Author: Sarah Elsley

Elliott reveals formidable Punchestown squad

Ireland’s leading trainer this season, Gordon Elliott, looks set to unleash a formidable team at the 2017 Punchestown Festival as he bids for his first championship. Elliott has currently won around €355,000, more than 10-times title-holder Willie Mullins, and the Punchestown Festival – with over €2.9 million in prize money – is likely to be crucial in the battle for the trainers’ championship. The season finishes at the end of Punchestown on Saturday 29th April. There were few easier winners at last year’s Punchestown Festival than Apple’s Jade, who ran away with the Grade 1 AES 4YO Hurdle by nine...

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Lancelot Du Lac primed for another crack at £150,000 All-Weather Sprint Championships

Trainer Dean Ivory is hoping that Lancelot Du Lac can go one place better in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park Good Friday, 14th April. The seven-year-old was collared in the closing stages by Alben Star when coming home second in the very valuable six-furlong contest 12 months ago, having also finished an unlucky eighth behind the same horse in the inaugural All-Weather Sprint Championships in 2014. Lancelot Du Lac has looked as good as ever on the All-Weather this season, following up victory off top-weight in a five-furlong Chelmsford City handicap in...

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Grand National 2017: Judges put their hope in Faith

The #FabulousFriday Style Award is always one of the most hard-fought contests of the entire Randox Health Grand National Festival and this year’s renewal was won by Faith Amond from County Carlow in Ireland. Amond was sporting a pink and red two-piece suit that the judges, Sam Quek, Laura Wright, Andrea Daley, Philip Armstrong, Tony Burke, Rachel Cunningham and Charlotte Perini, all thought was a ‘classic, well put together outfit’ that oozed ‘style and taste’. Amond is no stranger to the races and comes from a family that are well-connected in the racing industry. She has two sons, one...

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Grand National 2017: Walsh fit to ride Wonderful Charm in Randox Health Grand National

Leading Irish amateur jockey Katie Walsh reported this morning that she felt ‘100%’ ahead of her ride on Wonderful Charm in the Randox Health Grand National. Walsh was unseated from Distime at the third fence in the Randox Health Fox Hunters’ Chase. She was assessed immediately after the incident on course by Aintree Racecourse’s medical team. From there, she was taken to Aintree Hospital for two x-rays and a scan, which showed that she had a badly bruised, rather than a broken arm. Reflecting on the tumble, Walsh said: “I feel fine, a bit sore but I’m 100%. Initially, it...

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Mr Scaramanga among seven in Saturday’s International Trial at Lingfield Park

Mr Scaramanga (Simon Dow/Harry Bentley) returns to Lingfield Park for the feature £40,000 Listed 32Red International Trial Stakes on Saturday 8th April. Recent winners of the mile Polytrack contest include Dubawi Gold (2011) and Van Der Neer (2013), who finished second and third respectively in the G1 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, plus multiple G2 winner Bow Creek (2014). Mr Scaramanga was trained by Richard Hannon for much of last season and produced some notable efforts including when fourth behind Churchill in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and third in Newmarket’s G2 Superlative Stakes. The Sir Percy colt was...

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