International Horse Racing

  • Positive response for Aintree changes

    International Horse Racing December 9, 2012 5:00 pm

    Two new Grand National fence designs have been given a favourable response after they were trialled for the first time at Aintree. Jockeys gave the thumbs up in what appeared to be a seamless change with all the fences on the famous course looking outwardly the same. However, four obstacles […]

  • Sprinter Sacre leads Henderson spree

    International Horse Racing December 9, 2012 1:00 pm

    Sprinter Sacre is now odds-on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on the back of his easy win in the Tingle Creek at Sandown. His win was part of a four-timer for trainer Nicky Henderson and the undoubted star of the show, extending his unbeaten run over […]

  • Grand National hero in seasonal return

    International Horse Racing December 7, 2012 11:15 am

    Former Grand National winner Ballabriggs kicks off his season with another start over the famous Aintree fences against 15 rivals for Saturday’s Becher Handicap Chase. Donald McCain’s fine stayer ran just twice last term, finishing sixth when attempting to defend his National title, and must concede weight all round over […]

  • Frankie Dettori fears for reputation

    International Horse Racing December 6, 2012 4:00 pm

    Frankie Dettori fears he may never repair the damage done to his reputation by a failed drugs test which has resulted in a six-month ban for the popular jockey. The 41-year-old will not return to action on the racecourse until a fortnight before next year’s Derby, with his suspension, handed […]

  • Helen Johnson Houghton dies aged 102

    International Horse Racing December 6, 2012 8:00 am

    Helen Johnson Houghton, unofficially the first woman to train an English Classic winner, has died at the age of 102. Although not in the record books, Johnson Houghton is now acknowledged as as the trainer of Gilles De Retz who took out the 2000 Guineas in 1956. Due to Jockey […]

  • Frankie Dettori banned for six months

    International Horse Racing December 5, 2012 11:00 pm

    Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori was suspended from riding worldwide for six months by French racing’s governing body on Wednesday for failing a doping test. The 41-year-old Italian-born England based rider – probably racing’s most high profile personality – tested positive for a non-performance enhancing banned substance at the September 16 […]

  • Dettori to learn fate on Wednesday

    International Horse Racing December 5, 2012 4:15 am

    Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori will learn the length of his suspension for failing a doping test on Wednesday, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The Italian rider was represented during a 40-minute disciplinary hearing at French racing’s governing body France Galop by his lawyer, Christopher Stewart-Moore. “We had a very sympathetic […]

  • Dettori penalty soon over failed drug test

    International Horse Racing December 4, 2012 10:00 am

    Renowned jockey Frankie Dettori will learn his fate for failing a drugs test when French racing’s ruling body issues its verdict on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT). The England-based Italian failed a test after riding in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe trials at Longchamp on September 16. Through his lawyer, Christopher […]

  • Bobs deserves Gold Cup top billing: rider

    International Horse Racing December 3, 2012 11:30 am

    Jockey Barry Geraghty believes Hennessy Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth deserves to be the ante-post favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Last season’s RSA Chase winner, trained by Nicky Henderson, turned in a virtuoso display when defeating Tidal Bay by three and a quarter lengths at Newbury on Saturday. “He […]

  • Dunaden team maintains the faith for HK

    International Horse Racing December 1, 2012 12:15 pm

    Jockey Craig Williams is convinced Dunaden can show his true colours when he bids for back-to-back wins in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on Sunday week. The Mikel Delzangles-trained six-year-old claimed the esteemed Group One in some style last season, but must put behind him a disappointing run […]

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