• Outsider Third Realm first past the post in Lingfield Derby Trial

    Outsider Third Realm first past the post in Lingfield Derby Trial
    Roger Varian’s colt, ridden by David Egan, started at 14-1Adayar finishes second ahead of Scope in thirdThird Realm was the 14-1 outsider of the field before the Lingfield Derby Trial here on Saturday, and a 100-1 shot to win the Derby itself next month, but Roger Varian’s colt is now as short as 8-1 for the Epsom Classic after a one-and-a-quarter length defeat of the favourite, Adayar, with the remaining four runners at least five lengths adrift.David Egan’s mount, who stepped
  • Talking Horses: Symbolize can capture Victoria Cup at Ascot

    Talking Horses: Symbolize can capture Victoria Cup at Ascot
    Andrew Balding’s gelding can end two-year drought despite the testing ground in the eight-horse handicapThe strong chance of rain at Ascot overnight does not make Saturday’s Tote+ Victoria Cup any easier to unravel and the long-standing belief that the stands’ rail is best on testing ground has also looked shaky since the track was relaid in 2006. Related: Aidan O’Brien’s High Definition fades from Derby view after poor blood test Lingfield Park  Related: Kentu
  • Frankie Dettori ends 30-year wait for Chester Cup repeat aboard Falcon Eight

    Frankie Dettori ends 30-year wait for Chester Cup repeat aboard Falcon Eight
    Italian jockey celebrates 30 years after his other Cup successTrainer Dermot Weld says victory was six months in planningFrankie Dettori overcame a slow start from a tricky draw to land the Chester Cup for only the second time in his career here on Friday, bringing the top-weight Falcon Eight, a 15-2 chance, with a powerful run to lead well inside the final furlong and beat The Grand Visir by two lengths.Dettori was just a few months past his 20th birthday when he took the Roodee’s famous
  • Aidan O’Brien’s High Definition fades from Derby view after poor blood test

    Aidan O’Brien’s High Definition fades from Derby view after poor blood test
    High Definition slips in betting with Mohaafeth new favouriteJapan’s Chester Group Three win a rare ray of light for O’BrienJapan, twice a winner at Group One level, gave Aidan O’Brien his first winner of the 2021 May Festival in the Group Three Ormonde Stakes here on Thursday but the success did not dispel concerns about the overall form of some of O’Brien’s stable, with a cloud still hanging over High Definition, the Derby favourite, after a poor blood test ruled
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  • Oxted in mix for Duke Of York

    Oxted in mix for Duke Of York
    July Cup winner Oxted is among 13 remaining sprinters on course for the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York. Roger Teal’s stable star has failed to win since his Newmarket success – but he has had excuses at Ascot (ground), in Saudi Arabia (on dirt) and on his return to action when runner-up […]
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  • O’Brien monitoring High Definition with view to fitting in Derby trial

    O’Brien monitoring High Definition with view to fitting in Derby trial
    Aidan O’Brien was on Thursday not ruling out the possibility of running Cazoo Derby favourite High Definition in the Dante Stakes at York next week. The Ballydoyle handler had hoped to test the unbeaten colt’s Epsom credentials in Saturday’s Novibet Derby Trial at Lingfield, but announced on Wednesday evening he would not be travelling across […]
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  • Progressive Parachute can look forward to big-race targets

    Progressive Parachute can look forward to big-race targets
    Parachute’s emphatic Newmarket victory has put Ed Walker in a quandary as he assesses Royal Ascot options for his Derby entry. Walker admits ‘Plan A’ for the son of Sea The Stars involved a trip to Lingfield for this weekend’s Derby Trial – a race the Lambourn trainer won last year with English King, who […]
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  • Leading racing figures form part of whip consultation group

    Leading racing figures form part of whip consultation group
    Leading trainer John Gosden plus jockeys Tom Scudamore and PJ McDonald will form part of the Whip Consultation Steering Group which will take an active role in the upcoming public consultation on the issue. The group draws on individuals from a wide range of backgrounds across the racing industry as well as representation from wider […]
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  • Aidan O’Brien pulls Derby favourite High Definition out of planned trial run

    Aidan O’Brien pulls Derby favourite High Definition out of planned trial run
    Pre-race blood tests for horse found ‘not to be 100%’ Trainer running out of options for Classic prep runHigh Definition, the favourite for the Derby at Epsom next month, will miss his intended reappearance in the Lingfield Derby Trial on Saturday after pre-race blood tests “just weren’t 100%” according to Aidan O’Brien, the colt’s trainer.High Definition has been the clear favourite for the Classic since making plenty of ground to win the Group Two Bere
  • Aidan O’Brien pulls Derby favourite High Definition out of Epsom trial

    Aidan O’Brien pulls Derby favourite High Definition out of Epsom trial
    Pre-race blood tests for horse found ‘not to be 100%’ Trainer running out of options for Classic prep runHigh Definition, the favourite for the Derby at Epsom next month, will miss his intended reappearance in the Lingfield Derby Trial on Saturday after pre-race blood tests “just weren’t 100%” according to Aidan O’Brien, the colt’s trainer.High Definition has been the clear favourite for the Classic since making plenty of ground to win the Group Two Bere
  • Mighty Blue dominates Vintage Tipple Stakes

    Mighty Blue dominates Vintage Tipple Stakes
    Mighty Blue produced a dominant display to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Vintage Tipple Stakes at Gowran Park. Joseph O’Brien’s dual-purpose mare finished third at the Cheltenham Festival on her penultimate start, but was slightly disappointing when favourite to make a winning return to the Flat in last month’s Noblesse Stakes at Cork. However, […]
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  • High Definition to miss Lingfield Derby Trial

    High Definition to miss Lingfield Derby Trial
    Cazoo Derby favourite High Definition will miss his intended prep run for Epsom at Lingfield this weekend. The Galileo colt won each of his two starts as a juvenile, with his striking performance in the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh in September ensuring he spent the winter months at the head of ante-post […]
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  • Youth Spirit’s Derby trail evokes landmark memories of Mill Reef

    Youth Spirit’s Derby trail evokes landmark memories of Mill Reef
    It is 50 years since Mill Reef provided Kingsclere with its most famous moment by winning the Derby for Ian Balding – and there will be no more popular winner should his son Andrew repeat the trick with Youth Spirit next month. Youth Spirit is the son of a Derby winner in Camelot, and Balding […]
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  • Champions Day hero Trueshan clashes with Japan at Chester

    Champions Day hero Trueshan clashes with Japan at Chester
    Alan King expects his Qipco British Champions Day hero Trueshan to improve for the run when he makes his seasonal reappearance in the tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Ormonde Stakes at Chester on Thursday. The French-bred gelding won three of his five starts last season, rounding off his campaign with victory in the Long […]
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  • Racing Insights, 6th May 2021

    Racing Insights, 6th May 2021
    Star Wars Day and Cinco de Mayo are now in the rear view mirror, so what does Thursday have in store for us? Well, something even better in the shape of free access for all users to Instant Expert for all races, including our races of the day, which I'm told will be... 12.50 Huntingdon […]
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  • Ontario latest Dee day contender for O’Brien

    Ontario latest Dee day contender for O’Brien
    Ontario bids to continue Aidan O’Brien’s recent domination of the tote+ Biggest Dividends At tote.co.uk Dee Stakes at Chester on Thursday. The Ballydoyle handler has saddled six of the last eight winners of the recognised Derby trial, with multiple Group One winner Circus Maximus landing the most recent renewal in 2019. Although this year’s candidate […]
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  • Wirko can deny O’Brien a 10th Vase victory on Chester’s opening day | Greg Wood

    Wirko can deny O’Brien a 10th Vase victory on Chester’s opening day | Greg Wood
    The selection earned his place in the Derby field with his win in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last timeGardeners across the country have welcomed the recent rain but the timing could not have been worse at Chester, where softening ground has prompted Aidan O’Brien to scratch his two runners in the Chester Vase on Wednesday, the feature event on the opening afternoon of the track’s May Festival.The absence of Sir Lamorak, a 16-1 chance for the Derby at Epsom next month, is the big
  • Wirko can deny O’Brien a 10th Vase victory on Chester’s opening day

    Wirko can deny O’Brien a 10th Vase victory on Chester’s opening day
    The selection earned his place in the Derby field with his win in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last timeGardeners across the country have welcomed the recent rain but the timing could not have been worse at Chester, where softening ground has prompted Aidan O’Brien to scratch his two runners in Wednesday’s Chester Vase, the feature event on the opening afternoon of the track’s May Festival.The absence of Sir Lamorak, a 16-1 chance for the Derby at Epsom next month, is the big
  • Fox Vardy misses Chester Cup outing

    Fox Vardy misses Chester Cup outing
    Fox Vardy has been ruled out of the tote+ Chester Cup on the Roodee on Friday. Trainer Martyn Meade has revealed the son of Frankel is not quite right and will therefore miss the valuable long-distance handicap. “He’s not going to go, I’m afraid. He’s just not 100 per cent. It’s nothing serious,” said the […]
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  • High Definition heads 16 in Derby Trial contention

    High Definition heads 16 in Derby Trial contention
    High Definition heads five entries from the Aidan O’Brien stable in a total of 16 for the Novibet Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday. The Galileo colt, unbeaten in two starts, is currently ante-post favourite for next month’s premier Classic at Epsom. The Ballydoyle trainer’s other possibles for the Listed contest are Carlisle Bay, […]
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  • Castle takes starring role for Stack and Hayes

    Castle takes starring role for Stack and Hayes
    Castle Star claimed his first career win when taking the Listed GAIN First Flier Stakes at the Curragh for Chris Hayes and Fozzy Stack. The two-year-old son of Starspangledbanner had been narrowly beaten on both of his previous racecourse starts, losing out in maiden contests run over five and six furlongs by a short head […]
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  • Racing Insights, 4th May 2021

    Racing Insights, 4th May 2021
    Got to hold my hands up, the only thing I got right about Monday's race was that it was competitive and of them could win or come last. Thankfully I'm usually a little bit better than that and the benefit of a daily piece is that it's never long before I get a chance to […]
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  • Oaks enters equation for Saffron Beach

    Oaks enters equation for Saffron Beach
    Saffron Beach has the Cazoo Oaks among possible next destinations following her fine effort in defeat in the 1000 Guineas. Jane Chapple-Hyam’s filly beat all bar Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the Newmarket Classic on Sunday, and was staying on again crossing the line. Connections are consequently giving thought to another Classic bid next month […]
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  • No Speak Alexander stakes Classic claims at the Curragh

    No Speak Alexander stakes Classic claims at the Curragh
    Jessica Harrington’s No Speak Alexander made a successful seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Coolmore Stud Circus Maximus Irish EBF Athasi Stakes at the Curragh. The filly was a winner as a two-year-old and ran competitively in a handful of black-type contests before ending her season with fourth place in the Group Three Weld Park […]
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  • Broome sweeps aside Mooresbridge opposition

    Broome sweeps aside Mooresbridge opposition
    Aidan O’Brien’s Broome completed a hat trick of victories when taking the Group Two Coolmore Sottsass Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh. The five-year-old started his season with a Listed win in the Devoy Stakes at Naas in March, following up that victory with a Group Three triumph in the Alleged Stakes at the […]
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  • Fev Rover camp eye choice of Group One targets

    Fev Rover camp eye choice of Group One targets
    Fev Rover has either the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Prix Saint-Alary on her agenda after her big run at Newmarket. Richard Fahey’s filly outran odds of 22-1 to be beaten only a length and a quarter into third by Mother Earth in Sunday’s 1000 Guineas. Taking a keen hold from the stalls, Fev Rover […]
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  • Muir sets sights on Coronation Cup date for Pyledriver

    Muir sets sights on Coronation Cup date for Pyledriver
    William Muir was delighted with Pyledriver’s seasonal reappearance on Saturday and will run his stable star next in the Coronation Cup at Epsom next month. The Lambourn trainer expects the four-year-old to be “perfect” for the Group One over the Derby course and distance on June 4 after he blew away the cobwebs with a […]
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  • Teal eager to take Gold Cup test with Ocean Wind

    Teal eager to take Gold Cup test with Ocean Wind
    Roger Teal is keen to have another crack at Stradivarius with Ocean Wind after getting within a length of the great stayer in the Sagaro Stakes. The pair will meet again in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next month, with Teal weighing up whether or not Ocean Wind will run in Sandown’s Henry II […]
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  • Talking Horses: game-changer on cocaine testing expected within days

    Talking Horses: game-changer on cocaine testing expected within days
    Any rider who tests positive can be stood down for the day before they pose a threat to the safety of othersSome of Britain’s jockeys will get their first experience this week of a new procedure that could eventually be a regular part of their working routine. The Guardian understands that a pilot scheme to conduct pre-racing saliva tests for cocaine on riders, which was announced by the British Horseracing Authority in February, will be launched over the next few days, in a significant st
  • Frankie Dettori takes his 20th Classic with 1,000 Guineas win on Mother Earth

    Frankie Dettori takes his 20th Classic with 1,000 Guineas win on Mother Earth
    Aidan O’Brien filly gets home by a length from Saffron BeachJockey ‘super-excited’ to reach latest milestone Frankie Dettori, on Mother Earth, rode his 20th British Classic winner in the 1,000 Guineas here on Sunday, and celebrated as if it was the first. He whooped and hollered all the way to the winner’s enclosure on Aidan O’Brien’s filly, and was still yelling “Come on, me!” as he disappeared back into the changing room. Dettori has ridden more
  • Kentucky Derby 2021: Fancy hats and fast horses at America’s most famous race

    Kentucky Derby 2021: Fancy hats and fast horses at America’s most famous race
    The 147th Kentucky Derby, won by Medina Spirit, capped a day of near-perfect weather and masked spectators milling around Churchill Downs again after not being allowed for last fall’s delayed race because of the coronavirus pandemicContinue reading...
  • Medina Spirit crosses first as Bob Baffert wins record seventh Kentucky Derby

    Medina Spirit crosses first as Bob Baffert wins record seventh Kentucky Derby
    Medina Spirit wins in 147th running of Kentucky Derby Jockey John Velazquezwins Derby for second straight yearThe 147th Kentucky Derby – in picturesMedina Spirit has won the 147th Kentucky Derby by a half-length over Mandaloun, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the premier race for three-year-olds. Related: Kentucky Derby 2021: Fancy hats and fast horses at America’s most famous raceContinue reading...
  • Poetic Flare holds off Master Of The Seas in thrilling finish to win 2,000 Guineas

    Poetic Flare holds off Master Of The Seas in thrilling finish to win 2,000 Guineas
    Bolger-trained son of Dawn Approach wins by short headLucky Vega finishes third with O’Brien horses well beatenPoetic Flare, a 16-1 chance trained in Ireland by Jim Bolger, took the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday after a fierce battle with Master Of The Seas through the final furlong. Kevin Manning’s horse was prominent from the off and took a strong hold of the bit in the opening quarter-mile but still had enough left to hold off Master of The Seas by a short head with Lucky
  • Paul Townend takes fourth champion jockey title

    Paul Townend takes fourth champion jockey title
    Paul Townend has finally seen off Rachael Blackmore’s challenge to become Ireland’s champion jump jockey for a fourth time. Townend clinched the title when Gaillard Du Mesnil, his only ride at Punchestown on Friday, gave him his 100th winner of the campaign in the Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle. He goes into the season finale […]
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  • Gaillard Du Mesnil digs deep to secure Punchestown prize

    Gaillard Du Mesnil digs deep to secure Punchestown prize
    Gaillard Du Mesnil landed a second Grade One of the season with victory in the Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. The five-year-old took advantage of the late withdrawal of Bob Olinger, who had beaten him in the Ballymore at Cheltenham, to add this to his top-level success at Leopardstown in February. It was […]
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  • Talking Horses: Mutasaabeq can collect colts’ Classic in 2,000 Guineas

    Talking Horses: Mutasaabeq can collect colts’ Classic in 2,000 Guineas
    Charles Hills’s colt lacks experience but stormed clear of a small field in a lightning-fast time at the Craven meetingAidan O’Brien has a record 10 wins in the 2,000 Guineas to his name already and has enough confidence in a three-strong team for this year’s Newmarket Classic to keep St Mark’s Basilica, the Dewhurst winner, at Ballydoyle while he waits for the French equivalent.That feels ominous for the home team but while Battleground, Wembley and Van Gogh all have sol
  • Rachael Blackmore finishes season on high with Honeysuckle at Punchestown

    Rachael Blackmore finishes season on high with Honeysuckle at Punchestown
    Jockey survives final-fence scare in Champion HurdleMare unbeaten after hard-fought victory over SharjahHoneysuckle and Rachael Blackmore completed a perfect season and extended their unbeaten record to a dozen races in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on Friday evening, but not without giving their supporters a scare at the final flight when a slow jump briefly saw the 4-7 favourite trade at 4-1 in running.Henry de Bromhead’s mare appeared to be running away from the field o
  • Honeysuckle extends unbeaten run with dominant Punchestown display

    Honeysuckle extends unbeaten run with dominant Punchestown display
    Honeysuckle capped an amazing campaign when taking her unbeaten record to 12 in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at Punchestown. Henry de Bromhead’s remarkable mare followed up her victory at Cheltenham with another convincing display in the hands of Rachael Blackmore. Asked to go and win the race after jumping the second-last flight, Honeysuckle soon […]
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  • The Revenant takes Prix du Muguet test

    The Revenant takes Prix du Muguet test
    Impressive Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner The Revenant is back out on Saturday in the Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud. Francis-Henri Graffard’s stable star is running there in preference to the Lockinge at Newbury in a fortnight, with the trainer being put off by the current quick ground in Berkshire and the difficulties of overseas […]
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  • Alpinista edges out Makawee in thrilling Goodwood finish

    Alpinista edges out Makawee in thrilling Goodwood finish
    Last year’s Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Alpinista began the new campaign with a hard-fought victory over Makawee in the British Stallion Studs EBF Daisy Warwick Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood. Five lengths behind Love at York in August, she signed off for the campaign with a narrow defeat in a Group Three at Newmarket and was sent […]
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  • Racing Insights, 1st May 2021

    Racing Insights, 1st May 2021
    Last piece of the week and the first of a new month sees the Trainer/Jockey Combo report as our free feature of the day, whilst our free races of the day are as follows... 1.00 Goodwood 2.05 Goodwood 2.35 Goodwood 3.20 Punchestown 5.00 Doncaster 7.10 Doncaster It's not every day that there's a Class 1 […]
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  • Chapple-Hyam relishing Guineas challenge with Saffron Beach

    Chapple-Hyam relishing Guineas challenge with Saffron Beach
    Jane Chapple-Hyam has never been afraid of a challenge and in Saffron Beach she has a genuine live chance in Sunday’s Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. It has been one-way traffic in the betting this spring for Aidan O’Brien’s Santa Barbara, who is set to go off an even shorter price for the Classic following […]
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  • Wembley heads O’Brien trio chasing Guineas glory

    Wembley heads O’Brien trio chasing Guineas glory
    Aidan O’Brien is triple-handed in his bid for an 11th victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday. It is 23 years since the Ballydoyle maestro first landed the Rowley Mile Classic with King Of Kings, since when he has added to his tally with the likes of Rock of Gibraltar (2002), George […]
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  • Appleby happy with strong hand in Guineas

    Appleby happy with strong hand in Guineas
    Charlie Appleby is finding it tough to split Master Of The Seas and One Ruler in their respective bids for Qipco 2000 Guineas glory. The Newmarket handler would love to win the Rowley Mile Classic for the first time on Saturday – and feels his two leading contenders give him a strong chance of doing […]
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  • Sir Ron Priestley switches back for Jockey Club challenge

    Sir Ron Priestley switches back for Jockey Club challenge
    Mark Johnston is fascinated to see how Sir Ron Priestley fares when dropped back down in trip for the Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. The lightly-raced five-year-old has tackled a mile and a three-quarters in his last three races, including when runner-up in the 2019 St Leger at Doncaster. He was […]
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  • Talking Horses: Energumene takes Novice Chase to set up Shishkin rivalry

    Talking Horses: Energumene takes Novice Chase to set up Shishkin rivalry
    Paul Townend’s mount dominated at Punchestown, while Klassical Dream cruised to victory in the Stayers’ HurdleEnergumene maintained his unbeaten record over fences and confirmed he is likely to be Shishkin’s biggest rival in the two-mile chasing division next season with an emphatic front-running success in the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown on Thursday evening.Running in the blue and white colours of Tony Bloom, the chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, Energu
  • Energumene takes Novice Chase at Punchestown to set up Shishkin rivalry

    Energumene takes Novice Chase at Punchestown to set up Shishkin rivalry
    Paul Townend’s mount dominates Janadil and ZarkarevaKlassical Dream cruises to victory in the Stayers’ HurdleEnergumene maintained his unbeaten record over fences and confirmed he is likely to be Shishkin’s biggest rival in the two-mile chasing division next season with an emphatic front-running success in the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown on Thursday evening.Running in the blue and white colours of Tony Bloom, the chairman of Brighton & Hove, Energumene was
  • Talking Horses: Clan Des Obeaux delivers away win for Ferguson

    Talking Horses: Clan Des Obeaux delivers away win for Ferguson
    It was a third win in the Punchestown Gold Cup for Paul Nicholls and the first for a runner from Britain since 2010Clan Des Obeaux, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, recorded the first victory for a British-trained jumps horse in Ireland for nearly two years when he made all the running under Sam Twiston-Davies to beat Al Boum Photo, the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in 2019 and 2020, by a length and a half in the Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday evening. Related: Talking Horses: Lester Piggott and
  • Clan Des Obeaux delivers away win for Ferguson at Punchestown Gold Cup

    Clan Des Obeaux delivers away win for Ferguson at Punchestown Gold Cup
    Sam Twiston-Davies ends barren British run in IrelandStradivarius back in the groove ahead of Royal AscotClan Des Obeaux, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, recorded the first victory for a British-trained jumps horse in Ireland for nearly two years when he made all the running under Sam Twiston-Davies to beat Al Boum Photo, the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in 2019 and 2020, by a length and a half in the Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday evening.Irish-trained runners landed 23 of the 28 races at the
  • Townend moves six clear of Blackmore in championship race

    Townend moves six clear of Blackmore in championship race
    Paul Townend stretched his lead to six over Rachael Blackmore in the race to be crowned Ireland’s champion National Hunt jockey with victory on Galopin Des Champs at Punchestown on Wednesday. Townend had just the two rides to Blackmore’s four, but it was enough to see the three-time champion take a step closer to retaining […]
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