Roaring Lion Dominates Older Rivals in Juddmonte International

As a son of Kitten’s Joy, he might be considered a “kitten” by some, but on the track there can be no denying that the remarkable Roaring Lion has earned his name and matured into a “lion.” Just look at the way this John Gosden-trained runner obliterated a fantastic field in the prestigious Juddmonte International (gr. I) on August 22nd at York, in the process earning a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I). Roaring [...]

How to Bet the Juddmonte International

Who will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf? (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) Unlike in North America, where it’s becoming increasingly rare for three-year-old males to face older horses before the Breeders’ Cup, summer showdowns between sophomores and older veterans are still common in Europe, with Wednesday’s Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York being a perfect example. Held at a distance of 10 ½ furlongs, the Juddmonte International offers [...]

Poet’s Word Rallies to Victory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

By winning the King George, Poet's Word has earned a "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 Gallant? Determined? Unwavering? Pick any similar adjective and you’ll have a word that roughly describes the relentless late rally turned in by Poet’s Word to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) on Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Even knowing the outcome, it [...]

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 [...]

How to Bet the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Hawkbill winning the Dubai Sheema Classic - Coady Photography In handicapping Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Eng-I) on the second day of Royal Ascot, the key question to consider is simple—is  #2 Cracksman vulnerable to an upset? Trained by John Gosden, the brilliant son of Frankel has won his last five starts—all at the Group 1 or Group 2 level—with varying degrees of authority. In fact, he reached the pinnacle of his career with a tremendous seven-length win [...]

Hong Kong Cup win would be sweet for Werther

Werther beats Time Warp to win the 2017 Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin. Pic: HKJC. Hong Kong racing fans will be hoping their outstanding horse Werther can see off a strong international challenge in the $3.2 million Hong Kong International Cup at Sha Tin Dec. 10. The New Zealand-bred by Tavistock won at group two level in Australia and New Zealand and had two group one second-place finishes before being bought by Johnson Chen in 2015, and [...]

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 [...]