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Desert Orchid won a memorable Victor Chandler Chase
Formerly known as the Victor Chandler Chase, this 2 mile 1 furlong signature chase gives the month of January some real impetus and began life in 1989 with a renewal that still… Read More
The Welsh National has a long and illustrious history as well as several home and calendar dates.
The race originally had its home at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff, where the first running was held back in 1895. When Ely Racecourse… Read More
Undoubtedly the King George VI Chase, run at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, has become the Crown Jewel in British Steeplechasing’s first half of the season.
That underlines how misjudged the Jockey Club’s announcement that it wanted to sell… Read More
In recent decades horse racing at Christmas has become ever more popular, with Leopardstown among the major festivals to develop.
The big race of the four day bonanza is the Grade 1 Leopardstown Christmas Chase, contested over three miles… Read More
Denman parades at Newbury Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newbury Racecourse
When it comes to great winners of the Ladbrokes Trophy, formerly the Hennessy Gold Cup, there are few in recent years that match up to the… Read More
John FrancomeImage supplied by Newbury Racecourse
Newbury Racecourse celebrates the achievements of John Francome at the second day of this coming weekend’s Ladbrokes Winter Carnival.
The £40,000 Grade Two novices’ chase on Ladbrokes Trophy Day, Saturday, December 2, has been… Read More
2017 sees the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, after Hennessy ended 60 years of sponsorship of what was known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup.
The history of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, perfectly illustrated how… Read More
The Breeders’ Cup; Big Race History
Hollywood Park, California, welcomed the inaugural gathering of the world’s finest thoroughbreds back in October 1984. The meeting commenced after several spectacular years at the North American yearling sales, which had seen stud farms… Read More