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Needle looks fine addition for Darley Japan

Champion sprinter, Fine Needle, has been retired from racing and will join the Darley roster in Japan in 2019, standing at a fee of ¥2.5 million. Fine Needle enjoyed an outstanding year on the racetrack in Japan in 2018, winning all four of hi

Godolphin Australia All-Stars among entries for world’s richest mile event at Flemington

Top performing Godolphin trio in Australia, Hartnell, Best Of Days and Alizee are among the entries for the world’s richest mile race, the $5m All-Star Mile to be run at Flemington on 16 March. Head Trainer James Cummings praised the race as

Exhilarates-ing performance wins Godolphin a first ever Magic Millions

Thrilling is the word to describe Exhilarates performance in winning Godolphin its first Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic at the Gold Coast on 12 January. The Snitzel filly only managed to confirm her place in the field a week earlier after win

Atty Persse could be February Tattersalls star

TATTERSALLS have released the catalogue for this year’s February sale which will comprise 464 lots across the last day of January and first of February. The catalogue is made up of 176 fillies in and out of training, 41 broodmares, 174 colts

Justify, Accelerate and Monomoy Girl look to Eclipse each other in top award class

American triple crown hero Justify, Accelerate and the exceptional 3yo filly Monomoy Girl are bound to divide opinion in what is expected to be a keen duel when panelists debate which of the three is to be adjudged ‘Horse of the Year’

Bunyan feeling confident with a stronger and better Hit The Bid

Winner of A handicap at the 2018 carnival, Hit The Bid’s Irish handler Darren Bunyan believes last year’s 12th place finish in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint has been well and truly relegated to history and the focus is firmly on this year

McKinzie on the way to Dubai to emulate grandfather

He may be lightly raced, but McKinzie, the multiple Grade One winning grandson of 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, has shown he has the class to replicate the feat of his famous grandfather and win the feature event on the world’s ric

Omens are good for Harbinger in new job

BLAST ONEPIECE became the fourth elite winner for sire sensation Harbinger by winning the Grade 1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday, adding his name to an illustrious roll of honour that includes Deep Impact, Gentildonna and dual winner Orfevre. T

Champion Soumillon crowned again

Star jockey Christophe Soumillon will be crowned France’s Champion Jockey, Cravache d’Or, or golden whip, for the tenth time on 31 December after rival Pierre-Charles Boudot announced he would have no more rides this year. Both men rod

Winx to race on but staying at home, so no Meydan or Royal Ascot

AUSTRALIAN wondermare Winx, the horse who stops a nation, will race on in 2019 connections have confirmed, but trips abroad are not part of their plans. A winner of her last 29 starts, 22 at Group One level, Winx was last seen securing another sli

Tassort Slips on Golden favouritism

GODOLPHIN AUSTRALIA head trainer James Cummings labelled Tassort ‘the benchmark among our 2yos’ as he prepares him for the 2019 renewal of the Group 1 Golden Slipper. The Brazen Beau colt is the early favourite for the world’s ri

Enable again allows accolades for Abdullah

A magnificent year for Enable, as well as her owner and breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah, continued when they were honoured at the 37th annual Racehorse Owners Association Awards in London last week. The event recognised those voted by the 8,000 mem

Girls shine at HRI awards

Retired jockeys Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry, who brought the curtain down on outstanding careers with winners at the Punchestown Festival in April, were honoured with the inaugural Irish Racing Hero Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Award

World’s Best Jockey Dettori looks forward to 2019 after brilliant 2018

Looking forward is what the legendary jockey Frankie Dettori said he would like to do as he accepted his award that came with him reclaiming the Longines World’s Best Jockey title for 2018. “Next year is another new page. I will try an

Marnane returns hoping for more Meydan joy

ROYAL ASCOT winning trainer David Marnane is to send three horses to compete at the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival. His team will comprise stable star Settle For Bay, the progressive sprinter Freescape and a fascinating new recruit from Argentina c

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