British racing

Britain: Racetrack Drama As 50-1 Juvenile Winner Later Found To Be Older Stablemate

Controversy reigned at Yarmouth when it was discovered that the Charlie McBride-trained Mandarin Princess, winner of the opening two-year-old race, was in fact stablemate Millie’s Kiss. The mistake was only discovered after the 50-1 outsider had overturned the 4-6 favorite Fyre Cay on her racecourse debut in the six-furlong novice auction stakes for juveniles. Millie’s Kiss, […]

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Irish Racing Leaders Concerned About What Effect Brexit Will Have On Industry

  Just over one year ago, British citizens voted in favor of ‘Brexit’ – to leave the European Union. Thirteen months later, no one still really knows what effect Brexit will have, not only on Britain and Europe, but also on the rest of the world. Members of Ireland’s Thoroughbred industry are concerned that Brexit will hinder […]

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‘I Am Not Doing Overweight’: Dettori Vows To Ride At Assigned Weight In Upcoming King George

Dual Oaks winner Enable was confirmed Wednesday morning as a runner in this weekend’s Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes by trainer John Gosden, and it gives jockey Frankie Dettori even more incentive to ‘lose a few pounds’. The 3-year-old Enable will be facing both her elders and males for the first […]

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Britain: Purse Structure Getting £10 Million ‘Shot In The Arm’ In 2018

British racing’s grassroots are to be given a shot in the arm of nearly £10 million in 2018 when a record number of 1,508 fixtures have been scheduled. The funding is being targeted at mid and lower-tier racing through increases to prize money funding supported by a new appearance money scheme and race incentive fund. […]

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Sheikh Mohammed’s Maroon & White Silks Set To Appear On British Racecourses Once Again After Long Absence

A famous set of silks are set to reappear on British racecourses in the near future after a long absence. The Racing Post reports that Sheikh Mohammed’s maroon and white silks, carried to victory by such stars as champions Pebbles, Oh So Sharp, and Singspiel, will soon be worn by jockeys that ride horses owned by Sheikha […]

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Britain: Research Reinforces Need To ‘Treat Jockeys As Elite Athletes’

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced the publication of the first phases of a number of major research and related education projects to help understand the impact on the physical mental and well-being of riders of a career in racing. The initiatives continue the agenda being driven by the BHA’s Chief Medical Adviser […]

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Commentary: Racing Must ‘Accept The Inevitable’ And Ban Use Of The Whip

The Racing Post recently asked its readers and regular contributors what could be done to “make racing more popular” in Britain. Among the wide range of suggestions submitted to the publication were those of columnist Tom Kerr, who believes that the most obvious thing that is “central to the future prosperity of racing: the public perception of […]

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Big Orange Holds Off Late Charge Of Order Of St George To Win Ascot Gold Cup

Big Orange repelled the late thrust of defending champion Order Of St George to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Trained by Michael Bell and ridden by James Doyle in the absence of the injured Frankie Dettori, the 5-1 shot was towards the head of affairs throughout and showed incredible heart to hold the […]

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Royal Ascot To Honor Leading Owner Of Meet

Ascot Racecourse has announced that a Royal Ascot Leading Owner Trophy will be awarded next week. The competition will run alongside the established equivalents for jockeys and trainers. Those two awards are both kindly sponsored by QIPCO. Like the established jockeys and trainers awards, the champion owner over the week will be decided on straight wins, […]

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Britain: Racing Pays Tribute To ‘Sprint King’ David Nicholls

Tributes began to flow Sunday from colleagues and peers in the racing world upon learning of the death of trainer David ‘Dandy’ Nicholls at age 61. According to the Racing Post, Nicholls, who had retired earlier this year, had been battling a long-term illness. Nicholls began his career as a jockey, winning over 400 races before taking […]

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