Never Back Down comes with storming late run to land Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton

Never Back Down (Hugo Palmer/Josephine Gordon, 10/1) came with a strong late run to winthe £15,000 32Red.com Conditions Stakes (7.45pm) at Wolverhampton on Saturday, December 9. The six-furlong Tapeta contest was a  Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes, staged over the same distance on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 30. Never Back Down’s victory at Wolverhampton this evening means that he now has a free and automatic place in that contest. The two-year-old Kodiac colt was…

Festival winners More Of That and Tiger Roll among entries for day one of The International

 Cheltenham’s final meeting of 2017 gets underway next Friday, December 15, with a seven-race card on day one of The International. The action includes the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3.05pm), which has 16 entries headed by the 2014 Stayers’ Hurdle winner More Of That (Jonjo O’Neill), who was sixth in this year’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at The Festival. The three mile, six furlong contest is the final fixture in the Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge. French handler Patrice Quinton, who holds a commanding…

Festival winners More Of That and Tiger Roll among entries for day one of The International

Cheltenham’s final meeting of 2017 gets underway next Friday, December 15, with a seven-race card on day one of The International.   The action includes the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3.05pm), which has 16 entries headed by the 2014 Stayers’ Hurdle winner More Of That (Jonjo O’Neil), who was sixth in this year’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at The Festival.   The three mile, six furlong contest is the final fixture in the 11-race Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge. French handler Patrice…

Moore and Berry are sweet on Werther, Helene Paragon’s a quandary

By David Morgan Werther and Helene Paragon caught the eye in their final fast workouts at Sha Tin Racecourse this morning, Thursday, 7 December, but for contrasting reasons. John Moore sent four of his seven LONGINES Hong Kong International Races contenders around the turf track before dawn – each paired with a companion horse – and while Werther put in a strong gallop, Helene Paragon did not. “If all goes well on the day, Werther’s the one they have to beat, I think,” big-race pilot…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Thursday (7/12) track notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup BLOND ME (GB) Moved on to the turf for the first time this week with work rider Leanne Masterton guiding her around without exerting the recent G1 winner in Canada. She was timed over 600m in 40.2s (14.0, 13.8, 12.4). Trainer Andrew Balding, who arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, said: “She’s very fit so not much is needed this week. She’s seems to love travelling and has taken this whole experience in her stride.” DEAUVILLE (IRE) Worked on the turf for…

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