Date - August 2, 2015

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Willie Mullins moved a step closer to being crowned leading trainer at the 2015 Galway

Dermot Weld clocked up his fourth winner of the week at Galway today when his
The indications are again good at Galway today as each of the crowd, bookmaker and


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On the sad news of the death of Sir Peter O’Sullevan, Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “Today is a sad day for British Racing. Many generations of racing fans will trace their love of racing back to Sir Peter’s unmistakeable commentari

The King George undoubtedly took on a different complexion when the Derby winner was pulled out on the morning of the race due to softening ground, but a driving finish made for an incredible spectacle, with the added spice of the protagonists’ pr

The BHA’s Director of Integrity, Legal and Risk Adam Brickell recently announced a full review of the BHA’s Integrity provision. The Review will consider the BHA’s integrity policies and processes, and the department’s structure. The Review is now

Latest Blogs

  • Richard Hughes who retired from riding today

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Goodwood cheers for Hughes’ career as 2015 Festival closes - It was as if Richard Hughes had just ridden the Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner on the same afternoon, not finished fourth in a handicap on a little-known horse called Fox Trotter. Yet the public affection for ‘Hughesie’, especially at Goodwood, a track that extracted his finest […]
  • Frankie Dettori was leading rider at the 2015 Qatar Goodwood Festival Dettori crowned Racing UK Leading Rider for Qatar Goodwood Festival - Frankie Dettori, following his first victory in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup, is the top rider at the Qatar Goodwood Festival with six successes and cannot be caught, with his closest pursuers on half that number. He was presented with the Racing UK leading rider award by the Lord March after […]
  • Magical Memory (seen at Newmarket) won the Stewards' Cup

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Magical Memory seals Stewards' Cup glory for Dettori - The Frankie Dettori bandwagon at this year’s Glorious Goodwood continued as Magical Memory gave him a first success in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup this afternoon. Algar Lad failed to go into the stalls and Clear Spring lost his rider at the start, but the rest of the field got away […]
  • Legatissimo is clear of Wedding Vow in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood

Image by Steven Cargill Legatissimo back to brilliant best in the Nassau - Legatissimo slammed her rivals with a very classy performance in this afternoon’s Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. Star Of Seville jumped into the lead from the gates, and quickly built up a 2 length advantage over Arabian Queen who had failed to settle, with Diamondsandrubies, Lady Of Dubai […]
  • John Gosden trains the unbeaten Christophermarlowe

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Havlin tactics pay dividends for Gretchen at Newmarket - Gretchen made the most of enterprising tactics from jockey Rab Havlin, as she narrowly gained the day in the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes at Newmarket today. Strawberry Martini broke well but it was Momentous who went on with Strawberry Martini and Spacelab through the early stages. Making […]
  • Qatar Goodwoof Festival Meeting logo Early news on the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival - GOING THE SAME AT GOODWOOD  The going remains Good to Firm, Good in places after more dry weather. There was selective watering of the course last night to maintain consistency. GoingStick Readings this week Today 7.6 (9.30am) Friday 7.6 (9.45am) Thursday 7.5 (9.30am) Wednesday 7.2 (9.30am) Tuesday 6.8 (9.30am) Monday […]

Latest Features

  • Ervedya beats Found in the Coronation Stakes

Image by Steven Cargill Deauville gets underway with terrific Rothschild clash - The August Deauville Festival gets underway this weekend with a cracking Group 1 contest for the Prix Rothschild over the straight mile on Sunday. The top class Rizeena returns to Deauville having run well when 3 ¾ lengths fourth to Kingman in last year’s Prix Jacques Le Marois.  This Group […]
  • There was a misty start to the day before the sun broke through gloriously Fillies under the spotlight in Newmarket’s Chalice Stakes - At Newmarket the big race on the card is the opening Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes over 1 ½ miles. The lightly-raced Asyad has a pretty decent strike rate but takes a step up in grade here. The Sir Michael Stoute trained 4 year old daughter of New […]
  • Muhaarar (nearside) just edges it from Tropics in the Group 1 July Cup

Image by Harris Equine Photography Big Race Preview: Qatar Stewards’ Cup - The Qatar Goodwood Festival ends with one of the meeting’s traditional highlights as the annual cavalry charge takes place for the Qatar Stewards’ Cup over 6 furlongs. The field is headed by Tropics, a horse who revels when the mud flies and has finished second in the last two Group […]
  • Diamondsandrubies (centre) just holds off Legatissimo (left) and Ribbons in the Pretty Polly Stakes

Image by Big Race Preview: Qatar Nassau Stakes - Saturday sees the final day of the 2015 Qatar Goodwood Festival, a meeting which always ends with a fascinating clash of the female generations in the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes over roughly 1 ¼ miles. The Nassau Stakes is a race often targeted by John Gosden and he fields […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing Logo Martin Smith News July 12th 2015 - A few really lovely summer weeks here at Liberty Stables! We’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Priory to the yard our newest horse, a 2 year old bay filly. She’s got good breeding (Mullionmileanhour out of Alectrona) both of which Martin worked with at John Best some years back. She’s settled in […]

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 […]