BLOG, DIRT&TURF, BITS&PIECES

A collection of stories published in the Racing Post featuring racing in 20 different countries across 6 continents.
blog

Postcards from the World of HORSE RACING

A collection of stories published in the Racing Post featuring racing in 20 different countries across 6 continents. The instalments cover a period starting in 2008 and after each post there is an update on the current state of affairs. Of course some stories might be dated to in a year or two, but the…

Read More...
Who are you shooting for, mate?
blog

Who are you shooting for, mate?

The June sunshine beat down on me as I shuffled up the steps and into the foyer of The Queen Elizabeth Grandstand. It must have been thirty degrees in the sun and it felt even hotter under my suit, over which I was wearing a black photographers bib, which meant that I was absorbing even…

Read More...
Customised booths from Kingsley.
bits&pieces

Go Wild!

HAPPY FEET  Customised booths from Kingsley let you select any style you can dream of. From a pair of sober black dressage booths to a pair crazy short pink jodhpurs with a pattern of flowers on the shaft to wear in the city. Or decorated with leopard and snakeskin when you want to let the…

Read More...
Keenland, in rolling parkland on the western outskirts of Lexington.
blog

And then we went to Keeneland

It is a bit corny I suppose, to say that if Mountaineer Racetrack is hell, then Keeneland must be heaven, but that’s how it felt.   Keeneland saw its first day’s racing on the 15th October 1936, in the midst of the great depression, which had occasioned the demise of Lexington’s previous racing venue, the Kentucky…

Read More...
According to statistics from Bloom­berg, the volumes for Australian equities sink to levels around 30% lower than their average on the Melbourne Cup day.
australia

The race that stops the – trading

AUSTRALIA Australia’s most famous horse race is the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. It is known as “the race that stops a nation”, and that is not without reason. Melbourne residents enjoy a public holiday on the day that the race is run, which is always the first Tuesday in November, and…

Read More...
The racing world is heading to Seoul
south korea

The racing world is heading to Seoul

Korea established itself on the world map of horse racing in 2016 with its inaugural running of Keeneland Korea Cup and Keeneland Korea Sprint. This year, the two international Group 1 races have received a total of 47 overseas entries from seven countries. The Japanese-trained Chrysolite (Gold Allure – Crysoprase) will be looking to defend…

Read More...
Oscietra  (Exceed - Excel)
australia

Oscietra – Does mum proud

The first foal out of the legendary race mare Black Caviar, Oscietra  (Exceed – Excel),  joined her immortal mother as a winner when kicking clear of her rivals in her second career start at Geelong in Victoria on 11th August. Black Caviar, who was undefeated in 25 races, is currently in foal to More Than…

Read More...
Good things come in threes
australia

Good things come in threes

It is often said that all good things come in threes, but it is rare that a horse wins the same race three times. However, on 28th October, the Australian wonder mare Winx (Street Cry – Vegas Showgirl) will be looking to become just the second horse in history to win one of Australia’s premier…

Read More...
The unusually coloured racehorse, Marble Cake.
japan

Marbel Cake

Racegoers are in for a treat when the appropriately named mare Marble Cake is running. The unusually coloured racehorse is registered as white, but has dark markings throughout her coat. The six-year-old can be spotted at racecourses in Japan, where she has won three races during her career.

Read More...
Vanessa Ryall won the Norwegian Derby at Øvervoll Racecourse
norway

Flying High as a Kite

And anyway, winning a Derby is winning a Derby. And the purse of NK 680.000 (almost $90,000) was also a nice bonus. Vanessa rode a terrific race and won by the smallest of margins on filly High as a Kite, trained by her stepfather Jan Bjørdal. High as a Kite had finished last in the…

Read More...