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  • Bobs Worth back in form at Leopardsrown

    International Horse Racing December 29, 2013 8:30 am

    Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth has returned to his best with a battling win at Leopardstown to renew hopes of another Cheltenham win. Bobs Worth put himself bang in contention for his Gold Cup title defence at Cheltenham in March with a typically gutsy display to reel in First Lieutenant […]

     
  • Heart issue for jumps star Sprinter Sacre

    International Horse Racing December 28, 2013 12:42 pm

    Jump racing’s best-known horse Sprinter Sacre was dramatically pulled up halfway through his comeback outing in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton with what veterinary advice diagnosed to be an irregular heartbeat. Nicky Henderson postponed the gelding’s reappearance after ruling out the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown earlier in the […]

     
  • Historian takes second Group One

    International Horse Racing December 27, 2013 12:48 pm

    Tough gelding Historian has added a second Group One to his resume with a narrow win in the Zabeel Classic. The six-year-old Choisir gelding fought hard in the Ellerslie straight under jockey Matt Cameron to just get the better of Wanganui mare OFille by a long head, with Soriano a […]

     
  • Nicholls claims 8th King George VI Chase

    International Horse Racing December 27, 2013 11:54 am

    Paul Nicholls claimed his first King George VI Chase of the post-Kauto Star era as Silviniaco Conti hunted down Cue Card in the final stages of Kempton’s Boxing Day feature. Kauto Star, who two years ago closed out his own fifth of what are now eight Nicholls victories, led the […]

     
  • Grim headlines blight UK racing’s stars

    International Horse Racing December 25, 2013 7:12 am

    Racing’s marketing teams can sugar-coat it all they want, but, for many, the 2013 Flat season will not be remembered fondly. Slick narratives and ‘championship’ events are all well and good, but this year has seen the core integrity of the sport questioned like never before. In truth, it was […]

     
  • Encore for Wetherby despite wet ground

    International Horse Racing December 24, 2013 11:18 am

    Grand National winner Auroras Encore starts on the road back to Aintree in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day. Trainer Sue Smith fears the ground will be too soft for the 11-year-old, who became the first Yorkshire-based horse to win the world’s greatest steeplechase since 1960 […]

     
  • Hollywood Park reaches the finishing line

    International Horse Racing December 23, 2013 11:48 am

    Fans waited in a long line to get into Hollywood Park for the last time. The track closed for good Sunday, ending 75 years of racing that featured such thoroughbred stars as Seabiscuit, Triple Crown winners Citation, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, and superstar mare Zenyatta. The first Breeders’ Cup in […]

     
  • British racing enhances anti-doping policy

    International Horse Racing December 23, 2013 11:30 am

    A doubling of testing-in-training samples taken is one of the measures announced by the British Horseracing Authority following the completion of a review of its Anti-doping and Medication Control Policy. The number of post-race testing samples is to increase by 20 per cent, while the BHA said an extended but […]

     
  • Japan’s champion Orfevre goes out a winner

    International Horse Racing December 22, 2013 9:24 pm

    Japanese champion Orfevre has ended his career with a brilliant eight length win in the Arima Kinen at Nakayama. Almost 117,000 people braved the cold to see the five-year-old in his final appearance. A six-time Group One winner and twice runner-up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Orfevre swept […]

     
  • Highs and lows of 2013 in British racing

    International Horse Racing December 22, 2013 4:24 pm

    The most popular jockey in Britain, Tony McCoy, thrilled his fans with his stellar achievements during a year in which racing experienced the low point with the death of Sir Henry Cecil. Here is a look at the year. HIGHS: Tony McCoy He endured a frustrating wait for his 4000th […]