Can Japan’s four females follow Almond Eye’s lead?

Almond Eye is without question the most popular topic in Japanese racing circles this year thanks to her sweep of the Japanese Fillies’ Triple Crown and her feat in becoming only the second three-year-old filly to claim the G1 Japan Cup since Gentildonna in 2012. The incredible filly has certainly led the way for the females this season, just as Winx has done in Australia.  The question now is whether the four fillies and mares, among this year’s group of nine Japanese horses competing in Sunday’s…

Course walks with Brian Harding available for jockeys riding over the Grand National fences at Aintree tomorrow, Becher Chase Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 is Becher Chase Day at Aintree with the G3 Becher Handicap Chase (1.30pm) and Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (3.15pm) both taking place over the famous Grand National fences. As with the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Aintree Racecourse in association with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has arranged for jockey coach Brian Harding to be available tomorrow morning to walk the Grand National course with any jockey who would like to do so. Brian will be available from first thing…

Could Hall’s horse make a Giant leap?

Trainer David Hall’s talented G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) aspirant Little Giant arrived in Hong Kong in March 2016, just four months shy of three years ago and yet has raced, exceptionally well mind you, just five times since. He was withdrawn on veterinary advice, lameness cited, when scheduled to first appear in Hong Kong on 27 November, 2016. Twelve months later to the day bar one, he was again scratched for the same reason when start four beckoned. This information, most racing fans…

Barney Dwan has Caspian Caviar Gold Cup among two options at The International next week

Talented performer Barney Dwan is under consideration for the £130,000 G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (37 entries), staged over an extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham next Saturday, December 15, day two of The International. Barney Dwan (Fergal O’Brien), who has been allotted 10st 3lb in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, has been placed at The Festival™ presented by Magners for the last two years. Owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, the eight-year-old ran an excellent race over hurdles in 2017 when second behind rising…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – Thursday Track Notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup SEASONS BLOOM – HK Trainer Danny Shum said: “I’m happy, everything is very good. He had a grass gallop this morning and he worked good – Karis Teetan rode him for me and he was happy with the horse.” STAPHANOS – JPN Breezed four furlongs on the turf course in 49.5s (28.3, 21.2). Assistant trainer Kazuo Fujiwara said: “He breezed well this morning. He has maintained his condition well.” STORMY ANTARCTIC – GB Scheduled to go on the turf but trainer…

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