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Business as usual for Cheltenham – Racing goes ahead

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The news broke last night that the British minister of Heath had contracted the Coronavirus, so there were nerves over Cheltenham but racing goes ahead as normal. Ian Renton, Regional Director Cheltenham and the South West, Jockey Club Racecourses, issued...

“It’s pretty cool to be riding in the race” says Irish Derby debutant Rachael...

National Hunt jockey Rachael Blackmore will ride King Of The Throne for Emmet Mullins in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh. It will be the Killenaule woman’s first time riding in Ireland’s Premier Classic over the mile...

Good efforts from Ennistymon, Passion & Arthur’s Kingdom as Derby hope Mogul flops

Despite the success of Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne Stakes, it was a day of mixed fortunes for Aidan O’Brien-trained horses, as the much-hyped Mogul flopped in the King Edward VII Stakes. Pyledriver saw off all comers to record...

“I had a huge amount of confidence in Serpentine” admits Emmet McNamara

Limerick’s Emmet McNamara was one of seven first-time jockeys in Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom, and became just the third first-time jockey to win the 1m 4f Group 1 this century when guiding 25/1 shot Serpentine to success. The three-year-old...

Foley double makes it 19 winners from 18 meetings

Fairyhouse staged a 8-race card this afternoon where a Shane Foley double helped him move ahead of Colin Keane in the jockeys’ championship. The opening part of Foley’s brace came when Protagonist (1/1f) claimed his second success in six days...

Irish horse racing to resume next month at Naas

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It’s been a long while coming, but horse racing fans, at last, have something to cheer about – the season will finally resume next month. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) announced a revised three-week horse racing fixture list over the...

Horse Racing Ireland release fixtures for June and July

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Horse Racing Ireland have released a full flat racing programme for the months of June and July. It includes the big festival in Galway which will still be run on the same dates. As I reported earlier this month Horse...

Watch out for these Cheltenham festival underdogs in 2020

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Taking place on the 10th-13th March, the 2020 Cheltenham festival promises to be yet another rip-roaring show of horse racing entertainment. The four days of pure horse racing joy features the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the...

Globe-trotting legend Gordon Lord Byron dies

Photo credit: David Betts. Twelve-year-old multiple Group 1 winner Gordon Lord Byron, who won over €2m in prize money, died suddenly following routine exercise this morning. The winner of 16 races from 108 starts, the Tom Hogan-trained horse won at the...

Bangkok v Dubai Warrior – Saturday’s Winter Derby

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A fascinating showdown between high class four-year-olds Bangkok and Dubai Warrior comes to fruition in the £100,000 G3 Betway Winter Derby (3.15pm) at Lingfield Park this Saturday, February 22. The 10-furlong Polytrack contest, one of the highlights of the All-Weather Championships, is a Fast-Track...

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