Date - May 1, 2016

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Racing UK - Google News

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Mix it up and take on Minding in the Guineas with this 40-1 chance - pure racing entertainment (blog)
Racing's greatest entertainer put - pure racing entertainment
Grand National hero Pineau De Re retired - pure racing entertainment
The 13-year-old was pulled - pure racing entertainment
Mullins dominates final day of the Punchestown Festival - pure racing entertainment
Willie Mulli

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J P McManus' tenth winner of Punchestown 2016 came about in the K Club Hotel,

Willie Mullins was expected to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle at

Pineau De Re, the 2014 Grand National winner, has been retired.

The 13-year-old was pulled up


The British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority

Sprinter bests the “ropey” Sceaux The Bet365 Celebration Chase was not quite the showdown that Un de Sceaux’s fans were hoping for writes Graeme Smith. But it provided a magnificent season sign off for Sprinter Sacre as he completed his revival un

Young people from Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s flagship, “Get on Track programme”, which uses world class athletes to empower young people facing disadvantage to realise the attitudes they need to fulfil a positive life celebrated their self-discover

There was something for everyone last week with the revamped three-day Craven meeting kicking off a big week of classic trials, and the Scottish Grand National fixture for those who prefer their jumping. This week’s bulletin is mainly Flat driven,

Latest Blogs

  • Galileo Gold win the 2,000 Guineas

Image by Tattersalls Ireland Sensational 2,000 Guineas win by September Yearling Sale Graduate GALILEO GOLD - Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale graduate GALILEO GOLD was an emphatic winner of the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse on the Rowley Mile today. Sold by Donnelly’s Well as Agent at the 2014 September Yearling Sale to Amanda Skiffington for Hugo Palmer, the colt by Paco Boy was purchased […]
  • Arabian Queen returns

Image reproduced with the kind permission of York Racecourse Connections’ thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s Dahlia Stakes - Arabian Queen, conqueror of Derby and Arc hero Golden Horn last summer, starts her campaign dropping back in distance for the Charm Spirit At Tweenhills In 2017 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday. Her races in the second half of last season were over a mile and a quarter or […]
  • Martina Murphy-Dunne presenting a cheque for €43,000 to the Robbie McNamara Fund, pictured with trainer Andy McNamara, brother of Robbie McMamara. 

Photo: Healy Racing €43,000 raised in The Kube Fundraiser for Robbie McNamara  - The Kube fundraiser held on Saturday January 30th, has raised €43,000 to date for the Robbie McNamara Fund. A cheque was officially presented to the McNamara family, on Friday 29th April at the Punchestown National Hunt Festival by event organiser, Martina Murphy-Dunne. The majority of the money raised came through […]
  • Knight Owl winning at Newmarket

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Review of the rest of Newmarket on QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day - Newmarket Racecourses welcomed 17,147 visitors through its gates on QIPCO 2000 Guineas day, including a sell out in the Premier Enclosure. Racegoers were treated to a scintillating performance by the Hugo Palmer-trained Galileo Gold in the first British Classic of the season. The locally-trained colt stayed on stoutly to beat […]
  • Hawkbill beats Abdon in the Listed Newmarket Stakes

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Hawkbill emerges as possible French Derby candidate - Hawkbill ran out an impressive winner of the Listed Newmarket Stakes over 1 ¼ miles today and could be supplemented for the Prix du Jockey Club. Godolphin struck for the first time on QIPCO 2,000 Guineas day when Hawkbill came home a clear cut one-and-a-quarter length success in the ten […]
  • Exosphere beats Simple Verse in the Jockey Club Stakes as Jack Hobbs is pulled up in the background

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Exosphere announces his arrival with stunning win at Newmarket - In today’s Group 3 Dunaden at Overbury Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Jack Hobs was away slightly awkwardly, while Restorer was away well; however, settling down it was Big Orange, with proven stamina, who moved to the head of affairs. As the six runners turned into the home straight, they […]

Latest Features

  • Lumiere at Newmarket

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Preview of the action on QIPCO 1,000 Guineas Day - On Sunday the fillies and mares take centre stage on another afternoon of Classic action on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. The Group 2 Charm Spirit at Tweenhills in 2017 Dahlia Stakes is often an important starting point for some of the major older fillies and mares in training. After a disappointing […]
  • Massaat leads into The Dip in the Dewhurst Stakes from Adventurous and Sanus Per Aquam, as Air Force Blue (second right) begins his move

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Big Race Preview: QIPCO 2000 Guineas - Saturday sees the start of the Classic season as the colts line-up with the chance to add their name to the long history of winners of the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. Air Force Blue comes into this contest with outstanding credentials. The Aidan O’Brien trained […]
  • Legatissimo and Ryan Moore return after winning the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Big Race History: 1,000 Guineas - Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the 2,000 Guineas. It is the second of Britain’s five Classic races, and […]
  • Mister Baileys gets the better of Grand Lodge in the 1994 2,000 Guineas

Image by Memory Lane: Mark Johnston remembers Mister Baileys - The first colts’ Classic of the year has been won by all shapes and sizes, but invariably the common denominator over the past 30 years has been that the winner came with a prohibitive price tag from an early age. That was not the case in 1994, as the instantly […]

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 […]