John Francome honoured with renaming of Grade 2 novices’ chase on Ladbrokes Trophy Day at Newbury in December

Newbury Racecourse announces today that the G2 novices’ chase run over almost three miles on Ladbrokes Trophy Day, Saturday, December 2, 2017, has had its title changed to honour John Francome MBE. The race, which started its life at Worcester in 1990, moved to Newbury in 2000 and has been won in the past two years by star chasers trained by Colin Tizzard, Thistlecrack (2016) and Native River (2015). As a Pattern race, the race has to retain a permanent title or ‘handle’. The existing…

Many Clouds remembered at Aintree

Aintree Racecourse announces today that the newly promoted Grade Two race staged over three miles and a furlong on Becher Chase Day in December is being renamed the Many Clouds Chase in memory of the great chaser. The pinnacle of Many Clouds’ illustrious career came at Aintree in the 2015 Grand National, when he put up a tremendous performance under Leighton Aspell to defeat Saint Are by a length and a quarter. The Oliver Sherwood-trained horse carried 11st 9lb to victory that day, which was…

Latest standings for the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards

  Cartier Racing Awards – points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, July 30, 2017 Cartier Horse Of The Year Enable 128 Winter 116 Barney Roy 104 Roly Poly 96 Ulysses 92 Ribchester 86 Churchill 80 Decorated Knight 80 Highland Reel 80 Thunder Snow 78 Cartier Older Horse Ulysses 92 Ribchester 86 Decorated Knight 80 Highland Reel 80 Cloth Of Stars 56 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Barney Roy 104 Churchill 80 Thunder Snow 78 Brametot 72 Harry Angel 68 Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Enable…

Varian eyes Qatar Nassau Stakes with Nezwaah as G1 highlights take shape ahead of 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival

The six-day confirmations are out for the three Group One (G1) highlights during the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival, which starts on Tuesday, August 1 and concludes on Saturday, August 5.   Dual Classic-winning filly Winter (Aidan O’Brien IRE) is on course to face her elders for the first time and step up in trip in what is shaping up to be an excellent renewal of the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes (11 confirmations) over 10 furlongs on Thursday, August 3.   Winter has looked imperious…

Autocratic out to rule in Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes

Cheveley Park Stud’s Autocratic (Sir Michael Stoute/Ted Durcan) heads eight declared runners for the feature £120,000 Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15pm) over an extended 10 furlongs at York on Saturday, July 29. Autocratic, the 9/4 favourite with Sky Bet, posted a career-best performance on his latest start when defeating Algometer (David Simcock/Paul Mulrennan, 9/2 with Sky Bet) by a just over a length in the G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park on May 25. The four-year-old son of Dubawi also has 100 per cent record over…

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