Author: Ian Yates

Au Revoir Sprinter Sacre

Nicky Henderson has announced at the Cheltenham Open that Sprinter Sacre, winner of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2013 and 2016, has been retired. The 10-year-old, owned by Caroline Mould, will parade at Cheltenham today before the Shloer Chase, victory in which last year marked his comeback from illness. Henderson, who trained Sprinter Sacre throughout his 24-race career, said: “He worked on Tuesday and everything was grand. We were just a bit worried on Wednesday night – he was a bit warm in one leg. We have scanned the leg, and it gave us the news we...

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Doncaster St Leger 2016: Famous races at the Festival and their histories

The Doncaster St Leger Festival is packed with prestigious races in addition to the St Leger itself, including the Doncaster Cup which this year celebrates its 250th running. Below is a quick guide to the famous races and their histories. For the racing timetable please click here. History of the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes The Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes (3.35pm, Wednesday 7th September) takes place for the sixth consecutive year and was in 2016 by the legendary Sir A P McCoy. It is run under the Rules of Racing, unlike almost all other charity races. The contest, over Doncaster’s...

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New Juvenile Hurdle Races introduced

New Juvenile Hurdle Races: The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced an initiative to support the Juvenile Hurdlers population following concerns raised in the Jump Racing Review. Four high-value Introductory Hurdle races, for horses which have not previously run in more than one hurdle race, will be added to the programme in November and December. The initiative is aimed to create a pathway for horses who could be introduced into Jump racing following on from their Flat careers. The Racing Department is keen to offer an enhancement to the current programme by offering high-value races that will complement the...

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2016: Glorious Goodwood Racing Timetable

This year’s Qatar Goodwood Festival (‘Glorious Goodwood’) runs from Tuesday 26th July through to Saturday 30th July. The Glorious Goodwood Racing Timetable and prize money for each day are featured below. TUESDAY 26th JULY 2016 Time / Race / Distance / Age of horses / Prize money 2.00pm The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap 1m 1f 192y 4y+ £50,000 2.35pm The Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2) 7f 2y £200,000 3.10pm The Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2) 7f 3y+ £300,000 3.45pm The Better Odds With Matchbook Summer Handicap 1m 6f 3y+ £100,000 4.20pm The Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap (86–105) 5f 4y+...

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Epsom Derby: History of the Derby

The Bunbury does not quite have the same allure to it as the Derby but, if a flipped coin had fallen the other way, then that is how the premier British Classic would probably have been known. In 1776, ‘Gentleman’ Johnny Burgoyne, a soldier, playwright and politician who married into the Derby family and had passed on the lease of his Surrey mansion, the Oaks, to the 12th Earl of Derby, Edward Smith-Stanley, urged his friend to introduce a race for three-year-old fillies over a mile and a half to emulate old comrade in arms Anthony St Leger, founder...

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