Date - February 14, 2016

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Smashing continued his impressive season with an emphatic victory in the Red Mills Chase at

Patrick Mullins will have taken pleasure in 'retaining' this year's renewal of the EBF Ronan
Dual Champion Jockey Davy Russell completed a double at Gowran today when steering O'Ceallaigh to


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Today British Racing’s 2015 “Datapack” has been published, which analyses the performance of many of Racing’s Key Performance Indicators in 2015 compared to previous years. Paul Johnson, Head of Racing for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) b

• Racing Together supporting national volunteering event ‘Give & Gain Day’ on Friday 20 May 2016 • Run by ‘Business in the Community’, it is the only global day of employee volunteering. • Now in its ninth year, it will see thousands of people fro

TRIALS DAY Trials day at Cheltenham always raises anticipation for the Festival to another level, and with some breathtaking performances in the staying hurdle division, that’s exactly what happened again. The best of the hurdles action is discuss

Latest Blogs

  • Count Guido Deiro sees off the challenge of Sykes

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newbury Racecourse Summary of the rest of the Newbury action including a Twiston-Davies double - 1.20pm Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively At Betfair Novices’ Hurdle, 2m 69yds The colours of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing may be more familiar on the Flat but the organisation’s Legend syndicate has a very exciting hurdler to look forward to with Meet The Legend (Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton) who took the opening £10,000 Read Paul […]
  • Houblon Des Obeaux comes home clear in the Denman Chase

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newbury Racecourse Houblon Des Obeaux slams Denman Chase rivals - Houblon Des Obeaux came back to his brilliant best as he went one place better than last year in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury. The Venetia Williams-trained 9 year old really came to prominence a couple of years ago with a succession of fine performances in handicaps, including two […]
  • Agrapart wins the Betfair Hurdle

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newbury Racecourse Kelly scoops another major prize as Agrapart lands the Betfair Hurdle - The team of Nick Williams and Lizzie Kelly struck again in a major contest as Agrapart took today’s Betfair Hurdle by the collar for a convincing win. Just a few weeks after becoming the first woman to ride a Grade 1 victory over fences in the UK, Kelly took one […]
  • Richard Johnson and Top Gamble return victorious

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newbury Racecourse Top Gamble masters returning Champion - Kerry Lee’s fantastic start to her training career received another boost today as Top Gamble got the better of returning Champion Chaser Dodging Bullets in the Grade 2 Betfair Exchange Chase, Registered as The Game Spirit Chase at Newbury today. The 8 year old raced with zest throughout and was […]
  • All-Weather Championships Logo Field of six set for Listed Fast-Track Qualifier at Cagnes-sur-Mer on Sunday -   Cagnes-sur-Mer on the French Riviera plays host to a Fast-Track Qualifier on Sunday, February 14, with six three-year-olds due to run in the Listed Prix de la Californie (2.15pm local time). The winner of the mile race on Polytrack receives a free and automatic place in the £150,000 32Red […]
  • Dedigout lands safely as Briar Hill falls at the last in the Boyne Hurdle, completing  a hat-trick of Grade 2 victories for Tattersalls Ireland graduates

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Tattersalls Ireland Connections’ thoughts ahead of a fascinating Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday -   Tony Martin expects Dedigout to put up a spirited defence of his crown in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday. The 10-year-old was an impressive winner of the Grade Two contest 12 months ago, but has not been seen in competitive action since following up at […]

Latest Features

  • Monksland was successful over fences at Gowran Park

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse A trio of Grade 2 races sets the tone at Navan on Sunday - Navan provides a fascinating card on Sunday afternoon with a trio of Grade 2 contests to whet the appetite. First up is the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase over two miles and a furlong, commemorating one of the greatest chasers of all time. Ttebbob was a useful hurdler last season, winning […]
  • Gilgamoboa (right) joins Gitanes Du Berlais (left) and Smashing (centre) at the last in the Ryanair Gold Cup

Image by Preview of the best of the action on Red Mills Day at Gowran Park - On Saturday Gowran Park stages it’s Red Mills Trials Day with a brace of Grade 2 contests. The Red Mills Chase over 2 ½ miles gets the graded action under way. Smashing was a very useful novice chaser last season and bids to maintain his unbeaten run this season. The […]
  • Fox Norton leads Garde La Victoire over the last

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse Big Race Preview: Kingmaker Novices’ Chase - The big race of the day at Warwick on Saturday is the Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase over two miles, set to be contested in heavy ground. This race has a rich pedigree and in the past has been won by the likes of: Flagship Uberalles, Cenkos, Voy Por […]
  • Sam Twiston-Davies celebrates as Dodging Bullets just beats the gallant Somersby

Image by Steven Cargill Newbury geared up for Super Saturday - The big race of the day at Newbury on Saturday is the Betfair Hurdle and you can read our preview of a belting handicap hurdle here:   This is a card rich in quality, but we must remember the two horses Fenix Two and Marching Song, who sadly lost […]

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 […]