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  • Game On Dude out to set record straight

    International Horse Racing November 2, 2012 11:36 am

    Through no fault of his own, the storyline Game On Dude carries with him is not as glamorous as some of the more recent yarns that have dominated the pre-race hype for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He is not an established champion trying for a repeat win a la Curlin […]

     
  • Kauto Star to meet fans at Haydock

    International Horse Racing November 2, 2012 11:15 am

    Haydock Park have confirmed Kauto Star will parade at the track later this month and a statue of the legendary chaser will also be unveiled. Trainer Paul Nicholls and owner Clive Smith announced on Wednesday the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero and five-time King George VI Chase victor had run […]

     
  • O’Brien says Santa Anita will suit Abbey

    International Horse Racing November 1, 2012 3:33 pm

    Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien believes St Nicholas Abbey will find the sun-baked turf track at Santa Anita to his liking when he defends his Breeders’ Cup Turf title. Last year at Churchill Downs, St Nicholas Abbey made O’Brien’s son Joseph O’Brien the youngest jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race […]

     
  • Starspangledbanner’s fitness in spotlight

    International Horse Racing November 1, 2012 8:03 am

    Former Australian Starspangledbanner is being monitored closely ahead of his bid for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Saturday (Sunday AEDT). Trainer Aidan O’Brien admitted slight concern about the six-year-old’s legs since he arrived in California from Ireland but hoped the problem would be successfully treated. “Since […]

     
  • Legendary jumper Kauto Star retired

    International Horse Racing November 1, 2012 7:51 am

    Kauto Star’s legendary career has come to an end with the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, described as a “once-in-a-lifetime horse” by his trainer Paul Nicholls, officially retired. Regarded as one of the greatest horses in jump racing history, Kauto Star won the Gold Cup in 2007 and 2009 and […]

     
  • Game On Dude early favourite for Breeders’ Classic

    International Horse Racing October 30, 2012 1:09 pm

    Game On Dude drew the fifth post and was installed as the early favorite for the Breeders’ Classic, highlight of the $US25 million ($A24.31 million) Breeders’ Cup card. The multiple Grade One winner, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, was run down in the stretch of the Classic last […]

     
  • Hughes enjoys Leicester four-timer

    International Horse Racing October 30, 2012 12:15 pm

    Richard Hughes was at it again at Leicester with a 346-1 four-timer. Hot on the heels of riding seven of the eight winners at Windsor two weeks ago, the champion jockey-elect gave the bookies a real fright by landing the first three races in the Midlands. Hughes and Intrigo (5-1) […]

     
  • Weld chasing US win with Sense Of Purpose

    International Horse Racing October 29, 2012 11:30 am

    Dermot Weld believes the conditions of the Breeders’ Cup Marathon could spark a revival in the fortunes of Sense Of Purpose. The five-year-old mare has failed to show her best form in three starts this season, all run on her unfavoured soft ground. Weld, who is trying to win the […]

     
  • Joseph O’Brien to be named Irish champion

    International Horse Racing October 28, 2012 10:03 am

    Joseph O’Brien will be crowned Irish champion jockey for the first time when the Flat season ends next weekend. Rival Pat Smullen signed off for the season with a treble at Leopardstown but will be riding at the Breeders’ Cup meeting in America when the final meetings are run. Smullen’s […]

     
  • Famous Name retires on a winning note

    International Horse Racing October 28, 2012 9:30 am

    Famous Name farewelled the racetrack with his 20th stakes success at Leopardstown on the same day his little sister Big Break won her first. Despite giving weight away to all his rivals, the Dermot Weld-trained Famous Name had little difficulty winning the Trigo Stakes for the third time. Immediately after […]