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Racing News

  • Middleham Park Racing eye Royal Ascot with exciting juvenile De Bruyne Horse - Connections of De Bruyne Horse may wait for Royal Ascot with the exciting juvenile winner. The son of Showcasing booked himself a step up in class when reversing the form with his Newmarket conqueror Way Of Wisdom in emphatic fashion at Ripon last Sunday. Plans had been in place to […]
  • Douvan crowned king of 2016/17 Anglo Irish Classification - Douvan has today been announced as the highest rated Jumps horse of the 2016/17 season at the Anglo-Irish Jump Classifications press conference, hosted by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Irish Turf Club. The Willie Mullins-trained Chaser achieved a rating of 174 for his eight-length defeat of subsequent Timico […]
  • Robert Eddery looks to Ayr with Equimou - Robert Eddery is considering swerving an outing at Royal Ascot with Equimou in favour of a return trip to Scotland for a crack at the Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes at Ayr. Although the three-year-old holds an entry in the Commonwealth Cup, the Newmarket handler is keen to keep her at […]
  • Plans on hold for Fair Eva - Plans are on hold for Fair Eva after she produced a dirty scope following her return in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. After signing off last season by finishing second in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket, the daughter of Frankel claimed fifth spot on her first try over a mile […]
  • Connections’ thoughts ahead of Wednesday’s Rothesay Stakes at Ayr - Willie McCreery is hoping the weather forecasters have it wrong ahead of Elm Grove’s quest for Listed honours in the Rothesay Stakes at Ayr on Wednesday. Winner of two of her three starts this season, the five-year-old appreciates a bit of cut in the ground but did handle a quicker […]
  • Perfect Pasture lands Windsor spoils for Mick Easterby - Mick Easterby made a successful raid south as Perfect Pasture landed the Listed Weatherbys Private Bank Leisure Stakes at Windsor this evening. Eight horses went to post for this six furlong contest. As the stalls burst open it was Emell who broke sharply and disputed the early lead with Perfect […]

Irish Racing News

  • Making Light could miss Irish 1,000 Guineas due to prevailing ground conditions - Dermot Weld thinks the dry weather will prevent him from running Making Light in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday. Owned by Moyglare Stud, the Tamayuz filly won two of her three starts as a juvenile, including the Group Three Killavullan Stakes. Weld is keen to test her against […]
  • Success Days doubtful for Sunday’s Tattersalls Gold Cup on account of ground - Success Days, the main challenger to Minding in Sunday’s Tattersalls Gold Cup according to the bookmakers, is an “unlikely” runner according to trainer Ken Condon. The five-year-old, second in the Alleged Stakes on his reappearance, is something of a mud-lover and Condon fears the ground will be too fast. “I’d […]
  • HRI Ownership Department Launch ‘Experience It’ Campaign - Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Ownership Department has launched the ‘Experience It’ campaign, offering individuals and groups with an interest in racing the opportunity to trial racehorse ownership.  The launch took place at trainer Paul Deegan’s yard in Athy, County Kildare. The campaign facilitates a group to lease a horse for […]

International Racing News

  • Call To The Bar makes the most of first run at Saint-Cloud - Call To The Bar was given a well-judged ride to land the Group 3 Prix du Lys at Saint-Cloud this afternoon. Six progressive looking three year olds lined up for this 1 ½ mile contest, with high hopes for one or two clues towards the Grand Prix de Paris in […]
  • Armande a clear cut winner of the Prix Corrida - Armande was a ready winner of the Group 2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud today. A field of eight older fillies and mares assembled for this contest on heavy ground. Saimaa pulled her way to the early lead next to the rails, but was soon passed by Redcold, who led from […]
  • Terrakova an authoritative winner of the Prix Cleopatre - Terrakova’s breeding was enough to get racing enthusiasts excited but her on-track endeavours could well cause a stir after she impressed in the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud this afternoon. A field of eight three year old fillies lined-up for what is often viewed as a trial for the […]

Latest Features

  • The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in history - Named after a former parish located to the north of Newbury, the Al Shaqab-sponsored Lockinge Stakes was established in 1958 over the straight mile at Newbury Racecourse. The first running was won by a three-year-old, Pall Mall, owned by Her Majesty the Queen, fresh from Classic victory in the 2,000 […]
  • Memory Lane: Michael Bell recalls Motivator - There have been some outstanding performances in the Derby since the turn of the century, but few have been as visually impressive as the victory of Motivator in 2005, in a season that promised much and began with glory in the Dante Stakes at York. This high-class colt, from the […]

Bloodstock News

  • Tattersalls Ireland Ascot reveals June Sale online Catalogue - The Tattersalls Ireland Ascot June Sale to be staged on Tuesday 6 June at 10.30am has attracted a quality entry of over 150 horses. A large number of wildcard places will also be allocated to the best form horses and point to pointers available. The sale offers tremendous diversity from […]
  • Goffs Spring Store Sale Sees Huge Advances on Last Year’s Record Sale - A quality catalogue of Stores and a huge crowd featuring the leading National Hunt owners and trainers pushed the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale at Doncaster to new heights today as last year’s record figures were smashed. With last year’s sale seeing the average grow 20% to what was a […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing News May 24th 2017 - 1..2..3.. For Liberty The sun is out here at Liberty Stables and the horses are feeling well. A first, two seconds and third from the last four runs speaks for itself. IFWECAN came back from colic surgery and an 8 month lay-off to win at our home course on Newmarket’s Rowley […]

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 […]