Record-breaking racehorse Kauto Star has left trainer Paul Nicholls' stable in order to embark on a new career in dressage with Laura Collett. The two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and five-time King George VI victor was retired from racing earlier this year, but owner Clive Smith mooted the idea of him competing in dressage. Kauto Star is the only horse … More →
There are record numbers of people playing sport every week now, according to figures released by Sport England. Indeed, the data shows that 15.5 million people aged 16 and over are playing sport at least once a week, which is 750,000 more than a year ago. The largest increase has been seen among women, with a rise of more than … More →
Changes to Grand National fences were trialled at Aintree on Saturday (December 8th) as the organisers of the course attempted to make them safer. A total of ten horses have died in the big race over the last 12 years and animal welfare centres have called for sweeping changes in a bid to stop the needless suffering of equines. Four … More →
Sprinter Sacre continued his rise in the sport with a thrilling 15-length victory in the Tingle Creek Chase to extend his unbeaten run over fences. The 4-11 odds-on favourite surged past front runner Sanctuaire with three fences to go and never looked in any trouble thereafter. He is now favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival … More →
Frankel’s training team are expecting their unbeaten colt to face a field determined to ruin what is supposed to his last ever race. The four-year-old is rated as the best horse in the world and has a perfect record of 13 wins from the same number of starts. He delighted the Newmarket crowds over the weekend with a workout and … More →
Jonjo O'Neill's stable stalwart Albertas Run will make his first appearance of this season in the Old Roam Chase at Aintree on October 27th, a place where he tasted victory a year ago. Injury has wrecked much of his last year but it is hoped that if he stays strong in the race at Aintree, he could be in line … More →
The managing director of Newmarket believes wonder horse Frankel's final appearance at the racecourse will be an exciting spectacle for anyone present. Sir Henry Cecil's four-year-old colt is set to have a gallop on the course ahead of Saturday's (September 29th) card at the Cambridgeshire meeting. Frankel is being prepared for the final race of his career at the Champions … More →
Two donkeys have been saved from a field in the village of Cattal in York after flooding had left them stranded in deep water. The RSPCA water rescue team was called out to get the donkeys yesterday (September 25th) afternoon as they became stuck as a result of the torrential rain hitting the area. Luckily, the pair were both very … More →
Regal Parade could be set for a possible thrilling rematch with his Ayr competitor Captain Ramius at Ascot in October. The eight-year-old finished two and a half lengths behind the Kevin Ryan-trained winner in the Ayr Gold Cup and both are now being primed for the Betfred Challenge Cup on October 6th. Trainer of Regal Parade Milton Bradley said he … More →
This year's repeated wet weather has helped the poisonous ragwort thrive in the UK, but getting landowners to take action is proving to be tricky. It is a highly toxic weed for horses and cattle, which can cause extensive liver damage and in the worst cases, even death. The National Farmers Union told Horse and Hound that they have received … More →
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