Stradivarius Out of Tune for The Ascot Gold Cup

The Princess Royal Princess Anne with her husband Admiral Tim Laurence were the Royals on duty today in place of H.M. The Queen who again was not present. After the blisteringly hot and humid day two at Ascot, day three dawned cloudy and with light rain at the course. Gold Cup day, the feature race

Love Enthrals The Prince of Wales on Day Two at Royal Ascot

Many will argue that the best day’s racing at Royal Ascot is the first day. They may have a point in that there are three Group 1 races on the first day and only one on each of the following two days. However, this does not mean they are necessarily right, particularly as on the

Day One – Spectators at Royal Ascot But No Royal Procession

It seems unbelievable that the Royal Meeting at Ascot has come round again. At least, this year, owners and some spectators are allowed to attend the Royal Meeting, although sadly at nothing like full capacity. And again in 2021, Her Majesty The Queen will not be having the Royal procession, so much part of each

At Last Normality Starts to Return to Equestrian Sport?

As the French Open Tennis championships come to an end, and the French arm of the Nations Cup was held in La Baule with a dressage CDI 4 star in Austria. However, the main menu this coming week has got to be the iconic Royal Ascot Meeting for five days, although sadly, again this year,

Explosion X – St Marks Basilica and Sweden Storm Europe

Following the English classics at Epsom over the weekend, there were also other equestrian events of note on the European mainland. The first of note was the show jumping Longines World Champions Tour in Valkenswaard in the Netherlands and The Nations Cup in St Gallen in Switzerland. The second was the running of the French

Snowfall in June Breaks Records – Derby Won by Adam

It seems only a very short time ago that we were reporting on the successes of Aidan O’Brien having the double at Epsom last year for both the classics – The Derby and The Oaks. This year, he was back again, in an attempt to repeat his last year’s achievement. One thing was certain about

EDS – No Challenge for Determined Film Maker – Ashleigh Harley

The sheer determination of some people is frankly a marvel to behold, and this comment is particularly relevant to Ashleigh Harley, a young lady who has been inflicted with dire health issues throughout her entire life, but has remained positive and determined to get everything she possibly can from her life. Despite her infliction of

Champions Tour in Madrid and More Classics in Ireland

The European classic merry go round continued this weekend with the running of the Irish one and two thousand Guineas at the Curragh. Sport horse activity also gingerly continues to open up with spectators allowed in the UK anyway, but there are still cases of EVA which both the authorities and the event organisers have

Dressage Big Guns Out – Palace Pier Makes it Look Easy

This weekend saw real excitement as the easing of Covid restrictions start to happen. The final of the FA football cup allowed some spectators into Wembley stadium and all outside sport can continue from today with limited crowds – something not seen now for over a year. The British Dressage big gun riders were out

Drugs, Show Jumping and Derby Trials as Covid Starts to Relent

We are lucky in the UK, along with a few other countries in the world in that it appears that we are rather successfully dealing with this hideous pandemic which has blighted our sport for so long now. Shows are beginning to open up and crowds are shortly going to be allowed back into watch

Most Open Guineas Classics at Newmarket for Years

In the most open Guineas Classics at Newmarket for many years, we are left rather wondering whether the three year olds of 2021 are below par compared with their peers of recent years? Isabel Werth comes back to competition with vengeance and Andrew Kocher a show jumper from the USA is banned for ten years.

At Last Equine Competition Slowly Eases Forward with Covid Protocols

At last there seems to be some semblance of normality returning to the equestrian sporting calendar, Dressage, eventing and show jumping have all had headlines this weekend, as well as racing which has carried on fairly well regardless of the pandemic. All events have continued behind closed doors, but at least they have been able

Racing Mourns Passing of Sheikh Hamdan as World Cup Goes Ahead

It is another sad time for worldwide horse racing and thoroughbred breeding in that as many weeks, a second icon of the sport has died as the racing world mourns the passing of.- His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In other news from the world of horses, was the racing action was from
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