Laura King 8:35pm, Fri 18 May 2018
Justify has already beaten one set of statistics in becoming the first horse since 1882 to land the Kentucky Derby without having raced as two-year-old. On Saturday, he heads to Pimlico with the record books on his side in that his trainer, Bob Baffert, is yet to lose the Preakness with a Kentucky Derby winner.
Laura King 8:00am, Sat 12 May 2018
The French Guineas return to the remodelled ParisLongchamp on Sunday, and both races look pleasingly competitive. Aidan O'Brien has won the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the French 2000 Guineas, four times, and this year he targets it with US Navy Flag, last year’s Champion Juvenile after his wins in the Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes.
Laura King 6:36am, Thu 3 May 2018
The 144th edition of the Kentucky Derby has it all: proven Grade 1 winners, unbeaten horses with raw talent, plus a pretender hoping to become Europe’s first winner of the race. That pretender Is Aidan O'Brien’s Mendelssohn, who smashed the Meydan distance record when winning the Group 2 UAE Derby by 18 and a half lengths in March.
Laura King 6:31am, Fri 27 Apr 2018
Hong Kong has re-branded its top class meeting on Sunday as ‘Champions Day’. It’s the first time that the Audemars Piguet QEII, the Champions Mile and the Chairman’s Sprint Prize have all been run on the same Sha Tin card and it looks a day to savour.
Laura King 5:00pm, Fri 30 Mar 2018
The Dubai World Cup meeting gives us nine superb races and $32million in prize money; all in a spectacular desert setting at Meydan. The $10million Dubai World Cup is the feature and has attracted a field of ten. There’s no superstar such as Arrogate or California Chrome this time, but West Coast, trained by three-time winner Bob Baffert, should still be too good, writes Laura King...
Laura King 9:26am, Fri 9 Mar 2018
Super Saturday is the official ‘dress rehearsal’ for the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 31st, but this weekend’s card is very competitive in its own right. It’s worth bearing in mind that, with an early post time of 4pm, the dirt track can have a rails bias with the track riding fast due to the hot weather.