European Racing

USA: Wise Dan returns in style with cosy victory

Racing Post | 5 days ago
CONCERNS Wise Dan (Charles LoPresti/John Velazquez) might lack fitness on his first start of 2014 disappeared when the two-time Horse of the Year eased to victory in the Maker's 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Byron sixth behind new sprint star Lankan Rupee

Racing Post | 5 days ago
IRELAND'S Gordon Lord Byron finished sixth behind sensational winner Lankan Rupee (Mick Price/Craig Newitt), who looked every inch a sprint superstar in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick. Read More...

Australia: Gordon Lord Byron sixth as Lankan Rupee stars

Racing Post | 5 days ago
IRELAND'S Gordon Lord Byron finished sixth behind sensational winner Lankan Rupee (Mick Price/Craig Newitt), who looked every inch a sprint superstar in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick. Read More...

Australia: Criterion gets best of three-way Derby thriller

Racing Post | 5 days ago
CRITERION (David Payne/Hugh Bowman) outstayed his rivals in a thrilling three-way finish to the BMW Australian Derby at Royal Randwick on Saturday on day one of the Sydney Championships meeting. Read More...

My Tent set weighty task

Nicky Henderson is keen to find out whether the application of headgear will help harness the considerable talents of My Tent Or Yours in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr. The seven-year-old has enjoyed a fine season so far, winning the Fight... Read More...

Fab four for red-hot Gosden

John Gosden continued his explosive start to the new Flat season by sending out four potential Group-class horses to win within a brief space of time at Newbury. Most notable was Western Hymn, who made a positive first step along a route which could... Read More...

Al out to prove her class

Marco Botti is optimistic Al Thakhira can put a nightmare trip to America behind her when she has her first run of the season in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury. The Dubawi filly could not handle the lightning quick conditions at Santa Anita a... Read More...

Kingman facing Greenham test

Kingman puts his Classic aspirations on the line in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury. The John Gosden-trained colt is third favourite at a top-priced 7-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, as much as for his reputation at home as for his achievements on ... Read More...

USA: Tapiture and Bayern clash in Derby trial

Racing Post | 5 days ago
THE Kentucky Derby picture should become a little clearer following Saturday night's action from Oaklawn and Keeneland, with both track's staging prestigious Derby trials. Read More...

King has faith in Godsmejudge

Proud Scotsman Alan King believes Godsmejudge could be coming back to form at the right time ahead of his defence of the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr. Although based at Barbury Castle Stables in Wiltshire, King was born in Lanark and raised ... Read More...

Kingman bids to follow in Frankel’s footsteps with Greenham win

Racing Post | 5 days ago
SOME of the Classic generation's most promising colts will do battle in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday (2.55), with plenty of Guineas clues expected. Read More...

Geraghty mourns Johnny Harrington

Barry Geraghty paid tribute to bloodstock agent Johnny Harrington after the husband of leading trainer Jessica Harrington died following a long battle with cancer. Harrington was training racehorses on a small scale until his wife took over the perm... Read More...

Grugy team on weather watch

Gary Moore is praying for a return to wet weather so that Sire De Grugy can defend his crown in the bet365.com Celebration Chase at Sandown on April 26. It was in this Grade Two event last spring that the eight-year-old established himself as a top-... Read More...

Tendon injury sidelines Warhorse

Owner Roger Brookhouse believes Western Warhorse is unlikely to run next season after suffering a tendon injury at Aintree last week. The David Pipe-trained six-year-old was a shock 33-1 winner of the Arkle Trophy at last month's Cheltenham Festival... Read More...

Top hurdlers in Champion entry

Champion Hurdle hero Jezki and the horse he deposed at Cheltenham, Hurricane Fly, are among the entries for the Racing Post Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on May 2. Hurricane Fly was sent off the 11-4 favourite for the Prestbury Park showpiece, but ... Read More...

Russell shoots for National glory

Leading Scottish trainer Lucinda Russell feels she has three live chances as she aims to fulfil a lifelong ambition by training the winner of the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday. The Andrew Parker-trained Merigo became the first Scottish-t... Read More...

Toormore given Craven entry

Europe's champion two-year-old Toormore heads 15 entries in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday. Richard Hannon's unbeaten colt will warm up for the Qipco 2000 Guineas in this Group Three over the Rowley Mile in a d... Read More...

Henderson leads tributes after death of Johnny Harrington

Racing Post | 5 days ago
JOHNNY HARRINGTON, bloodstock agent, racehorse owner and husband of trainer Jessica Harrington, lost his battle with cancer on Friday morning when he died peacefully at his home, Commonstown Stud, in Moone, Co Kildare. He was 77. Read More...

Blog: Oh dear – I’ve agreed to take on Australia’s finest in a tipping contest

Racing Post | 6 days ago
JUST time for a swift blog before I am due to attend a private dinner at Balla, evidently one of Sydney's finest Italian restaurants, at The Star casino complex in Pyrmont, where I am billeted at the Darling Hotel. Read More...

Fly and Jezki set for Punchestown rematch

Racing Post | 6 days ago
A THRILLING rematch between Jezki and Hurricane Fly, first and fourth respectively in the Champion Hurdle, is set to take place at Punchestown next month. Read More...

Hutchinson misses National ride

Wayne Hutchinson will miss the ride on last year's winner Godsmejudge in Saturday's Coral Scottish Grand National after suffering a knee injury in a fall on Thursday. Hutchinson came to grief three flights from the finish aboard the Richard Woollaco... Read More...

Somersby gunning for Grade 1 Punchestown victory

European Racing | 6 days ago
With the outstanding two-mile chaser of the 2013-14 season Sire de Grugy not scheduled to race at the Punchestown Festival following his fine victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March, the way could well be clear for the popular Mick Channon-trained Somersby to finally grab his own share of the limelight […] Read More...

Australia: Waller sends six for Group 1 Doncaster Mile

Racing Post | 6 days ago
SYDNEY'S leading trainer Chris Waller is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to land Saturday's Doncaster Mile, where he is responsible for no fewer than half-a-dozen runners. Read More...

Back injury for McLernon

Richie McLernon is facing a spell on the sidelines after breaking two vertebrae in a fall at Ludlow on Thursday. The jockey was taken to hospital for further examination after he parted company from Great Value at the third fence of a two-and-a-half... Read More...

Tap spearheads strong Russell challenge at Ayr

Racing Post | 6 days ago
LUCINDA RUSSELL, who is one short of equalling Len Lungo's record of 63 for the most winners sent out by a Scottish stable in one season, has five runners at Ayr this afternoon. Read More...

Williams believes Gordon can capture TJ Smith Stakes

Racing Post | 6 days ago
JOCKEY Craig Williams reckons the drop back in trip will not compromise the chances of Ireland's Gordon Lord Byron (Tom Hogan) when he bids for his second Group 1 success in Australia in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. Read More...

McLernon off for eight weeks after breaking vertebrae

Racing Post | 6 days ago
RICHIE MCLERNON, who partnered Holywell to a second successive Cheltenham Festival victory last month, could be out of action for up to eight weeks after breaking two vertebrae in a fall at Ludlow on Thursday. Read More...

Trainers blast Newbury over lack of stabling

Racing Post | 6 days ago
NEWBURY was criticised by the NTF on Thursday and forced to apologise to connections left unable to run horses at its prestigious meeting on Saturday after over-running redevelopment work left too few stables for those declared to run. Read More...

Llewellyn hit with heavy fine

Carl Llewellyn has been fined �1,500 by the British Horseracing Authority for "conduct prejudicial to horse racing". The former rider, who is now assistant trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies, is alleged to have made a racial comment at a Cheltenham Festival preview evening at the Hollow Bottom pub, Gloucestershire. Llewellyn faced a penalty ranging from a �1,000 fine to a three-year ban. He admitted to a breach of the rules at a BHA hearing on Thursday morning. A BHA statement read: "The (disciplinary) panel noted that Mr Llewellyn had been a speaker at a ticket-only racing preview forum held on March 10, 2014 at the Hollow Bottom Public House in the presence of supporters of horse racing and media representatives. "Comments made by Mr Llewellyn during the first half of the forum had brought horse racing into disrepute in that they had been made in a context which could have had racial connotations and caused offence. "During a break in the forum, Mr Llewellyn apologised to an individual who was present, explaining that it had been an attempt at humour and that he had not intended to cause offence. "Prior to the restart of the forum the landlord had also apologised to everyone present on behalf of the public house and Mr Llewellyn. "The panel further noted that Mr Llewellyn's conduct had led to adverse publicity for the sport, including attracting comment from the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities (Helen Grant). "The panel accepted an admission from Mr Llewellyn that he was in breach of Rule (A) 30 and his undertaking to make a public apology. "Taking into account the high profile Mr Llewellyn continues to hold within the sport following his successful career as a jockey, and his current positions as assistant trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies and a BHA jockey coach, the panel imposed a fine of �1,500 upon him." Read More...

Unlucky break for Messenger

Jockey Tom Messenger faces a spell on the sidelines after he suffered a broken collarbone at Towcester on Thursday. Messenger sustained the injury when he was brought down from Teeton Blackvelvet in a maiden hurdle over two miles. The rider tweeted... Read More...

USA: Horse of the Year Wise Dan returns to action

Racing Post | 6 days ago
WISE DAN, the two-time Horse of the Year in the States, makes his first start of the season at Keeneland with trainer Charles LoPresti warning a lack of match fitness might catch out his stable star. Read More...

McLernon suffers Ludlow fall

Jockey Richie McLernon was taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays after he took a heavy fall at Ludlow on Thursday. McLernon parted company from Great Value after the third fence of a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase. Ludlow clerk of the cour... Read More...

My Tent to sport hood at Ayr

Nicky Henderson has revealed My Tent Or Yours will be fitted with a first-time hood in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr on Saturday. The exuberant seven-year-old was too keen for his own good in the Champion Hurdle at last month's Cheltenham ... Read More...

South Africa: Jet Aglow favourite despite absence

Racing Post | 7 days ago
Jet Aglow (Dennis Drier/Sean Cormack) is favourite despite not having raced since finishing third to stable companion Beach Beauty in the Paddock Stakes three months ago and her trainer does not expect her to show any sings of rustiness. Read More...

Bridge revved up for Ayr raid

Simon Earle is looking forward to the hat-trick-seeking Headly's Bridge testing his powers at a higher level in the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase at Ayr. The eight-year-old sluiced through the mud at Newbury and Towcester when winning twice in Mar... Read More...

Fined Llewellyn ‘mortified’ over racist comment

Racing Post | 7 days ago
DUAL Grand National-winning rider Carl Llewellyn could not have been further from his normal happy-go-lucky self on Thursday after being fined £1,500 by the BHA disciplinary panel for comments prejudicial to the reputation of racing. Read More...

Classic hope Amazing Maria among Nell Gwyn entries

Racing Post | 7 days ago
AMAZING MARIA, who is no bigger than 16-1 to win the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, could warm up for the Classic by running at Newmarket on day one of the Craven meeting on Wednesday. Read More...

Amazing Maria among Nell Gwyn entries

Racing Post | 7 days ago
AMAZING MARIA, who is no bigger than 16-1 to win the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, could warm up for the Classic by running at Newmarket on day one of the Craven meeting on Wednesday. Read More...

Dutch back on track at Newbury

Gary Moore is hoping Dutch Masterpiece's reappearance in a handicap at Newbury on Friday will be a springboard to greater things this year. Moore is happy to give his star sprinter his seasonal debut in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap over five furlong... Read More...

Greatrex delighted after Sheehan wins appeal

Racing Post | 7 days ago
TRAINER Warren Greatrex and conditional rider Gavin Sheehan were celebrating on Thursday after one of the jump season's most controversial stewarding decision was reversed at a BHA inquiry. Read More...

New culture secretary well versed in industry ways

Racing Post | 7 days ago
MARIA MILLER’S resignation as culture secretary dominated the national news agenda on Wednesday, but it was the identity of her replacement that sent a shudder through the bookmaking industry. Read More...

Punchestown trip possible for Bobs Worth

Racing Post | 7 days ago
BOBS WORTH has bounced back to triumph in Ireland already this season and could be set for another recovery mission after trainer Nicky Henderson said he was considering running the nine-year-old in the Punchestown Gold Gup on April 30. Read More...

Rizeena ‘ready to do the business’

Clive Brittain has reaffirmed his belief Rizeena could be one of the best horses he has trained ahead of the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4. Brittain has had plenty of top-class performers pass through his hands during a superb training ca... Read More...

Tidal confirmed for Ayr mission

Paul Nicholls has confirmed Tidal Bay as an intended runner in Saturday's Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr. The 13-year-old unseated his rider early in the Grand National at Aintree last week and is set to make a swift return after pleasing his ... Read More...

Thakhira leads Newbury contenders

Al Thakhira faces 12 rivals as she bids to book her Classic place with a big run in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Marco Botti's charge had looked a serious contender for the Qipco 1000 Guineas when winning the Rockfel Stakes in ... Read More...

Kingman tops Greenham field

John Gosden's unbeaten colt Kingman heads 10 entries in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. The Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old has a tall reputation and won both his starts as a juvenile, with the second victory coming in the Group... Read More...

Kingston Hill added to Derby mix

Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill is among 15 second entries for the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 7. Connections of the Roger Varian-trained colt have stumped up �8,000 to add the Doncaster Group One victor to the premier Classic, for which there are now 133 possibles. The Richard Hannon-trained Bunker has been given the Derby option, having shown fair form as a youngster with second place in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and a success in the Listed Prix Francois Boutin over seven furlongs at Deauville. Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Al Shaqab Racing, said: "The Investec Derby is the aim for Bunker at this stage. He has done very well physically through the winter and we were very pleased with him when he had a spin around Lingfield before racing on Saturday." Herbert added: "His form from last year is rock-solid and anyone who saw him wandering around the paddock at Lingfield would have been pretty impressed with him physically. "He will start off in a Derby trial, most probably the Dante (York, May 15) providing Richard Hannon is happy with him, and then we will see where we stand after that. Obviously if that went well, the Investec Derby would be the next stop but it's a big path to cross first. "I think he is very likely to stay a mile and a half. You never really know until you try them, but he is the right type of horse in that he has a great stride on him and his sire line would very much indicate that he will stay. "There are plenty of ticks in the right boxes and the most exciting thing is how he has progressed physically, which is key." Hannon has also made a second entry for Night Of Thunder, who is set to reappear in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. As expected, UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York was added to the Epsom list by trainer Jamie Osborne. There are three French-trained second entries - Diaghan, Ectot and Norse Prize. The only Irish-trained second entry is Fascinating Rock. Dermot Weld's charge could run in the Group Three Ballysax Stakes at Navan on Saturday. The other second entries are Postponed, Raven Ridge, Mark Johnston's duo of Hartnell and Somewhat, Scotland, declared to run at Newbury on Friday, Red Galileo and Sir Jack Layden. Read More...

Bunker progress exciting team as Derby trial looms

Racing Post | 7 days ago
BUNKER’S physical development has connections full of hope in the build-up to an examination of his Investec Derby credentials, which is likely to come in next month’s Betfred Dante Stakes. Read More...

Morning has Punchestown options

Morning Assembly has a choice of engagements as he prepares to return to his beloved Punchestown later this month. Pat Fahy's stable star clinched the Grade One Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at last year's Punchestown Festival and has won twice o... Read More...