International Horse Racing

  • Spanish trainer targeting English Classic

    International Horse Racing February 2, 2014 8:18 am

    Noozhoh Canarias could become the first Spanish runner in a British Classic. Trainer Enrique Leon wants to run the colt, who has Group One-placed form and just one defeat in four career starts, in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3. An eased-down three length winner of a Listed [...]

  • Whisky made to work at Sandown

    International Horse Racing February 2, 2014 8:18 am

    Grade One-winning hurdler Oscar Whisky has had to dig deep to earn his first win at the top level over the steeplechase fences at Sandown. Sent off the 1-6 favourite against just a couple of rivals in Saturday’s novices chase, he was put under pressure by Manyriverstocross and Barry Geraghty [...]

  • Puccini takes key Derby lead-up

    International Horse Racing February 1, 2014 6:12 pm

    The New Zealand Derby picture looks a little more confused after one of the key lead-ups at Te Rapa on Saturday. Glorious Lad and Chambord were expected to advance their Derby claims in the Group Two Waikato Guineas (2000m) but they were outshone by the underrated Puccini, who scored an [...]

  • Certify back with a bang in Dubai

    International Horse Racing January 31, 2014 9:00 am

    Certify has made a triumphant return from more than a year off the track to maintain her unbeaten record in the Group Two Cape Verdi at Meydan. Rated the world’s best juvenile filly of 2012, Certify was one of 22 Godolphin horses suspended from racing for six months last year [...]

  • Huge entry for Aintree showpiece

    International Horse Racing January 30, 2014 9:12 am

    There are 115 entries for this year’s Grand National at Aintree. The world’s most famous steeplechase on April 5 has received a boost to STG1 million ($A1.90 million) and the number of entries is the highest since 2009. Willie Mullins, successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, has eight possibles including the [...]

  • Jakkalberry retired with injury

    International Horse Racing January 28, 2014 9:06 am

    Injury has forced the retirement of globetrotting stayer Jakkalberry, an American St Leger winner and third in the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Jakkalberry was being prepared for the Dubai carnival following his comeback win at Wolverhampton last week but trainer Marco Botti reported he had pulled up sore after a morning [...]

  • Hurricane Fly wins 19th Grade One

    International Horse Racing January 27, 2014 9:24 am

    Hurricane Fly has taken his Grade One tally to 19 with a thrilling win in the Irish Champion Hurdle, his fourth win in the Leopardstown feature. Willie Mullins’ remarkable 10-year-old was 4-7 favourite to emulate the great Istabraq, the only previous four-time winner of the prestigious event, despite the Irish [...]

  • Annie turns on the Power at Doncaster

    International Horse Racing January 26, 2014 12:30 pm

    Annie Power is certain to be a major force at the Cheltenham Festival but her target is unlikely to be decided until close to the premier jumps meeting. The giant mare took her perfect record to 10 at Doncaster on Saturday when she ground her rivals into submission on the [...]

  • Big Buck’s beaten but no bowed

    International Horse Racing January 26, 2014 11:42 am

    Big Buck’s was anything but bowed as he succumbed to 66-1 outsider Knockara Beau in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham to end his 18-race winning streak. Trainer Paul Nicholls admitted his hand was forced into introducing the 11-year-old back into competition on heavy ground as he continued his preparation for [...]

  • Mullins reveals midweek scare for Fly

    International Horse Racing January 25, 2014 10:24 am

    Hurricane Fly will have to put an injury scare behind him when he bids to claim an historic fourth successive victory in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. The 18-time Grade One winner put younger rivals Jezki and Our Conor firmly in their place with a typically brilliant display in [...]

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