Month: June 2020

At Last – Dressage and Showjumping Stutter Back to Life

As the world of equestrianism stutters back to life, the weekend saw the running of two Group 1 races in Ireland, The Irish Derby and The Pretty Polly Stakes. In dressage the first 3 star CDI took place in Hungary and in France the first 4 star CSI Grand Prix for showjumping also took place.

A Slow but Sure Re-start to Equine Sport Happening

As the world slowly comes out of covid lock down, the first FEI dressage competition to be held will happen in Hungary this coming weekend. The CDI 3 star will be held at Mariakalnok, about 50 miles from Vienna. The event has attracted 120 riders entering with 140 horses. Among those who have said they

Records Broken – Great Racing for Final Day at Ascot

Today was the final day of the 2020 Royal Meeting and although it has been held behind closed doors and there has been no Royalty at the event, the first time The Queen has not attended for over 70 years, the meeting does seem to have gone very well with the new infrastructure put in

70 Wins Up for Dettori at Royal Meetings on Day 4 at Ascot

Today at Ascot, Group races returned to the fore with five of the seven races being of top Group action. The main race of the day was the Commonwealth Cup, a sprint contest over six furlongs for 3 year olds and up. Other headline races were three Group 2 races, the Hardwick Stakes, the Chesham

What a Tune Played By Stradivarius on Day 3 at Ascot

After the euphoria yesterday of Her Majesty winning the Windsor Castle Stakes, there would be no such result today as She had no runners. The third day of The Royal Meeting was always likely to be about the Gosden trained Stradivarius, aiming to win his third Gold Cup in consecutive years. Ascot has had quite

Tactical Wins The Day for Her Majesty on Day Two at Ascot.

After the first day at Royal Ascot with so many Group races, the fayre today is somewhat more muted with only two Group races one of which is the famous Prince of Wales Group 1. With heavy showers overnight, the going at the track turned from the firm side of good to the ‘soft’ side

Surreal 1st Day at Royal Ascot – some Excellent Racing.

Well the first major sporting event of the world since the global lock down has arrived – and very surreal it is, with the whole meeting being held entirely behind closed doors!  Royal Ascot begins. However, No Queen or Royal procession, no owners and none of the usual 60,000 crowd. Very odd!! This is the

Racing Continues as Other Equine Sport to Resume

The main news for this week surrounds once again our old subject of corona virus. The good news is that instead of lamenting the loss of all equestrian sport, we can report firm plans for the start of most equine pursuits. Racing has been in the fore front of return to sport and with their

Anything but Normal as Royal Ascot Runs Next Week

Since 1711, when Queen Anne decided that Ascot was the perfect place to allow horses to gallop at full stretch, the Royal Meeting at Ascot has been the highlight of the ‘social season’ in Great Britain, famous for its attendance of Royalty, horse racing and fashion. This year the meeting, like so many other events
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