Ifandbutwhynot considered for The Ladbroke

Grade One winners Melodic Rendezvous (11st 12lb, 16/1), Ptig Zig (11st 11lb, 16/1) and Grumeti (11st 11lb, 16/1) head the weights for The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday, December 21. The two-mile Grade Three is one of the most prestigious handicap hurdles in Europe and carries a prize fund of at least £150,000.   Quick Jack (10st 5lb), trained by Tony Martin and one of seven Irish entries, is the 7/1 favourite with the sponsor following a two and a quarter length success in a…

409 yearlings entered for 2015 Investec Derby

  11th December 2013 – A brother to this year’s Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture, who became the most expensive yearling colt ever sold in Europe at public auction, headlines 409 entries for the 236th Investec Derby, run over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, 2015.   The prize fund for Britain’s premier Classic and richest race will be at least £1.325 million.   The son of Galileo realised an unprecedented 3.6 million guineas (£3.78 million) at Tattersalls in…

Court Minstrel as good as ever ahead of StanJames.com International Hurdle

  10th December 2013 – StanJames.com Champion Hurdle favourite The New One and last year’s winner Zarkandar headline seven entries for the £130,000 Grade Two StanJames.com International Hurdle (3.00pm) over two miles and a furlong at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 14, day two of The International.   The New One was one of last season’s leading novice hurdlers, annexing the Grade One Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival, while Zarkandar was successful on four of his five starts and came out on top…

Home Farm set for Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup

  9th December 2013 – Home Farm is among 18 confirmations for the £100,000 Grade Three Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup (2.25pm), run over two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14.   Arthur Moore’s charge finished a close third in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in April and shaped promisingly on his seasonal reappearance at Naas on November 9 with a close third behind Rupert Lamb over two miles.   The lightly-raced six-year-old…

Sir Alex Ferguson’s I’m Fraam Govan chasing valuable Kempton Park prize on Wednesday

The All-Weather Championships continue with two valuable contests at Kempton Park and Lingfield Park on Wednesday, December 11 which have both attracted very strong fields.   Kempton Park stages the richest race of the day, the £70,000 Betdaq – The Sports Betting Exchange Handicap (6.40pm). Run over 11 furlongs, this race is the final of the London Middle Distance Series.   A maximum field of 14 is set to go to post, with the weights headed by Open Eagle (David O’Meara) on 9st 10lb, who…

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