#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 […]

GATE TO WIRE PATRIARCH IN CAYMANAS THURSDAY NIGHTCAP

KINGSTON, Jamaica – It was not expected to be a contest and that prediction was correct for the ninth and final on the Caymanas Thursday card as Patriarch (Dane Nelson) did a gate to wire breeze to claim another victory this time at the Overnight Allowance grade. Patriarch trained by Fitzgerald Richards was acres ahead […]

HEAVENLY GLITTER SHINES IN CAYMANAS THURSDAY EIGHTH

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Heavenly Glitter shone her light brightly in the Caymanas Thursday eighth. Jockey Dane Dawkins watched in second place on Heavenly Glitter as Irish Whisky took the horses into the clubhouse turn in this nine furlongs and 25 yards offering for three-year-old maidens. On the backstretch, Dawkins waited a bit before gliding by […]

PROCLAIM FURTHER AND BEYOND THE PRINCE BUT ONLY JUST

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Showing true pluck and determination, champion two-year-old of last year Further And Beyond, racing for the first time as a three-year-old, was just able to hold off the final burst of Billy Whizz in a pulsating finish to the Prince Consort Stakes which was the Caymanas Thursday seventh. The Prince Consort is […]

KING ARTHUR RETURNS WITH FAST 57.0 SECS DOWN THE STRAIGHT

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Racing for the first time since December of last year, the 2020 Derby winner King Arthur blazed down the five straight course while enjoying the soft underfoot conditions to land the Caymanas Thursday sixth. That race was a four-year-old and upwards non-winners of four contest in which 13 horses reached the starting […]

FINE RIDE BY MARIO CHONG ON CHINAMAX – CAYMANAS THURSDAY 5TH

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jockey Mario Chong after waiting a long while to get his first winner doubled up with a fine display in the saddle aboard the Tensang Chung trained Chinamax. Victory for Chong and Chung came in the Caymanas Thursday fifth which was a three-year-old and upwards Optional Claimer ($550,000 – $500,000). Chinamax was […]

MY SMOKEY WINS CAYMANAS THURSDAY 4th IN DRIVING FINISH

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The pattern of close finishes continued in the Caymanas Thursday fourth with My Smokey just hanging on to deny Miss Francis and jockey Natalie Berger. Miss Francis and My Smokey ridden by Andre Powell and trained by Wayne Parchment mixed it up with Nydan (Jordan Barrett) on the front end. Powell while […]

QUICK DOUBLE FOR JOCKEY YOUVILLE PINNOCK IN CAYMANAS THURSDAY 2nd

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Apprentice Youville Pinnock made it a quick double when he won  on Pure Heart in the Caymanas Thursday second. It was Pakman (Matthew Bennett) who set the early fractions with Pure Heart quite early today in the third slot. Pakman took the field into the straight with Pure Heart trained by Patrick […]