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Racing News

  • Another four winners for red-hot Silvestre de Sousa at Pontefract - Silvestre de Sousa booted home a tremendous four-timer at Pontefract to continue his march towards a second Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship. De Sousa teamed up with close ally Mark Johnston to land the first two races of the afternoon. Footsteps Forever stepped up significantly from her Chester debut to land […]
  • Abingdon hugely impressive at Pontefract - Abingdon stamped her class on the totepool Pontefract Castle Fillies’ Stakes. With Ryan Moore on board, Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old went to post for the feature event of the afternoon in West Yorkshire and travelled powerfully for much of the mile-and-a-half journey. She took dead aim at the front-running Pure […]
  • Peace And Co off the mark over fences - Cheltenham Festival winner Peace And Co outclassed his rivals on his debut over fences at Hexham. Nicky Henderson’s charge rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with victory in the 2015 Triumph Hurdle, but has largely struggled since after suffering a variety of problems. He was sidelined for over a year […]
  • Judicial team targeting York’s City Walls Stakes - Judicial could bid to continue his winning spree in the City Walls Stakes at York next month. Julie Camacho’s five-year-old was well beaten on his first three starts this year, but has not looked back since scoring at Pontefract in April, subsequently bolting up in conditions events at Chester and […]
  • Robert Cowell feels heat was a factor in Goldream’s disappointing Royal run - Robert Cowell believes Goldream failed to handle the hot weather when disappointing in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. The eight-year-old won the five-furlong heat in 2015 and connections were hoping for a bold show back in Berkshire after Goldream finished a narrow second in the Temple Stakes on […]
  • No firm plans yet for Heartache after Royal Ascot triumph - Connections of Heartache are still on cloud nine following her stunning display in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday. Wesley Ward’s American challenger Happy Like A Fool was a red-hot favourite for the five-furlong Group Two, but she proved no match for Clive Cox’s runaway Bath scorer […]

Irish Racing News

  • Aidan O’Brien mulls Big Orange rematch at Goodwood - Order Of St George could clash again with his Royal Ascot conqueror Big Orange in the Qatar Goodwood Cup. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George was a red-hot favourite to claim back-to-back runnings of the Gold Cup in Berkshire on Thursday, but came off second-best after a pulsating battle […]
  • De Bruyne Horse could head to Railway Stakes next - The Railway Stakes at the Curragh is the likely next port of call for talented juvenile De Bruyne Horse. Richard Hannon’s colt stepped up from his Newmarket debut to bolt up on his second start at Ripon and he was thoroughly impressive in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom. He lined […]
  • Clongowes loses maiden tag in the Ulster Derby - Clongowes may have been a maiden beforehand, but got off the mark with a convincing display to land the Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal today. Nine went to post for this 1 ½ mile handicap. At the break it was World War who led from Finn McCool and Druids […]

International Racing News

  • Robin Of Navan in the frame for Saint-Cloud Group One - Robin Of Navan could get another shot at Group One glory in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Harry Dunlop’s stable star struck at the highest level in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud as a juvenile a couple of years ago and has run several fine races in defeat since. He secured […]
  • Keeneland announces $5.325 Million Stakes schedule for 2017 Fall Meet - Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Meet, which covers 17 days from Oct. 6-28, will present six Grade 1 races among 17 graded stakes worth $5.325 million and will showcase many of the nation’s top contenders aiming for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships during its signature Fall Stars Weekend on the first three […]
  • Connections’ comments after Senga wins the Prix de Diane Longines - The French filly Senga won the Prix de Diane Longines (Group 1) on Sunday at Chantilly, which is the fourth leg of the EpiqE Series, which is in its second year. She was ridden by Stéphane Pasquier, who was winning his first ‘Diane’, carrying the colours of Flaxman Stables Ireland […]

Latest Features

  • PRO Syndicates’ Captain Sedgwick continues to improve despite a recent spill - By Connor Heaps at Personal Racehorse Owners (PRO) Syndicate It’s been an interesting journey for the owners of Captain Sedgwick so far and you can’t help but feel it’s only going to get better. She’s always been a scopey filly who took lots of interest just based on her looks […]
  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: Diamond Jubilee Stakes - Royal Ascot’s most prestigious sprint became the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 in recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to throne in 1952. It was elevated to Group One status to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and run as the Golden Jubilee Stakes from 2002 – […]

Bloodstock News

  • Arqana celebrates glorious four graduates who won at Royal Ascot - Arqana was celebrating at the end of Royal Ascot as its sales graduates won four of the big prizes during a memorable week. Qemah, winner of last year’s Group 1 Coronation Stakes, added the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes this time. The Jean-Claude Rouget trained four year old was […]
  • High class and well-bred fillies at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale - The phenomenal pedigrees on offer at this year’s Derby Sale for well- bred fillies extends deeper than ever and for those in search of a filly with a successful dam, there are six high-class options. Lot 112 boasts a wonderful pedigree as the daughter of Grade 1 Prix Alain du […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing News June 19th 2017 - Another winner … and a Royal Ascot entry. Hopefully anyone betting on In The Red on Friday is now in the black after the 4 year old, Elusive Pimpernel gelding got up to win the 7f Apprentices Handicap at Goodwood ! Partnered by the in-form Milly Naseb, In the Red was given […]

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 […]