Thistlecrack & Unowhatimeanharry square up at Newbury on Friday

Thistlecrack and Unowhatimeanharry‘s head-to-head in the £50,000 G2 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle (3.00pm, 12 entries) at Newbury is the highlight on the opening day of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, Friday, December 1. Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard, Evs favourite with Ladbrokes) captured the three-mile contest in 2015, kick-starting a nine-race winning streak that included devastating victories in the 2016 G1 Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and G1 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park. He has not raced since going down by a head to Many Clouds in…

Astral Merit strikes in first French Fast-Track Qualifier at Deauville today

Astral Merit came with a strong run to gain the first of three French Fast-Track Qualifiers this winter, the Listed Prix Lyphard, over an extended nine furlongs on Polytrack at Deauville today, Wednesday, November 29. The seven-year-old mare, trained by Florent Monnier and partnered for the first time by Stephane Pasquier, is now guaranteed a free start in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Astral Merit raced towards the rear of…

Czech superstar Subway Dancer among 16 in Prix Lyphard at Deauville on Wednesday

Deauville hosts the first of three Fast-Track Qualifiers in France this season, with a maximum field of 16 declared for the Listed Prix Lyphard (3.05pm local time) over an extended nine furlongs on Wednesday, November 29. The winner of the Polytrack contest receives a free and automatic place in the 10-furlong £200,000 Betway Easter Classic on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. A high-class line-up includes Subway Dancer, trained in the Czech Republic by Zdeno Koplik and ridden by Christophe Soumillon, who stormed to…

Leading contenders talk about their hopes for Saturday’s £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy

A press conference was held at the Landmark Hotel in London ahead of the £250,000 G3 Ladbrokes Trophy, the three and a quarter mile handicap chase and highlight of the inaugural Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury on Saturday, December 2. Bryony Frost has lit up Jump racing in November with her high-profile successes on board Present Man and Black Corton, and she has the chance of making further headlines at Newbury this Saturday, December 2. She is back on board Present Man, trained by her employer…

International stars selected for December’s LONGINES HKIR

International stars are among the 55 world class selections for the HK$84.5 million LONGINES Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 10 December, 2017. Global horseracing’s year-end finale has 32 overseas challengers and is set to feature 24 Group 1 winners, including recent Breeders’ Cup victor Talismanic, Japanese heavyweights Kiseki and Neorealism, Europe’s all-time highest money earner Highland Reel, and local hero Werther. The LONGINES HKIR comprises the HK$25 million LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million LONGINES Hong Kong Mile…

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