Morning Digest: Crownthorpe can reign at Redcar

Crownthorpe trainer Richard Fahey

AUSSIE wonder mare Winx won her 21st race on the bounce early this morning in the Group One Turnbull Stakes at Flemington. Read about how she did it here. Today Aidan O’Brien bids for his 23rd Group One victory this calendar year in the Sun Chariot Stakes where Roly Poly has strong claims. The Gosden-Dettori …[Read More]

Morning Digest: Gloam is where the heart is


JOHN Gosden, acting for Godolphin, outbid Coolmore’s John Magnier to pay 4,000,000 guineas for a yearling at Tattersalls yesterday. The mighty tussle between the two breeding and bloodstock empires was described as a wonderful piece of theatre. The filly, by Galileo out of Breeders’ Cup winner Dank, has been named Gloam. No trainer has been …[Read More]

Morning Digest: Sceau this is jump racing…

Sceau Royal

GREAT news that the brilliant Harry Angel stays in traning next season. It’s been a stellar year for sprinters with Battaash, Marsha, Lady Aurelia and Caravaggio having their moments in the sun but Harry Angel, to my eyes at least, looks the best of them all. He goes for the British Champions Sprint on Champions …[Read More]

Morning Digest: Bridget didn’t stick to the plan

Bridget Andrews

SPARE a thought for Bridget Andrews. She was well clear on Stick to the Plan at Southwell yesterday when, in her own words, she “fell off” just before the winning post. It was a bizarre incident that sparked the usual vitriolic pocket talk and bile-ridden response on social media. She is a good rider with …[Read More]

Morning Digest: Tatts entertainment


THE Tattersalls sales kick off at Newmarket today with 502 bluebloods going under the hammer. The main focus will be Godolphin’s buying strategy and whether they continue their new trend of buying progeny of Coolmore stallions. For the record, Galileo has 19 offspring for sale this week. Watch this space. On the track Death Duty …[Read More]

Morning Digest: Back to reality


THE racing community is still purring over the record-breaking performance of Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. She became the first British or Irish trained three-year-old filly to win Europe’s most prestigious race, succeeding where the likes of Diminuendo, Salsabil, User Friendly, Ouija Board and Taghrooda all failed. But it was the ruthless …[Read More]

Al Wukair could spring surprise on British Champions Day

Al Wukair

by JOHN ANDERSON THE Flat season is coming to an end but not before British Champions Day at Ascot, where the leading horses in each division will compete against each other one last time before they are put away for the winter and given a break. Here are three horses who could finish their campaign …[Read More]

Magic of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

WHEN you think of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, what comes to mind? For me, it’s a race full of nostalgia. Hunkering down around the telly as a kid on a miserably damp October Sunday afternoon; listening and watching Peter O’Sullevan effortlessly do his thing; being baffled by the Paris Mutuel and horses being …[Read More]

Konig Dax: The horse who beat Douvan

Konig Dax

HERE’S a pub quiz question. Before his defeat in this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase when he suffered an injury, who is the only horse to beat the mighty Douvan? You might be surprised that it’s a 74-rated Flat horse who has thus far failed to cut the mustard in four runs in the UK. …[Read More]

Mirage Dancer and Muatadel can strike at Donny

Mirage Dancer

I’M not entirely sure what the highlight is of the opening day of the Doncaster St Leger meeting. It could be the Leger Legends race featuring former jockeys who are now a bit more jowly after discovering the joy of food. Among them, incredibly, is the septuagenarian George Duffield, who will be riding at Town …[Read More]