SCEAUX GOOD FOR MULLINS – first day Punchestown 2018 Irish National Hunt Festival

SCEAUX GOOD FOR MULLINS        Trainer Willie Mullins made a dream start in his bid to retain the Irish trainers’ championship on the opening day of the 2018 Punchestown Festival. He won three of the day’s first four races and had narrowed the gap in the title race to trail rival Gordon Elliott by €226,714. Un De Sceaux, the 9/2 chance ridden by Mullins’ son Patrick, provided the icing when making all to come home three and three-quarter lengths ahead of stablemate Douvan (4/5 favourite)…

Tuesday (24/4) track notes & stories ahead of Hong Kong Champions Day at Sha Tin this Sunday, April 29

Tuesday (24/4) track notes & stories ahead of Hong Kong Champions Day at Sha Tin this Sunday, April 29 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup AL AIN (JPN) Remained in the quarantine area, working in the trotting ring. Assistant trainer Shin Otose said: “He came through his gallop on the turf yesterday in good order. He looks happy today.” DANBURITE (JPN) Stayed in the quarantine barns, stretching his legs in the trotting ring. Assistant trainer Seiichi Hamada said: “He looks good this morning. Al Ain…

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,…

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