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  • Ladbrokes seeking to merge with Coral

    International Horse Racing News June 24, 2015 6:48 am

    Ladbrokes’ shares have surged as investors placed bets on a mega merger with rival bookmaker Gala Coral to create the UK’s largest gambling firm. Ladbrokes said it was in early discussions with Gala to potentially merge, forming a business with nearly 4000 betting shops. Shares in FTSE 250-listed firm Ladbrokes […]

     
  • Avdulla chasing milestone at Canterbury

    Australian Horse Racing News June 24, 2015 6:39 am

    Brenton Avdulla’s quest to ride a 100 winners in a season for the first time will continue at Canterbury. Avdulla went into Tuesday’s meeting at Newcastle on 99 but he was denied his century when the Kris Lees-trained Naranja was beaten into second place as favourite. He has a full […]

     
  • Geelong win gives Weir new personal best

    Australian Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 5:54 pm

    The victory of Pont Royale at Geelong on Tuesday has provided Darren Weir with career-best training figures. Pont Royale was Weir’s 254th winner Australia-wide for the season, eclipsing his previous best set in 2013-2014 when he topped 200 winners for the first time. Weir easily leads the Australian premiership over […]

     
  • Laurie launches ‘contamination’ defence

    Australian Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 5:48 pm

    Matt Laurie has issued a statement in the wake of one of his horses returning a positive swab to Ice in a winning a race in country Victoria. Racing Victoria stewards revealed on Monday that Shockaholic had tested positive to methamphetamine after winning at Echuca on April 24. Laurie suggested […]

     
  • Wait and see on Lie Direct in Significant

    Australian Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 5:18 pm

    Lie Direct is an up-and-coming stayer, but his promise still might not be enough to cope with the strength of a strong interstate challenge at Rosehill on Saturday. Lie Direct is one of 14 nominations for the Significant Stakes, a 1900m test for two and three-year-olds that has attracted five […]

     
  • Jumps career on hold for in-form Practiced

    Australian Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 2:57 pm

    The jumping career of Practiced has been put on hold with the former Lloyd Williams-owned galloper gearing up for another Flemington flat run. Practiced was purchased by Warrnambool-based trainer Simon Ryan for $50,000 with a jumping career in mind, but success at Flemington nearly three weeks ago means he will […]

     
  • Walker plays waiting game with back injury

    Australian Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 2:33 pm

    Michael Walker’s hopes of winning the Victorian jockeys’ premiership are all but over with the leading rider sidelined due to a recurring back injury. Walker, who trails Dean Yendall by four winners in the premiership race, will out of the saddle until at least next week. He was stood down […]

     
  • Bowman returns with McDonald in his sights

    Australian Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 2:15 pm

    Hugh Bowman’s bid for a third Sydney jockeys’ premiership will swing into countdown mode with seven rides at Canterbury on Wednesday. Bowman returns to Sydney racing after missing the past four metropolitan meetings due to Brisbane winter carnival commitments and suspension. And his absence meant he has barely made an […]

     
  • New Zealand has first cobalt positive

    Australian Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 10:30 am

    A horse from Lance O’Sullivan’s stable has tested positive for cobalt, the first case of its kind in New Zealand. The NZ Racing Integrity Unit confirmed on Tuesday it had begun an investigation into a positive sample returned by Quintastic after she won at Matamata on March 11. Two other […]

     
  • Geraghty to replace McCoy with McManus

    International Horse Racing News June 23, 2015 9:09 am

    Barry Geraghty has been named No.1 rider for leading jumps owner JP McManus, replacing the retired champion Tony McCoy. Geraghty has been riding principally for Nicky Henderson since 2008 and the pair have won most of the biggest races on the calendar together, including the Gold Cup with Bobs Worth […]