Galileo Gold & Ribchester head acceptors for Saturday’s £350,000 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury

Star four-year-olds Galileo Gold and Ribchester headline 12 confirmations for the £350,000 Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (3.30pm) at Newbury on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, Saturday, May 20. The terrific mile contest forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. Galileo Gold was the leading three-year-old miler in the first half of last season. He provided trainer Hugo Palmer and owner Al Shaqab Racing with a first British Classic triumph in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and also captured the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal…

European Pattern Committee stayers’ initiative bearing fruit with record-sized field in Berlin two-mile Group 2

Hoppegarten Racecourse in Berlin is delighted to announce a record field of 16 runners in the Group 2 Comer Group International Oleander-Rennen on May 14 over 3200m (two miles), Germany‘s best extended-distance race.   Newly elevated to Group 2 as part of the European Pattern Committee’s initiative to promote the breeding, training and racing of staying horses through an improved race programme, the field of 16 runners exceeds significantly the previous record of 14 in 1982 as well as the average field size of 8.7…

The Queen’s Call To Mind goes on trial for the Investec Derby

The Investec Derby trial season cranks up a notch this week, with Chester’s three-day May Festival starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 10, and Lingfield Park’s Derby Trial fixture on Saturday, May 13. Fresh from two Classic triumphs at Newmarket over the weekend, Aidan O’Brien is well-represented in the eight-runner G3 MBNA Chester Vase (2.35pm, Thursday, May 11, 1m 4f 63y) as he bids for an eighth victory in the race since 2007. The champion Irish Flat trainer’s past Chester Vase winners include 2013 Investec Derby hero…

Laughs just holds on to take Timico-sponsored feature on Hunter Chase Evening

Cheltenham Racecourse’s season concluded today, Friday, May 5, with the popular Hunter Chase Evening. The richest contest of the evening was the new £25,000 Timico Mixed Open Gold Cup Final Hunters’ Chase (6.45pm), run over the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup distance of an extended three and a quarter miles, in which Barel Of Laughs (Philip Rowley/Mr Alex Edwards, 8/13 Fav) narrowly came out on top. The 11-year-old, who finished third in the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at The Festival in March, travelled smoothly and went a…

Friday’s news ahead of Sunday’s Champions Mile and Chairman’s Sprint Prize

  Friday track notes Stoute’s lads and the “Bear” Mr Stunning leads Size’s G1 assault Champions Mile & Chairman’s Sprint Prize tracknotes – Friday, 5 May, 2017 Champions Mile BEAUTY ONLY – HK Cantered one lap of the small all-weather track. Trainer Tony Cruz said: “I’m very happy with him, he’s ready, and if the rain stays away he’s got a big chance.” CONTENTMENT – HK Cantered one lap of the small all-weather track. Jockey Brett Prebble said: “He’s had enough chances this year to…

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