Tighter at the top for Cartier Horse of the Year Award

The Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last month appeared one of the defining races of 2013 when Toronado (70 points) swooped late to beat Dawn Approach (112) but both three-year-olds have been beaten since, meaning the race for the Cartier Horse Of The Year title has become much more open. Toronado flopped in the Group One Juddmonte International, highlight of the Ebor Festival at York on August 21, in which Al Kazeem (124) lost his unbeaten record for the season when only…

19 go forward for Ladbrokes St Leger – the final Classic – at Doncaster

A total of 19 contenders remain engaged for the final British Classic of 2013, the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, September, 14, after yesterday’s scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today.   Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has four three-year-olds going forward headed by Leading Light (4/1 favourite with Ladbrokes), who has not raced since annexing the Group Three Queen’s Vase over two miles at Royal Ascot in June.   The son of Montjeu captured the Group Three Gallinule Stakes at the…

Penitent heads Greene King Supreme Stakes nine

Penitent returns from a two-month break in the £60,000 Group Three Greene King Supreme Stakes (4.30pm) over seven furlongs on the final day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting, Sunday, August 25. The seven-year-old was last seen coming home a creditable eighth behind Declaration Of War in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. David O’Meara’s charge developed into a high-class performer last season, annexing a pair of Group Two contests and chasing home Gordon Lord Byron in the Group One…

Doncaster Racecourse announces Speedy Services Limited as new sponsor of the Doncaster Cup at Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

Doncaster Racecourse, home of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, today announces a new sponsorship deal with Speedy Services Limited. The company will lend its name to the Group Two feature race on Friday 13 September, 2013, which will now be entitled the Speedy Services Doncaster Cup. As part of this partnership, the penultimate day of the Festival will now be known as Speedy Services Doncaster Cup Day, with the race forming part of the terrestrial coverage of the meeting via Channel 4 Racing. Jo Mapletoft,…

Prestige plan for Valen

Impressive maiden scorer Valen will step up in trip and class for the £40,000 Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes (2.20pm) over seven furlongs on the second day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting, Saturday, August 24. The daughter of Acclamation was an encouraging fifth in a competitive six-furlong maiden at Glorious Goodwood on July 31, and showed the benefit of that experience with an effortless three-length success over the same trip at Ffos Las on August 14. Trainer Michael Bell revealed: “Valen came out…

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