Cracksman, Roaring Lion Among Stars on British Champions Day

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The 2018 racing season in Great Britain will reach its climax this Saturday with the eighth-annual British Champions Day at Ascot, a top-class afternoon of racing featuring five prestigious stakes races across a variety of distances and divisions. The day could be especially memorable for trainer John Gosden, who conditions the favorite in four of the five races. Here’s a quick rundown of what to watch for on Saturday…. Race 1: QIPCO [...]

Cracksman Seeks Redemption in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The talented Cracksman is looking to bounce back from a surprising defeat at Royal Ascot last month - Photo by Horsephotos.com Isn’t it funny how fast things can change in the sport of horse racing? Barely more than a month ago, Cracksman was the toast of Europe’s racing scene, a three-time Group 1 winner viewed as a budding superstar and a nearly unbeatable force for trainer John Gosden. Now, he’s just the third choice in an eight-horse field [...]

Hydrangea Stars in Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com When eleven fillies and mares head to post for Wednesday’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot, all eyes will be on Hydrangea, who appears to tower over her rivals in the one-mile event. There’s no such thing as a sure thing in racing, but Hydrangea arguably comes close. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the well-bred daughter of Galileo has been a top-class Group 1 competitor throughout her career and went on [...]

Weather a key factor on British Champions Day

It hasn’t taken long for British Champions Day, held at Ascot Oct. 21, to become one of the best racedays in the world. Founded in 2011 by combining two Ascot feature races and three from Newmarket, it has once again drawn outstanding fields. However, punters this year will need to keep a close eye on the weather. Rain is predicted, which would change the likely outcomes of many of the races. The card begins with the two-mile British Champions Long [...]

New Money Honey faces worthy European challenge

Punters will need to assess the form of the European 3-year-old fillies against that of North America when handicapping the 1 1/8-mile Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 14. The American division, headed by New Money Honey, face two European-trained runners – one of which has strong form against the best on that continent. Wuheida, from the stable of Charlie Appleby, hasn’t won since the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) last year. But in four group one races [...]