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  • Brits add punch to Irish Champion Stakes

    International Horse Racing September 7, 2012 11:06 am

    British raiders Nathaniel and Snow Fairy feature are among a final field of six declared runners in Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. The 10-furlong (2000m) Group One prize has been dominated by home-trained runners for the last decade, with Saeed bin Suroor’s Grandera the last British winner in 2002. […]

  • Sans Frontieres retired due to injury

    International Horse Racing September 7, 2012 8:39 am

    Sans Frontieres, winner of the 2010 Irish St Leger, has been retired due to the recurrence of a tendon injury. His St Leger victory made him one of the favourites for the 2010 Melbourne Cup but injury prevented him making the trip to Australia and he has not raced since. […]

  • Lord Oaksey has died aged 83

    International Horse Racing September 5, 2012 11:00 pm

    Lord John Oaksey, the former jockey, journalist, author, broadcaster and founder of the Injured Jockeys Fund, has died aged 83. Oaksey died on Wednesday at his family home in Wiltshire following a lengthy period of ill health. He will always be associated with his work for injured jockeys which began […]

  • Darley swoop on Reckless Abandon

    International Horse Racing September 5, 2012 10:03 am

    Unbeaten juvenile Reckless Abandon has been sold to Darley as a stallion proposition but will continue to race for trainer Clive Cox until the end of next year. The winner of four starts to date, the son of Exchange Rate won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June before […]

  • Messara happy Buick can ride

    International Horse Racing September 5, 2012 10:03 am

    Trainer Paul Messara is delighted William Buick has come up with a contingency plan enabling him to ride Australian mare Ortensia as she bids for a second English Group One on Saturday. The leading jockey is engaged to ride Nathaniel in the Irish Champion Stakes on the same afternoon as […]

  • Oxx in Murtagh support despite owner split

    International Horse Racing September 4, 2012 12:00 pm

    Johnny Murtagh will continue to ride for trainer John Oxx for the remainder of the season – despite the jockey’s split with leading owner and breeder the Aga Khan. Murtagh’s contract to ride the Aga Khan’s Irish-based horses was terminated last week, with the owner’s stud farm manager Pat Downes […]

  • Frankel factor leads to big ticket sales

    International Horse Racing September 4, 2012 11:42 am

    News Frankel is likely to finish his career on British Champions Day at Ascot on October 20 has seen the final premier enclosure tickets sell out. “The Frankel factor has clearly had a big impact on sales over the weekend and we are planning a very special farewell to the […]

  • Ortensia camp waiting for Buick

    International Horse Racing September 4, 2012 7:57 am

    Connections of Australian mare Ortensia are making contingency plans to replace William Buick in Saturday’s Sprint Cup but remain hopeful he can ride. Leah Gavranich, who has been overseeing Ortensia’s summer in Britain which includes victory in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes, admits she will be devastated if a change […]

  • Fire drama at Cumani yard

    International Horse Racing September 4, 2012 6:36 am

    A potential disaster has been averted at Luca Cumani’s stable in Newmarket after all employees and horses were reported to have emerged unscathed from a fire on Monday. Cumani is based at Bedford House Stables at racing’s major training centre and among the many horses in his care are Melbourne […]

  • Fire at Cumani stables in UK

    International Horse Racing September 3, 2012 10:36 pm

    Top British trainer Luca Cumani has had a scare with fire ripping through the roof of one of his stable blocks at Newmarket. All the horses were safely evacuated at the Bedford House stables on Monday morning. Cumani is planning on bringing out Mount Athos for the Melbourne Cup and […]

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