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Racing News

  • Journey to stud next for Gosden inmate - John Gosden believes the time is right for Journey to head to stud. “Journey has just reached that stage in life where she is ready to go to stud,” said Gosden. Meanwhile, stablemate and Ribblesdale Stales winner Coronet is set to remain in training. “Coronet stays in training with me […]
  • Jim Crowley dreaming of 2018 Classics with Elarqam - Jim Crowley believes Elarqam has got what it takes to develop into a leading contender for next year’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. The Mark Johnston-trained son of Frankel, maintained his unbeaten record last time out when following up his debut victory at York in the Group Three Tattersalls Stakes […]
  • Silvestre De Sousa crowned Champion Jockey - Brazilian jockey Silvestre De Sousa has been crowned Champion Jockey for 2017. Despite the stupidity of a truncated “season” defining which races qualify for what has become a manufactured competition, De Sousa’s hard work in lower graded meetings has paid off. Perhaps that is not the outcome the “suits” wanted […]
  • Fahey hoping for Easy success as new All-Weather Championships get underway - It Dont Come Easy is on course for a quick reappearance in the £25,000 32Red Casino Conditions Race (3.40pm, 14 entries) at Newcastle on Tuesday, October 24. Newcastle’s seven-race programme on Tapeta marks the beginning of the new All-Weather Championships season, which culminates with the £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day at […]
  • Hugo Palmer sets sights on Good Friday with Newcastle all-weather trip - The fifth season of the All-Weather Championships begins at Newcastle on Tuesday, October 24, when the highlight is the £25,000 32Red Casino Conditions Race (3.40pm, 14 entries). The six-furlong Tapeta contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships over the same distance at Lingfield Park on […]
  • Godolphin staff run 1,000 miles to raise proceeds for Racing Welfare - For a second successive year, Godolphin staff took part in the Godolphin 1,000 Mile Challenge fund-raiser by running, jogging and walking at a fun family day at Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket (UK), on Sunday, October 15. All proceeds will be donated to Racing Welfare, a nationwide non-profit organization that provides support […]

Irish Racing News

  • O’Brien outlines two year old Group One plans for next weekend - Aidan O’Brien has nominated Saxon Warrior and The Pentagon as his likely runners in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday, when he could attempt to break the late Bobby Frankel’s record for number of Group One wins in a year. The Ballydoyle handler drew level on 25 on […]
  • Bound on top in the Trigo Stakes - Bound had to work hard, but broke her maiden with a game effort to land the Listed Trigo Stakes from Leopardstown today. Nine lined-up for this 1 ¼ mile race. Grandee soon went into a clear advantage from Johann Bach. Racing past the five pole, Grandee was still three lengths […]
  • Kenya shows endurance to readily win the Killavullan Stakes - Kenya looked a potentially smart type as he swept away with the Group Three Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown this afternoon. Seven juveniles went to post for this seven furlong contest. Bye Bye Baby went into the lead from Kenya through the early strides. Settling down, Kenya took over as the […]

International Racing News

  • Three year old Ice Breeze sees off Vazirabad in the Prix Royal-Oak - There was a surprise to the Group One Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud today, as the improving Pascal Bary colt Ice Breeze beat France’s leading stayer, the enigmatic Vazirabad. Oriental Eagle and Brandon Castle were prominent early on, with the latter moving clear after a couple of furlongs, with the front […]
  • Intimation delivers for Stoute in Saint-Cloud - Intimation got off the mark for the year in fine style as she landed the Group Three Prix de Flore at Saint-Cloud today. Eleven fillies and mares went to post for this 1 ¼ mile contest, including three from the UK. From the stalls it was Listen In who led […]
  • Highland Reel on course for Breeders’ Cup defence - Highland is on course for the defence of his Breeders’ Cup Turf crown in two weeks. Aidan O’Brien’s globetrotter is expected to have conditions in his favour at Del Mar on November 4. “America is what we would be thinking about,” the trainer confirmed.

Latest Features

  • History of the Racing Post Trophy - The Group 1 Racing Post Trophy is the final Group 1 contest of the year in British racing. Contested at Doncaster, the race used to be contested around the left-handed bends, but in recent years has been run on the straight mile. The event was established in 1961, and it […]
  • Memory Lane: Kevin Darley recalls Celtic Swing - Maybe once or twice in a decade, a racehorse puts in a staggering performance that simply takes the breath away and immediately leads to comparisons with the greats in history. Certainly Arazi’s devastating victory in the 1991 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile set pulses racing on both sides of the Atlantic; and […]

Bloodstock News

  • Arqana October Yearling Sale continues to grow - The fourth and final day of the 2017 October Yearling Sale maintained the solid momentum observed over the first three sessions, with figures for the day posting strong gains across the board. 82 yearlings sold for a cumulated €1,052,000 (+25%) and despite 19 extra yearlings catalogued, the clearance rate improved […]
  • Latest supplemental entries added to the Fasig-Tipton November Sale - Fasig-Tipton has added an additional three supplemental entries to the catalogue for the 2017 November Sale to be held on Monday, November 6 in Lexington, Kentucky.  These new supplemental entries are catalogued as hips 199-201, and bring the total number of entries in the supplement to nine. These latest entries […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing latest news - Martin Smith Racing launches new syndicate Martin Smith Racing has launched a new syndicate which will be represented on the racecourse by a new yearling colt by the exciting sire Helmet (Aus)  out of Lady Pitrizza (Ire) . Details of the new syndicate are now available online or from the […]

Equine Management Training

  • EMT Winter 2016 blog - What has happened to 2017?! The first few months passed at a sensible rate but all of a sudden we are almost at the end of it! With our thoughts and plans well and truly focused on the early months of 2017 it is easy to overlook that fact that […]