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Silsol shines for Sherwood

Silsol opened his account over jumps in emphatic fashion to claim the Clyde And Solway Systems Limited Racing Excellence 'Hands and Heels' Finale Handicap Hurdle at Ayr. Jack Sherwood, son of former jockey Simon Sherwood, celebrated his success in t... Read More...

Eduard one for the future

The Nicky Richards-trained Eduard brushed aside his main market rival Valdez to run out a convincing winner of the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr. The top two in the betting had the five-... Read More...

Sparrow takes flight at Ayr

Cockney Sparrow sprang a surprise under 7lb claimer Dean Pratt to floor My Tent Or Yours in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr. The John Quinn-trained mare came with a devastating late burst from the final flight to get up in the last 100 yards... Read More...

Gosden hot streak continues

There was a strong sense of deja vu about the victory of Matalleb in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes at Newbury. Trained, like four winners on Friday, by John Gosden, the 7-1 newcomer was ridden by Dane O'Neill to thwart Sheik... Read More...

Cubanita rewards Beckett call

Ralph Beckett's late decision to start Cubanita off in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury was rewarded in style. Kept in training at five by owner Kirsten Rausing, and a winner of another course and distance Group Three last year,... Read More...

Golden Wonder states Classic case

Brian Meehan's well-backed J Wonder foiled the late-finishing 11-4 favourite Al Thakhira by a head in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury. Valonia jumped out of the stalls well and was allowed an easy lead for much of the way in this prominent 100... Read More...

Colonel at ease for Punchestown

Dessie Hughes is to aim Lieutenant Colonel at the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on May 2 following his victory at Fairyhouse. The County Kildare trainer is happy with the space between the two meetings for his talented fi... Read More...

Estimate easing her way back

Sir Michael Stoute is in no hurry to map out a programme for the Queen's Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate. The five-year-old's training is being stepped up, but as yet no date has been earmarked for her return to racecourse action. Estimate was restr... Read More...

Byron outgunned by awesome Rupee

Trainer Tom Hogan felt the wet conditions at Randwick racecourse contributed to Gordon Lord Byron's downfall in the Darley TJ Smith Stakes. The high-class six-year-old was a Group One winner on his first start in Australia last month but could finis... Read More...

Aspell misses Bangor

Leighton Aspell will not ride at Bangor this afternoon after he suffered a fall at Uttoxeter on Friday. Although his injuries are not thought to be serious, the Grand National-winning jockey requires time to recuperate. Trainer Dr Richard Newland, ... Read More...

Thunder on Greenham mission

Richard Hannon tests the water against some hugely promising three-year-olds when he sends Night Of Thunder for the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury today. The son of Dubawi has been attracting support for the 2000 Guineas after winning both his races... Read More...

Roalco aims for National treasure

Philip Hobbs is keeping his fingers crossed that Roalco De Farges can put in a big show in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr today. The Somerset handler has his string in fine late-season form and Roalco De Farges was a winner at Newbury thre... 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Channon considers Reckless trip

Mick Channon is hoping Sgt Reckless can register a deserved success at the top level should he line up for the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival on April 29. The West Ilsley trainer will consider sending the seven-year-old ac... Read More...

Wood set for Punchestown date

Very Wood is on course to attempt to supplement his Cheltenham triumph in Punchestown's Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle on April 30. Trainer Noel Meade is keen to run his Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle winner back on home soil following his succes... Read More...

Champion bid in Somersby sights

Queen Mother Champion Chase runner-up Somersby could bid to go one better in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase at Punchestown on April 29. The 10-year-old found only Sire De Grugy too strong at the Cheltenham Festival and trainer Mick Channon, bett... Read More...

Bobs in Punchestown frame

Bobs Worth is under consideration for the Bibby Financial Services Punchestown Gold Cup on April 30. The 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner could only finish fifth when defending his Prestbury Park crown and unbeaten record at the track last month, but... Read More...

Lucky facing Guineas trip test

George Margarson remains confident Lucky Kristale's stamina will last out over the Rowley Mile when she bids for Classic glory in the Qipco 1000 Guineas next month. The three-year-old won four of her five starts as a juvenile, including victories in... Read More...

Glorious result for Walker

Warren Place in Newmarket is a far different place without the late Sir Henry Cecil around but the historic stable produced three winners for two different trainers on a fine spring afternoon at Lingfield. Glorious Empire (5-4 favourite) looks to be... Read More...

Flying start for Gosden and Buick

Flying Officer capped a 153-1 treble for trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick with a gritty triumph in the totepool EBF Stallions Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham. The full-brother to 2007 St Leger winner Lucarno was having on... Read More...

ARC keen on expanding Championships

Organisers of the All-Weather Championships are keen on opening up the valuable Good Friday meeting to overseas runners. The Arena Racing Company is looking forward to hosting the first running in just over a week's time at Lingfield but the fields ... Read More...

Pearl back in business

Pearl Secret totally outclassed the opposition when making an impressive comeback from injury in the totepool Lola Faulkner Conditions Stakes at Nottingham. David Barron's sprinter had just the one run last season, when third in the King's Stand Sta... Read More...

Ansgar camp play waiting game

Trainer Sabrina Harty is waiting for drier ground before unleashing highly-rated miler Ansgar in what she hopes will be another profitable campaign. The six-year-old twice finished runner-up in Group Threes last season, but connections must bide the... Read More...

Big two set for Lingfield showdown

Round three of Robin Hoods Bay against Grandeur remains on the cards next week in the Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes. Ed Vaughan's Robin Hoods Bay has met the highly-rated Jeremy Noseda grey twice at... Read More...

Fitz primed for Powers charge

Mick Winters has his fingers crossed for good weather ahead of Rebel Fitz's challenge for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on April 20. The County Cork handler reports the nine-year-old to be in tip-top chase following his latest success at Cork la... Read More...

Hope springs eternal for Murphy

Mike Murphy is planning another crack at Qipco 2000 Guineas entry Ertijaal when American Hope takes to the track again in next week's 32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield. Formerly trained in Ireland, American Hope has made a great start for Bedfordshire-based Murphy and finished just a head behind the William Haggas-trained Ertijaal in the Spring Cup over course and distance on March 22. The colt appeared at Lingfield again last week for his third qualifying start for the Good Friday finals meeting, and failed to see out a mile when third behind Bow Creek and Barley Mow in the Listed International Trial. American Hope is rated just 1lb behind Ertijaal for the �150,000 prize, and Murphy said: "He ran very well in the Spring Cup and then in the International Trial it became a bit of a farce with the two withdrawals at the start leaving only three runners. "He's qualified and I think he goes there with a big chance on Good Friday. Hopefully William Haggas doesn't go for the prize-money, but I suspect he may do." A possible rival will be the James Eustace-trained Major Crispies, who was a respectable third behind Ertijaal and American Hope as a 50-1 chance in the Spring Cup. "He's very well and he worked on Tuesday for the first time since the Spring Cup and we were pleased," the Newmarket trainer said. Read More...