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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Proud of DADDY

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Tourist, a multiple Grade 1-winner in the USA, closed his racing career in 2016 with an impressive victory in the fastest Breeders’ Cup Mile in history. His first foal, born on January 11, has every reason to be proud of her dad.

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Taking horse sales to the next level

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Australia Inglis, the oldest thoroughbred auctioneers in Australia, has opened a state-of-the-art sales complex at Warwick Farm in Sydney. Riverside Stables and the adjacent William Inglis Hotel opened their doors to both horses and people in February when hosting the 2018 Classic Yearling sale. The A$140million venue includes more than 800 boxes and an air-conditioned…

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Kitasan Black – signs off in style

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The Japanese fan-favourite Kitasan Black, ridden by jockey Yutaka Take, ended his outstanding career with a victory in the G1 Arima Kinen on December 24. More than 100,000 racegoers gathered trackside at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan to enjoy Kitasan Black’s final racecourse appearance and watch him capture his seventh Grade 1 title. The victory boosted…

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World’s hippest slipper

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At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Australia on March 24, one very lucky owner will be awarded a trophy with a 24-carat gold-plated slipper as its centrepiece. Since its introduction in 1957, the Golden Slipper Stakes has grown to become the richest and most prestigious race in the world for two-year-old horses, with a total purse…

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Heart to Heart.

A little horse with a big HEART

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The aptly named racehorse Heart to Heart showed that he has got a big heart (and not just on his forehead) when capturing his first Grade 1 victory at Gulfstream Park in Florida, USA, on February 10. The popular racehorse scored his first graded stakes success in 2014 and has since then tallied up another…

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