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Indian Skimmer (seen winning at Newmarket), landed the 1988 Irish Champion Stakes
Image by www.cranhamphoto.com
Throughout his illustrious training career, Sir Henry Cecil nurtured the careers of countless great fillies and mares.
One In A Million, Fairy Footsteps, Oh So… Read More
The Al Shaqab Lockinge
Stakes is the first Group One mile contest for older horses, in the British
The race takes place at
Newbury and attained Group One status in 1995, the same year that it became
exclusive… Read More
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse
the past few years, the Chelsea Thoroughbreds name has made a notable mark in
instantly recognisable light blue silks with dark blue sleeves and a white… Read More
Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the… Read More
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes forms the first leg of the English Triple Crown for colts and is the first of the five English Classics to be run each year.
As befits its standing, the Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies.… Read More
Tap On Wood and 18 year old Steve Cauthen go to post for the 200th Derby in 1979Image by www.cranhamphoto.com
The 1979 Flat racing season was a glorious one in terms of quality. Le Moss ruled the staying division after… Read More
Mister Baileys gets the better of Grand Lodge in the 1994 2,000 GuineasImage by www.cranhamphoto.com
The first colts’ Classic of the year has been won by all shapes and sizes, but invariably the common denominator over the past 30 years… Read More
In recent years the racing silks of John Dance have become increasingly familiar on UK racecourses and further afield.
Course Specialist first met John back in 2015, when he was enjoying the early throes of racehorse ownership and with his… Read More