Laura King 8:53am, Fri 13 Oct 2017
Sunday’s Grade 1 comes from Canada, where the biggest race of the year at Woodbine has an open look to it. The Pattison Canadian International has attracted a line-up of 10 for the 2400 metre contest. Despite European raiders having won the last seven renewals of this race, just two make the journey this time.
Laura King 7:58am, Fri 29 Sep 2017
With plenty of big names, including Arrogate, Gun Runner and Lady Aurelia, planning to head to the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar without prep races, the way is clear for some lesser lights to collect some big prizes this weekend, when Santa Anita and Belmont host eight Grade 1s between them.
Laura King 7:28am, Wed 20 Sep 2017
A year ago, South Korea staged its first international race meeting, and was rewarded with runners from as far afield as the UK, Ireland and the UAE. The spoils, however, stayed in the Far East, with Japan landing the $600,000 Cup and Hong Kong the Sprint. Nevertheless, it was a hugely promising start for a racing jurisdiction keen to make its mark on the world stage.
Laura King 9:22am, Fri 15 Sep 2017
The St Leger will dominate the headlines in the UK this weekend, but over in North America its the turn of Woodbine in Canada to hog the limelight, with two very international days of racing. Saturday sees the Grade I Woodbine Mile take centre stage, and the $800,000 contest has attracted a field of 12, including five Europeans.
Laura King 8:06am, Fri 25 Aug 2017
Saratoga hosts six Grade 1s on Saturday night, with the ‘Midsummer Derby’, the Travers Stakes, the official feature. The three-year- old crop in the States this year is crying out for some sort of order, and this might well be established this weekend with the Travers attracting all three Triple Crown winners, for the first time since 1982...
Laura King 5:12pm, Sat 12 Aug 2017
The Arlington Million, on the turf at Arlington Park in Chicago, turns 35 on Saturday, and times have changed since its inception in 1981. It’s still worth a million dollars, but now it sits alongside two other Grade Is, the Beverly D, for the fillies and mares, and the Secretariat, for the three-year- olds.