Category Archives: Horse Racing

Racing is Back

Two great racing events take center stage this weekend.

First it is the Grand National at Aintree. The historic race will again grip millions to the TV and to their betting slips as the maximum 40 horses battle it out to be called the champion over the fences.

Currently the favoruites include 11-1 CAPPA BLEU, ON HIS OWN at 7-1, A P McCoy rides COLBERT STATION at 12-1 and Katie Walsh is on SEABASS at 10-1.

The race notoriously finishes with around 75% of riders out, so as always it is the one who can be there at the last that will take the grand prize.

Elsewhere, Moto GP is back.

Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and the rest of the grid line up in Qatar for the opening round of the championship.

Rossi, back at Yamaha, will be hoping to add to his already incredible statistics in Moto Gp, and put behind him two barren years at Ducatti.

Briton Cal Crutchlow will also look to throw a spanner in the Yamaha teams works as he aims to become the first British champions in this millennium.

The race is live on the BBC with free practice and qualifying also available.

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Dettori Banned

Frankie Dettori has been banned from horse riding for six months after the jockey failed a drugs test.

The rider who has over 3000 wins tested positive in France for a banned substance in September.

The substance is unknown but according to reports was not an enhancing drug.

His worldwide suspension will run until 13th May and will see him miss some of the big races on the calendar, including the Guineas at Newmarket and the Dubai World Cup.

He will however return for the Epson Derby on June 1st and could well be in line to ride another big favourite there, after winning with Authorized in 2007.

The Italian rider has taken full responsibility for his actions.

It is a sad day for the man who in 1996 made history riding seven winners on one card.

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Kauto Star Could go Again

Record-breaking racehorse Kauto Star could well be turning to something new in the future as a career as a dressage horse is a possibility.

According to owner Clive Smith, the horse could well adapt to the nature of the event, because of its intelligence and athletic nature.

This was backed up by trainer Paul Nicholls who said: “Kauto Star is in as good a shape as ever. We’re very happy we retired him at the top when he was in such good shape. It was a hard decision (to retire him) but it was the right decision.”

These revelations came out today after the horse helped unveil a statue of itself outside Haydock race course before taking part in the parade.

The five time King George chase winner and twice Cheltenham Gold cup holder has been honoured for the fantastic achievements and is arguably one of the greatest horses, if not the greatest to ever compete.

The reason behind the statue being placed at Haydock is to commemorate the triumphs in the Betfair chase in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

You can find more information about the statue and the horse by checking out www.haydock-park.co.uk/racing/racing-news/2012/11/kauto-star-statue-be-unveiled-jump-racing-elite-arrives-haydock-park

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