Frankel has officially become the highest-ever rated racehorse on the Flat after a review of the global ranking system. The unbeaten champion won all of his 14 races in a phenomenal career before being retired to stud in November last year. He takes top spot away from previous number one equine Dancing Brave, who has been downgraded. Frankel's rating has … More →
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Three footballers are among nine people that are facing a race-fixing probe by the British Horseracing Authority, which is set to get underway today (January 14th). Ipswich's Michael Chopra, Doncaster winger James Coppinger and former Manchester United player Mark Wilson have all be accused of "serious breaches of the rules of horse racing". Jockey Andrew Heffernan is also among those … More →
Nicky Henderson's highly rated star horse Sprinter Sacre is one of just 17 entries for the Grade One Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The seven-year-old completed an unbeaten novice chase season with a dominant victory by seven lengths over Cue Card in the Arkle at the Festival last year. He further enhanced his reputation with brilliant 15-length … More →
Racing pundit John McCririck has said the will be taking legal action against Channel 4, stating that the broadcaster dropped him because of his age. The 72-year-old claims that he was sacked "without any consultation" and is now after £3 million for loss of future earnings. He was let go last year after 29 years with the broadcaster, as it … More →
Olympic silver medal-winning eventer Zara Phillips has been enlisted to help work on Welsh Grand National winner Monbeg Dude's fence jumping. The eight-year-old, ridden by Paul Carberry, triumphed in the marquee race at the weekend (January 5th) in a tightly fought rush to the line with Tony McCoy's charge Teaforthree. Monbeg Dude is trained by Michael Scudamore and the horse … More →
Riders in the UK are being urged to ensure that all of their hacking routes are on their local council's definitive map of rights of way. Many routes that have been used by riders for decades are no longer recognised as such on the corresponding council's list, so if equine insurance customers still want to use the routes they need … More →
Prize money at Huntingdon Racecourse is set to rise by 80 per cent to £724,950 in the coming 12 months. The funds have been made available by course owners – The Jockey Club – and they are part of a £5 million rise in prize money across its group of tracks. It would be a much-needed boost for the Cambridgeshire … More →
The British Equine Federation (BEF) celebrated an historic year in 2012 by honouring the most successful riders, presenting them with BEF Medals of Honour. Eight individuals who have shown outstanding achievement and contribution to the international scene were awarded at The London International Horse Show at Olympia. Showjumpers Scott Brash, Peter Charles and Ben Maher, vaulter Andrew McLachlan and eventer … More →
The Civil Service Riding Club is opening its doors to members from other professions for the first time in its existence. This club offers affordable riding in London and the south-east, with a strong emphasis on horsemanship. It has a long association with Hyde Park and helped to fund the outdoor arena used by the Household Cavalry. Members also regularly … More →
Champion trainer Nickey Henderson is confident that Long Run's victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day has brought his charge back to the upper echelons of racing. The gelding, ridden by amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, beat Captain Chris by a neck to regain the crown after previously winning it in 2010. Henderson will now be … More →
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