Fabulous Fayonagh – further news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The superb mare Fayonagh (11/8 Fav) added to her victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when running out a gutsy winner of the RACING POST CHAMPION INH FLAT RACE. The victory bolstered Gordon Elliott’s championship hopes and the trainer said: “She’s a really good mare. She’s buzzy at home and I don’t gallop her much. I expect we’ll put her away now, give her a nice holiday and go jumping next season. The plan had been to be in the first three at Cheltenham (when…

Sizing best in brilliant Gold Cup – news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The Jessica Harrington-trained Sizing John (9/10 Fav) came out best in a fabulous renewal of the Grade 1 €250,000 CORAL PUNCHESTOWN GOLD CUP to become the first horse to win the Punchestown showpiece, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. The 2015 Cheltenham hero Coneygree boldly tried to make the running but he was passed in the straight with Sizing John eventually holding off Djakadam to win by a short-head. “I didn’t think he was going as well as at Cheltenham. He jumped the…

New route to the Investec Derby introduced at Epsom Downs

 A fifth way for a horse to gain an entry into Britain’s premier Classic and richest race, the Investec Derby, is announced today by Epsom Downs Racecourse. The winner of the two-year-old conditions race at Epsom Downs’ final fixture of 2017 will for the first time receive an entry for the following year’s Group One Investec Derby, which is worth £1.5 million. Staged over a mile and 113 yards on Sunday, October 1, 2017, the £20,000 totepool Conditions Race is now linked with the 12-furlong…

Wednesday’s news ahead of Sunday’s G1 APQEII Cup

Wednesday Tracknotes   Japanese hi-tech used for Neorealism’s training   Aussie gun Bowman back in town for APQEII Cup   Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup Tracknotes – Wednesday, 26 April, 2017   BLAZING SPEED – HK Cantered on the small, inner all-weather track. Trainer Tony Cruz said: “I’m very happy with his lead-up into this race, he was a good fifth at the mile and he needs the 2000m badly. I believe he’s in top condition for the race. He’s an honest horse, he…

Casse, Mott, Pletcher & Ward among strong US-trained Royal Ascot challenge

Exciting entries are revealed today for the eight Group One races staged at Royal Ascot, which takes place from Tuesday, June 20 through to Saturday, June 24. A very strong US-trained challenge is in prospect, with representation in five of the eight races. All eight G1 Royal Ascot contests are part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, with the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes also involved in the Global Sprint Challenge. £600,000 Queen Anne Stakes – One Mile straight, Tuesday, June 20 (2.30pm)…

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