International Horse Racing

  • Joseph O’Brien to be named Irish champion

    International Horse Racing October 28, 2012 10:03 am

    Joseph O’Brien will be crowned Irish champion jockey for the first time when the Flat season ends next weekend. Rival Pat Smullen signed off for the season with a treble at Leopardstown but will be riding at the Breeders’ Cup meeting in America when the final meetings are run. Smullen’s […]

  • Famous Name retires on a winning note

    International Horse Racing October 28, 2012 9:30 am

    Famous Name farewelled the racetrack with his 20th stakes success at Leopardstown on the same day his little sister Big Break won her first. Despite giving weight away to all his rivals, the Dermot Weld-trained Famous Name had little difficulty winning the Trigo Stakes for the third time. Immediately after […]

  • Starspangledbanner fourth in Mercury

    International Horse Racing October 27, 2012 10:15 am

    Former Australian Starspangledbanner remains on target for a trip to the United States for the Breeders’ Cup despite his fourth to Balmont Mast in the Listed Mercury Stakes at Dundalk. The four-time Group One winner is being primed for the Breeders` Cup Turf Sprint but did not find a great […]

  • Jamie Spencer retained by Qatar Racing

    International Horse Racing October 27, 2012 9:45 am

    Jamie Spencer has been confirmed as the retained jockey for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing operation. Sheikh Fahad is the owner of Dunaden, winner of the 2011 Melbourne Cup and last week’s Caulfield Cup. David Redvers, the owner’s racing manager and bloodstock advisor, has confirmed Spencer has signed a […]

  • Starspangledbanner on trial for US

    International Horse Racing October 26, 2012 9:10 am

    Aidan O’Brien is looking to see a much improved performance from Starspangledbanner in the Mercury Stakes at Dundalk tomorrow evening (Saturday AEDT) ahead of a trip to the United States. The former Australian multiple Group One winner has failed to recapture those glory days since returning to O’Brien from a […]

  • Danedream decision in the new year

    International Horse Racing October 25, 2012 9:06 am

    Danedream faces her D-Day on January 1 when she will be tested again for equine infectious anaemia (EIA). A horse tested positive for EIA, also known as swamp fever, at Cologne racecourse where Danedream was being trained for her defence of her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe title. Because of […]

  • Bookies backing Frankel team in top awards

    International Horse Racing October 23, 2012 11:21 am

    Bookmakers intend to put their full weight behind a campaign to have Frankel and his trainer Sir Henry Cecil’s achievements marked across the general sporting world. In 2010 racing pulled together to help champion National Hunt jockey Tony McCoy to become Sports Personality of the Year. Now a similar task […]

  • Freelance Frankie has champion dreams

    International Horse Racing October 23, 2012 10:42 am

    Frankie Dettori could bid to become champion jockey for a fourth time after ending his long association with Godolphin. The Italian is going freelance in 2013 after being retained by Sheikh Mohammed’s operation for the last 18 years, during which time he won the title three times in 1994, 1995 […]

  • Chantal Sutherland retires from riding

    International Horse Racing October 22, 2012 1:12 pm

    America’s leading female jockey Chantal Sutherland has announced her retirement at the age of 36. Sutherland went home to Canada to ride in the final races of her career on Sunday and then announced her retirement in a lengthy statement on her website. There was no fairytale ending with Sutherland […]

  • Excelebration to target Breeders’ Cup Mile

    International Horse Racing October 22, 2012 11:57 am

    The Breeders’ Cup Mile is likely to be the next mission for Excelebration as Aidan O’Brien believes the horse is still “on the upgrade” after the four-year-old ran out an impressive winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Trainer Aidan O’Brien said there was still improvement in the […]

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