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  • Ferguson ponders Cotton Mill Festival aim

    International Horse Racing February 23, 2013 11:45 am

    Trainer John Ferguson will decide from three options which race to give Cotton Mill the chance to make up for crashing out in last year’s Cheltenham Festival. Ferguson has to choose from the Champion Hurdle, the Coral Cup and the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle for the six-year-old. Cotton Mill […]

  • Igugu succumbs to Sajjhaa at Meydan

    International Horse Racing February 22, 2013 11:30 am

    Star South African mare Igugu suffered a surprise defeat to Sajjhaa on her reappearance in the Group Two Balanchine Stakes at Meydan. Mike de Kock’s charge had carried all before her at home but had been off the track since winning the Group One J&B Met at Kenilworth last January. […]

  • National Hunt disappointment for O’Brien

    International Horse Racing February 21, 2013 12:00 pm

    Aidan O’Brien’s first National Hunt runners in well over eight years have failed to land a blow at Punchestown. The master of Ballydoyle is no stranger to the jumping game, having trained the incredible Istabraq to win three Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham. However, the stable’s last runner under National Hunt […]

  • Kauto Star to show new skills at Newbury

    International Horse Racing February 20, 2013 11:30 am

    Kauto Star is set to demonstrate some of his new dressage skills when he appears at Newbury on March 2. The 16-time Grade One winner and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero was retired from racing last October and has since been in the care of leading event rider Laura Collett. […]

  • Nicky Henderson outlines Festival squad

    International Horse Racing February 19, 2013 9:15 am

    Nicky Henderson might publicly admit he does not expect to match last year’s haul of seven Cheltenham Festival winners, but a team of at least 35 from his stable will be doing their best. These include virtually all of his returning heroes, such as Sprinter Sacre, Bobs Worth, Simonsig and […]

  • Rachel Alexandra continues to improve

    International Horse Racing February 19, 2013 9:15 am

    Veterinary surgeons in Kentucky are encouraged by Rachel Alexandra’s improvement with the champion mare in a serious but stable condition after abdominal surgery. Rachel Alexandra underwent the surgery after she suffered complications from foaling last week. The 2009 United States Horse of the Year went for a short walk outside […]

  • Tim Clark wins first Hong Kong Group One

    International Horse Racing February 18, 2013 1:15 pm

    Australian jockey Tim Clark has claimed his first Hong Kong Group One trophy with an upset win aboard the John Size-trained It Has To Be You at Sha Tin. It Has To Be You took out Sunday’s Hong Kong Classic Cup to make an already special day for Clark even […]

  • Rachel Alexandra serious but stable

    International Horse Racing February 17, 2013 4:04 pm

    Veterinary surgeons treating champion mare Rachel Alexandra are encouraged by her progress. The 2009 United States Horse of the Year remains in a serious but stable condition after abdominal surgery following complications from foaling. However, doctors reported she was bright and alert and received a small amount of feed on […]

  • Rachel Alexandra’s condition still serious

    International Horse Racing February 16, 2013 9:45 am

    Champion mare Rachel Alexandra remains in a serious condition following surgery but is reported to be bright and alert. The 2009 United States Horse of the Year was admitted to a veterinary hospital in Kentucky earlier this week for an emergency operation after giving birth to her second foal. A […]

  • Former Australian Mental wins in Dubai

    International Horse Racing February 15, 2013 7:45 am

    Australian Group One winner Mental has won the Group Three Al Shindagha Sprint in Dubai at his first overseas start. Trained in Australia by Peter Snowden, Mental won the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington in November before being transferred to owner Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin team. After a slow start, Mental […]