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Surface switch does the trick as Ralston celebrates a maiden first

IT WAS A successful return to turf for Bin Al Reeh in the Wathbastallions.com Handicap at Bath on Monday afternoon in the second race of the new Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season. The Pete Hammersley-trained 7yo homebred entire had been cam

A Brazilian star may have been born in Clapton AJR

HINCE 2015 BRAZIL has been part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival calendar and the first two races were contested at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in São Paulo. Over 1300m, the Grand Prix Wathba Stallions Cup fo

Second Group One for World Premiere

HAVING PRODUCED A strong finish under Yuichi Fukunaga to win Sunday’s 3200m Group 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) at Hanshin, World Premiere was always holding off favourite Deep Bond to win cosily.

In a thrilling renewal of the most importan

Snow expected at York in May

LAMBOURN TRAINER Richard Hannon decided against running recent impressive Newbury winner Snow Lantern in the 1000 Guineas. The 3yo Frankel filly, homebred by Rockliffe Stud, shed her maiden tag in style at Newbury on Sunday and was promptly touted

Effortless Classic success for Efforia

SECOND FAVOURITE Efforia captured the 1600m Grade 1 Satsuki Sho, the Japanese 2000 Guineas, at Nakayama, when he became the 19th colt to win the Classic with an unblemished race record. This was his fourth success, but the first at Grade One level

Farasah leaves it late to win on debut as ARO action returns

The BRITISH ARO (Arabian Racing Organisation) season was underway last week with a thrilling photo finish to the Wathba Stallions Cup Maiden Stakes over 7f at Wolverhampton. Stablemates Farasah and Aldaana were separated by just a head at the line

Lofty Cup target for Haggas charge after his John Porter Coronation

COMFORTABLE NEWBURY Group 3 John Porter Stakes victor Al Aasy is a likely starter in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom according to his trainer William Haggas. Also under consideration for Shadwell’s 4yo Sea The Stars colt is the Group 3 H

Appleby getting closer in 2000 Guineas

TRAINER Charlie Appleby was inches away from adding a Newmarket Classic to his CV when Master Of The Seas and William Buick were just denied by Poetic Flare in the drive to the line in Saturday’s 2000 Guineas on the Newmarket Rowley Mile. Th

A pair of Romances among Appleby Belmont quartet

HEADED BY Group 2 UAE Derby winner Rebel’s Romance, a quartet of Godolphin runners trained by Charlie Appleby arrived at Belmont Park on Sunday. Appleby is aiming his Classic winner at the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, having bypassed the Kentucky

Appleby excited by 3yos

SEVERAL GODOLPHIN CLASSIC aspirants have had their next starts mapped out by Charlie Appleby. Runner-up to stable companion Master Of The Seas in the Craven Stakes, La Barossa is being aimed at the Group 1 French 2000 Guineas on 16 May.

Darley next venue for Bivouac to be pitched

The best southern hemisphere son of the world’s leading juvenile sire Exceed And Excel, Bivouac has been retired from a successful racing career a ‘happy and sound horse’, celebrating a career which spanned three seasons.

Jockeys and trainers prove age no barrier to Classic success

A TRULY CLASSIC weekend indeed was enjoyed on both sides of the pond last week, kicking off with the poignant success of Malathaat in the Kentucky Oaks for the late Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell empire. The 53yo Todd Pletcher saddled the winner.<

Mother Earth proves a natural force in 1000 Guineas at Newmarket

By Duane Fonseca

Frankie Dettori made optimum use of his knowledge of Newmarket’s Rowley Course as he steered Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth to a resounding success in the Group 1 1000 Guinea

Medina s fighting Spirit wins Baffert yet another Kentucky Derby

By Duane Fonseca

 

Bob Baffert became the most successful trainer in the history of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby after Medina Spirit spent every bit of himself under John Velazquez to sensationally w

Poetic Flare delights in hard fought 2000 Guineas success

By Duane Fonseca

 

Jim Bolger's Poetic Flare battled Master Of The Seas to win a thrilling renewal of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The pair, and eventually third placed Luc

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