Flat Horses

Sea the Stars is a real Star

The BBC2’s coverage last Sunday from Longchamp of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was terrific for the armchair viewer. Of course the star of the show was Sea the Stars. His performance in the race was staggering. He pulled very hard in the early stages of the race which was reminiscent of New Approach…

Countdown to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2009

The clock is running down to this Sunday (4th October) when the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be run over 12 furlongs at Longchamp. This is the greatest flat race in Europe and is always won by a very good horse. We are all hoping that Sea the Stars will be able to run…

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot 2009

The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes will be run over 1 mile at Ascot on Saturday. This race for three year olds and above has been won by some great horses over the years, none more so than Brigadier Gerard and Dubai Millennium. This years race worth £250,000.00 looks to be set up for…

Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes at Doncaster 2009

We are at Day 4 of the Doncaster St.Leger meeting already and I must confess that I have had to make do with watching recordings of racing in the evenings as I have been on “grandfather” duties. The Ladbrokes St.Leger is the oldest classic in the world and this years race does look a fairly…

Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes 2009

The Group 1 Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes will be run tomorrow at Leopardstown over 1 mile 2 furlongs. The race is worth 1,000,000 euros and is open to 3 year olds and above. I would imagine we are all hoping that Sea the Stars takes his chance, if he does I am sure the…

Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock 2009

The Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup will be run over 6 furlongs at Haydock on Saturday. The race is for 3 year olds and above and is worth £275,000.00.The likely favourite is High Standing who will have the Kieren Fallon factor. If the ground gets too soft Fleeting Spirit and Finjaan will probably not run.…

Delegator wins for Goldolphin

It was good to see Delegator have a confidence building win upholding the classic form after his second to Sea the Stars in the 2000 Guineas and his second to Mastercraftsman in that epic dual at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Frankie Dettori produced Delegator on the outside and he won quite…

York Ebor Meeting 2009

The 4 day York Ebor Meeting returns to the Knavesmire this year and gets underway tomorrow Tuesday 18th August. Sea the Stars appears to have frightened most of the opposition away as there are now only four runners for the Group 1 Juddmonte Internatioal Stakes worth £600,000.00 and run over 1 mile 2 furlongs. Sea…

Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood 2009

The 5 day Glorious Goodwood Festival got underway today (28th) and finishes on Saturday 1st August when the Group 1 Nassau Stakes worth £200,000.00 will be run. This is a 1 mile 2 furlong race for 3 year old and upwards fillies and mares. Perhaps Rainbow View will now be running over her best distance…

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2009

The 3 day Ascot “King George” Meeting gets underway tomorrow (Friday 24th) with the centre piece of the meeting being the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes which will be run on Saturday. This race was first run in 1951 and was designed for the finest horses from different generations and different countries to…