Ifandbutwhynot aiming for more Open glory in StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

Trainer David O’Meara is looking forward to seeing Ifandbutwhynot return to The Open at Cheltenham for the £100,000 Grade Three StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle on Sunday, November 17.   The seven-year-old captured the Countryside Raceday Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at the meeting last year and returned to Prestbury Park for the Grade Three Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle at The Festival, in which he was sent off joint-favourite but could only finish ninth.   He fell at the last in the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle at…

Charles Barnett to retire as Ascot Chief Executive in 2014

Ascot Racecourse today announces that Charles Barnett will retire as Chief Executive next year following the 2014 Royal Meeting and the appointment of a successor.  Charles Barnett will stay on at Ascot in an advisory capacity.   Johnny Weatherby, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, said:   “The Board is tremendously grateful to Charles for everything he has achieved at Ascot.   “Having joined from Aintree in 2007, Charles has overseen the strengthening of the race programme, including the inauguration of British Champions Day. Under Charles,…

Superstar riders to light up the 2013 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship

  A stunning line-up of 12 superstar riders will take centre stage at Happy Valley on Wednesday, December 4 for the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship, worth HK$800,000. The top three riders in the four-race contest will each receive prize money, with the winner carrying off HK$500,000, the second HK$200,000 and the third HK$100,000. In what is one of the strongest international line-ups ever assembled, North American legends Mike Smith and Gary Stevens will join peers from around the globe, among them the three-time British champion…

Cartier Racing Awards for 2013 announced

UNBEATEN TREVE IS CARTIER HORSE OF THE YEAR FOR 2013 Unbeaten three-year-old filly Treve was acclaimed the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 23rd annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars, presented before an invited audience of 330 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England on the evening of Tuesday, November 12. Trained in France by Criquette Head-Maarek for Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, the daughter of Motivator has triumphed on all five of her starts, the latest three…

Cheltenham Racecourse Stable Visit – Martin Keighley

Martin Keighley hosted a stable visit for the media before The Open, run over three days this weekend at Cheltenham, at his 35-horse yard at Luckley near Condicote, Gloucestershire, this morning (Tuesday, November 12).   It was an almost perfect autumn morning, with the sun shining, as stable star Champion Court did his final piece of work before taking part in the feature £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday, November 16.   Champion Court has been strongly backed today with the sponsor Paddy Power;…

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