NYRA announces partnership with Germany’s historic Hoppegarten

The New York Racing Association has announced a three-year partnership with one of Germany’s premier racetracks, Hoppegarten Racecourse in Berlin, to host a unique, intercontinental stakes series beginning in 2017. Through the agreement, NYRA will offer the winning three-year-old filly of the 2017 Group 2 Diana-Trial, contested at 2,000 metres on the turf at historic Hoppegarten on June 4, an all-fees-paid invitation to the 1¼-mile, Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational, one of the pre-eminent turf stakes in North America, on Stars & Stripes…

National options for Regal Encore

Talented chaser Regal Encore is under consideration for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 8. Run over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences, the famous handicap chase is the highlight of the three-day Randox Health Grand National Festival, which gets underway on Thursday, April 6. Regal Encore (Anthony Honeyball) was just touched off by fellow Aintree contender Pleasant Company (Willie Mullins IRE) in a valuable handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival in April. Although the nine-year-old was pulled up in…

Sky Bet studies pounding hearts at Cheltenham Festival

Ed Chamberlin, Trainer, Sky Bet CEO & Race Commentators amongst group to participate in experiment headed by TV’s Dr Dawn Harper Sky Bet also offering Money Back to all losers in the Festival’s first race each day Leading bookmaker Sky Bet is conducting a pioneering experiment at this year’s Cheltenham Festival to see who gets the most excited watching the pinnacle of British horse racing. With the aim of discovering the effects of excitement when watching elite level sport, Sky Bet will be arming a…

10 go in William Hill ‘High 5′ Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturda

The £50,000 Grade Three William Hill ‘High 5′ Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup (3.15pm) is the highlight of an exciting seven-race card at Newbury on Saturday, March 4, Greatwood Charity Raceday. Heading the market at 5/2 with sponsor William Hill for the two and a half-mile handicap chase is Oldgrangewood (Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton, 11st 3lb), a winner of three of his four starts over fences and last seen out when seeing off Dresden (Henry Oliver/Richard Johnson, 11st 2lb, 10/1 with William Hill) at Wetherby on February…

Volatile out to prove himself in Saturday’s 32Red Spring Cup

Second Thought (William Haggas/Robert Winston) and Sutter County (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning) head nine declared runners for the £45,000 Listed 32Red Spring Cup (4.20pm) over seven furlongs at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 4. The pair were first and second in a six-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park on January 17, with Second Thought coming out on top by a neck. Second Thought has not raced since, while Sutter County’s two subsequent starts include a comfortable two and a quarter-length success in a five-furlong conditions event at Newcastle on…

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