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  • Sprinter Sacre wins at Cheltenham

    International Horse Racing March 14, 2013 8:42 am

    Sprinter Sacre confirmed his status as the Frankel of jump racing when he strolled to victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The seven year-old gelding, trained by veteran English handler Nicky Henderson, recorded his eighth win in eight starts over fences as he came home […]

     
  • Hurricane Fly regains Champion Hurdle

    International Horse Racing March 13, 2013 10:06 am

    Irish raider Hurricane Fly became only the second horse to regain his Champion Hurdle crown when he prevailed on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. The 2011 winner – who joins Comedy of Errors in 1973/75 in reclaiming his title – was never travelling well but battled throughout and […]

     
  • Cheltenham to go ahead despite big freeze

    International Horse Racing March 12, 2013 7:00 am

    Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse is satisfied the famous jumps Festival can go ahead without a hitch, despite a freezing cold Monday in the Cotswolds. The whole of the Old Course (used for the first two days of the meeting), the New Course (for the second half) and […]

     
  • Quevega on brink of Cheltenham history

    International Horse Racing March 12, 2013 6:54 am

    Irish trainer Willie Mullins believes Quevega could be even better than last year as she bids for her own piece of history on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. The nine-year-old lines up in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT), a race she will be trying to […]

     
  • Frost covers in place at Cheltenham

    International Horse Racing March 11, 2013 9:00 am

    Frost covers are in place at Cheltenham to protect the course ahead of the famous four-day jumps festival. The operation on the old course where racing takes place for the first two days of the meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday was completed on Saturday afternoon along with vulnerable areas on […]

     
  • Godolphin brings up 200 Group One wins

    International Horse Racing March 10, 2013 6:06 pm

    Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation has reached another milestone with Hunter’s Light bringing up Group One win No.200 at Meydan. Sajjhaa later added to the tally to give trainer Saeed bin Suroor a Group One double. Hunter’s Light won the Al Maktoum Challenge (2000m), an acknowledged trial for the World Cup […]

     
  • Jakkalberry wins Dubai City of Gold

    International Horse Racing March 10, 2013 2:00 pm

    Melbourne Cup placegetter Jakkalberry has bounced back to winning form with a Group Two victory over 2410 metres at Meydan in Dubai. After his third at Flemington, the Australian-owned, Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry was well beaten in the Japan Cup. Ridden by Ryan Moore in the Dubai race, the seven-year-old came […]

     
  • Walsh puzzled by Hurricane Fly detractors

    International Horse Racing March 10, 2013 11:36 am

    Jockey Ruby Walsh says he is “utterly perplexed” by the negativity surrounding Hurricane Fly as he aims to regain his crown in Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The 2011 winner was a disappointing third when odds-on favourite 12 months ago, but has appeared as good as ever in […]

     
  • Stephen Marsh hopes Golden Slipper fits Ruud Awakening

    International Horse Racing March 9, 2013 4:12 pm

    Ruud Awakening is set to give New Zealand one of its best chances of winning the Golden Slipper after a brilliant victory in the Group One Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie. The Bernardini filly, owned by a syndicate which includes All Blacks legend Colin Meads, led from the start and […]

     
  • Flat stars granted Cheltenham go-ahead

    International Horse Racing March 9, 2013 11:54 am

    Richard Hughes and Joseph O’Brien, reigning champion Flat jockeys in England and Ireland respectively, have been granted jumps licences to ride in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Wednesday. The British Horseracing Authority approved Hughes’ application while the Irish Turf Club has given O’Brien permission to compete at the Festival. […]