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  • Cheltenham strives to save Trials

    International Horse Racing January 23, 2013 9:30 am

    Cheltenham’s big Festival Trials Day on Saturday could be run 24 hours later if the meeting is abandoned. Ground staff have been working overtime to shift the snow which fell on top of the frost sheets, which has given course officials renewed hope of the fixture going ahead. However, more […]

  • Harry The Viking set for Grand National

    International Horse Racing January 23, 2013 9:15 am

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could have a Grand National runner with trainer Paul Nicholls confirming Harry The Viking will be entered for the world’s most famous steeplechase. The eight-year-old was second to Teaforthree at the Cheltenham Festival last March and was last seen finishing ninth in the Hennessy […]

  • Ferguson’s horse set for Grand National

    International Horse Racing January 23, 2013 3:30 am

    Alex Ferguson is set to have a runner in the Grand National after trainer Paul Nicholls confirmed he would enter Harry The Viking, part-owned by the Manchester United manager, in the race. The eight-year-old was second to Teaforthree in the four-mile race at the Cheltenham Festival in March last year […]

  • Cheltenham officials on weather watch

    International Horse Racing January 22, 2013 11:30 am

    Officials at Cheltenham believe the weather over the next 48 hours will be crucial as to whether their Festival Trials meeting will go ahead on Saturday. Although the course is raceable under the protective covers, it remains very cold and more snow is forecast before a hoped-for improvement in the […]

  • Monbeg Dude a good buy for Tindall

    International Horse Racing January 21, 2013 10:15 pm

    England rugby star Mike Tindall has joined his royal wife Zara with a stroke of luck in the equine stakes. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter labelled her husband an “idiot” after he bid 12,000 pounds ($A18,215) for form-less Monbeg Dude at auction “without meaning to win”. “I knew nothing about him, […]

  • Revisionism undermines Frankel rating

    International Horse Racing January 21, 2013 1:30 pm

    Frankel last week received the official stamp of approval as the greatest racehorse of all time. However, the world’s racing handicappers, the body which decides such weighty matters, in doing so also, for some, undermined the whole process by readjusting the historical weights given to previous great champions. Dancing Brave, […]

  • Wise Dan named US Horse of the Year

    International Horse Racing January 20, 2013 6:30 pm

    Late bloomer Wise Dan has been named the United States Horse of the Year, easily beating I’ll Have Another for the title. The five-year-old, winner of five of his six starts in 2012, became the first gelding to win the title since John Henry in 1984. His major wins were […]

  • Snow causes more havoc to British racing

    International Horse Racing January 19, 2013 12:45 pm

    Racing is facing a second successive whiteout after widespread snow led to a blank afternoon of racing in Britain on Friday. While Chepstow’s jumps card was an early casualty on Friday morning, even the all-weather meetings at Wolverhampton and Lingfield were unable to cope. All three of Saturday’s jumping fixtures […]

  • BHA panel concludes Heffernan hearing

    International Horse Racing January 19, 2013 12:30 pm

    Former Australian-based jockey Andrew Heffernan and eight unlicensed individuals will have to wait until next Friday to know their fate following a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing over breaches of the rules of racing. Ten days had been set aside for the hearing which began on Monday at the […]

  • UK freeze puts race meetings in doubt

    International Horse Racing January 18, 2013 11:45 am

    Taunton’s richest ever meeting on Saturday could be the best chance of any turf racing going ahead over the next few days. Temperatures in Somerset are fairly tropical compared to most of the rest of the country, but even they are not completely safe, with a band of either snow […]