Breeders’ Cup Turf rematch set for Hong Kong Vase

Talismanic beats Highland Reel to win the 2017 Breeders' Cup Turf. Pic: Breeders' Cup Ltd. European runners have dominated the $2.3 million Hong Kong International Vase (G1) since the 1 ½-mile race was first run in 1994, and with Talismanic and Highland Reel in this year’s contest they may well do so again. The pair fought out the finish of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) over the same trip at Del Mar, with Talismanic taking advantage of a [...]

Old Melbourne Cup rules burned by Rekindling

The Melbourne Cup has been a race horsemen and punters have had some set ideas about for a number of years. Prior to 1993, it was felt that a horse always needed to run on Derby day at Flemington, four days beforehand, to tune up for the big race. Twelve-time winning trainer Bart Cummings also used to want horses to have run a total of 10,000 meters (about 9 ¼ miles) in spring lead-up races to be fit enough to [...]