Seven Cheltenham Festival Deaths Prompt RSPCA To Meet With British Horseracing Authority

The hugely popular Cheltenham Festival in the United Kingdom was darkened this week as the four-day event gave way to seven equine deaths, the highest toll in at least the past 10 years. The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced that it would be calling a meeting with the British Horseracing Authority […]

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‘I Can’t Wait To Get Up In The Mornings’: Dickinson Excited About Return To Training

Michael Dickinson, who retired from training in 2007 to develop Tapeta Footings synthetic surfaces, has officially returned to training. On Tuesday, Dickinson gave several members of the media a tour of his 250-acre Tapeta Farm in Maryland. According to the Racing Post, Dickinson has invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment he believes will give his horses an advantage over those […]

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Alan Lee, Racing Writer For The Times Of London, Dead At 61

Alan Lee, longtime horse racing writer for The Times of London, died suddenly on Saturday, eliciting heartfelt tributes from colleagues and from those he covered during his distinguished career. Mr. Lee, 61, had heart surgery Nov. 6 but had recently returned to the racetrack, attending a meeting at Cheltenham 10 days ago. He also attended […]

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Standing Room Only: British Racecourses See Jump In Attendance

Horse racing in Great Britain is in the midst of enjoying a banner year, according to recent figures released by the British Jockey Club. BBC Sport reports that the 15 racetracks run by the Jockey Club have enjoyed a 19 percent increase in attendance when compared to the same period last year. According to figures […]

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Trainer Nicholls wins five at Cheltenham

Paul Nicholls’ International Hurdle entry Zarkandar became the trainer’s fifth winner of the card Saturday. The 6-5 favorite came home by two lengths, and is expected to go on to the Champion Hurdle in March.

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Cheltenham Festival kicks off Tuesday

England’s prestigious four-day National Hunt festival begins at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday, featuring 27 races over hurdles at distances ranging from two miles to just over four miles, reports the Daily Racing Form. Each day features a major stakes race, culminating with the Cheltenham Gold Cup over 3-1/4 miles on Friday. The event is expected […]

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