A World Away

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Seen by much of the racing world as that curious island nation far away from everything, New Zealand defies all odds as one of the world’s great racing nations. With a thriving thoroughbred industry that’s been producing champions for more than a century. Its list of championracehorses for more than a century surpasses all but...

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Gallop Magazine summer 2018.

Summer / 2018

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Ebony Horse Club, a stable unlike any other. Set amongst the densely populated high-rises of Brixton, south london  A World Away – New Zealand, defies all odds as one of the world’s great racing nations. American novelist  Willie Vlautin tells stories from the other side of the racing world.  Singapore Sling – Photo special: CARA GRIMSHAW....

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Justify takes home 13th ever Triple Crown – in a way that makes him unique among the unique

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Until June 9 it had only happened 12 times in history. Last time was with American Pharaoh in 2015 and before that there was a 37 year gap from when Affirmed won in 1978.That’s when Justify decided to break all rules and just do what couldn’t be done. In a way that it couldn’t be...

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William Buick.

William Buick

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The sun has disappeared for the sake of the darkness. An audience of eighty thousand people is whispering his name. His face appears on a multi-coloured wide-screen. Ten million dollars. That’s what’s in it for tonight’s final cup win. In a cave underground, there’s a sign saying Jockey’s room. Open the door to that room...

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Inside racing’s greatest drama

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Shergar lit up the racing world in 1981, winning the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths. He was set to become a superstar stallion, but events took a dark turn with kidnap, ransom, and an uncertain end making Shergar’s story one of racing’s greatest dramas.   Shergar’s name, like that of Red Rum, Phar Lap, or...

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Paths of glory

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At France’s top racing centre, Chantilly, the horses run through dreamy, serene beechwood forests. Just outside Paris, the town otherwise known for its château and Chantilly cream, is a utopian haven for horses, trainers and racing fans alike. The first thing any visitor to Chantilly notices is the tranquil air. Situated only forty kilometres northeast...

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Is favourite status at the horse racing a poisoned chalice?

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Tiger Roll’s win at the Grand National extended the run at the event without the pre-race favourite taking home the crown. ordon Elliott’s charge put forward a brilliant performance at Aintree, although he was almost beat at the line by Pleasant Company, edging out his late surge by a head. The bay gelding was a...

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Tough, rough, courageous – The Mongol Derby

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Welcome to a horse race like no other, a 1000km endurance event – the longest in the world –  across Mongolia’s limitless horizons. or a rider, it is the supreme test, a series of 35 kilometers stages, each on a strange semi-wild horse. The 28 staging posts are urtuu (horse stations), introduced by Mongolia’s 13th...

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7 Keys to horse racing photography

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acing’s drama and colour have been celebrated for centuries, with artists and photographers having long endeavoured to capture the majesty of the galloping thoroughbred and the vibrancy of race meetings in their frames. Thankfully, no single artist or image can encapsulate all that is great about racing and the sport still offers deep veins of...

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SOUMILLON conquers Europe

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The charismatic Belgian rider Christophe Soumillon set a new European record of wins in a calendar year, when riding 306 winners in 2017. The 36-year old French-based jockey rode in 1,635 races across the country, over a total distance of more than 3,000 km, to beat the previous record of 300 wins, set the year...

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