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WINTER WONDERLAND

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Quote: ‘Three inches of snow fell on a wintery day – and six inches at the top of the gallop. The gallops are in good working order and the horses appear fresh and well’. By Andrew Atkinson Nick Alexander’s stables in Kinneston, Fife, depicted a ‘winter wonderland’ as snow fell across Britain that lead to […]

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RACING UNDER THE ‘COSH’ OF CORONAVIRUS

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RACING UNDER THE 'COSH' OF CORONAVIRUS

Andrew Atkinson looks at the cost to racing with trainer Nick Alexander after the cold spell and snow that lead to ice and ground frozen this month, leading to a plethora of meetings abandoned. “Luckily the gallops have been in great order and the horses haven’t missed a beat – thanks to the fantastic efforts […]

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Cheltenham Festival dream looms for €670 purchase Skyace

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By Andrew Atkinson Trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s canny €670 purchase of former Willie Mullins trained six-year-old Skyace in June 2020 is one of the bargain buys of the NH Turf – with a Cheltenham Festival appearance looming. Since being under the helm of Hanlon, Skyace has notched up wins at Punchestown, Down Royal, Gowran and […]

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Suggestion retired in wake of eye removal tumour op

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Suggestion: retired amid op to remove eye tumour. Photo: Philip Kirby racing.

By Andrew Atkinson Phil Kirby trained nine-year-old Suggestion, bred by Juddmonte Farms Ltd, has been retired after six years at Green Oaks Farm stables in Richmond, North Yorkshire. “We have said goodbye to this gorgeous boy – the gentle grey Suggestion who has been with us since aged three, when bought at the sales by […]

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TIGER ROLL NEEDS SUN TO RECOUP FORM

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TIGER ROLL NEEDS SUN TO RECOUP FORM

Quote: ‘I’m sure they will get him back in good shape. He will be a better horse – when he has some sun on his back’ – jockey Davy Russell By Andrew Atkinson Jockey Davy Russell who fractured his vertebrae in a first fence fall from Doctor Duffy in the Munster National at Limerick in […]

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Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll enjoys day at the beach

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Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll enjoys day at the beach

By Andrew Atkinson Fifteen horses from the stables of leading County Meath Ireland based trainer Gordon Elliott enjoyed a morning out at Mornington Beach, including Envoi Allen, twice Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll and Abacadabras. Elliott reported the death of Cheltenham Festival winner Labaik, due to colic. “Labaik who had retired from racing died […]

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Trainer Nick over the moon with Eagle Ridge win

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By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Nick Alexander is looking ahead to February to saddle Eagle Ridge again – after winning at Musselburgh on New Year’s day. “New Year’s day at Musselburgh was very different this year – but I was still over the moon with Eagle Ridge winning by a nose after a tough battle,” said […]

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Speredek to be retired

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Speredek: Some great days, said trainer Nigel Hawke.

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Nigel Hawke has announced that 10-year-old Speredek will be retired after a fall at Sandown Park on January 2, that led to concerns for its life after covers were placed in situ. “Speredek is home after giving us quite a scare. We have made the decision to retire him,” said Hawke. […]

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Gordon waiting for better ground for Mellow Ben as stablemate Commanche...

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Commanche Red: fallen out of love with racing.

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Chris Gordon based at Morestead Stables in Winchester, Hampshire, is waiting for better ground after Mellow Ben finished fourth in the Ladbrokes 3 miles Handicap Chase at Kempton, with stablemate Commanche Red pulled-up. “We had a couple of runners on December 27 at Kempton, with Mellow Ben and Commanche Red. “Ben […]

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Always Tipsy suffers fatal injury at Musselburgh in William Hill Handicap...

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Always Tipsy: Broke shoulder at Musselburgh.

By Andrew Atkinson suffered a fatal injury at Musselburgh on December 22 after falling in the William Hill Handicap Hurdle. “I am extremely sorry to report that we lost Always Tipsy when he broke his shoulder at the third last hurdle at Musselburgh,” said Nick, based at Kinneston, Fife.   11-year-old Always Tipsy, owned by […]

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Altior returns in Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park

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Altior returns in Desert Orchid Chase

By Andrew Atkinson Altior is set to return to action in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park on December 27. “I have no worries about the ground. He will run, he has to. Soft ground at Sandown and soft ground at Kempton are two different sorts altogether – one gets sticky and […]

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Epatante test against Goshen, Sceau Royal and Silver Streak in Ladbrokes...

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Epatante faces big test in Christmas Hurdle after Fighting Fifth Hurdle win.

By Andrew Atkinson Champion Hurdler Epatante – winner of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle in November – is set to run in the Ladbrokes Hurdle (Grade 1) on Boxing Day. “She is all set to go – this was always the route we’ve intended to take,” said trainer Nicky Henderson. “Touch wood, things are […]

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Chepstow Coral Welsh Grand National expected to be heavy going

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Raz De Maree 2017 winner

By Andrew Atkinson Chepstow stage the Coral Welsh Grand National on Sunday (December 27) on what is expected to be heavy going – having been postponed four times in a decade, due to waterlogging and snowfall. “I don’t think there should be any threat because the rain is going to be dotted throughout the week […]

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Henderson trained Santini joins King George VI Boxing Day party!

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Nicky Henderson trained Santini

By Andrew Atkinson Nicky Henderson trained Santini has been supplemented at £5,000 to run in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day: We’ve joined the party! “We’re going to join the party. We’re up for it and looking forward to it,” said Henderson. “It looks a strong race and we’ve […]

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Lostintranslation ‘Boxing clever’ ahead of King George V1

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Lostintranslation 'Boxing clever' ahead of King George V1

By Andrew Atkinson Lostintranslation’s drifting odds of 8-1 for the King George V1 Chase on Boxing Day could be a Christmas cracker of a price – if proven a blip in form was due to muddy going in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November – when trailing 47 lengths behind winner Bristol De […]

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O’Leary sells Apple’s Jade for €530,000 to trainer Elliott on behalf...

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Apple's Jade: sold for €530,000 to trainer Gordon Elliott on behalf of Noel and Valerie Moran's Bective Stud. Photo: Twitter.

By Andrew Atkinson Michael O’Leary has sold mare Apple’s Jade for €530,000 to trainer Gordon Elliott on behalf of Noel and Valerie Moran’s Bective Stud. Grade 1 winner on 11 occasions Apple’s Jade was sold by O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud at Goffs December National Hunt sale. One of the most prolific hurdlers, Apple’s Jade retired […]

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Master Tommytucker and Al Dancer Cheltenham Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap...

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Al Dancer who beat Master Tommytucker in October go head-to-head at Cheltenham.

By Andrew Atkinson Paul Nicholls trained Master Tommytucker and Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Al Dancer go to post in the 19 runners Grade 3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup 2m 4 1/2f Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 12, having swerved the re-scheduled Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on Friday. Both opted to miss the Grade 2 […]

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A WALK IN THE PARK!

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Hat-trick Bushypark enters winner's enclosure at Hexham. Photo courtesy Hexham races.

By Andrew Atkinson Bushypark completed a hat-trick of victories on December 9 when landing the Follow Hexham Racecourse on Facebook Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 4 furlongs under jockey Tommy Dowson. Trained by Philip Kirby at Green Oaks Farm stables in Richmond, North Yorkshire, Bushypark (1-4) gained a 12 lengths win over Itsnotyouitsme, making all […]

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Happy Kirby shines in purple-patch

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Phil Kirby overlooks his string of horses up on Bushypark.

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Phil Kirby has hit a purple-patch with Shine Baby Shine the latest saddled winner from the Green Oaks Farm, Richmond, North Yorkshire stables, when winning at Southwell on December 8. “It was a well deserved success for Shine Baby Shine under Rossa Ryan and a much improved effort from Lady Camelot, […]

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Presenting Percy win will do him world of good

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Presenting Percy win will do him world of good

Gordon Elliott trained nine-year-old Presenting Percy returned to winning ways at Thurles this month, when beating Kemboy under jockey Jack Kennedy, having last won in January 2019. Presenting Percy fell when seventh two out in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase in March, won by Al Boum Photo. Presenting Percy has been slashed to 16-1 […]

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Anthony Van Dyck was very tough, straightforward and genuine – he...

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Vincent O'Brien won the Investec Derby for the seventh time with Anthony Van Dyck in 2019.

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Aiden O’Brien has praised 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck who tragically died participating in the 2020 Melbourne Cup this month: He gave everything. “I didn’t get any results of any post mortem or anything yet but I believe he broke his fetlock,” said O’Brien. “It was just terrible for him […]

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Namib Dancer will be very sorely missed after Huntingdon fatality

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Namib Dancer will be very sorely missed after Huntingdon fatality

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Emma Lavelle has made a statement following the loss of six-year-old Namib Dancer after falling at Huntingdon on November 10. “It was a very sad day for everyone here at Bonita Racing Stables, as well as for Will, Sarah and Tom Davies and The Grundy’s, the owners of Namib Dancer, as […]

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Whoshotthesherrif Carlisle win

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By Andrew Atkinson Philip Kirby trained Whoshotthesherrif returned to winning form at Carlisle on November 9 with a victory in the Durdar Graduation Chase C2 over 1m 7f. Six-year-old Whoshotthesherrif gained a 1 length win over Kiltealy Briggs, ridden by Sean Quinlan. “Whoshotthesherrif made amends for his unlucky fall at Cheltenham last year with a […]

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Seven horses killed in fire tragedy purchased by new Spanish owners...

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Three-time winner Wise Counsel, a half-brother to former Spanish poster boy Noozhoh Canarias, runner-up in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, dies By Andrew Atkinson Seven horses who lost their lives in a horse box fire had been purchased by new Spanish owners in Newmarket, including three-time winner Wise Counsel, a half-brother to former Spanish poster boy […]

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Legend 17-year-old veteran See Double You Tipperary outing

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See Double You wins at Hexham in 2018. Photo: Twitter.

By Andrew Atkinson Veteran 17-year-old racehorse See Double You returned to the fold at Tipperary on October 20, after 388 days since it last ran. See Double You lined-up for a 68th career race for owner/trainer Ronan McNally at the Irish course, having last ran in September 2019, finishing 15th of 25 runners. See Double […]

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Legend 17-year-old veteran See Double You Tipperary outing

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See Double You wins at Hexham in 2018. Photo: Twitter.

By Andrew Atkinson Veteran 17-year-old racehorse See Double You returned to the fold at Tipperary on October 20, after 388 days since it last ran. See Double You lined-up for a 68th career race for owner/trainer Ronan McNally at the Irish course, having last ran in September 2019, finishing 15th of 25 runners. See Double […]

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Legend 17-year-old veteran See Double You Tipperary outing

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See Double You wins at Hexham in 2018. Photo: Twitter.

By Andrew Atkinson Veteran 17-year-old racehorse See Double You returned to the fold at Tipperary on October 20, after 388 days since it last ran. See Double You lined-up for a 68th career race for owner/trainer Ronan McNally at the Irish course, having last ran in September 2019, finishing 15th of 25 runners. See Double […]

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Alston saddles Redrosezorro – tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info – in Catterick William...

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Jockey Jason Hart: Redrosezorro William Hill Veterans Handicap win.

By Andrew Atkinson Veteran trainer Eric Alston saddled Redrosezorro – tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info – to win the Class 4 William Hill Veterans Handicap over 5 furlongs at Catterick. Ridden by Jason Hart, six year old Redrosezorro – backed from 4-1 to 11-4f – was winning for the eighth time for Longton, Edges Farm stables, Preston […]

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Alston saddles Redrosezorro – tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info – in Catterick William...

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Jockey Jason Hart: Redrosezorro William Hill Veterans Handicap win.

By Andrew Atkinson Veteran trainer Eric Alston saddled Redrosezorro – tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info – to win the Class 4 William Hill Veterans Handicap over 5 furlongs at Catterick. Ridden by Jason Hart, six year old Redrosezorro – backed from 4-1 to 11-4f – was winning for the eighth time for Longton, Edges Farm stables, Preston […]

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Whoshotthesheriff home for tea after Chasing bow at Carlisle

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Whoshotthesheriff: back home for tea after finishing second at Carlisle.

By Andrew Atkinson Phil Kirby trained Whoshotthesherrif finished second at Carlisle on October 15 in the Class 3 Racing TV Novices Limited Handicap Chase over 1 mile 7 furlongs. “Whoshotthesherrif is back home for tea time. An excellent start to his chasing career, after running a very close second at Carlisle,” said Green Oaks Farm […]

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