Eagle in Leopardstown bow

Magician the 2013 Breeders Cup Turf winner

Free Eagle in set to commence his campaign at Leopardstown Free Eagle in set to commence his campaign at LeopardstownSky Sports Racing News Free Eagle is set to make his seasonal bow in next month’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. Dermot Weld has pencilled in the 10-furlong Group Three on May 11 for his Classic contender, who signed off his 2013 campaign when chasing home...

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Donn McClean: Lion can roar

Aintree Racecourse

It has been a while. Silver Birch seems like a good while ago now, although admittedly not as long as it must have seemed between the time that Tommy Carberry rode’L'Escargot to victory and the time that his son Paul dismounted via the Aintree rafters from Bobbyjo. Donn McClean: Lion can roarBy Sporting Life Report Aintree. Those intervening years (23 of them in total, 22 if you...

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Aintree ground now drying out

Aintree Racecourse

Aintree ground dries out on eve of Crabbie’s Grand National meeting Aintree ground dries out on eve of Crabbie’s Grand National meetingSky Sports Racing News Aintree has dried out on the eve of the Crabbie’s Grand National meeting, prompting a going change. The Grand National Course going description is now good to soft, good in places, changed from good to soft. The...

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Walsh on standby for Station

The Jockey AP McCoy

Mark Walsh to ride Colbert Station of AP McCoy chooses rival Mark Walsh to ride Colbert Station of AP McCoy chooses rivalSky Sports Racing News Mark Walsh will partner Colbert Station if Tony McCoy opts to ride Double Seven in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. Of the JP McManus-owned duo, McCoy has admitted to having a slight preference for the latter, trained by...

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Qewy on top as Kingsbarns flops

Mucho Macho Man the 2013 Breeders Cup winner

Qewy was a surprise winner of the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown, with odds-on 4/6 favourite Kingsbarns only third. Qewy on top as Kingsbarns flopsBy Sporting Life Report Future Flat Races. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Kingsbarns was well clear on official ratings but proved easy to back ahead of his seasonal bow on the rain-soaked ground. Qewy led from flagfall under Declan...

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Alex Hammond: Rocky the one

Silviniaco Conti the race horse

This week we are spoiled for choice with Aintree’s National meeting getting underway on Thursday – here’s my day-to-day guide. Alex Hammond: Rocky the oneBy Sporting Life Report Aintree. Thursday: There are no less than four Grade One races on day one on a superb day’s racing. The Betfred Bowl Chase looks a cracker with Dynaste and Silviniaco Conti vying for...

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Qewy stars as Kingsbarns flops

Frankel the race horse

Qewy on top for John Oxx as Kingsbarns flops Qewy on top for John Oxx as Kingsbarns flopsSky Sports Racing News Qewy was a surprise winner of the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown, with odds-on favourite Kingsbarns only third. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Kingsbarns was well clear on official ratings but proved easy to back ahead of his seasonal bow on the rain-soaked ground. Qewy led...

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Greenham key to Berkshire

Magician the 2013 Breeders Cup Turf winner

Greenham Stakes key to Berkshire destiny Greenham Stakes key to Berkshire destinySky Sports Racing News Berkshire is set to kick off his three-year-old campaign in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week. How he fares there in the Group Three contest over seven furlongs will give connections an idea of what direction to steer him for the rest of the season. The Paul Cole-trained...

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Wheeler at ease as day looms

Race horses

Felix Wheeler at ease as big day looms Felix Wheeler at ease as big day loomsSky Sports Racing News Felix Wheeler has waited a long time for his chance to ride over the National fences and his moment arrives at Aintree on Thursday. The retired Army major spent more than 20 years in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, serving in Kosovo and reached the position of Crown Equerry, in charge of the...

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Johnston duo in Dante picture

Horse Racing

Mark Johnston-trained duo in Dante Stakes reckoning Mark Johnston-trained duo in Dante Stakes reckoningSky Sports Racing News Middleham trainer Mark Johnston has two of the 73 entries in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 15. Johnston could run either Hartnell, third in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, or Somewhat, narrowly beaten in the Royal Lodge Stakes. Johnston said: “Hartnell...

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