Author: Jack Timms

Churchill faces challenge to dominate field in 2017

Source: AtTheRaces via Twitter Churchill lived up to the high expectations placed upon him ahead of the 2000 Guineas, delivering a victory at Newmarket. The bay colt was widely touted to triumph at the race, having recorded victories in his previous five races. The three-year-old trailed initially at the start, but found his form to track the leaders before taking control of the meet down the stretch, producing a strong finish to win by a length. Churchill will now look to dominate the field for the rest of the flat season, with the most prestigious races in the term...

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Could Syphax emulate Golden Horn at Dante Stakes?

Photo Credit: EpsomDownsRacecourse via Twitter Golden Horn produced one of the finest seasons in the flat racing by claiming victory in the Dante Stakes, Epsom Derby, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The bay colt was named Horse of the Year for his exploits in 2015, and his triumphs were the envy of every owner, trainer and jockey in the sport – at least, those not named Anthony Oppenheimer, John Gosden or Frankie Dettori. The dream of every competitor will be to match the four-year-old’s success, with the journey beginning for many at the Dante Stakes in York....

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Looking ahead to the racing jewels in Royal Ascot’s crown

With the flat racing season well and truly underway now, thoughts naturally turn to the biggest and most prestigious race meeting of the season: Royal Ascot. This year, Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday 20th June to Saturday 24th June and promises five days of racing action, as well as a plenty of opportunity for socialising and people-watching. The five days each have their own highlights to offer, with at least one Group One race taking place each day. On Opening Day, the highlights will be the Queen Anne Stakes, the St James’s Palace Stakes and the King’s Stand...

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Thistlecrack Injury Blows Gold Cup Wide Open

Photo Credit: “Cheltenham Races” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by charlesdyer Ante-post favourite Thistlecrack is out of this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup after trainer Colin Tizzard revealed that the 2016 World Hurdle winner suffered a slight tendon tear just three weeks before the Festival. Tizzard, who also trains Gold Cup candidates Cue Card and Native River, claimed that the injury isn’t serious in the long term but it could keep him out for the remainder of the season. In some ways, the 2017 Gold Cup may turn out to be a bit of a damp squib. 2016 winner Don Cossack was forced to retire...

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National Dreams: Four Aintree hopefuls

The national hunt season is now getting into top gear and with that upping of the ante will come the first murmurings of potential plots to land the Grand National at Aintree in the spring. Winning the world’s most famous steeplechase does not come easy. It requires a lot of talent, luck and good timing – but perhaps more than ever, winning the Grand National requires months of careful planning too. Here are four potential contenders for ultimate glory in the world’s most talked-about horse race come 2017. Don Poli  Now trained by Gordon Elliott having made the move...

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