Blaklion gearing up for Aintree once again as Twiston-Davies celebrates upcoming 20th anniversary of first Grand National success

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - The countdown to the 2018 Randox Health Grand National started today with a media visit organised by Aintree Racecourse to the stable of Nigel Twiston-Davies. The £1-million handicap chase, by far the richest Jump race run anywhere outside of Japan, takes place at Aintree on Saturday, April 14. Twiston-Davies is the only current trainer to have won the Grand National more than once. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of his first Grand National success with Earth Summit…

Breeders’ Cup Classic second Toast Of New York pops up at Lingfield Park following lengthy absence

Toast Of New York, rated among of the world’s best horses in 2014, made a winning return to action following a three-year layoff with a comfortable success in the 10-furlong £19,000 Betway Conditions Stakes (1.10pm) on Polytrack at Lingfield Park today, Wednesday, December 6. The six-year-old was retired with a soft tissue injury in early 2015, having gone down by a nose to Bayern in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on dirt at Santa Anita, USA, in November, 2014 – a performance that saw the…

World’s Best Jockey, Bowman’s back to defend his LONGINES International Jockeys Championship crown

  By William Hughes   At Happy Valley on Wednesday night (6 December), Hugh Bowman will not only be out to defend his title after his victory in last year’s LONGINES International Jockeys Championship, but also to show his Hong Kong fans why he is also about to be  crowned the 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey.   However, Bowman – like many of the other 11 superstars whom he will be competing with for Wednesday’s HK$800,000 four-race series – is cautious about his chances, adding…

Richest-ever New Year’s Day at Cheltenham starts 2018

Cheltenham Racecourse is all set to welcome in another year with the richest-ever programme on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1.   For 2018, the seven-race programme will headline £260,000 in prize money – an increase of £48,000 (23 per cent) on the £212,000 offered 12 months before.   The most valuable race of the day is the G3 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase, which is now worth £75,000 (up 25 per cent compared to £60,000 in 2017), while the G2 Dorman Engineering…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Tuesday (5/12) track notes

  LONGINES Hong Kong Cup   BLOND ME (GB) The winner of Woodbine’s G1 E P Taylor Stakes on her most recent start continued her preparation with another canter around the all-weather track. Prior to trainer Andrew Balding’s imminent arrival in Hong Kong, work rider Leanne Masterton continued to provide an upbeat message. “So far, so good,” she said.   DEAUVILLE (IRE) Followed his stable companion Highland Reel in cantering a lap of the all-weather track under his work rider Gary O’Connor. Pat Keating, travelling…

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