British racing

British Trainer Johnston: ‘The Whip Is Not There For Safety And Correction’

Britain’s winningest trainer spoke out this week on limitations of whip use, telling Racing Post’s Andrew Dietz he believes a whip ban would threaten the existence of racing. Unlike American riders, who have resisted whip bans or limitations on the grounds that crops help them control a horse’s direction in an emergency, Mark Johnston believes […]

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Classic-Winning Trainer Noseda Announces Retirement At 55

Multiple Grade/Group 1-winning trainer Jeremy Noseda stunned the racing world this week when he announced his retirement from training at the age of 55. “The time is right for me to walk away,” a tweet from Noseda’s account read Thursday. “I will be leaving the sport with a smile on my face and with a […]

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Dettori May Delay Retirement To Ride Against His Son

Frankie Dettori, 48, has been a jockey 32 years and has naturally begun to think about retirement. But the multiple classic-winning rider told The Racing Post this week there’s still one more bucket list item he’s hoping to accomplish before he hangs up his tack for good: a ride against his son, Rocco. Rocco Dettori […]

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Lead Pants: BHA Suspends Jockey, Trainer’s Assistant For Adding Weight After Win

The British Horseracing Authority has handed down punishments to a British jockey and a trainer’s assistant for an incident involving a half a pound of lead two years ago. According to their confessions, rider Robbie Dunne carried a half a pound less than he was supposed to in a novice handicap and the assistant, Barry […]

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British Racing Cancelled Until Next Wednesday; Stables On Lockdown With Equine Flu Scare

The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed three cases of equine influenza, triggering the cancellation of all racing in Britain for the next several days and the shutdown of training yards across the country. According to the Racing Post, trainer Donald McCain said his stable was the source of the outbreak. More than 100 trainers have […]

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British Tracks Want A Drone Ban, Say They Give Bettors Unfair Edge

British racecourses are pushing for authorities to keep drones out of the sky during races because the tracks say the drones’ video feeds give bettors an unfair advantage, reports the Daily Mail. Video can be transmitted from drones seconds faster than a traditional TV broadcast, and racing officials say bettors are buying those feeds for […]

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British Official: This Year’s Grand National Could Be Wrecked By ‘No-Deal’ Brexit

One of Britain’s most prestigious horse racing events, the Grand National, could be ruined this year if there’s a “no-deal” exit by Britain from the European Union, said Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Gove said if Britain leaves the EU in late March without a deal in place for future relationships with member countries, Irish and […]

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Britain: High Profile Couple Stops Entering At Cheltenham Over Injury Issues

Two prominent British owners in jump racing have created a stir in the industry by choosing not to enter their horses at Cheltenham, one of the world’s most renowned steeplechase venues. According to the Racing Post, Paul and Clare Rooney wrote to their trainers, telling them not to run at Cheltenham, where six fatalities occurred […]

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Horse Racing On City Streets? Trial Run Gets Rave Reviews In Britain

A project that hopes to take horse racing to the streets next year in major metro areas got a boost Wednesday with a trial run at a British racecourse. According to the Racing Post, both trainers and jockeys gave a thumbs up to the exhibition, which took place at Aintree, where a temporary three-furlong artificial […]

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Racing In The City Streets One Step Closer To Reality After Successful Trials

Horses racing down city streets in Europe may soon be a reality after a successful trial in Greenwich, England. According to the Racing Post, the concept is akin to Formula 1 racing taking place in major city centers, and the hope of organizers is that two races will take place in major cities next year, […]

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