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A horse, a horse, my
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse...
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
15/06/2017
So precisely where do we stand after a slew of senior Classics around the world? The truth is, I bet you don’t really know any more than I. We’ve certainly seen some particularly exciting races, full of final furlong drama, but after Derbys in England and France, we are no nearer identif....
Tapwrit Perseveres I
Tapwrit Perseveres In Belmont, Gives Pletcher 150t
Author: Michele MacDonald
15/06/2017
Not long after the sun rose at Belmont Park on June 10, a gloomy sense permeated the air that the 149th edition of America’s oldest and longest Classic race, the 1m4f Belmont Stakes, had fallen apart. Pre-race favourite Classic Empire, the 2016 Champion Juvenile, had been withdrawn with his se....
Godolphin leads way
Godolphin leads way in equine aftercare
Author: Howard Wright
15/06/2017
As double acts go, Diana Cooper and Di Arbuthnot might not challenge the legacy of Morecambe and Wise, but there is no escaping their enthusiasm to please, nor their passion for the subject of aftercare of racehorses. Both were well to the fore when the International Forum for the Aftercare of Raceh....
Weld legacy already
Weld legacy already cemented but continues to grow
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
18/05/2017
Given Dermot Weld’s well deserved reputation as an international pioneer, it came as a bit of a shock to learn last weekend that he had not saddled a winner in America since 2008, when Winchester won the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes. A quite brilliant piece of placement with Zhukova soon put tha....
Walker taking steps
Walker taking steps to make mark
Author: Howard Wright
18/05/2017
What a tie for international racing that was a couple of weekends ago. The first of the year’s Classics in Britain and the US; two hugely rich Group One races in Hong Kong; a couple of million dollar races in Adelaide, and a Grade One mile race in Tokyo; something there for everyone. Thank goo....
The gravy train roll
The gravy train rolls on for Arrogate who produces
Author: DUANE FONSECA
30/03/2017
A for ABSOLUTE, R for Resolute, R for Resurgent, O for Optimistic, G for Gifted, A for Astute, T for Terrific and finally E for Exuberant. A for Arrogate. You could come up with your own augmentation comprising adjectives to describe the world’s best racehorse. I am happy with my set. Arrogate....
Arrogate’s ‘Incredib
Arrogate’s ‘Incredible’ Run Stamps Dubai World Cup
Author: Michele MacDonald
30/03/2017
SUPERLATIVES are overused in our era but there was no doubt after Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate soared like some kind of real life Pegasus, flying from last early to trounce all rivals in the 22nd running of the Dubai World Cup, that he had delivered the rarest kind of performance, one that ranks ....
Disappointing night
Disappointing night for O’Brien and Team Ireland
Author: Tom Jennings
30/03/2017
It was a disappointing night for the Irish at Meydan on Saturday, particularly for Aidan O’Brien who had brought a big team to Dubai from his powerful Tipperary yard. Seventh Heaven, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, came closest to giving O’Brien a fourth winner in the Emirates when putting u....
Latest Hollywood blo
Latest Hollywood blockbuster
Author: Derek Thompson
30/03/2017
HOLLYWOOD is the place to be this weekend as the HH Sheikh Mansour Festival moves to Los Angeles for the Darley Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Friday night, the HH Sheikha Fatima Group 1 Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday and then the star studded Charity Dinner at the world famous Beverly Wilshire H....
Experience Provides
Experience Provides The Winning Edge
Author: John Berry
30/03/2017
How long is a piece of string? How old is an old jockey? Both questions are hard to answer. Jockeys are professional athletes, and generally one thinks professional athletes are starting to deteriorate by the time that they reach what one might term as ‘middle age’. However, to describe ....
World Cup card had s
World Cup card had something for everyone
Author: Howard Wright
30/03/2017
You live your life for moments like this: French trainer Didier Guillemin could have been expressing the Dubai World Cup night sentiments of so many more people than himself, after he had slipped under the radar to win the Al Quoz Sprint with The Right Man. How apt a name for those coincidence follo....
Arrogate, just stunn
Arrogate, just stunning
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
30/03/2017
So where do you find the superlatives necessary to reflect on Arrogate’s stunning performance? Put simply, the world’s highest rated horse produced a truly extraordinary performance to win as dramatic a Dubai World Cup as we are ever likely to witness. In so doing, he broke the record fo....
The World Is Aflame
The World Is Aflame
Author: Alastair Nicolson's
25/03/2017
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling sale at Woodbine in 1968 was the first to include a consignment from the Dominion’s finest, Edward Plunkett Taylor’s Windfields Farm. Taylor’s private auctions had included a certain Northern Dancer, who had failed to meet hi....
Talking Meydan et al
Talking Meydan et al with Bob Baffert
Author: Nicholas Godfrey's
25/03/2017
This Column was going to feature an analysis about whether Arrogate can be beaten in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup. But since I’ve decided the answer to that question is probably no, instead I’ve taken the opportunity to speak to the colt’s trainer Bob Baffert about his latest m....
A great week enjoyed
A great week enjoyed by all
Author: Derek Thompson
25/03/2017
The 2017 Cheltenham Festival was for me the most amazing of all time. Four new equine champions were crowned, over 250,000 people watched them do it and the pulsating action out on the track was relentless! Things didn’t go according to plan early on, for after two days, trainer Willie Mullins....
World Cup coverage a
World Cup coverage adds to US interest
Author: Howard Wright
25/03/2017
Even more eyes than usual will be focussed on the Dubai World Cup this year, thanks to a new broadcasting deal that will bring the US closer to Meydan for longer. For the first time, NBC Sports Group is taking coverage of the meeting, with a three hour slot on NBCSN, its digital cable and satellite ....
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