Expert Eye heads eight runners for Al Basti Equiworld Supporting Greatwood Greenham Stakes on day two of Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend at Newbury

Newbury Racecourse’s Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend continues on Saturday, April 21, with a terrific eight-race programme headlined by the £60,000 Al Basti Equiworld Supporting Greatwood Greenham Stakes (3.10pm, eight runners). The seven-furlong contest for three-year-old colts, one of three G3 prizes on the card, is a key Classic trial, with the great Frankel in 2011 being the latest winner to go on to annex the mile Classic, QIPCO 2000 Guineas, at Newmarket. Frankel’s owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah is represented this year by another hot…

Gosden, Fabre and O’Brien runners among 19 entries for Investec Blue Riband Trial

Epsom Downs opens its doors for the first time in 2018 with the Investec Spring Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, when the highlight is the £50,000 Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial (2.45pm, 19 entries) for three-year-olds. The trial for the Investec Derby, run over 10 furlongs, is promoted to Listed status this year and has a new name. This year’s renewal of the Investec Blue Riband Trial will be run in memory of the late Anthony Cane, who died on January 29, 2018, aged 69,…

Owners compensated after Cheltenham race abandoned

Jockey Club Racecourses has moved to compensate owners of horses declared to run in the JRL Group Mares’ Handicap Chase that was due to be staged over three and a quarter miles at Cheltenham Racecourse this afternoon (3.50pm), following the abandonment of the race. Ian Renton, Regional Director for Cheltenham and the South West, Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “These were exceptional circumstances today and we fully support the stewards’ decision to abandon our fourth and longest distance race due to the heat. As a sport,…

Tajaanus goes on trial in Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury on Saturday

  The £60,000 Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2.35pm) is one of three G3 contests staged at Newbury this Saturday, April 21, day two of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend.   The seven-furlong contest for three-year-old fillies boasts a fabulous roll of honour with future champions including Marwell, Salsabil, Shadayid, Bosra Sham, Wince and Tante Rose all featuring.   There are 20 entries for the 2018 renewal, headed by Khalid Abdullah’s homebred Gavota (Roger Charlton). The Bated Breath filly won her first two starts…

Keighley trio ready for breakthrough day two of The April Meeting

Gloucestershire handler Martin Keighley has three runners tomorrow on day two of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 19, when Cheltenham stages a seven-race card restricted to fillies and mares, the first of its kind in Britain.   Course scorer Brillare Momento (Aidan Coleman, 11st 6lb) represents the stable in the £25,000 Listed Catesby Estates PLC Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.15pm, 18 runners) over two and a half miles.   Brillare Momento impressed on good ground at The Showcase in October, taking the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in…

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