British racing

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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British Racehorse Finally Breaks Maiden In 56th Attempt

After 55 consecutive defeats to start his career, L’Es Fremantle, a 7-year-old jumps runner in Great Britain, came swooping at 80-1 to cross the wire first at Market Rasen Thursday. The victory was also the first win for 80-year-old trainer Michael Chapman in two years. During in-running exchange wagering, L’Es Fremantle traded at a peak […]

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Paddy Power Betfair Fined $2.9 Million For Allowing Stolen Money, Problem Gamblers

The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has fined Paddy Power Betfair £2.2 million ($2.9 million US) for allowing stolen money to be wagered through its betting exchanged and for failing to protect problem gamblers. An investigation found that the company did not have proper oversight in place to stop addicts from betting and that Paddy Power Betfair […]

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‘Snobbery In Racing’: Examining Britain’s Super-Trainers

British owners are gravitating toward larger training operations, much like the “super-trainer” epidemic of the United States, according to reports at thoroughbredracing.com. A number of smaller trainers have identified issues like prize money and media coverage as important factors in the “polarization” of racing. “What’s happening in our game is that it’s very much a sport […]

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‘No One Seems To Care’: British Owner Irate After Mistaken Scratch

The British Horseracing Authority is looking into an incident at Nottingham Wednesday that has left a sour taste in the mouth of one owner. Craig Buckingham tells the Racing Post he’s considering quitting the sport after what happened in the Sprint Final of the Grassroot Series. As the horses were being loaded into the gates, […]

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British Team-Based Racing Series Will Go Without The Whip

Britain’s Jockey Club and other entities have supported a new team-based racing competition set for 2019. Among the unique aspects of the series: jockeys will not be allowed to use whips other than for safety reasons. Jeremy Wray, founder of the Championship Horse racing concept, said he’s not trying to stir up a debate over […]

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British Authorities To Require Increased Body Protection For Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority announced a new measure Thursday aimed at rider safety. Starting October 1, jockeys must wear a Level 2 body protector instead of the Level 1 model. According to the Racing Post, the Level 2 vest adds is 50 percent better at protecting riders from blows such as kicks. Because the Level […]

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Report: Noseda-Trained Walk In The Sun Tested Positive For Cocaine

According to a story in The Guardian, the horse Walk In The Sun, trained at the time by Jeremy Noseda, tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine in February after winning a race at Lingfield. The Guardian confirmed as fact the post-race result on the unbeaten 3-year-old after rumors had been swirling around Newmarket about […]

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Fighting Among Racegoers Stains British Racing For Second Straight Week

For the second consecutive weekend, brawling among racegoers marred a day at the races in Britain. The latest incident occurred Saturday at England’s prestigious Ascot Racecourse. Men dressed in suits were seen punching each other, with onlookers running for cover and security personnel trying to break up the skirmishes. Saturday’s fighting came a week after […]

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