Friday, August 14, 2020
Qatar Goodwood Festival

Qatar Goodwood Festival pilot event cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

By Andrew Atkinson  From the BHA, RCA and Goodwood The Government has informed racing’s leaders that it has withdrawn permission for a pilot event involving customers to proceed at Goodwood on August 1. The racing on Saturday will continue behind closed doors...
Presenting Percy.

Presenting Percy moves to Gordon Elliott’s stables in County Meath

Quote: 'It has been a very difficult decision - but it is the right time for a change," owner Philip Reynolds By Andrew Atkinson Presenting Percy has moved to Gordon Elliott's stables in County Meath, from Pat Kelly, based in...
Cartmel's annual race meetings are scheduled during May-August,

CARTMEL STICKY TOFFEE FOR WINNING CONNECTIONS!

Quote: 'We know you all love a party - but please do not come. It may be tempting to say 'let's watch from the woods' - Cartmel General manager Geraldine McKay Quote: 'With racing behind closed doors,  Cartmel...
Aspiring jockey Jacob Pritchard Webb

Aspiring jockey Jacob Pritchard Webb, 23, told by medics he will never walk again...

By Andrew Atkinson Aspiring jockey Jacob Pritchard Webb, 23, has been told by medics he will never walk again after a horrific fall at Auteuil racecourse, in Paris, causing serious damage to his spine. Leicester born Jacob, who moved to France...
Former champion Flat jockey Jamie Spencer set to return

Former champion Flat jockey Jamie Spencer set to return

By Andrew Atkinson Former champion Flat jockey Jamie Spencer has been given the go-ahead to return to race-riding following a long spell on the sidelines, having broke his hip on the gallops. "It has been a long three months since I...
O'Brien star filly Love eyes Darley Yorkshire Oaks

O’Brien star filly Love eyes Darley Yorkshire Oaks

By Andrew Atkinson Aidan O'Brien trained filly Love is entered in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York in August after successful victories in the 2020 Qipco 1,000 Guineas and 2020 Investec Oaks. Ballydoyle maestro O'Brien heads for York after sidestepping the...
Trainers Aidan O’Brien and son Donnacha fined-ban for breaches of anti-Covid 19 protocols

Trainers Aidan O’Brien and son Donnacha fined-ban for breaches of anti-Covid 19 protocols

By Andrew Atkinson Trainers Aidan O’Brien and his son Donnacha have been fined and banned by the IRHB from attending racecourses - for breaches of anti-Covid 19 protocols amid the resumption of racing in June. Both were fined €2,500 - £2,200...
Kieran Fallon: stayed in UK to help son Cieron.

Brotherly love for ace jockey Cieron!

By Andrew Atkinson Brittany Fallon, twin-sister to top jockey Cieron, was brought to tears after he landed Europe's top sprint July Cup on at Newmarket on July 11. "I'm crying - happy tears - I'm so proud," said Brittany. "It was a...

Home James! Doyle to star at Newmarket

By Andrew Atkinson Newmarket stages the Group 1 Darley July Cup Stakes on Saturday, July 11, on an eight racecard meeting at racing's Headquarters. Denis Hogan trained Sceptical (3.35) ridden by Frankie Dettori is fromthehorsesmouth.info selection, with Richard Hannon jnr trained...
Dr Syntax began his career at Catterick Bridge

DR IN THE HOUSE!

Quote: 'In July 1814, Dr Syntax ran at Preston Racecourse, opposite Preston North End football stadium. It was the beginning of a remarkable career'. Racing correspondent Andrew Atkinson looks back in Part 1 of a special Feature on Dr...
Pinatubo eyes Group 1, 2020 Qatar Prix Jean Prat glory

Pinatubo eyes Group 1, 2020 Qatar Prix Jean Prat glory

By Andrew Atkinson Charlie Appleby trained Pinatubo heads a list of 14 runners in the 7 furlongs Group 1, 2020 Qatar Prix Jean Prat on Sunday, July 12, at Deauville, France. Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien, who saddled Serpentine to victory in...
Flat racing programme for August published amid the Covid-19 by the BHA

Flat racing programme for August published amid the Covid-19 by the BHA

By Andrew Atkinson The full Flat racing programme for August has been published amid the Covid-19 by the BHA. The August flat amateur and apprentice races for August includes a small number of races, restricted to apprentice or amateur jockeys. Field sizes...
McCain at his Bankhouse stables, Cheshire. Twitter

It’s great to have jump racing back – Donald McCain jnr

By Andrew Atkinson It's great to have the jumps racing back - words of Donald McCain junior - after the return to National Hunt racing, amid COVID-19 lockdown in mid-March, soon after the Cheltenham Festival. The NH campaign got underway at...

HOLLIE’S PUNCHING ABOVE HER WEIGHT!

Weightlifting, squat-lifting and boxing in bid to become elite jockey Quote: Rugby scrum-half in boys team at school, told she wouldn't become a jockey. 'It's nice to prove people wrong' - Hollie Doyle By Andrew Atkinson Hollie Doyle rode four...
Glamourius force wins the first!

Decision slammed as Leicester racing goes ahead

Decision to allow racing to go ahead slammed by leading Flat trainers as BHA give green light amid COVID-19 'spike' in Leicester By Andrew Atkinson Leicester race meeting went ahead on June 30 - despite the city being placed in...
Racing plans will allow owners to attend race meetings behind closed doors from July 4

Racing plans will allow owners to attend race meetings behind closed doors from July...

‘Test events’ scheduled this week to pilot new protocols Attendance limited to two owners per horse By Andrew Atkinson Breaking news Racehorse owners will be able to start attending race meetings behind closed doors from Saturday July 4 in a...
Masked jockeys following the return of racing.

OWNERS UNDER STARTERS ORDERS!

Quote: 'I want to thank owners for their continued patience and understanding during an incredibly difficult period. You’ve shown incredible loyalty, despite disappointed you haven’t been able to watch your horses run' - BHA’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard...
Nicknamed 'Tredders', he initially retired after sustaining injuries including head and shoulder injuries, that saw him leave racing in February 2018.

‘TREDDERS’ DEAD

Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell found dead By Andrew Atkinson Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell has died at the age of 34, with police treating his death as unexplained, with no third party thought to be involved. Born in Arundel,...
Tom Marquand, one of British racing's rising stars

DETTORI SADDLED WITH DERBY FAVOURITE!

Marquand 'jocked-off' English King at Epsom By Andrew Atkinson Tom Marquand, one of British racing's rising stars, has been 'jocked-off' English King in the Investec 2000 Derby at Epsom next month - with Frankie Dettori in the saddle. Marquand, 22, who...

Dettori chalks up 70th Royal Ascot career win on Fanny Logan in  G2 Hardwicke...

By Andrew Atkinson Frankie Dettori rode John Gosden trained Fanny Logan to an emphatic victory in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday. Fanny Logan - Dettori's 70th career win at Royal Ascot - gained a two and...

Golden Horde winning tip by fromthehorsesmouth.info in Royal Ascot Group 1 Commonwealth Cup

By Andrew Atkinson Golden Horde (5-1) was a winning tip by fromthehorsesmouth.info when landing the Group One Commonwealth Cup over 6f at Royal Ascot on Friday, under jockey Adam Kirby. "It has got great natural speed and all credit to connections,"...

Jockey Hayley Turner ‘absolutely gutted’ 2020 Shergar Cup cancelled

By Andrew Atkinson The 2020 Shergar Cup at Ascot in August, highlighting jockeys worldwide along with an international women’s team, has been cancelled. The Shergar Cup is a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. Nick Smith, Ascot’s director of racing, said: “Regrettably,...
O'Brien's Kew Gardens to miss Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

O’Brien’s Kew Gardens to miss Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

By Andrew Atkinson Aidan O'Brien's 2018 St Leger winner Kew Gardens will miss the 2m 4f Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on June 18. Kew Gardens (ante-post 4-1) was deemed a major threat to Stradivarius at Royal Ascot: "We wasn't 100...
Queen to miss Royal Ascot for first time in 68-year reign

Queen to miss Royal Ascot for first time in 68-year reign

By Andrew Atkinson We’re trying to make the most of it - words of Nick Smith, Ascot’s spokesperson, ahead of Royal Ascot's 2020 meeting. “It’s going to be different but we are trying to make sure there’s as much compensation...
Sandown Park, Newbury, Doncaster, Leicester tips June 13

Sandown Park, Newbury, Doncaster, Leicester tips June 13

STONE 'SOLID' IN STOUTE SANDOWN TILT Sunday Sovereign's debut run for Varian By Andrew Atkinson Roger Varian trained Sunday Sovereign (2.40) ridden by Sylvester De  Souza, making a debut run for it's new yard, is tipped to win the Class...
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