Category: Racing

Classy Racing – Breeders Cup while Sport Horse Competition Sinks Under Covid

While the protagonists continue their squalid arguments over who should be the President of The Dis-united States on January 20th 2021, in the republican state of Kentucky, the Breeder’s Cup series of races continued unabated this Friday and Saturday. In the sport horse world, the Bordeaux leg of the World Cup dressage and showjumping succumbed

Surprise Winner of Melbourne Cup – Eventing Ends Decimated Year

The Melbourne Cup is the best known race run each year in Australia. Always coinciding with the end of the horse trial eventing season, the two events bring the reality that the end of another equine sporting year is soon to come to a close. Christmas, new year and then we start all over again.

Back to Lock Down in Western Europe

With hugely higher Covid 19 cases reported every day and governments scrabbling around, trying to find a way through this most hideous pandemic, most of Western Europe is now in or about to be in lock down once again. Slightly different from the first lock down in that elite sports are set to continue but

Syndication – A Way to Share the pleasures of Equine Ownership

Owning, looking after and if paying for training, any horse is not a cheap exercise. In the racing world though, for the past thirty or so years, there has been the option of sharing equine ownership, the expenses and the pleasures with others. This is commonly known as syndication. Racing is known as ‘the sport

John Oxx – The Quiet and Respected Trainer Leaves the Stage

There are a few race horse trainers who not only have the ability to train and place horses to their best advantage, but also have extraordinary wisdom in what they do. John Oxx, who has recently announced his retirement, is one. John Oxx was born in 1950. His father John Oxx Snr, was also a

Champions Day at Ascot – Double Wins for Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand

As European racing comes to an end for the year in Europe, the Champions Day at Ascot was another race meeting where further records were broken. It was the tenth anniversary of the ‘Champions’ meeting. There were also two dressage World Cup qualifiers over the weekend. At Ascot, the racing provided the first ever double

Doubles All Round for Charlotte Dujardin and The O’Brien Trainers

In a rare feat for this year, Keysoe Equestrian managed to complete its second FEI dressage competition on schedule. It was doubles all round for Charlotte Dujardin in the dressage and The O’Brien trainers also completed a double in The Fillies Mile and Dewhurst. Britain’s Scott Brash has been away for so long now, one

The Centenary Running of The Arc de Triomphe and Its Rich History

Last weekend saw the centenary running of one of the world’s most famous horse races, “The Prix De l’Arc de Triomphe” at the opulent Paris racecourse – Longchamp. It was probably one of the most bazaar renewals of the race in its rich history since its first running in 1920. In 2019 it was hotly

Over 25 World Group Races Headed by Longchamp

The weekend saw a massive twenty seven Group or Grade 1 races across the world, but the main meeting was undoubtedly the Longchamp meeting in Paris France where Enable was attempting more records. With the end of term champions sorting themselves out in Europe and America and spring time in the Antipodes, to keep up

Alcohol Free Juvenile Group 1 and a World Cup Qualifier

The main equestrian news of the week again involved racing. With the autumn coming on apace, juvenile Group 1 races are being run around the globe. In St Tropez, showjumping put on its 5 star Grand Prix; and a rare Dressage World Cup qualifier did actually take place in Hungary. Ireland held the main horse

Triple Crown Winner – Nijinsky – 50 Years On

Fifty years ago this year was the last time that a colt won the Triple Crown in the UK, Nijinsky. The horse was trained by the legendary Vincent O’Brien from Ballydoyle stables in Ireland. (No relation to Aidan O’Brien, the current incumbent at that address.) Nijinsky won all three classics in the UK, The Two

Izzy Taylor Takes Eventing Honours in Norfolk-Racing Mourns Pat Smullen

The first and only long format 4 star eventing competition this year took place at Burnham Market in Norfolk GB over the weekend. Last week, Pat Smullen, the one of the most successful Irish jockeys of recent times died, a great loss to the racing community. The FEI are talking about re-instating the 2021 European

First 5 Star Showjumping and O’Brien Trainers Reign Supreme

The weekend saw some major Group 1 racing in Europe and the first five star show jumping event since March staged in The Netherlands. In Ireland, several  of the Irish Group 1 races of the year took place as well as the last classic in the UK with the O’Brien trainers taking most of the
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