Johnston targeting 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival glory with classy team

  Record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston opened the doors to his Kingsley House Stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire this morning for a media visit organised by Goodwood Racecourse ahead of the 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival, which runs from Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 3 inclusive. Johnston, Britain’s winning-most trainer of all time, has already sent out 150 winners this season (up to July 16) and recorded the highest-ever total of successes in a British season last term with 230 victories. The Glasgow-born trainer is no…

Too Darn Hot & defending champion The Tin Man in Haydock Park’s G1 highlight, the 32Red Sprint Cup

  Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – Haydock Park stages the richest and most prestigious contest of its Flat season on Saturday, September 7, the G1 32Red Sprint Cup, for which 34 top-class entries are revealed today. The six-furlong contest, worth £300,000, was first run in 1966 and is the sixth race in the sprint category of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series. Only one horse has won the 32Red Sprint Cup twice. Be Friendly, owned by legendary BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan, captured the first…

Ben Vrackie & Raheen House joint favourites as first £1-million Sky Bet Ebor attracts 81 high-class entries

This year sees the most valuable Flat handicap ever staged in Europe – the £1-million Sky Bet Ebor. The thrilling heritage handicap is run over one mile and six furlongs (1m 5f 188yds) at York on Saturday, August 24, day four of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival. The Sky Bet Ebor has seen its value double since the 2018 running, won by Muntahaa, who was a first Sky Bet Ebor success for reigning champion Flat trainer John Gosden. The in-form Newmarket handler has four…

Fantastic racing in prospect at Qatar Goodwood Festival as principal contests take shape

This year’s Qatar Goodwood Festival is shaping up to be another tremendous feast of racing, with a host of proven G1 performers remaining engaged following the latest scratchings’ deadline for the five-day spectacular on the South Downs. No fewer than 14 of the 20 horses going forward in the £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes, the mile highlight of the second day on Wednesday, July 31, have already finished first or second at G1 level, including eight individual G1 winners. Too Darn Hot is the 7/2 favourite with…

Al Muffrih heads market as maximum field goes for Saturday’s £100,000 bet365 Old Newton Cup at Haydock Park

  Thursday, July 4, 2019 – A maximum field of 17 is due to line up in the £100,000 bet365 Old Newton Cup (3.15pm), staged over just short of a mile and a half and the highlight of a very valuable seven-race card at Haydock Park this Saturday, July 6. Heading the weights on 9st 10lb is First Eleven (John Gosden/Rab Havlin, 11/2 with bet365). The Khalid Abdullah-owned four-year-old Frankel colt was G3-placed in 2018 and makes his first appearance since enjoying a winning seasonal reappearance over a…

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