The Confessor returns for opening day of the May Festival on Thursday

The Confessor bids to enhance his enviable Goodwood record in the £20,000 Wright Joinery Company Handicap (3.10pm, 19 entries) over seven furlongs, the feature handicap on day one, Thursday, May 23, of the three-day May Festival. Henry Candy’s charge has yet to finish out of the first three in five visits to the West Sussex course and captured a seven-furlong handicap, the Harwoods Racing Club Handicap, at Glorious Goodwood in early August last year. He followed up that victory with a gallant third in the…

Unbeaten Dawn Approach among 24 remaining in Investec Derby

The unbeaten Dawn Approach features in 24 colts going forward in the 2013 Investec Derby, the premier Classic run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 1. Dawn Approach has already annexed the first Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and will be attempting to become the 38th horse to win both Classics. A son of the 2008 Investec Derby hero New Approach, Dawn Approach is the evens favourite with Coral, official betting partner of the 2013 Investec Derby Festival. His trainer…

Hat-trick seeking Abbey heads 12 in Investec Coronation Cup

St Nicholas Abbey is set to try and create history by becoming the first horse to win the Investec Coronation Cup three times. The Aidan O’Brien-trained six-year-old heads the 12 entries remaining after the May 14 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today, in the 2013 renewal of the Group One contest, which takes place over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 1. St Nicholas Abbey beat the high-class mare Midday by a length in…

May Festival at Goodwood fast approaching

Cocked Hat option for progressive Spillway Hayley Turner delighted with 100 per cent Goodwood record Goodwood plays host to the exciting May Festival of horseracing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 23, 24 and 25. The three-day meeting was re-introduced to the programme at Goodwood in 2012 after a hiatus of six years and, with four Listed contests plus a host of competitive handicaps, the May Festival offers top-quality action. Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Goodwood Racecourse, commented: “We were delighted with the success of…

Rosie Napravnik amongst international stars confirmed for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

Rosie Napravnik, one of North America’s leading jockeys, and Lisa Allpress, the best female jockey that New Zealand has ever produced, will join Britain’s best, Hayley Turner (Captain), in the Girls Team for the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday 10 August. Meanwhile Gary Stevens (Captain), one of the USA’s greatest ever jockeys, will be joined on the Rest of the World team by Japanese ace Yasunari Iwata, who has won three Japan Cups including the last two on Buena Vista…

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