Author: Rachel Groom

Crossed Baton takes the Blue Riband at The Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs 2018

Epsom Downs opened its doors for the first time in 2018 with the Investec Spring Meeting on Wednesday 25th April, when the highlight was the £50,000 Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial (2.45pm, 19 entries) for three-year-olds. The trial for the Investec Derby, run over 10 furlongs, was promoted to Listed status this year and was given a new name. This year’s renewal of the Investec Blue Riband Trial was run in memory of the late Anthony Cane, who died on 29th January 2018, aged 69, after battling motor neurone disease. Cane was chairman of Epsom Downs Racecourse from 2008...

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Cheltenham Festival 2018 Review: St Patrick’s Thursday in Pictures

St Patrick’s Thursday at The Cheltenham Festival 2018 included the Grade One Stayer’s Hurdle, as well as a substantial presence by Irish brewer Guinness! There was a new note for the history books as Willie Mullins-trained Penhill became the first horse to win the G1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and the G1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle following an impressive success under Paul Townend in the three-mile championship event. The 12/1 shot – returning from an absence of 323 days – travelled sweetly throughout and after winging the final flight, he kept on tenaciously to master Jessica Harrington’s Supasundae (6/1)...

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Royal Ascot 2017 – Ladies’ Day Photos

The Thursday of Royal Ascot is officially Gold Cup Day – but for thousands of racing fashionistas it is unofficially known as ‘Ladies’ Day’. As it is not an official Ladies’ Day, there are no Best Dressed or Best Hat competitions – instead, racegoers vie to capture the attention of press photographers, fellow racegoers and simply take the opportunity to wear the hat and outfit of a lifetime! All of that adds up to fabulous outfits, amazing hats and, most of all, the most fantastic fun. HATS! Please click on images for full size pictures. THE ROYAL PROCESSION Each...

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Royal Ascot 2017 Review – Thursday Gold Cup

The highlight of the whole Royal Meeting 2017 was undoubtedly the staying championship of the week, Thursday’s G1 Gold Cup. The race was widely expected beforehand to be won by Aidan O’Brien’s 2016 winner Order Of St George, but the popular jet-setter Big Orange, trained by Michael Bell, produced the performance of his career to win the feature race at 5/1. Jockey James Doyle, on board the son of Duke Of Marmalade for the first time, set superb fractions in a top class front-running performance and sent his mount two lengths clear a furlong from home. Ryan Moore gave chase...

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Royal Ascot 2017 Review – Thursday Highlights

Joseph O’Brien rode six Royal Ascot winners as a jockey, three of them Group Ones (So You Think, 2012 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Declaration Of War, 2013 Queen Anne Stakes, Leading Light, 2014 Gold Cup). His first Royal Ascot runner as a trainer, Now You’re Talking, finished fourth in Wednesday’s Queen Mary Stakes and he had another chance with True Blue Moon in the Norfolk Stakes, ridden by his brother Donnacha (pictured top with Joseph O’Brien). However, victory went to his father Aidan O’Brien, as Sioux Nation ridden by Ryan Moore scooped the race by half a length. Saeed bin...

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