Date - December 1, 2015

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Jim Dreaper excited by Becher Goon show at Aintree - pure racing entertainment
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Bobs Worth camp consider return to hurdling - pure racing entertainment
A tilt at the Ladbrokes - pure racing entertainment
Nicky Henderson sidesteps Tingle Creek with Sprinter Sacre - pure racing entertainment
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Whisper is set to have a break before returning to action in the New Year
A tilt at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle could be a possibility for Bobs Worth after
Jim Dreaper is looking forward to seeing Goonyella tackle Aintree's Grand National fences for the


The British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority

Ruth Quinn, British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Director of International Racing and Racing Development, blogs about the work carried out to reduce race clashes over the past year: Over the last 12 months particular focus has been given to the red

The last racing week was bookended by top-class performances, and all the more notable for the fact the two horses who produced them were announcing their return after spells in the wilderness. The question is obvious – how do their reincarnations

Cheltenham’s Open Meeting saw the first major days of the season at Prestbury Park and the occasion was marked by a tremendous finish to the feature Paddy Power Gold Cup. The best of the action from the first two days is discussed the week, and th

Latest Blogs

  • Lot 1532: Incahoots (GB)

Image by Tattersalls Ltd Strong Trade on Opening Day of Tattersalls December Mare Sale - The first day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale began strongly with an international cast of buyers and the top lot INCAHOOTS sold for 420,000 guineas to Wertheimer Et Frere. A total of 200 lots sold for 11,577,000 at an average of 57,885 guineas and a median of 38,000 guineas. […]
  • Unioniste clears the last at Sandown Park

Image by Unioniste tops 27 confirmations for Aintree’s Betfred Becher Chase -   Top-weight Unioniste (11st 12lb, Paul Nicholls) is on course for the £140,000 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (1.40pm, 27 confirmations) over three and a quarter miles at Aintree on Betfred Becher Chase Community Day, Saturday, December 5. The Grade Three handicap is the first of two races over the famous Grand National […]
  • Violet Dancer and Joshua Moore romp home in the Betfair Hurdle

Image by Steven Cargill Violet Dancer continues education over fences - Violet Dancer put in a sound display to dispose of his two rivals with ease in the 188BET Novices’ Chase at Plumpton. Winner of the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in February, the Gary Moore-trained five-year-old is making the transition to the bigger obstacles with a degree of style, having now […]
  • Vroum Vroum Mag brings up her six-timer at Clonmel

Image by Vroum Vroum Mag revving up for Huntingdon’s Peterborough Chase - Vroum Vroum Mag could put her unbeaten six-race record for Willie Mullins on the line at Huntingdon on Sunday after she featured amongst 13 entries for the Betfred Peterborough Chase. The six-year-old impressed on her seasonal reappearance at Clonmel earlier this month, but has yet to test her powers against […]
  • Bobs Worth maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse Bobs Worth camp consider return to hurdling - A tilt at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle could be a possibility for Bobs Worth after his admirable effort in defeat in the Hennessy Gold Cup. Nicky Henderson’s 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero appeared a shadow of his former self in three starts last season, but looked revitalised when beating stable […]
  • Identity Thief wins the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle

Image by Tattersalls Ireland Weekend Grade 1 victories for Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sales Graduates - The Henry de Bromhead trained IDENTITY THIEF battled gamely for a well-deserved victory at top level when winning the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday. The son of Kayf Tara was bought for €40,000 by Gordon Elliott on behalf of owners Gigginstown House Stud at the 2013 […]

Latest Features

  • Minding after winning the Fillies' Mile

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse 2015 Two Year Old Fillies Review - The 2015 crop of two year old fillies was once again dominated by Irish-trained runners who cleaned up the majority of key Group contests. At the top of the pile were a pair of Aidan O’Brien trained fillies, who ended the year with Group 1 success and were one-all in […]
  • Horse Racing - 2012 Tingle Creek Christmas Festival - Day Two - Sandown Park Racecourse Big Race History: Tingle Creek Chase - Very few race horses attain a level of popularity that thrusts them into the conscience of a wider public audience. Fewer still achieve such a following that a race is named after their exploits. In the 1970’s the two mile chaser called Tingle Creek, illuminated Sandown Park racecourse with a […]
  • Huntingdon Racecourse

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Huntingdon Racecourse Off The Track: Huntingdon Racecourse - One of the highlights of Huntingdon Racecourse’s year takes place next Sunday, with the latest renewal of the Peterborough Chase. Course-Specialist was privileged to catch up with Clerk Of The Course, Sulekha Varma, and General Manager, Sian Williams, as preparations for this year’s race were getting underway:   When did […]
  • Erupt

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Longchamp Racecourse Big Race Preview: The Japan Cup - Sunday sees the latest renewal of Japan’s showcase race, the 35th Japan Cup in Tokyo. There are four European runners, including Trip To Paris, who ran so well when 2 lengths fourth of 24 to Prince Of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup and is fully over an injury scare. He […]

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

  • 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 […]