Tizzard star Thistlecrack heading to Punchestown

Runaway Aintree Grade 1 winner Thistlecrack was today confirmed to be on course for the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at next week’s Punchestown Festival. Colin Tizzard’s charge took the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle by 13 lengths at Liverpool and connections are hoping that he can finish his campaign on a high in the three-mile Grade 1 at Punchestown on Wednesday, April 29. “The plan is to bring Thistlecrack over – he missed Cheltenham and then was very impressive at Aintree. He worked nicely this morning…

Hannon targets Newbury’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

Richard Hannon, champion trainer in 2014 in his first season, hopes to land the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes for the second year running on Saturday, May 16. He captured the mile Newbury race, which has prize money boosted by almost 75% this year to £350,000, with Olympic Glory in 2014 and is aiming Night Of Thunder, Toormore and Shifting Power at this year’s renewal. At a media morning organised by Newbury Racecourse at his Herridge yard in Wiltshire, Hannon worked all three horses….

Hayes delighted after Criterion works under rival Purton

Audemars Piguet QEII Cup Wednesday Tracknotes Trainer David Hayes described it as like ‘sleeping with the enemy’ when he called on Zac Purton to work G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup contender Criterion, at Sha Tin, this morning in the absence of raceday pilot Craig Williams who doesn’t arrive in Hong Kong until the morning of the race. Purton, who rides Military Attack in the APQEII Cup, was happy to oblige and was perhaps unsettlingly pleased with the form of his raceday rival who worked over…

Chrome and Friend head international cast for Royal Ascot 2015‏

388 entries representing 10 countries have been received for the eight Group One races to be staged at Royal Ascot this year headlined by “America’s Horse,” California Chrome (Art Sherman) and the world’s best miler, Hong Kong’s Able Friend (John Moore). The number of entries for the established seven Group One races (311) pretty much mirrors the number received in 2014 (309). However, with a bumper entry of 77 in the new Commonwealth Cup, by far the highest entry received for any Group One race…

Racing returned to Epsom Downs with the Investec Derby Trial won by unbeaten Christophermarlowe ridden by Frankie Dettori

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – Racing returned to Epsom Downs today, Wednesday, April 22, with the Investec Spring Meeting and the highlight, the 10-furlong £50,000 Investec Derby Trial, was won in great style by the unbeaten Christophermarlowe, owned by Michael Tabor & Rachel Hood, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori. The unbeaten Tapit colt is entered in Britain’s premier Classic and richest race, the £1.325 million Investec Derby, which is run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, and…

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