Make Time goes for JLT Greenham Stakes on Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials weekend at Newbury

Newbury Racecourse starts its 2017 Flat season with two days of great racing on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22. The Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend, which also has a beer festival on both days, features Classic trials, valuable handicaps and races designed to bring future champions along. Saturday’s card, which offers £260,000 in prize money, is highlighted by three Group Three races, the opening £60,000 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (1.55pm, 1m 4f, 14 entries) for older horses which has an…

Pakistan Star ‘flying’ ahead of Audemars Piguet QEII Cup test

Jockey Matthew Chadwick is as well-acquainted with Pakistan Star as any rider, so his belief that the Shamardal gelding is reaching his peak ahead of the G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on 30 April carries plenty of weight. Chadwick was in the saddle this morning (Tuesday, 18 April) when the four-year-old showed his trademark turn of acceleration to finish first past the post in a 1200m dirt barrier trial at Sha Tin, almost three lengths clear of John Size’s Class 1…

Starchitect heads 10 runners for Cheltenham Matt Hampson Foundation & NSIF Silver Trophy Chase

 Starchitect is set for a quick turnaround in the £50,000 Grade Two Matt Hampson Foundation & NSIF Silver Trophy Chase (2.40pm, 10 runners) at Cheltenham tomorrow on day one of The April Meeting, Wednesday, April 19. The limited handicap, staged over an extended two and a half miles, has been won by the popular chasers Buywise (2014), Champion Court (2013) and Poquelin (2011) in recent years. Trained by David Pipe for owners Paul and Clare Rooney, Starchitect (Tom Scudamore, 10st 7lb) was third behind Sizing Codelco…

All-Weather Championships Finals Day – all the news & quotes

ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS DAY RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE LINGFIELD PARK, GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017     GOING NEWS   The going as usual on the All-Weather is STANDARD today.   Clerk of the Course Ed Arkell reported at 9.45am that the Polytrack should ride as normal, with perfect conditions expected this afternoon.   He explained: “The going is Standard.   “We started working the track at 5am when it was cool. We put the Gallopmaster on it and will now leave the surface alone.  …

Ballykan has Silver Trophy option at Cheltenham’s April Meeting next week

The April Meeting at Cheltenham gets underway next week on Wednesday, April 19, with a seven-race card headlined by the £50,000 Grade Two Matt Hampson Foundation & NSIF Silver Trophy Chase (2.40pm, 22 entries). The limited handicap, staged over an extended two and a half miles, has been won by the popular chasers Buywise (2014), Champion Court (2013) and Poquelin (2011) in recent years. Entries for this year’s renewal are headed by course specialist Village Vic (Philip Hobbs). The 10-year-old was narrowly denied by Taquin Du Seuil…

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