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  • Mare puts Final Touch on great season

    International Horse Racing February 9, 2013 5:15 pm

    Final Touch stamped herself as a contender for New Zealand sprinter-miler of the year after winning her third Group One of the season at Te Rapa. The five-year-old mare sprinted past former Singapore champion Better Than Ever in the straight and then held off Xanadu and Zurella to win the […]

     
  • Victoria Derby winner Sangster back to winning form

    International Horse Racing February 9, 2013 4:15 pm

    Trent Busuttin said he was always confident Victoria Derby winner Sangster would be competitive in Group One company again after he easily won the International Stakes at Te Rapa. Sangster won his first race since the 2011 Derby when he sprinted away in the straight to claim Saturday’s 2000 metre, […]

     
  • Fix edges closer to Fillies Series win

    International Horse Racing February 9, 2013 4:15 pm

    Class filly Fix went a bit closer to securing the Filly of the Year series after securing the Group Two Sir Tristram Fillies classic (1200m) at Te Rapa. As she did in the Royal Stakes, Fix led all the way for jockey Vinny Colgan and found a bit extra when […]

     
  • Frankel’s brother born at Banstead

    International Horse Racing February 8, 2013 7:00 am

    A full brother to Frankel, the world’s greatest racehorse, has been born at Banstead Manor Stud. The chestnut colt, by Galileo out of Kind, was described by stud manager Simon Mockridge as “attractive with size and scope”. The recently retired Frankel will serve his first mares at the stud next […]

     
  • Seabass on course for Grand National

    International Horse Racing February 6, 2013 9:15 am

    Last year’s Grand National third Seabass confirmed himself a major contender for this season’s renewal of the Aintree spectacular with a tremendous comeback run over hurdles at Fairyhouse. The Ted Walsh-trained 10-year-old was a heavily supported joint favourite for the world’s most famous steeplechase last April and gave the trainer’s […]

     
  • Big guns hold sway in Hennessy

    International Horse Racing February 5, 2013 12:15 pm

    Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs are the star names among eight confirmations for what promises to be a fantastic renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Saturday. Peter Casey’s Flemenstar is set for his second appearance over the three-mile (4800m) trip, having been caught close to home by […]

     
  • New landmark on McCoy’s mind

    International Horse Racing February 4, 2013 9:30 am

    Perennial champion jump jockey Tony McCoy has set himself an immediate target of reaching 4000 career winners before he even begins to contemplate a life away from the saddle. McCoy, who turns 39 this year, has been crowned British champion for the past 17 seasons and now stands less than […]

     
  • Super Overturn sets Arkle standard

    International Horse Racing February 4, 2013 9:30 am

    Overturn has booked his Cheltenham ticket with another superb display to keep his unbeaten record over fences intact in the Scottish Arkle Novices’ Chase at Musselburgh. Donald McCain’s dual-purpose performer, sent off the 1-5 favourite following impressive rounds of jumping at Sandown and Doncaster, adopted his customary front running tactics […]

     
  • Sizing Europe bids for Cottage repeat

    International Horse Racing February 2, 2013 7:30 am

    Sizing Europe faces just four rivals as he completes his racecourse preparations for the Cheltenham Festival at at Punchestown on Sunday. Despite officially turning 11 at the start of last month, Henry de Bromhead’s pride and joy has appeared better than ever, winning his three starts this season and will […]

     
  • First foal for Midday

    International Horse Racing January 30, 2013 9:45 am

    Six-time Group One-winning mare Midday has given birth to her first foal at Banstead Manor Stud and now has a date with Frankel. The Sir Henry Cecil-trained daughter of Oasis Dream was retired at the end of 2011 after winning her third successive Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. She also won […]