#UK RACING: ‘Pessimist’ De Bromhead chases Grand National-Gold Cup double

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Henry de Bromhead has the Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy sitting in pride of place in his kitchen but will not tempt fate and imagine the Grand National prize will be beside it on Sunday. The 48-year-old Irishman has three runners in Saturday’s race at Aintree including Minella Times, the ride […]

#UK RACING: The Grand National — where fairy tales come true

AINTREE, United Kingdom (AFP) – The Grand National will take place in an eerie atmosphere without spectators on Saturday due to coronavirus protocols after last year’s renewal was cancelled due to the pandemic. The world-famous steeplechase’s winner has a habit of having a back story to match the achievement of conquering 30 fences. Although modified […]

#UK RACING: Ex-Man Utd boss Ferguson celebrates Aintree hat-trick

AINTREE, United Kingdom (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson celebrated a notable hat-trick on the opening day of the Aintree Grand National meeting on Thursday, with three of his horses triumphing in Grade One races. The 79-year-old Scot said it was his “best day in racing” after Protektorat, Monmiral and the star of […]

#UK RACING: WINNING THE GRAND NATIONAL SETS YOU APART, SAYS 1996 HERO FITZGERALD

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Mick Fitzgerald says the winning jockey in Saturday’s Grand National will experience a life-changing moment — even if the world-famous steeplechase is not as daunting as it was when he won in 1996. The 50-year-old Irishman’s autobiography, “Better Than Sex”, encapsulates the thrill he experienced crossing the line first after […]

US RACING: STRONG QUARTER FOR PURSES, HANDLE

What a difference a year makes. In March 2020 protocols to slow the spread of the emerging COVID-19 forced a virtual shutdown of racing but in March 2021 many tracks were beginning to see a return to some level of normalcy as many were beginning to allow the return of limited on-track crowds. The different […]

#US RACING: EASY OPENER FOR GAMINE – WATCH REPLAY

In her first race since she was crowned the female sprint champion of 2020, Gamine looked like she was primed to pull off a repeat. Racing for the first time without Lasix, she was an easy, 5 1/4-length winner against only three rivals in the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (G3) on another sun-splashed spring day […]