Tremendous 475 entries for 2016 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – A brother to Frankel stars among 475 yearling entries received for the 237th Investec Derby which will be staged at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The number of entries for the premier British Classic is up 66 on last year and, for the sixth year in succession, tops 400. The yearling entry numbers for the Investec Derby in recent years are as follows: 2016-475 2015-409 2014-406 2013-442 2012-478 2011-444 2010-388 Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of…

Lynam lauds Sole Power ahead of the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint

Fresh from witnessing Sole Power being crowned Horse Of The Year in Ireland this week, trainer Edward Lynam arrived on track today (Wednesday, 10 December) at Sha Tin to watch his sprinting star progress towards Sunday’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m). Reflecting on the growing popularity of Sole Power who, in 2014, added two more G1’s to his achievements, including victory in Royal Ascot’s prestigious King’s Stand Stakes (1,000m) for a second consecutive year, Lynam said: “This horse never shirks a battle and his…

Fukunaga takes the LONGINES IJC for Japan

It was Japan’s night as Yuichi Fukunaga, twice the Champion Jockey in Japan, rode a double in the middle two legs of the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship to power him clear of his rivals and secure his first IJC crown at Happy Valley racecourse tonight. James McDonald got his evening and the competition off to a flying start when winning the first leg of the LONGINES IJC on well fancied Expectator, from Joao Moreira aboard Golden Scalpel, with Zac Purton in third place on Win…

Bertimont on course for StanJames.com International Hurdle

Trainer Dan Skelton is hoping Bertimont can put it up to The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies) in the £130,000 Grade Two StanJames.com International Hurdle (3.10pm) at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 13. Bertimont has taken his form to a new level since joining Skelton from Irish handler James Lambe over the summer, starting with a 16-length victory over Dawalan in a valuable handicap hurdle at Chepstow on October 11. The four-year-old proved himself up in class when beaten four lengths into second by Purple Bay in…

Able Friend “ready to rumble” in LONGINES Hong Kong Mile

John Moore has a strong team for this year’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races and the Sha Tin trainer is confident that Able Friend is ready to show the world what he can do in Sunday’s HK$23 million LONGINES Hong Kong Mile. The strapping chestnut was imperious when winning the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile at the course and distance on 23 November. Jockey Joao Moreira had the luxury of easing down close home on the Shamardal five-year-old, who had surged clear of…

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