Date - October 7, 2015

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Trainer/jockey, father and son Aidan and Joseph O'Brien completed a double at Navan today as
The Dermot Weld trained Emergent (4/1 - 3/1) made a fine winning debut at Navan
Espom Derby winner Pour Moi's three-parts brother Giant Redwood made a winning debut at Navan


The British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority

The latest monthly data pack shows similar field size figures up to the end of August to that of the same period in 2014. However, it is encouraging that failure rates (races run with fewer than six runners) have decreased from 15.3% in 2014 to 13

Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting brought a host of top-class two-year-old contests and Matthew Tester rubber stamped his view that this year’s crop are out of the ordinary. Here he gives a detailed update on the best in class as things stand and

I am delighted to have been appointed as Racing Together’s Community Engagement Manager, and am now responsible for the leadership of the programme. This is a great opportunity for British Racing and I’m delighted to see momentum building for the

Latest Blogs

  • Richard Hannon The race for the Dick Hern trophy is on ahead of Goodwood finale - Richard Hannon has entered 21 horses for the Season Finale fixture at Goodwood on Sunday 11 October, in a bid to secure the Dick Hern trophy for the leading trainer at the Racecourse in 2015. But Hannon may not have it all his own way as his closest rival in […]
  • Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Dettori bullish about unbeaten Nathra in Dubai Fillies’ Mile - Trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori – the partnership of the moment following Golden Horn’s brilliant Arc win in Paris on Sunday – are out to grab more Group 1 glory when they team up with Nathra in a top quality ten-runner renewal of the Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket’s Rowley […]
  • Early stages of the Gold Cup with On His Own and Road To Riches leading Holywell

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse New series of races announced by BHA and Jockey Club Racecourses - The British Horseracing Authority and Jockey Club Racecourses have announced the launch of five new series of races known as the “Challenger Series”. An expansion of the Grassroots Jump Series that was launched in the 2011/12 and run exclusively by Jockey Club Racecourses, the new initiative, which begins next month, […]
  • Minding (right) beats Ballydoyle (centre) and Alice Springs (left) in an Aidan O'Brien clean sweep

Image by Harris Equine Photography Aidan O’Brien’s Minding and Coolmore lead Fillies’ Mile field at Newmarket - Aidan O’Brien is launching a very strong raid on Friday’s Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket with both Minding and Coolmore featuring among 10 declared for the Group One contest. Minding, a daughter of Galileo out of a Group One winner in Lillie Langtry, beat her stablemate Ballydoyle to win the […]
  • Cheltenham is set to stage a new novice hurdle race for mares at the 2016 Festival

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse Claret Cloak a possible for Cheltenham curtain raiser later this month - Cheltenham’s new season commences with The Showcase on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. The two-day meeting is staged a week later this year to avoid a clash with QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot. Trainer Emma Lavelle is considering the Handicap Chase, one of two £50,000 handicaps at the meeting, […]
  • Esoterique beats Territories in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville

Image by Diane Bresson Andre Fabre waiting on Esoterique Breeders’ Cup decision - Andre Fabre is biding his time before committing Esoterique to a possible raid on the Breeders’ Cup meeting. The top-class mare won the third Group One of her career at Newmarket last Saturday when proving too strong for Sir Michael Stoute’s Integral in the Sun Chariot Stakes. Fabre is considering […]

Latest Features

  • Promising Run and Thetis come through to dominate the latter stakes of the Rockfel Stakes

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Big Race Preview: Dubai Fillies’ Mile - The big race on the Friday of the Newmarket Future Champions’ Festival sees an intriguing renewal of the Group 1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile. Beautiful Morning has breeding of the very highest quality, as a daughter of Galileo, out of Date With Destiny, the only direct descendant of George Washington. The […]
  • Frankel wins the 2010 Dewhurst

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Big Race History: Dewhurst Stakes - Now recognised as the race that most likely defines the champion two year old colt of Britain and Ireland each season, the Dewhurst Stakes is a race that also plays a significant role in establishing likely contenders for the following year’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby. Raced over the straight 7 […]
  • Sole Power back to winning ways at the Curragh

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Longchamp Racecourse Stellar line up of glittering stars on show at Longchamp on Sunday - The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the centre piece of a fabulous feast of seven Group 1 contests on a magical afternoon of horse racing at Longchamp on Sunday. You can read our horse by horse guide to this year’s Arc at: The Group 1 action gets […]
  • Ceremony Big Race Preview: Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - The eyes of the racing world will be firmly focussed on Longchamp on Sunday afternoon as a galaxy of stars compete on surely the richest card in quality, any meeting could attract. The centre piece is the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over 1 ½ miles, where […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing Logo Martin Smith News September 15th 2015 - The home of racing opens its doors for the weekend 19 – 20th September ! Newmarket Open Weekend, The Betfair Newmarket Open Day, as previously known, has been a huge success so far and in three years has raised over £135,000 for some wonderful local charities. The main objectives for this weekend […]

Equine Management Training

  • Moon Over Miami (Charlie Moon) has settled in well to his new surroundings EMT Summer 2015 blog - As we roll through Summer it is always hoped that there will be more time to do things outside of work but that is just wishful thinking as it has never happened yet and it not going to happen this year either!  Where has the time gone! It doesn’t seem […]