Winners from the 51st Annual HWPA Derby Awards supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

Chris McGrath was announced as Racing Writer of the Year at the 51st annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) Derby Awards Lunch, held in London today, Monday, December 4 and supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. McGrath won the Clive Graham Trophy for a third time, the first two when writing for The Independent in 2007 and 2013, while this year’s award came for his work as Bloodstock Editor of the Racing Post. He gained a higher number of votes among the…

Douvan heads 11 entries for Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

Brilliant two-mile chaser Douvan features among 11 entries for a superb renewal of the £150,000 G1 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (2.55pm), highlight of day two of the Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas Festival at Sandown Park on Saturday, December 9. The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was the highest-rated Jump horse of the 2016/2017 season after an excellent campaign that included an eight-length defeat of subsequent Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John in the G1 Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown in December. His only defeat came in the…

Vieux Lion Rouge aiming for back-to-back wins in Saturday’s Randox Health Becher Chase

Last year’s winner Vieux Lion Rouge is among 24 five-day confirmations for the £145,000 G3 Randox Health Becher Chase (1.30pm), one of two races over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree on Becher Chase Day, Saturday, December 9. Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe, 11st 5lb) stayed on gamely to win last year’s running of the three and a quarter mile handicap chase, defeating 2015 scorer Highland Lodge(Jimmy Moffatt, 10st 5lb) by a short-head in a thrilling finish. Vieux Lion Rouge, who also captured last season’s G3 Grand…

Couetil’s Tiberian is no tease in the Vase, Peslier aims at Mosse’s record

Couetil’s Tiberian is no tease in the Vase, Peslier aims at Mosse’s record By Scott Burton For connections of Tiberian, the joys of an international campaign which has already taken in the G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) and will continue in Sunday’s (10 December) G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m), come as another bonus chapter to an already unlikely story. The five-year-old was bred by Haras du Logis supremo Julian Ince and his long-time friends and partners, Heiko Volz and Stefan Falk, using the services of…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Monday (4/12) track notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup BLOND ME (GB) A six-time winner in three different countries, the British challenger had an easy start to her LONGINES Hong Kong Cup preparation. As work rider Leanne Masterton took Blond Me back in the direction of the stables, she said: “I couldn’t be happier, we didn’t do much but she felt great.” DEAUVILLE (IRE) Deauville jogged and cantered a circuit of the all-weather track with his stable companions. Travelling head lad Pat Keating said: “They’ve all travelled well, not a…

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