Japan’s raiders dash with colour on the Sha Tin turf

Leg wraps were the talk of the commentary booth at Sha Tin Racecourse this morning as five horses from Japan’s talented cohort upped the ante ahead of their assault on Sunday’s (9 December) HK$93 million LONGINES Hong Kong International Races. Japanese raiders tend to garner attention at track work, when overseas, with their colourfully coordinated riding jackets, tack and, yes, leg bandages. Japanese trainers are fans of working their horses in leg wraps:  blue, purple, and eye-catching red and white alternate wraps were the order…

Baron Alco handed 11st as weights revealed for next week’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Frodon heads the weights on 11st 12lb for the £130,000 G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm, 37 entries), run over an extended two and a half miles on day two of The International at Cheltenham, Saturday, December 15. Frodon (Paul Nicholls), who landed this race as a four-year-old in 2016, ran a gallant race under top-weight on his latest start when going down by two lengths to Baron Alco (Gary Moore, 11st) in the G3 BetVictor Gold Cup at The November Meeting on November 17. Baron Alco has…

Tiger Roll on course for repeat Randox Health Grand National bid as Elliott targets the world’s most famous and richest chase with multiple entries

Trainer Gordon Elliott opened the doors to his stables in Cullentra, County Meath, Ireland, to members of the media in a stable visit organised by Aintree Racecourse this morning, Wednesday, December 5. On show was eight-year-old Tiger Roll, who captured the thrilling 2018 running of the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree in April by a head under Davy Russell in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud. The son of Authorized is also a three-time winner at The Festival™ presented by Magners, having captured the 2018…

Watson has Good Friday plans for Mango Tango and Corinthia Knight

Trainer Archie Watson looks to have unearthed another classy performer after Mango Tango came out on top in a thrilling finish to the Betway Casino Conditions Race at Lingfield Park this afternoon, Wednesday, December 5. The five-year-old mare was making her UK debut, having been trained in France and more recently Qatar, and faced stiff competition with 2014 G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Toast Of New York (Jamie Osborne/Adam Kirby) and Scarlet Dragon(Alan King/Martin Harley) among her four rivals. Mango Tango, making her first start in over seven months, tracked…

De Sousa’s brilliant double seals IJC win

De Sousa’s brilliant double seals IJC win Born in Brazil, but representing Great Britain, Silvestre de Sousa scored points in all four legs of the LONGINES International Jockeys Championship at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 5 December) to run out the convincing and deserved winner. But that does not do justice to the drama of the evening, with the outcome only being decided in the final leg of a thrilling night’s racing. Ireland’s Colin Keane got his Hong Kong debut off to a flying start in…

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