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Latest Blogs

  • Sykes

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newbury Racecourse Richard Johnson discusses The Lesters, Tingle Creek and weekend rides with Betway -   Ahead of another super-busy weekend of racing, Richard Johnson took time out to discuss a variety of topics in his latest Betway column. The Champion Jumps Jockey has been nominated for the award of Jump Jockey of the Year at the prestigious Lesters, following a fantastic 2016 campaign. “I’ve […]
  • The New One impressed again at Cheltenham

Image by Toby Connors The New One could return in the Bula Hurdle - The New One could stick to hurdles for his seasonal debut after being denied a first run over fences with the abandonment of racing at Exeter on Friday. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is now considering the Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday week for the eight-year-old, a race he won in […]
  • Faugheen

Image supplied by Horse Racing Ireland Faugheen return likely to happen over Christmas period - Faugheen is likely to make his return over the festive period. The 2015 Champion Hurdle winner has not been seen since winning the Irish Champion Hurdle by 15 lengths in January, after which he suffered an injury and missed the defence of his title at Cheltenham in March. He has […]
  • Oliver Sherwood with Grand National winner Many Clouds Oliver Sherwood reports himself happy with Many Clouds ahead of Aintree return - Oliver Sherwood reports Many Clouds to be ready to return to action in the Betfred Lotto ‘£100K Cash Giveaway’ Chase at Aintree on Saturday. The Lambourn trainer has had this three-mile-one-furlong contest in mind for some time as the starting point for the 2015 Grand National hero, as he builds […]
  • Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse Connections’ thoughts ahead of a compelling Henry VIII Novices’ Chase - Noel Fehily labelled Altior as good a horse as he has ever sat on bar champion chaser Master Minded ahead of his appearance in the Racing Post Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown Park. The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner was already a short price for the Arkle in March before […]
  • Alan King Messire Des Obeaux grinds his way to Grade 2 success at Sandown Park - Messire Des Obeaux gave away weight and age to Ballyandy but showed stamina was his forte as he won the Grade 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Registered as the Winter Novices’ Hurdle) at Sandown Park this afternoon. Aintree My Dream took the field along through the early stages, tracked […]

Latest Features

  • Vroum Vroum Mag impresses at Ascot

Image by www.racehorsephotos.co.uk Preview of a fantastic trio of Grade 1 races from Fairyhouse on Sunday - On Sunday, all eyes will be tuned in to activities at Fairyhouse, as it stages a fantastic Hatton’s Grace card, featuring no fewer than three Grade 1 contests. First up comes the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle over two miles, a tried and tested route for future champions, […]
  • Sam Twiston-Davies celebrates as Dodging Bullets just beats the gallant Somersby

Image by Steven Cargill Big Race Preview: 2016 Betfred Peterborough Chase - On Sunday afternoon, Huntingdon Racecourse stages its highlight of the year, the Grade 2 Betfred Peterborough Chase over two miles, three furlongs and 189 yards. Josses Hill has proved something of an enigma over fences, although he made a polished return. Nicky Henderson’s 8 year old is supremely gifted and […]
  • Peter Fahy is targeting the Crabbie's Grand National for Owega Star

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Image reproduced with the kind permission of Aintree Racecourse Preview of the action over the Grand National fences at Aintree - Aintree stages its Randox Health Grand National dress rehearsal this Saturday with two races over the famous course. First up is the Grade 3 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase over three miles, one furlong and 188 yards of the Grand National course. The Last Samuri was a very useful novice hurdler […]
  • Sire De Grugy holds off Special Tiara (right) to land his second Tingle Creek Chase

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse Tingle Creek Chase Preview - On Saturday the two mile division cranks up a significant notch with the first Grade 1 contest of the winter, the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase. The Grade 1 action over two miles begins with the Racing Post Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, and a small but select field. Altior is a […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Teversham was a winner on Monday

Image copyright Sam Pawley Photography; supplied by Martin Smith Racing Martin Smith Racing News October 25th 2016 - Teversham wins at 50/1! Teversham made our day yesterday at Leicester by taking his career wins to 3. He defied odds of 50/1 to win the Fosse Way Handicap for gentleman amateurs over 7f. The 3 year old by Kheleyf touched 66/1 earlier in the day and was patiently ridden by J J […]

Equine Management Training

  • Dark bay horse

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 […]