British racing

Casse, Mott, Ward Among Trainers Leading Strong U.S. Contingent To Royal Ascot In June

Exciting entries were revealed Wednesday for the eight Group One races staged at Royal Ascot, which takes place from Tuesday, June 20 through to Saturday, June 24. A very strong US-trained challenge is in prospect, with representation in five of the eight races. All eight G1 Royal Ascot contests are part of the QIPCO British […]

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A ‘Ghastly Shame’: British Point-To-Point Rider Dies From Injuries Sustained In Fall

James McNeile, a regular competitor on the point-to-point circuit in Britain, died over the weekend as the result of injuries incurred in a spill on Saturday. The Racing Post reports that McNeile, 57, was riding in a maiden contest at Wiltshire when his mount collided with a fence. McNeile sustained a serious head injury in the accident, and airlifted to a […]

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Britain: New Media Internship Program May Open Doors For Jockeys Once Riding Career Is Over

Racecourse Media Group (RMG), the parent company of Racing UK, and Jockeys Employment Training Scheme (JETS) have announced a new Media Internship aimed at jockeys and former jockeys. The 10-week RMG & JETS Media Internship will cover all aspects of the media, including presentation, punditry, production, digital, marketing and PR. The course will be hosted […]

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Royal Ascot Opportunity Awaits For Melbourne Cup Winner Michelle Payne

Michelle Payne, who made history in 2015 when she became the first female jockey to win the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, will journey to England to ride at Royal Ascot in June. The Racing Post reports that Payne will ride Group 2 winner Kaspersky for her friend, trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam. Kaspersky is targeting the G1 Queen Anne on […]

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Britain: Jockey Receives Lengthy Suspension For Misjudging Finish Line & Easing Horse

Jockey James Ridley was suspended 28 days by stewards after he eased up his mount during a race – thinking he had it won – last week at England’s Newbury Race Course. According to a report in The Sun, Ridley was aboard Lookslikerainted in the Hunters’ Chase at Newbury. The duo had a significant lead on […]

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Britain: BHA Set To Increase Frequency Of Drug Testing On Horses, Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that it will double the amount of drug tests it conducts away from racecourses this year, in an effort to “combat the sophistication of modern doping methods.” According to a report in The Guardian, the BHA also plans to take more race-day samples than in the past. Brant Dunshea, the BHA’s new director […]

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BHA Overhauls Licensing, Training Requirements For Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in partnership with key industry stakeholders, has today announced a significant overhaul to the jockey licensing and training process, with changes taking place from April 1, 2017. The new approach is designed to produce an enhanced training and development strategy through the jockey licensing framework and is the result of […]

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Closing Out A ‘Dandy’ Career: British Trainer Nicholls Retires

David ‘Dandy’ Nicholls, who was dubbed ‘The Sprint King’ for his knack of training top class sprinters, has decided to call an end to his career and retire. Racing UK reports that Nicholls cited ‘financial problems’ as a reason for his decision. Nicholls was a successful jockey – riding over 400 winners – prior to taking out […]

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Juddmonte International To Be Worth Record £1 Million

A fifth QIPCO British Champions Series race will be worth seven figures this year after it was announced today that the Juddmonte International at York will carry an increased total prize fund of £1 million. Prize-money for a Group 1 contest, that has been won by stars such as Sea The Stars (2009) and Frankel (2012) […]

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Report: Riding Legend Swinburn’s Death Due To Fall From Window

Legendary British jockey Walter Swinburn, who piloted the mighty Shergar to victory in the 1981 Epsom Derby, died as a result of injuries sustained after he fell from an upstairs window at his home. The Racing Post reports that at an inquest held at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, Swinburn’s death on Dec. 12, 2016, was ruled an […]

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