Irish Derby Festival shakes up standings for 2016 Cartier Racing Awards

The Irish Derby Festival, staged at the Curragh over the weekend of June 24 to 26, has prompted changes in the standings for the 2016 Cartier Racing Awards. The 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. There are eight equine awards, ranging from the Cartier Horse Of…

High-class entries revealed for the two heritage handicaps at the Qatar Goodwood Festival

High-class entries are unveiled today for the two very valuable heritage handicaps staged at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup over six furlongs on Saturday, July 30 and the £150,000 Betfred Mile, run on Friday, July 29. Weights for both contests will be unveiled on Wednesday, July 6, while there is a scratchings stage on July 12. The maximum field for the Qatar Stewards’ Cup is 28, while 20 may line up for the Betfred Mile. Qatar Stewards’ Cup Outback Traveller and Brando headline…

DJ Scott Mills takes to the stage on Pelican Charity Race Evening at Newbury this Thursday

The second of Newbury’s ‘Thursday Nights Live’ series takes place this week, with Pelican Charity Race Evening on June 30.   Scot Mills (from BBC Radio 1) will play a DJ set after racing on Pelican Charity Race Evening. Mills joined Radio 1 in 1998 and has hosted many live events for the broadcaster including the Brit Awards and Radio 1′s Big Weekend. His particular style of mixing comedy and popular culture has ensured that his Radio 1 show has a cult following.   There…

Minding stars among 37 entries for stunning Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood

The £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes, the Group One highlight on the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Saturday, July 30, has attracted a high-class entry of 37 (up from 34 in 2015), details of which are revealed today. Staged over just short of 10 furlongs, the Qatar Nassau Stakes is Europe’s richest race for fillies and mares, thanks to the 10-year Qatar sponsorship agreement which commenced last year. A plethora of Group One winners feature among the 2016 entries, headed by Minding(Aidan O’Brien), who is…

Group One winners among Qatar Lennox Stakes entries as So Beloved set to return to Goodwood

Group One winners Air Force Blue, Dick Whittington, Lumiere, Charming Thought andToormore feature among 41 entries (up from 39 in 2015) for the £300,000 Group Two Qatar Lennox Stakes on day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, July 26. Air Force Blue, one of six Aidan O’Brien-trained contenders for the seven-furlong contest, was crowned Europe’s champion two-year-old last season following a hat-trick of Group One wins, while Lumiere (Mark Johnston) was the game winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in October. Charming Thought (Charlie Appleby) also boasts Group One-winning…

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