Hong Kong’s brilliant champion Ambitious Dragon retires

Ambitious Dragon, one of the greatest champions in the history of Hong Kong horse racing, has retired. The Hong Kong Jockey Club made the announcement today, Thursday, 16 April. Twice crowned Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year, the New Zealand-bred gelding was also named Champion Miler twice and was twice Champion Middle-Distance Horse, such was his talent and versatility. Ambitious Dragon ends his career with a record of 13 wins from 30 starts and prize-money earned in Hong Kong of HK$58,722,850, making him the sixth-highest…

Lord Ben Stack out to prove Classic credentials

Newbury’s Flat season kicks off with an informative eight-race card on day one of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting, Friday, April 17. One of the highlights is the £16,000 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes (2.50pm) over 10 furlongs. Last year’s renewal saw subsequent Group Two scorer Western Hymn get the better of Snow Sky, who went on to finish third in the Ladbrokes St Leger in September. A field of six is set to line up this year…

Mares take centre stage on day two of The April Meeting as McCoy exits

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Cheltenham hosts an excellent seven-race card on the second and final day of The April Meeting at Cheltenham tomorrow, Thursday, April 16, headlined by three Listed contests for mares and racegoers have the chance of seeing A P McCoy in action for the final time at the Gloucestershire course. Local handler Fergal O’Brien and jockey Conor Shoemark won the £40,000 Listed EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Chase Finale Handicap (2.40pm) last year with Me And Ben and the combination team up again…

It’s on! Willie Mullins confirms stable stars for Punchestown Festival

- Faugheen, Arctic Fire and Hurricane Fly set for rematch – Possible Don Poli/Vautour clash in Growise Champion Novice Chase – Plans revealed for Annie Power, Djakadam, Douvan, Faugheen, Nichols Canyon, Un De Sceaux Never has a trainer dominated the Cheltenham Festival in the manner Willie Mullins did last month, with his eight winners, and the record-breaking handler today confirmed that all his big guns are set to appear at the Punchestown Festival. Co Carlow-based Mullins has saddled over 100 winners at the Punchestown Festival…

World’s best Able Friend among the selected runners for this year’s G1 Champions Mile

Able Friend, the world’s equal top-rated horse, is among eight selected for the HK$14 million Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, 3 May. The selected runners were revealed today, Wednesday, 15 April, and also feature the exciting HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby victor, Luger. The Champions Mile is ranked 17th in the World’s Top 100 Group 1 Races and the 2014 edition was the joint-ninth best race staged in the world that year according to the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’…

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