• Ollie Tait resigns from Breeders board

    International Horse Racing March 4, 2013 2:00 pm

    Oliver Tait, Darley’s chief operating officer, has resigned from the board of the Breeders’ Cup because of its backflip on the use of the diuretic Lasix. “The Breeders’ Cup has reversed its previously agreed and stated position that the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be conducted without Lasix,” Tait […]

  • McCain cautious on Aintree changes

    International Horse Racing March 4, 2013 9:00 am

    Grand National winning trainer Trainer Donald McCain has given a guarded welcome to the innovation of new plastic birch for the so-called “cores” of the fences at Aintree this year. McCain is planning to bring 2011 Grand National winner Ballabriggs back for another tilt at the world’s most famous steeplechase. […]

  • O’Brien targets Cheltenham with Shield

    International Horse Racing March 4, 2013 8:54 am

    Aidan O’Brien is looking to saddle his first runner at the Cheltenham Festival since 2002 after Shield booked his place in the Champion Bumper with a fine victory at Leopardstown. Ireland’s perennial champion Flat trainer is no stranger to National Hunt racing having trained the incredible Istabraq to win three […]

  • Chris Waller to have five in Chipping Norton Stakes

    Australian Horse Racing March 3, 2013 5:48 pm

    Kelinni’s path to the Melbourne Cup continues on Saturday with his autumn performances pivotal to his chances in the spring. The gelding gave trainer Chris Waller a real taste of what it would be like to win Australia’s most famous race with his game fourth last year. The Waller-trained Shoot […]

  • Niconoise to run in the Australian Cup

    Australian Horse Racing March 3, 2013 5:06 pm

    A recent course record win at Flemington has earned Niconoise the chance to emulate his brother in Saturday’s Group One Australian Cup. Niconoise forms part of a big team for trainer David Hayes on the final Group One day of Melbourne’s autumn carnival at Flemington. Niconoise earned a shot at […]

  • Gai holds upper hand in Golden Slipper

    Australian Horse Racing March 3, 2013 4:54 pm

    Gai Waterhouse believes the new season’s fillies hold sway over their male counterparts and has two of the best ready to press the point home in the Golden Slipper. The Waterhouse-trained Overreach is the early favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper on April 6 while Sweet Idea guaranteed herself […]

  • Better Than Ready on target for Newmarket Handicap

    Australian Horse Racing March 3, 2013 3:06 pm

    Star Queensland three-year-old Better Than Ready has beaten the big wet to remain on target to land a plunge in the Group One Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. The Kelly Schweida-trained Better Than Ready was at $51 in some early markets for the Newmarket to be run on Saturday. However, after […]

  • Snitzerland gears up for the autumn

    Australian Horse Racing March 3, 2013 3:06 pm

    If a recent track gallop is anything to go by, Snitzerland will be a force to be reckoned with this autumn. The 2012 Golden Slipper runner-up and winner of six of her 11 starts ramps up her preparation in a barrier trial on Tuesday with trainer Gerald Ryan excited about […]

  • Kauto stars at Newbury guest appearance

    International Horse Racing March 3, 2013 10:45 am

    Former champion jumper Kauto Star put his new dressage skills on show with a demonstration before racing at Newbury on Saturday. The 13-year-old bowed out of the racing arena late last year after a career which yielded 16 Grade One wins including two Cheltenham Gold Cups and a record five […]

  • Chad Schofield seeks help after suspension

    Australian Horse Racing March 2, 2013 7:45 pm

    Melbourne’s No.1 apprentice Chad Schofield has consulted a sports psychologist to help him improve his shocking careless riding record. Schofield told the stewards he had begun seeking help after being suspended for the eighth time this season and the second time in two days at Flemington on Saturday. The stewards […]

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