Horse Racing News

Syndicate content
Independent.ie - Horse Racing RSS Feed
Updated: 1 hour 27 min ago

More records in sight as Blackmore prepares for best Cheltenham yet 

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 03:30
History is something which Rachael Blackmore has become accustomed to rewriting on a regular basis and this week’s Cheltenham Festival could see more records go up in smoke if Honeysuckle justifies favouritism and lands today’s Champion Hurdle.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Cheltenham Day One: Wayne Bailey’s race-by-race guide as Epatante gets set for double

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 21:32
We won’t have the famous roar from the crowd when Cheltenham kicks off this year, and it’s going to be one of the strangest in memory, although we’ve got used to racing behind closed doors and I for one am extremely thankful that sport is continuing.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Altior ruled out of Cheltenham Festival for second straight year

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 11:42
Altior has been ruled out of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 11th hour for a second successive year.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Mullins leads green revolution at Cheltenham with further dominance of Prestbury Cup in store

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 03:30
It’s hard to fathom how far Irish jump racing has come since the 1989 Cheltenham Festival passed without a winner for the raiding party.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Lack of owners sees Festival entries take hit

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 03:30
The effects of a Cheltenham like no other are already being sorely felt with Festival entries way down for tomorrow’s opening day as the action at the Cotswolds takes place behind closed doors for the first time.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Sound of silence will make for a Cheltenham like no other

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 03:30
Pull the helmet onto your head and ask the valet to tie the silk cap on. Listen to the noise of the two different TV channels on at the same time, the curious blend of English and Irish accents chatting underneath them, the thuds of saddles and lead on wooden tables and the slapping of padded sticks against leather boots.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Moving may hinder former Elliott runners

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
An X-Factor going into this year’s Festival is the possible disruptive effect being moved might have on the horses taken by their owners from the Gordon Elliott stable.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Rachael Blackmore on the brink of writing a new history

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
This time next week Rachael Blackmore could be celebrating the most famous performance in Cheltenham history. She could be receiving the kind of worldwide attention granted to very few jockeys. They might be making a start at engraving her name on the sport star of the year trophies.
Categories: Horse Racing News

'You have to have the banter' - Mick Winters' mission to raise spirits and upset the odds at Cheltenham

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
After following through on his pre-race promise to roll in the Cheltenham mud “like a piggy” should Chatham Street Lad win the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup around the famed track last January, Mick Winters has another party piece in mind.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Mullins goes into Cheltenham campaign with the hopes of a nation on his broad shoulders

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
This could be the year that Willie Mullins really lets rip at Cheltenham. He’s been doing pretty well so far given that he holds the all-time record for wins at the Festival. But his overall dominance of the National Hunt game hasn’t quite been reflected at its biggest festival in the past few years.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Avoid the bookies’ benefits in the hunt for Festival value

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
If you want to make a small fortune punting at the Cheltenham Festival, it’s probably best to start with a large one. At the majority of race meetings, runners can easily be divided into those primed to win and those not fully tuned up or whose chance of winning is not evident based on their form.
Categories: Horse Racing News

McHugh and Shark going up against the big guns

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
As an All-Ireland winner with his club eight years ago, it is no surprise that former Roscommon and St Brigid’s footballer Cathal McHugh reaches for familiar terms of reference to describe what being involved in Cheltenham is like.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Bankers, lays and dark horses aplenty - Wayne Bailey looks through the Cheltenham betting markets

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
Trained by Nicky Henderson, the 2020 Supreme Novice Hurdle winner hasn’t put a hoof wrong over fences, winning all three outings - and while some would feel we didn’t learn too much from those odds-on victories, his style suggests he could be a similar sort to Sprinter Sacre and Altior. An exciting prospect.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Henderson remains wary of banana skins

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
For Nicky Henderson, the pressure of having horses at the Cheltenham Festival is not on the day but in the build-up.
Categories: Horse Racing News

THE BIG CHELTENHAM QUIZ

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
The Gold Cup
Categories: Horse Racing News

A brand new breed of big players in town

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
The death last month of Tom Foley, the trainer forever associated with the great Danoli, evoked images of a different place and time.
Categories: Horse Racing News

‘Two years ago I had given up on the dream of winning even one Gold Cup’ - Willie Mullins on verge of historic hat-trick

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
He is already the most successful trainer in Cheltenham Festival history – and should Al Boum Photo provide Willie Mullins with a third successive Gold Cup, his name will be added to an even more elite list.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Nicholls team set for more success with ‘Rainyday’

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
A lot of fuss can be made when a trainer books a family member to ride their horse, and it left me wondering whether it makes any difference to the strike-rate.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Life-changing incident sent Conor O’Dwyer on road where journey proved as vital as destination

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
Life has taught Conor O’Dwyer not to test life’s limits but to respect them. It is an attribute that has steeled him since the day, nearly 50 years ago now, when he first sat atop a pony and felt he belonged.
Categories: Horse Racing News

Unexposed Castle Oliver ready to excel in Leinster National

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
There is no calm before the storm of Cheltenham with a cracking weekend of Irish racing teeing things up perfectly for next week’s extravaganza.
Categories: Horse Racing News