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  • Scudamore faced with Gold Cup poser

    International Horse Racing January 18, 2013 11:00 am

    Tom Scudamore has three possible mounts in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. David Pipe’s stable jockey could ride Grands Crus for his boss or one of David Bridgwater’s two entries – last year’s Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster and impressive Ascot winner Wyck Hill. “The Gold Cup entries […]

     
  • Staying plans for Frozen Rope

    International Horse Racing January 17, 2013 2:15 pm

    Trainer Adam Duggan is confident Frozen Rope has the hallmarks of a quality stayer and he hopes to test his theory this campaign. The five-year-old’s biggest asset is his turn of foot and he has used it to establish an almost 50 per cent winning strike rate, and a few […]

     
  • Big freeze takes it toll in England

    International Horse Racing January 17, 2013 9:30 am

    Britain’s freezing weather looks set to take its toll on important jumps races this weekend, affecting the preparations of several stars heading to the Cheltenham Festival in March. Frost has been posing a problem after the prolonged wet spell and officials at Ascot, Haydock and Taunton are battling to keep […]

     
  • Ruby features in Champion entry

    International Horse Racing January 17, 2013 9:00 am

    Titleholder Rock On Ruby is one of four Champion Hurdle winners entered for this year’s race at Cheltenham on March 12. Hurricane Fly, successful in 2011, Binocular (2010) and Punjabi (2009) are the other past champions who could try to regain their crown. Last season it was Rock On Ruby’s […]

     
  • Cirrus not certain for Dubai carnival trip

    International Horse Racing January 16, 2013 12:15 pm

    Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe has warned Cirrus Des Aigles is not certain to head to this year’s Dubai Carnival as he continues to recover from injury. The seven-year-old kicked off an excellent campaign by winning the Dubai Sheema Classic on World Cup night last March, going on to claim the Prix […]

     
  • Dual Derby hero Generous dead at 25

    International Horse Racing January 16, 2013 12:00 pm

    Generous, the champion three-year-old of 1991, has died at the age of 25. The Paul Cole-trained colt took his three-year-old campaign by storm winning the Epsom and Irish Derbies along with the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He stood at Alfred Buller’s Scarvagh House Stud in Northern Ireland […]

     
  • Gary Stevens rides first comeback winner

    International Horse Racing January 13, 2013 2:45 pm

    Comeback jockey Gary Stevens won the first race at Santa Anita on Saturday, giving him his first winner in North America since 2005 when he began a seven-year retirement that ended last week. Stevens, who turns 50 in March, rode 5-1 shot Branding to a two length victory in his […]

     
  • Variety Club wins again in South Africa

    International Horse Racing January 13, 2013 12:30 pm

    Connections of South African champion Variety Club have sought special permission to bypass quarantine requirements to allow the horse to race at the Dubai World Cup carnival in March. The import of South African horses into Dubai is currently banned unless they go via Europe and the European authorities will […]

     
  • Champion Hurdle winner Katchit dies

    International Horse Racing January 11, 2013 11:15 am

    Alan King’s Champion Hurdle winner Katchit has died at the age of 10. The diminutive gelding made little impression when trained on the Flat by Mick Channon but proved far better when switching disciplines with King at Barbury Castle. After making an early and successful start in the juvenile ranks […]

     
  • Channel pledges to defend John McCririck claim

    International Horse Racing January 10, 2013 6:30 pm

    British broadcaster Channel 4 is intent on “vigorously defending” claims of ageism by John McCririck after the former pundit initiated legal proceedings against them, seeking damages totalling STG3 million ($A4.60 million). McCririck was one of a number of faces dropped from the presenting team after Channel 4 awarded the production […]