Date - May 29, 2016

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Aidan O'Brien's 1000 Guineas heroine Minding remains on course for Friday's Investec Oaks at Epsom.


Johann Bach has been a good servant for Patrick Harney and he landed his sixth

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore landed a Listed-race double when Cuff scorched clear to land


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  Across the country, people from racing have been supporting their local communities as part of Give and Gain Day 2016.   In Newmarket, members of racing and local organisations were invited to the launch of a project to develop an unused outdoor

The final of the Racing Excellence Training Series will be held at Plumpton on Sunday 8th May. Will Featherstone, conditional to Alan King is 17 points clear of nearest opponent Ciaran Gethings after winning two series races and being placed in a

British-trained horses do well in Punchestown handicaps A great deal is written about differences in jump handicap ratings in Britain and Ireland writes Head of Handicapping Phil Smith. This is especially after major festivals when one country has

Latest Blogs

  • Minding and Ryan Moore parade having won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Minding on course for the Investec Oaks - Aidan O’Brien’s 1,000 Guineas heroine Minding remains on course for Friday’s Investec Oaks at Epsom. The daughter of Galileo was a brilliant winner of the first fillies’ Classic of the season at Newmarket at the start of the month, but was narrowly denied by Jet Setting when chasing the Guineas […]
  • Only Mine

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Only Mine gains revenge in the Lacken Stakes - Only Mine stamped herself a smart filly with a decisive victory in the Group 3 Bar One Racing Lacken Stakes at Naas this afternoon. Seven 3 year olds went to post for a fascinating race, with several of these bidding to advertise their Commonwealth Cup credentials. Smash Williams broke well […]
  • James Fanshawe French joy for Fanshawe with Speedy Boarding - Speedy Boarding recorded a career high as she was given a super ride by Frederik Tylicki to win the Group 2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud today. A field of 11 fillies and mares lined up for a contest won by the mighty Treve a year ago. With rain falling, Beautiful […]
  • Cuff impresses at Naas - Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore enjoyed a quick fire Listed juvenile double as Cuff cleared away from her rivals for a most impressive victory in the Coolmore Stud European Breeders Fund Fillies’ Sprint Stakes at Naas today. Thirteen juveniles went to post for this contest with Cuff and Hyzenthlay and […]
  • Aidan and Joseph O'Brien teamed up as Wedding Vow landed the Kilboy Estate Stakes

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Peace Envoy on top at Naas - Peace Envoy perhaps booked his place at Royal Ascot as he made nearly all of the running to win the Listed Coolmore War Command Rochestown (C&G) Stakes at Naas today. With Psychedelic Funk an important absentee, a field of just five went to post for this contest. Lundy broke well […]
  • Highlands Queen rules in the Prix Cleopatre - Highlands Queen showed plenty of stamina and overcame experience to win the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud this afternoon. Five fillies went to post for this one mile 2 ½ furlong contest for 3 year old fillies, often a trial for the Prix de Diane. Highlands Queen broke well […]

Latest Features

  • Henbit bravely winning the 1980 Epsom Derby

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Ed Byrne Memory Lane Henbit’s Derby - In the long pantheon of Epsom Derby hero’s there are plenty of horses who will get a mention before Henbit, the 1980 winner. However, there have been few braver winners of Flat racing’s premier Classic. Henbit was an American-bred son of South African champion Hawaii, who later moved to the […]
  • Sinndar and Johnny Murtagh (seen at Epsom) completed the English/Irish Derby/Arc treble in 2000

Image by Memory Lane: John Oxx recalls Sinndar’s Derby - In recent years the Investec Derby has at times seemed to be monopolised by Irish-trained winners and runners. Of course that was not always the case and there was a big time gap between Secreto winning the 1984 race (beating another Irish trained colt in El Gran Senor) and the […]
  • Cirrus Des Aigles wins the 2014 Investec Coronation Cup

Image by Big Race History: Coronation Cup - Run over the same distance as the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks, the Investec Coronation Cup first took place in 1902 to celebrate the accession to the throne of King Edward VII, who enjoyed three victories in the Derby, thanks to Persimmon (1896), Diamond Jubilee (1900) and Minoru (1909), as […]
  • Time Charter and Billy Newnes win the 1982 Oaks from Slightly Dangerous and Last Feather

Image by Memory Lane: Henry Candy recalls Time Charter -   Ahead of this year’s Investec Oaks, Course-Specialist was privileged to speak to Henry Candy recently, to recall the career of one of the race’s most celebrated winners of the past 35 years, Time Charter.  Born in 1979, this daughter of top class sprinter Saritamer, raced from 1981 to 1984 […]

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

  • greatwood-charity-raceday-2016 EMT Winter 2016 Blog - They say time flies when you are having fun but we say it is the sign of a busy lifestyle – and we will stick to that theory but whichever way you wish to view it, the weeks have definitely whizzed by.  It seems hard to believe that 6 months […]