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Mick Channon: Irish horses are “the best in the world”

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Legendary racing trainer Mick Channon has hailed the Irish as “the best in the world” at breeding great racehorses and that Royal Ascot was always a meeting he would target with his horses as a trainer.  Channon, a former England striker with 46 caps for his country who turned to racehorse training full-time in the 1990’s, handed the keys over to his West Ilsey yard to son Jack in 2022 as he took a step back from the sport.  Ahead of Royal Ascot next week, Channon – who trained 19 Group…

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Enchanting Empress bound for Royal Ascot

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Amo Racing & Giselle De Aguiar’s unbeaten Listed National Stakes winner Enchanting Empress is bound for Royal Ascot with a number of races being weighed up for the exciting two-year-old, who was purchased at the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale for 62,000 guineas from Llety Farms. The daughter of SERGEI PROKOFIEV is trained by Dominic Ffrench Davis at Amo Racing’s Felstead Court Stables in Lambourn, and Amo Racing’s Operations Manager Amy Drummond reflected on team Amo’s initial impressions of the filly: From the day we bought her at the Somerville Yearling Sale, the…

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Riders of Markel Magnolia Cup 2024 announced

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The 12 inspirational women riders that will ride in the Markel Magnolia Cup 2024 at Qatar Goodwood Festival, on Thursday 1 August have been announced. The Markel Magnolia Cup has raised a phenomenal £2.4 million for charitable causes since its inception. This year, the Markel Magnolia Cup will support My Sisters’ House, a West Sussex women’s centre. They support any self-identifying woman to improve their welfare and wellbeing, reducing their risk of domestic abuse and supporting recovery. Operating across two hubs, located in the Arun District and Chichester, a presence in the…

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Wathnan Racing declare two live chances at Newbury Racecourse

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Qatari based, Wathnan Racing, have two live chances in Saturday’s Group 3 Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes at Newbury Racecourse following declarations on Thursday, April 18th 2024.  Ballymount Boy, trained by Adrian Keatley, will be ridden by Wathnan Racing retained jockey James Doyle and the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Mister Sketch is set to be partnered by champion jockey William Buick. The Classic trial, run over seven furlongs with a total prize fund of £90,000, is the feature race of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials meeting. The race was full…

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Chester Racecourse announces newly named Trials Day

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Previously known as City Day, the newly named Trials Day will open the 2024 Chester Racecourse season at the Boodles May Festival on Wednesday, 8 May, placing a greater emphasis on the afternoon’s quality card of racing.  A springboard to Epsom and beyond, Trials Day features the running of the Weatherbys Cheshire Oaks (for fillies) and Boodles Chester Vase (for colts and geldings), two of three traditional Classic Trials held during the Boodles May Festival.     The races serve as indicators for The Oaks and The Derby at Epsom and are…

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Richard Johnson talks big-name horse ownership ahead of Grand National

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Speaking to BoyleSports, who offer the latest Grand National Betting, four-time Champion Jockey Richard Johnson has praised the involvement of big-name horse ownership from the world of football. Despite being one of the most successful jumps jockeys of the 21st Century, Johnson never won the Grand National. He holds the record for the most rides without a winner, finishing as a runner-up in 2002 and 2014, and has also given his tips for the race this Saturday. Sir Alex Ferguson’s record-breaking purchase Caldwell Potter is expected to run on Grand…

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Paul Nicholls Aintree stable tour for the Randox Grand National 2024

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On the eve of one of the most talked-about weeks on the horse racing circuit, Paul Nicholls discusses with Betfair, the horses he has in his stables for the Randox Grand National Festival week, which kicks off on Thursday, 11th April. Thursday 11th April, Opening Day 1:45pm – The Close Brothers Manifesto novices’ Steeple Chase – Grade 1 Horse: Ginny’s Destiny He’s made giant strides since joining us this season, winning three times at Cheltenham before another cracking run when second to Grey Dawning in the Turners at the Festival.…

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Rachael Blackmore previews her day two rides at the Cheltenham Festival

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Rachael Blackmore previews her day two rides at the Cheltenham Festival – with a big chance in the Cross Country Chase 2.10pm – Monty’s Star I am really looking forward to riding Monty’s Star in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase on Wednesday. He was good in winning his beginners’ chase on New Year’s Eve at Punchestown. His jumping was very good, and that will be a big asset here. He’s bred for it too, he’s a half-brother to Monalee, who finished second in this race in 2018. It’s a small…

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Netflix: The Potential New Dark Horse in Racing Content?

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Rumours of Netflix getting into UK horse racing persist but what would it mean in the real world of UK horse racing? Find out more in our article below. Netflix, known for reshaping the landscape of television consumption, has been subject to much speculation about an audacious move into the realm of horse racing content. But what could this shift mean for traditional television, dedicated sports provider, race goers and betting? What might a Netflix racing catalogue look like? Let’s trot through the possibilities. The Current State of Horse Racing…

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Back to Back Wins for Al-Hatab

Al-Hatab and Mohammed Tabti win the www.wathbastallions.com (0-55) handicap at Lingfield Park © John Hoy

Al-Hatab made it back-to-back wins this afternoon at Lingfield Park when winning the £4,000 www.wathbastallions.com (0-55) handicap over a mile and five furlongs, ridden by Mohammed Tabti. The pair pulled clear to win by a decisive four lengths, from Aloof ridden by amateur Lewis Saunders, who finished six lengths ahead of Heritage Valentino and fellow amateur, Jamie Gambin. This was also the second win on the five-year-old for Tabti who commented, “He jumped well from the stalls, we had a good lead. He was nice and settled, going really well and when…

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