Snow Sky shooting for a Juddmonte first in LONGINES Hong Kong Vase

Snow Sky will join fellow Juddmonte contender Flintshire in an attempt to give owner Prince Khalid Abdullah a first victory at the HK$83 million LONGINES Hong Kong International Races. The three-year-old will line up alongside the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe second in the HK$16.5 million LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) on Sunday 14 December. Remarkably, for a man whose vast racing operation has enjoyed many elite level successes across the globe, Hong Kong remains unconquered. Polish Summer (2003), Spanish Moon (2009) and Redwood (2010)…

Gordon Lord Byron “in tip-top order” ahead of Hong Kong

Trainer Tom Hogan is eagerly awaiting a fourth visit to Sha Tin for his much travelled stable star Gordon Lord Byron, who is scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong on Saturday evening 6 December, eight days ahead of his scheduled run in the HK$18.5million Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint. This time around, however, there is a difference, and the difference is in the word “Sprint”. Gordon Lord Byron’s three previous runs have yielded two fourth place finishes in the Hong Kong Mile in 2012…

Johns Spirit Heads Weights For Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on December 13

This year’s Paddy Power Gold Cup runner-up Johns Spirit (Jonjo O’Neill, 11st 12lb) tops the weights for the £100,000 Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on day two of The International, Saturday, December 13 at Cheltenham. The start time of the two mile, five furlong handicap chase has been brought forward to 2.00pm (from 2.35pm) in order to minimise the risk of issues with the low sun over the four fences in the home straight. Simon Claisse, Head of Racing South West and Clerk of…

Sign Of A Victory heads 41 entries for The Ladbroke at Ascot on December 20

Sign Of A Victory (5/1 favourite with Ladbrokes) stars among 41 entries for the £150,000 The Ladbroke Hurdle, the famous Grade Three handicap hurdle run over two miles at Ascot on Saturday, December 20. The exciting five-year-old is as short as 20/1 for this season’s Champion Hurdle following a facile victory in the Listed William Hill Handicap Hurdle at Ascot on November 1. His trainer Nicky Henderson has recorded three triumphs in The Ladbroke since it was moved to Ascot in 2001, courtesy of Chauvinist…

Fences can wait until 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National with Pineau De Re

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – Dr Richard Newland, trainer of last season’s Crabbie’s Grand National winner Pineau De Re, hosted a media visit today at his 12-box stables at Claines, Worcestershire, organised by Aintree Racecourse. He revealed that Pineau De Re, who had his first outing of this season over hurdles at Cheltenham last month, will not run over fences until the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National on April 11 next year. The trainer explained his training methods: “Our horses are turned out six to eight…

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