2016 Rio Olympic Games

Little-Known Non-Human Specialty Arrangements for 2016 Rio Olympic Games

 April 22, 2016   R K Gupta

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Apart from more than 10500 men and women from 205 nations, the upcoming Olympic Games will also have participation from more than 300 animals, all of whom will be horses. Without these lucky equines, the Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon events cannot take place. While it is far easier to manage the humans, the same cannot […]

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Sprinter Sacre ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville

Cue Card and Sprinter Sacre erase the nightmares of their miserable 2013 Christmas

 December 29, 2015   John Welsh

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Just two years previously Sprinter Sacre and Cue Card were considered as prime contenders to win their respective races at the Kempton Park Christmas horse racing festival. Unfortunately the former failed to finish after being dismounted when suffering a heart problem while Cue Card was perceived as a non-stayer when overtaken by Silviniaco Conti in […]

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Cheltenham victory

Sprinter Sacre rekindles memories of former glories with impressive Cheltenham victory

 November 16, 2015   John Welsh


As the 2015-16 National Hunt horse racing season gathers momentum in the United Kingdom and Ireland, several of the star performers from the previous campaign have reappeared in recent weeks as they regain fitness ahead of several competitive months. 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree confirmed his well-being with an impressive seasonal debut at Sandown […]

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American Pharoah

American Pharoah succeeds but Golden Horn narrowly fails during epic Breeders Cup evening

 November 3, 2015   John Welsh

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The 2015 Breeders Cup event in Keeneland, USA at the weekend featured the final races in the careers of arguably the two best two middle distance horses in America and Europe. The Breeder’s Cup Classic scheduled over 1 mile 2 furlongs on the dirt track was targeted by American Pharoah who had become the first […]

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Golden Horn horse

Treve unable to create horse racing history as Golden Horn comfortably wins Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

 October 7, 2015   John Welsh

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The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris is the richest horse in Europe and the 2015 renewal at the weekend was eagerly anticipated with French trained mare Treve attempting to become the first ever triple winner of the prestigious race. Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn and Prix du Jockey Club victor New Bay were […]

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horse race

Arabian Queen shocks the York racing public as Derby winner Golden Horn is beaten

 August 21, 2015   John Welsh

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It had been labelled as the horse race of the season when Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien declared that his star three year old miler Gleneagles would participate in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 19th in which Derby winner Golden Horn was also scheduled to be running. The John Gosden trained horse had […]

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Royal Ascot

Ryan Moore and Graham Lee exert a degree of modesty amongst the glitz of Royal Ascot

 June 21, 2015   John Welsh

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Amid the glamour, ceremony and expensive drinks prevalent at the five day English horse racing meeting of Royal Ascot, it was a sobering thought to realise that amongst many of the celebrations for the winning horses, the jockeys involved in those rides retained a sense of normality with Ryan Moore and Graham Lee, in particular, […]

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Royal Ascot victory

Gleneagles must now justify the claims of Aidan O’Brien after comfortable Royal Ascot victory

 June 18, 2015   John Welsh

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When Irish horse racing trainer Aidan O’Brien claimed that Gleneagles was the best miler he had ever witnessed in his stable, after the colt had won the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, it was some accolade given that the Irishman has been responsible for some legendary horses over the same distance […]

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Grand National Cheltenham Gold Cup

Many Clouds recovers from a tame Cheltenham Gold Cup effort to win Grand National

 April 12, 2015   John Welsh

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Jockey Leighton Aspell claimed a second successive victory in the English Grand National on Saturday when Many Clouds beat the determined Saint Are to clinch a third triumph in the prestigious race for owner Trevor Hemmings. Aspell had won the race in 2014 aboard Pineau de Re, who finished 12th on this occasion, but the […]

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California Chrome Royal

California Chrome Royal Ascot bound after defeat by Prince Bishop in Dubai World Cup

 March 30, 2015   John Welsh

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It was billed as race which California Chrome could not lose after his Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins last season plus a gallant close third in the Breeder’s Cup Classic, but the American horse was unable to justify favouritism in the World’s richest horse race on Saturday as he was beaten into second place […]

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