New Group One sprint at Royal Ascot named “The Commonwealth Cup”

• Prize Money at Royal Ascot 2015 tops £5.5 million for the first time • Inaugural Economic Impact of Ascot Racecourse report published today Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce that the new Group One race at the Royal Meeting, revealed as joining the programme in August, is to be named the Commonwealth Cup. The eighth Group One race at Royal Ascot will be run for £375,000 on the Friday card, replacing the Buckingham Palace Stakes. It will be open to three-year-old colts, geldings and…

Memorable 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival On The Horizon

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – Britain’s richest jump race by far, the Crabbie’s Grand National, will again be worth £1 million when run at 4.15pm on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Aintree Racecourse. The iconic and world-famous race became the first £1-million jump contest last year when sponsored for the first time by Crabbie’s. Total prize money at the three-day Crabbie’s Grand National Festival (April 9-11), which sees two other races also over the Grand National fences, matches last year’s magnificent total of £2,795,000. There…

Winners from the 48th Annual HWPA Derby Awards supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

Alan Lee has been voted Writer of the Year for a joint-record third time and received his award at the 48th annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) Derby Awards Lunch, held in London today, Monday, December 1 and supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. Lee, racing correspondent of The Times, joins Alastair Down as the only-three time winner of this prestigious award, having already won the Clive Graham Trophy in 2004 and 2001. He left school at 16 to join the sports…

Nicholls quintet set for Aintree highlights on Saturday

Nicholls quintet set for Aintree highlights on Saturday Monday, December 1, 2014 – Scottish Grand National hero Al Co heads 28 confirmations for the £140,000 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (1.30pm) over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday, December 6. The Peter Bowen-trained nine-year-old, a 14/1 chance with Betfred, warmed up for the three and a quarter mile highlight when last of 11 in a two and a half mile handicap hurdle at Haydock Park on November 22. Last year’s winner Chance Du Roy…

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