Spielberg heads four-pronged Japanese challenge at Royal Ascot in 2015

Royal Ascot is set to see a team of four Japanese-trained challengers line-up in 2015. The quartet are all owned by Hidetoshi Yamamoto and trained by Kazuo Fujisawa. Heading the raiding party is Spielberg, who is entered in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs on day two, Wednesday, June 17. The six-year-old son of Deep Impact won the Group One Tenno Sho (Autumn) over 10 furlongs at Tokyo in November before going to take third in the country’s greatest race, the…

Douvan stars for Mullins

DOUVAN STARS FOR MULLINS Trainer Willie Mullins described Douvan as being “as good as we have ever had” after the brilliant five-year-old strolled home to win the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle by seven and a half lengths on the opening day of the 2015 Punchestown Festival. The French-bred, winner of last month’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, justified 1/6 favouritism as he cruised home under Ruby Walsh. “Douvan could be anything. He is way more efficient jumping than Faugheen ever was or is…

First Classics of season set to provide important clues for Epsom Downs

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – The Flat season steps up a gear this weekend with Newmarket’s QIPCO Guineas Festival set to showcase several leading contenders for the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks. The Group One QIPCO 2000 Guineas on Saturday, May 2, has proven to be the leading pointer to success in the Investec Derby in recent years with Sea The Stars (2009) and Camelot (2012) having annexed both Classics. Sir Percy (2006), New Approach (2008) and Australia (2014) were also placed in the mile…

Hill hoping Quinz can recapture best form at Cheltenham tomorrow

Hill hoping Quinz can recapture best form at Cheltenham tomorrow Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – The popular Hunter Chase Evening brings the curtain down on another fantastic season at Cheltenham tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29. Alan Hill is one of the leading trainers of hunter chasers and will have three runners across the seven races, headed by Quinz (Joe Hill) in the £7,500 Bonhams Men’s Open Point-To-Point Championship Final Hunters’ Chase (6.30pm, 10 runners). The 11-year-old was last seen out when unseating Alan’s son Joe in…

Moore is expecting better from Able Friend in Sunday’s G1 Champions Mile

Able Friend will be primed and ready for the challenge when he lines up in the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday 3 May. That is the word from trainer John Moore, who will saddle four of the seven contenders for the HK$14 million purse. The 2013 Champions Mile victor Dan Excel, the much improved Rewarding Hero and the smart Secret Sham will also be in the line-up, but the bulk of the pre-race attention is resting on their esteemed stable mate….

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