Growing Glory’s Californie win means All-Weather Championships bid

A thrilling first Fast-Track Qualifier at Cagnes-sur-Mer on the south coast of France was seen on Sunday, February 8 as Growing Glory turned the tables on favourite Djoko, with the first four home covered by less than a length. Growing Glory, trained by Francois Rohaut and partnered by Stephane Pasquier, took the Listed Prix de la Californie over a mile on Polytrack by a neck and gains a guaranteed free place in the £150,000 32Red.com Three-Year-Old Championships over the same distance and surface at Lingfield…

Historic day at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday

Betfair Super Saturday at Newbury Racecourse on February 7, 2015, proved to be a truly historic occasion. The greatest Jump jockey the sport has ever known, A P McCoy, announced that he would retire at the end of the current season following his victory in the Betfair Price Rush Chase on Mr Mole. This was McCoy’s 200th win of the current season and came in the colours of his boss J P McManus. The focus of the race beforehand had been on 2014 Champion Chase…

Waley-Cohen looking forward to Aintree return with Oscar Time

Oscar Time is firmly on course for a third tilt at the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 11. The 14-year-old has an excellent record over the Grand National fences and was last seen out when pulling out all the stops to land the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at the course on December 6 for his owner/trainer Robert Waley-Cohen. Oscar Time was purchased by Waley-Cohen after finishing second in the 2010 Irish Grand National but remained in the care of Irish handler…

Apache Storm out to gun down boys at Chelmsford City

Merdon Castle registered a gutsy success in the £20,000 totepool Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford City on Wednesday, February 4. The five-furlong Polytrack contest was a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint over five furlongs at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. Partnered by Liam Keniry, the David Elsworth-trained colt raced handily in second after a slow start as the filly Apache Storm took the field along. Apache Storm continued to hold the lead with Merdon Castle throwing down…

Lord Windermere tops 98 entries for £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere headlines 98 entries for the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 11. Trained in Ireland by Jim Culloty, the nine-year-old could bid to become the first horse since L’Escargot and only the third ever to win the Gold Cup and Grand National. L’Escargot won the Cheltenham showpiece in 1970 and 1971, and then denied Red Rum a hat-trick of wins at Aintree in 1975. Golden Miller won both races in 1934. Culloty has also entered Spring…

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