This Saturday sees the running of the celebrated Hennessy Gold Cup at a very up-beat Newbury meeting.
This Gold Cup race has, over the years, been at the very top echelons of the national hunt racing calendar, and currently is the longest standing sponsored race in Britain, the Hennessy Group having been there from the very outset.
One of the most famous horses that was ever associated with the West Cork area surely had to be the perennial Captain Christy, a horse that since he first saw the light of day was fated to be the centre of controversy for the most of his racing life.
Although it is a well known fact that Irish jockeys in general do dominate the scene in Britain, from time to time one young lad will jump out of the ordinary, and begin the long and arduous climb to the higher echelons of his chosen sport.
While the ongoing Irish winning bandwagon is relentless, it has been a while now since one of those young jockeys has made an impression that is well above the normal, in a career that can be fraught with all kinds of trouble. more »
The Point-to-Point season is upon us again, and, if you were never at one of these occasions, I would totally recommend that you would organise to go to one of the fixtures, to experience the sheer enjoyment of the racing, and, as some would say, the constant hubhub that goes on in the betting ring and the overall camaraderie that seems to pervade the whole atmosphere of the day.
This week I had a cursory look at the current jockeys tables, and they do indeed make interesting reading.
In recent times you may have noticed that Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore seem to be riding winners for fun, and, so it shows on the number of winners that both have garnered during a very busy season.
by Stable Lad
The famous old adage of “fortune favours the brave” is all fine and dandy, especially when the so-called brave can readily avail of it, but, in point of fact, while all of this chivalrous type of conduct is going on, it must be remembered that the same “fortune” normally does little or nothing for the unlucky person.
On Sunday next, the 6th of October, one of the greatest horse races in the racing calendar will be run at Longchamp, and will feature some of the best middle distance horses on the face of the planet.
This race is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which at this point in time is the third richest turf race in the world, after both the Melbourne and Japan Cups, which of course makes it one of the most prestigious races in racing’s firmament.
This weekend at Newmarket there is the first of two very important meetings, that which sees the running of the Cambridgeshire Handicap, which in years gone by was one of the legs of the traditional Autumn Double at Newmarket, the other half of which is the Cesarewitch Handicap, which will be run over the same course in about two weeks time.
by Stable Lad
The fortunes of war in sport can sometimes be decided by by happenings that would have little or no relation to sporting talent or prowess, but can be made to occur by little disagreements between personalities, differences that cause a complete turnabout in the fortunes of a few of the people involved, and can even sometimes almost ruin a career, while at the same time being a kind of Godsend to another individual in the same sport.
THIS Saturday sees the running of the last English Classic for this season, the St Leger at Doncaster, a race that has seen the downfall of many of the most famous horses in the history of racing.
Many Derby winners and the like have fallen by the wayside on this very tough course, due mainly to the fact that the distance of the race is almost two miles, to all but a few yards, and also that it comes towards the end of every three year old’s most important year of all.