Author: Sarah Elsley

USA: Castellano, Brown and Ramseys are Top Earners in 2016 

USA: Jockey Javier Castellano finished the year as the leading rider by earnings for the fourth consecutive year while Ken and Sarah Ramsey were the top earners for owners for the third time in four years and Chad Brown for the first time was the top earner for trainers, according to final statistics released by Equibase Company LLC, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information. Breeders’ Cup Classic and Travers Stakes winner Arrogate led all Thoroughbreds in North American earnings with earnings of $4,084,600. When including the results of the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan Racecourse on 26th March, 2016, California Chrome was the leading earner with earnings...

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Aidan O’Brien Champion British Trainer for a Fifth Time

The 2016 British Flat Trainers Championship concluded on 31st December with Aidan O’Brien confirmed the runaway winner with £8,130,756 in accumulated win and place prize money. O’Brien ended the year with a record prize money haul that was more than double the tally of his closest pursuers. His tally means the record has been broken for the third year running, following John Gosden’s 2014/15 total which surpassed £5 million for the first time and which in turn eclipsed Richard Hannon’s record set the previous Championship season. In 2016, Gosden came second after accumulating £3,462,784, with Richard Fahey third on...

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Cheltenham Festival Prize Money Boost

Cheltenham Festival Prize Money: The Cheltenham Festival in March has received a significant prize money boost, leading to a new record total of £4,305,000 over the four days of the best of Jump racing. The £190,000 input to prize money benefits 23 of the 28 races at The Festival, with the biggest increases going to the four novice chases. The G1 Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase and the G1 RSA Novices’ Chase both are boosted by £25,000, with the total prize money of each rising to £175,000. There are £20,000 increases for the G1 JLT Novices’ Chase (to £150,000)...

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The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, 2017

Following this year’s record nominations, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced the finalists for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2017. The panel of 12 judges have overseen 301 applications and taken on the task of narrowing them down to just three finalists in each of the six categories. Brough Scott, Chairman of the Judging Panel said: “Judging the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards makes you appreciate the commitment of those who work closest to the horses. For the judges it is also both an honour and annual heartache to pick out just three finalists from...

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Harry Cobden surges to head of Stobart Conditional Championship table

South west-based jockey Harry Cobden has surged to the head of the Stobart Conditional Championship table with 38 winners, 12 clear of his nearest pursuer David Noonan in second, with Jamie Bargary in the third on 25. Cobden rode a very respectable 30 winners to finish second in the 2015/16 Stobart Champion Conditional title. But the up-and-coming rider has continued to progress this season and eclipse his previous best with just less than four months of the season still to go. No one will be more pleased to see Cobden progress than his boss, 10-times Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls...

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