Aintree Best Shod Award results announced

The Aintree Racecourse Best Shod Award initiative, introduced in 2015, was repeated at this year’s Randox Health Grand National Festival, with the results being announced. Aintree’s Clerk of the Course, Andrew Tulloch, said: “From our perspective, this is part of our ongoing equine welfare initiatives. “With the support of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and the backing of The Jockey Club and the BHA, we introduced the competition because quality shoeing is a key ingredient of horse welfare.” The runners in the three races over…

European challengers heading to Hong Kong for G1 Champions Mile and G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize

High-class raiders from Britain and France will take on Hong Kong’s prodigious stars in two fascinating Group 1 features at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, 7 May, the $16 million Champions Mile (1600m) and the HK$14 million Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m). Hong Kong’s brilliant four-year-old Rapper Dragon tops the bill in the eight-runner Champions Mile. John Moore’s history-maker will face a trio of familiar G1 victors, as well as the Ed Walker-trained G1-placed Stormy Antarctic and Sir Michael Stoute’s Convey from Britain. The Chairman’s Sprint…

Gigginstown bid to round season off in style

It has been another outstanding season for Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud and the champion-owner elect is set to bid to finish off the campaign on a high at next week’s Punchestown Festival, running from Tuesday to Saturday, April 25 to 29. Eddie O’Leary, racing manager to his brother, revealed today that a string of Gigginstown’s star names are set to run over the five days. Brilliant mare Apple’s Jade, winner of the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, is set to line up in…

Morrison has Derby dream as Flat racing returns to Newbury on Friday

Newbury’s Flat season, in which £3 million of prize money is on offer, starts with the exciting two-day Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. One of the highlights of Friday’s eight-race programme is the £16,000 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup Conditions Race (3.05pm, six runners) for three-year-olds. The 10-furlong contest is usually a good pointer to future stars, with subsequent Group One winners Light Shift (2007), Contributer (2013) and Star Of Seville (2015) successful in recent…

Mares star on day two of The April Meeting at Cheltenham

Female racehorses take centre stage on day two of The April Meeting at Cheltenham, with three Listed races for fillies and mares kicking off an excellent seven-race card tomorrow Thursday, April 20. The richest race of the afternoon is the £40,000 Listed EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase (2.40pm, seven runners) over just short of two miles and five furlongs. Heading the weights on 11st 10lb is Antartica De Thaix (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies), who is seeking a four-timer following victories at Bangor, Huntingdon and Wincanton. Briery…

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