focus on the juveniles with the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin over 5 ½ furlongs. Tis Marvellous shaped with promise on his debut when running a length second of 14 to the more experienced Mutwatheb in a Newbury maiden in late June. The […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing Logo Martin Smith Racing News November 1st 2015 - As well as being busy at the yard and on the racecourse, we have also spent time looking at potential new horses at Tattersalls. It is always exhilarating to see top class horses and deciding which we feel would work well in the Martin Smith team!   NEWS FROM THE […]

Equine Management Training

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Depending on requirements, we can send horses back to their trainer at any stage of their training whether just starting cantering work or ready to pick up their fast work EMT Summer 2016 Blog - It is frightening to think that we are already 3 weeks past the longest day, the Olympics are just around the corner and then …. summer will be over!   Now we know that has really cheered you up!  However, summer doesn’t seem to have properly kicked in yet so hopefully […]