Five In A Row, Eight In The Bag

Five In A Row, Eight In The Bag

Mike de Kock produced a dominating training performance at the fourth meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday, saddling three winners, two seconds and one third on his way to an eighth Al Rashidiya (Gr.2) success, courtesy of the resurgent Forries Waltz.

ARC 2016: Day One In A Nutshell

ARC 2016: Day One In A Nutshell

The business sessions of the 36th Asian Racing Conference began in Mumbai yesterday as Asian Racing Federation Chairman and Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges positioned the next three days of sessions in light of the lifeblood of the industry – wagering.

Asian Racing Conference: A Grand Opening

Asian Racing Conference: A Grand Opening

The 36th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) began with a splash in Mumbai on Monday as the National Sports Club of India hosted the opening ceremony at which the biennial convocation was officially launched. Following the parade of Asian Racing Federation (ARF) members, the delegates and invited guests heard from the officiating party and were treated to an evening of Bollywood-style entertainment.

Asian Tigers

Asian Tigers

John Berry's commentary on the recent Magic Millions sale at the Gold Coast sums up the situation perfectly. The line-up of overseas buyers was dazzling, including WinStar, Spendthrift, John Sikura, Katsumi Yoshida, China Horse Club, Shadwell, and Qatar Racing. Alongside these, dozens of domestic syndicators competed to unearth the future star racehorses, star stallions and star broodmares which will surely graduate from the auction. 

Remembering Kingmambo

Remembering Kingmambo

Kingmambo, the first produce of the irrepressible two-time Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr.1) heroine Miesque, the sire of champions in nine different countries and of 85 black-type winners to date, was euthanized Tuesday at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, due to the infirmities of old age.

Heaven To Hell. And Back.

Heaven To Hell. And Back.

Though Murtagh’s rehabilitation of himself was not unique, few sportsmen have managed to reverse the trend after too long spent leaning on the self-destruct button.

Slipper Winner's Royal Options

Slipper Winner's Royal Options

If Vancouver can get on track in the manner expected, he could play a part in furthering the growing regard for racing in Australia that exists here.

The Last Roll Of The Dice

The Last Roll Of The Dice

The last roll of the Golden Sword dice for this season takes place at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at Summerhill on Tuesday, 23rd February.

Speed Or Stamina: Sultans Of The Stud Book

Speed Or Stamina: Sultans Of The Stud Book

The "C:Cs", "C:Ts" and "T:Ts" we know are genetic groupings recently codified by the Irish researcher Equinome, designating the likely distance aptitudes of the racehorses we breed, and it seems on the evidence to date, that they're a pretty reliable guide.

The Courage Of A Lion, Doctor O'Brien

The Courage Of A Lion, Doctor O'Brien

Stop for a moment, and ask yourself as we so often have, what Summerhill and South African breeding would have been without Northern Guest, the world's winning-most broodmare sire of all time?

TV Time: A New Look

TV Time: A New Look

Racing on television - whatever the platform - is surely doomed if the belief exists that it is "guilty of taking itself too seriously.

Never Vague, Mr Haigh

Never Vague, Mr Haigh

Racing's administrators have many preoccupations. Close to the top of their list though – or at least it should be - is the question of how to attract new generations to the most complex and intellectually demanding of sports during an era of contracting attention spans.

No Kidding: It's Not On The Internet

No Kidding: It's Not On The Internet

Death cancels ante-post bets. Only Aly Khan would've appreciated the irony that he had to die to get out of his last bet. I bet you won't find this one on the Internet.

Tribute To Tesio

Tribute To Tesio

Federico Tesio took off for South America, and it was here, riding through regions populated by wild horses, that his appreciation and understanding of the race developed and crystalized into an obsession.

Raconteur, Horseman Par Excellence, Philanthropist

Raconteur, Horseman Par Excellence, Philanthropist

It's a rather human peculiarity that we often save our best accolades and compliments about someone, sharing those only after that person has gone, which doesn't make any sense. It is therefore a huge privilege for me to be able to honour John Slade upon his leaving Maine Chance Farms, to retire to rocky pastures out in the Karoo.

Memory's Lane

Memory's Lane

A short while ago the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Annual Survey issued its list of the earth's most admired leaders. In arriving at their personal favourites, in some instances voters reached back well into the history books, while others had a more contemporary look to them.

The Second Coming

The Second Coming

Solskjaer was a Group 2 winner over ten furlongs and is a half-brother to Yeats (Sadler's Wells). He came from champion breeders, Summerhill Stud in South Africa, where he stood since he retired from racing.