The McCoys – thrilling climax to new awards at Warwick tomorrow

 The first South West Jump Awards, called The McCoys, are set for an exciting finish at Warwick Racecourse tomorrow, Thursday, May 25.   The awards celebrate the outstanding contributions from horses, stable staff, trainers, jockeys and owners across for Jockey Club Racecourses in the South West – Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton – during the 2016/17 season.   The winners will be presented by Sir A P McCoy, the legendary 20-time champion Jump jockey who retired in 2015, at a celebration dinner in The Centaur…

News from today’s Investec Breakfast With The Stars at Epsom Downs

Four sets of horses with Classic aspirations worked at Epsom Downs this morning ahead of the Investec Oaks and Investec Derby at the Surrey course next week. Hundreds of people gathered at Epsom Downs for the Investec Breakfast With The Stars event. Newmarket trainer John Gosden brought the undefeated Frankel colt Cracksman back to Epsom Downs for more experience, with Frankie Dettori partnering the Cape Cross colt and owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer in attendance. Gosden has won the Investec Derby twice, with Benny The Dip in 1997 and…

26 go forward in Investec Derby

A total of 26 contenders remain engaged in the £1.5 million Investec Derby, the premier Classic and Britain’s richest race, at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 3, after today’s scratchings’ stage. Aidan O’Brien, seeking a sixth Investec Derby victory, has nine going forward including QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Churchill, who is 3/1 favourite with Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival. All Unibet odds for the Investec Derby are now offered on a non-runner, no bet basis. O’Brien also trains Cliffs Of Moher, who is…

Ribchester romps home on a quality-packed Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury

The weather may not have been perfect, but the 12,109 racegoers who attended Al Shaqab Lockinge Day witnessed racing of the highest class.   Godolphin won the two biggest races of the day impressively, the feature G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge, worth £350,000, with the 7/4 favourite Ribchester, trained by Richard Fahey, and the £100,000 G3 Al Rayyan Stakes with another market leader, the Charlie Appleby-trained Hawkbill, who started at 3/1. Both were ridden by William Buick, a 10/1 double.   It was fitting that Al…

Daddys Lil Darling set to fly the flag for America as 23 go for Investec Oaks glory

Winter (Aidan O’Brien IRE) features among the 23 confirmations for the £500,000 G1 Investec Oaks, the premier fillies’ Classic and highlight of Investec Ladies’ Day on the first day of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 2, which are revealed today. One of seven remaining entries for Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, Winter landed the mile fillies’ Classic, the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 7, when she came home two lengths clear of her stablemate Rhododendron, who should be suited by…

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