Ballyoptic heads 28 going forward for Saturday’s Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree

Ante-post favourite Ballyoptic is among 28 five-day confirmations for the £150,000 Becher Handicap Chase, run over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree this Saturday, December 8, Becher Chase Day. Ballyoptic (11st 7lb) has yet to race this season and was last seen out when just touched off in the G3 Scottish Grand National over four miles at Ayr in April. His trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, the most successful handler in the Becher Handicap Chase with six victories, could also run last year’s nine-length winner Blaklion…

Records broken at 2018 QREC HWPA Derby Awards

Alastair Down has been voted Racing Writer of the Year for a record fifth time and received his award at the 52nd annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) Derby Awards Lunch, held in London today, Monday, December 3 and supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC). Down, now a freelance journalist after many years at the Racing Post, had already won the Clive Graham Trophy in 1994, when with The Sporting Life, 1999, 2012 and 2015. He has pulled clear from the…

Osborne eyes Finals Day as Toast Of New York makes All-Weather return at Lingfield Park

Toast Of New York begins his All-Weather Championships campaign at Lingfield Park this Wednesday, December 5, when he goes for a repeat victory in the £19,000 Betway Casino Conditions Race (1.00pm) over 10 furlongs on Polytrack. The popular seven-year-old was at the peak of his powers in 2014, starting the year with an impressive victory in the G2 UAE Derby at Meydan and ending it with a gallant nose second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Toast Of New York (Jamie Osborne/Adam…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – Monday track notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup DEIRDRE – JPN Worked over the all-weather track for one lap. Work rider Yuta Komiyama said: “She has travelled overseas before, when she went to Dubai this March, so she flew in here without any problems. She was startled a bit with the new surroundings here when she worked on the track, but she is in great condition.” GLORIOUS FOREVER – HK Worked 800m on the all-weather track in 52s (28.3 23.7) under big race rider Silvestre de Sousa. Trainer Frankie…

Waller’s Comin’ Through for more international challenges after LONGINES HKIR

Chris Waller, who has garnered worldwide acclaim as the trainer of champion mare Winx, sees Comin’ Through’s  Sunday mission in the HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile as a stepping stone to his stable having a greater international presence. The eight-time champion Sydney trainer, just last week nominated 15 horses for next year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival and said – while at Sha Tin track work this morning, Monday 3 December – that he’d like to have had more runners in Sunday’s Hong Kong…

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