Author: Sarah Elsley

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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Grand National 2017: Defi definitely first among juveniles

Defi Du Seuil maintained his unbeaten run over hurdles when landing the G1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle. He was almost certain to be ranked the top four-year-old hurdler in training before the race, but his game win ended any speculation – ridden by Barry Geraghty in the colours of JP McManus, Defi Du Seuil won by one and a quarter lengths and four and a half lengths from Divin Bere and Bedrock, convincingly enough, if not with the sparkle of some of his victories. The winner, who had landed the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on his...

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Thunder Snow leads 10 exciting second entries for the 2017 Investec Derby

Group One winner Thunder Snow features among 10 exciting second entries revealed for this year’s premier Classic, the £1.5 million Investec Derby, which has the richest prize money ever offered in Britain. This brings the number of three-year-olds going forward for glory in the Investec Derby to 136. The most famous of all Flat races is run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs, with a maximum field of 20 runners, on Saturday 3rd June, the second and final day of the Investec Derby Festival The Godolphin-owned son of Helmet stormed to an impressive five-length success in the Criterium International over seven...

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Grand National 2017: Bradley Lowery to line up in Randox Health Grand National

Organisers of Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National have taken the unprecedented step of awarding an honorary 41st place in the world’s most famous steeplechase to five-year-old Neuroblastoma campaigner, Bradley Lowery. Jockey Club Racecourses has created the honorary berth and even his own set of colours – on paper in the racecard – to support Bradley’s campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight the rare form of cancer. He was first diagnosed with it aged 18-months, beat it after two years and went into remission, before sadly the disease returned in July 2016. In the racecard, Bradley’s red and white...

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