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Early season maidens showcase future stars

While this year’s two-year-old races have, due to current circumstances, focused on horses getting a run before Royal Ascot, the early season maidens for three-year-olds are always worth watching with an eye to the future. Hence, the last week has produced plenty to note. Newmarket’s three-year-old early season maidens are invariably hard to win. Last Friday’s card contained two for fillies. The 1m 4f contest went to Charlie Appleby’s Renaissance Queen. She only won by a length but looked value

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Juvenile Royal Ascot prospects – part two

More juvenile Royal Ascot prospects made their debuts this week, mostly in Ireland. But England had some too. Tom Dascombe’s two-year-olds are well forward and he saddled two winners at Haydock. On Monday, Lauded proved far sharper than his rivals, pulling clear to score by 4½ lengths. Then on Tuesday, Devious Company saw off Mark Johnston’s Golden Flame by half a length, the pair pulling clear of the rest. Of the two, Lauded earned a higher Racing Post rating of

Horse racing

Early juvenile prospects for Royal Ascot

With Royal Ascot less than a week away, trainers have been keen to get a run into their two-year-olds. Since racing returned last week, plenty of clues have emerged among the early juvenile prospects. The juvenile action kicked off on the all-weather on Tuesday. Up at Newcastle, the two divisions of the 5f fillies’ contest went to Karl Burke’s Dandalla and Mark Johnston’s Pelekai. Dandalla stayed on well to score by two lengths. Pelekai made all and, though she only

1000 Guineas
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Love is all you need in fillies’ Guineas

Roger Charlton’s Frankel filly Quadrilateral looks sure to start favourite for Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas. And why not? She’s won all her three starts. She followed two stylish Newbury wins with victory in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile over the Guineas course and distance. Aidan O’Brien’s filly Love finished third that day, with Boomer a close-up fifth. Jessica Harrington’s Millisle sprang a 16-1 shock when winning the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, beating Raffle Prize by 1¾ lengths. However, she has

Horse racing

Grade 1 Action at Santa Anita and Belmont

Three Grade 1s feature Saturday at Santa Anita and the recently resumed Belmont. A field of seven go in the delayed Santa Anita Derby over 1 1/8 miles. Unbeaten in three starts, favorite Authentic won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes by 7 ¾ lengths in January in spite of ducking in in the stretch. He bobbled at the start but still won the Grade 2 San Felipe in March by 2 ¼ lengths. Trying to beat him will be second

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Pinatubo bids for Guineas glory

Is Pinatubo a ‘good thing’ for the 2,000 Guineas? He has done all – and more – asked of him so far, winning all his six starts in fine style. But on Saturday Charlie Appleby’s colt faces his biggest test yet when taking on 14 rivals on the Rowley Mile. Pinatubo beat Aidan O’Brien’s Arizona by two lengths in the Dewhurst Stakes, with the latter’s stablemate Wichita a further 2¾ lengths back in third. O’Brien runs both again, along with

Horse racing

Derby and Oaks trials plus Coronation Cup

Racing steps up a gear on Friday when Newmarket hosts two Group races. Meanwhile, there are Derby and Oaks trials at Lingfield Park. They are among seven races to be shown on ITV4. The highlight of Newmarket’s ten-race card is the Group 1 Coronation Cup at 3.35, rerouted from Epsom. It sees champion stayer Stradivarius step down in trip to a mile and a half. His rivals include Defoe, who won this race last year and followed up in Royal

Eider Chase
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Opportunity missed as racing returns

Betway sponsors the whole card when racing returns at Newcastle on Monday. The resumption is good news all round. However, it’s also a missed opportunity. Trainer Kim Bailey spotted a great way for racing to get a slice of ‘feel good’ publicity when the sport resumes. He said the first race back should have acknowledged the efforts of NHS staff and care workers. Although racing will be behind closed doors, there is sure to be TV coverage other than just

Horse racing

Fillies Line Up For Santa Anita’s Honeymoon

The Grade 3 Honeymoon Stakes is Saturday’s feature at Santa Anita, at 1 1/8 miles on turf for 3-year-old fillies. The race isn’t named for a post wedding holiday. The filly Honeymoon was the first California-bred to win over $100,000. The film producer and co-founder of MGM Studios Louis B. Mayer bred and owned her. Foaled in 1943, she was a stakes winner from ages two through five. She won both the Hollywood Derby and Oaks at three. One of

Sandown Saturday Gold Cup
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Stalls handlers limited to two in restart

The British Horseracing Authority’s plan to have only two stalls handlers on duty when racing resumes is just plain daft. The BHA says it’s to allow stricter social distancing. But it’s not only a daft idea, it’s a dangerous one too. Fourteen two-year-old races will take place in the first eight days of racing. None of those horses will have run before. The BHA has asked trainers to avoid running fractious horses in the first few weeks of racing. But

Horse racing

Poston rarely trained a losing horse

On the Great Racecourse of Life, the name of Newmarket trainer Peter Poston won’t be recalled alongside those of Cecil, Stoute or Gosden. But if a trainer’s object is for his or her horse to go racing and return having made money for the owner, then Poston rarely trained a loser. In the early 1960s, when betting shops were made legal and bookmakers began paying a levy to racing, the Horserace Betting Levy Board began subsidising owners’ transport costs. They

Commonwealth Cup
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Royal Meeting alterations and additions

Ascot has unveiled its order of running for this year’s Royal Meeting. It will take place from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th June. It will, of course, be behind closed doors. There are six extra races, with seven on each of the first four days and eight on the Saturday. The Queen Anne Stakes, which traditionally opens Tuesday’s card, is the second race this year. Instead, the first race is now the Buckingham Palace Handicap. The Commonwealth Cup replaced this

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Three-year-olds clash at Churchill Downs

A field of a dozen 3-year-olds clash in Saturday’s Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. The lukewarm 5-2 favorite is Maxfield, making his seasonal debut. Unbeaten in two starts, Maxfield missed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile due to ankle surgery. He broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last September and followed up with a win in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in early October. Pneumatic, at 4-1, is also unbeaten in two starts, both at Oaklawn. Unraced

Nunthorpe
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Favourite racing venues – the choice is yours

What does Chantilly have in common with Chaddesley Corbett? Or Champ de Mars with Cartmel? On the face of it, not much, other than they’re all racecourses of some sort or other. But there is another common thread. They all appeared in a recent Racing Post online feature in which its writers were asked to choose their favourite racing venues. Their choices ranged from Santa Anita to Pontefract, Ballinrobe to Newmarket’s July Course, Saratoga to Plumpton. Champ de Mars (Mauritius)

Horse racing

Nijinsky – the last Triple Crown winner

It’s 50 years since Nijinsky won the British Triple Crown. He’s the last colt to do it, though few since have tried. E. P. Taylor bred Nijinsky in Ontario, Canada, by the champion sire Northern Dancer out of Flaming Page, winner of the Queen’s Plate, Canadian Oaks and Kentucky Oaks. Vincent O’Brien bought the colt for $84,000 on behalf of American owner Charles Engelhard. Unbeaten in four starts in Ireland when ridden by Liam Ward, Nijinsky finished his two-year-old career

Commonwealth Cup
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Royal Ascot juvenile races – why hold them this year?

Even if British racing returns on June 1, plans to hold all the Royal Ascot juvenile races are surely wrong. There’s not enough time for trial races, even if the two-year-old contests are held over to the last day. Had racing started at Doncaster in March, it would have been 80 days before Royal Ascot. However, the shutdown means there’s barely time for one prep race this year. Thus, the fittest horses will have a big advantage.  But the fittest

Horse racing

Trio of Stakes on Gulfstream Menu

A trio of stakes feature on Saturday’s Gulfstream Park menu. A field of six 3-year-olds go to post in the 6 ½ furlong Roar Stakes. The 6-5 favorite is Green Light Go. The only graded stakes winner in the field, he captured the Grade 2 Saratoga Special over this trip back in August. He followed that up with a second in the Grade 1 Champagne over a mile at Belmont in October. On his 3-year-old debut he was third in

Horse racing

Other favourite jump races of all time

Following on from Tuesday’s blog, here are my four other favourite jump races. 2009 Hennessy Gold Cup. Stabled in adjacent boxes, Paul Nicholls’ stars Kauto Star and Denman lit up the jumping scene in the first decade of the new century. Denman beat Kauto Star in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup but finished second to him the next year. Known as ‘The Tank’, Denman had won the 2007 Hennessy under 11st 12lb and now, two years later, would do so

Horse racing

Favourite jump races of all time

As promised in last week’s blogs, here are the first four choices for my eight favourite jump races of all time. !964 Cheltenham Gold Cup. That year’s Gold Cup took place on a Saturday for the first – and so far only – time. The move ensured a much bigger TV audience to watch the rematch of Arkle versus Mill House. Four ran but only two mattered. Mill House had beaten Arkle in the Hennessy Gold Cup earlier that season

Horse racing

Sunshine Forever is Gulfstream Feature

The Sunshine Forever Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for 4-year-olds and up is Gulfstream’s weekend feature. It is named for the 1988 US champion turf male. A homebred for Darby Dan Farm, Sunshine Forever, by Epsom Derby winner Roberto, won three Grade 1 stakes in his championship season at age three: the Washington D.C. International, Turf Classic, and Man o’ War. He retired to stud at Darby Dan in Kentucky, then stood in Japan from 1996 to

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