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Cox sets sights on Commonwealth gold for Horde

PA Sport 3:39pm, Wed 20 May 2020

Golden Horde has the Commonwealth Cup in his sights (Mark Kerton/PA) Golden Horde is set to kick off his campaign in the Commonwealth Cup at next month’s scheduled Royal Ascot meeting. The Lethal Force colt won the Richmond Stakes last term and was twice placed in Group One company, finishing third behind Earthlight in the Prix Morny and a narrow second behind the same horse in the Middle Park Stakes on his final outing.

Hannon has high hopes for Ascot-bound King Of Change

PA Sport 12:55pm, Wed 20 May 2020

King Of Change was a Group One winner last year (Simon Cooper/PA) Richard Hannon ranks King Of Change among the best horses he has handled as the four-year-old gears up for a planned return at Royal Ascot. King Of Change finished second as a 66-1 shot in last year’s 2000 Guineas before going on to win a Sandown Listed event on the way to Group One glory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on his final start.

Ghaiyyath set for Coronation Cup return

PA Sport 9:44am, Wed 20 May 2020

Ghaiyyath will kick off his season in the Coronation Cup (Julian Herbert/PA) Ghaiyyath is set to kick off his campaign in the rescheduled Coronation Cup at Newmarket. The five-year-old was a 14-length winner of a German Group One last term and a similarly easy victor in a Group Three at Meydan in February.

BHA to publish June fixtures later this week

PA Sport 6:52pm, Tue 19 May 2020

The BHA is planning for racing to resume on June 1 (Mike Egerton/PA) A fixture list outlining meetings to the end of June will be published by the British Horseracing Authority on Friday, with 72-hour declarations employed until further notice. The BHA is planning for racing to resume on June 1, subject to Government approval, and last week sent out a programme for the first eight days of action, with the rest of the provisional June schedule to follow this week.

Pinatubo pleasing Appleby ahead of Guineas return

PA Sport 6:38pm, Tue 19 May 2020

Pinatubo is on course for the 2000 Guineas (Niall Carson/PA) Charlie Appleby believes Qipco 2000 Guineas favourite Pinatubo will be suited by the step up to a mile in next month’s Newmarket Classic. The Shamardal colt was unbeaten in six starts as a juvenile, culminating in Group One wins in the National Stakes at the Curragh and the Dewhurst at Newmarket.

Belmont Stakes to be first leg of American Triple Crown

PA Sport 5:29pm, Tue 19 May 2020

The Belmont Stakes will be run next month (Andrew Matthews/PA) The Belmont Stakes will be contested on June 20, making it the opening leg of the American Triple Crown for the first time in history. The Grade One event is usually the last of the American Classics and is contested over a mile and a half at Belmont Park, with the 2020 running initially scheduled for June 6.

Tattersalls Gold Cup switched to July in Irish reshuffle

PA Sport 3:56pm, Tue 19 May 2020

Magical won last year’s Tattersalls Gold Cup (PA) This year’s Tattersalls Gold Cup will be open to the Classic generation when it is run on a revised date in July, Horse Racing Ireland has announced. The Group One event is usually for four-year-olds and over when it is contested during the Irish Guineas meeting in May, but following the delayed start to the 2020 Flat campaign due to the coronavirus crisis, it has been moved to July 26 to fill “a significant gap in the revised Pattern”.

Injured Hanagan eyeing 2,000th winner on his return

PA Sport 1:00pm, Tue 19 May 2020

Paul Hanagan was injured in a fall in February (Simon Cooper/PA) Paul Hanagan has set his sights on notching up his 2,000th career winner when he returns from a spell on the sidelines. The two-times champion jockey suffered fractured vertebrae in a fall at Newcastle in February, but he is eager to return with a career landmark in sight.

Brigadier switch meets with Fellowes approval

PA Sport 12:06pm, Tue 19 May 2020

King Ottokar will not be rushed back into action (Steven Paston/PA) Charlie Fellowes was delighted to see the Brigadier Gerard Stakes will now be run at Haydock as he eyes the Group Three contest for King Ottokar. The 10-furlong heat was originally pencilled in for Newmarket on June 5, should racing resume as hoped on June 1, but has now been switched to Haydock on June 7.

Purton hoping Amazing can Star at Happy Valley

PA Sport 11:36am, Tue 19 May 2020

Amazing Star thrives at Happy Valley (HKJC) Happy Valley specialist Amazing Star headlines Zac Purton’s nine rides at the track on Wednesday. Purton is currently tied with Joao Moreira in the Hong Kong jockeys’ championship and he is hoping Amazing Star can shine again in the featured Ho Chung River Handicap as he bids for his fifth win at the track this season.

Guineas raid off the agenda for American ace Swiss Skydiver

PA Sport 5:05pm, Mon 18 May 2020

Kenny McPeek will not run Swiss Skydiver in the 1000 Guineas (Chris Radburn/PA) Potential American raider Swiss Skydiver has been ruled out the Qipco 1000 Guineas by trainer Kenny McPeek. The Daredevil filly put herself in the frame for the Newmarket Classic when accounting for the highly-regarded Venetian Harbor in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn earlier this month.

Ryan aiming classy sprinters at Royal Ascot

PA Sport 4:28pm, Mon 18 May 2020

Hello Youmzain (right) will head to Royal Ascot (Martin Rickett/PA) Kevin Ryan is planning to start both his star sprinters, Hello Youmzain and Glass Slippers, at next month’s Royal Ascot meeting. The fixture is currently scheduled to kick off on June 16, pending the sport being given Government permission to resume as hoped on June 1.

No rush for Bin Suroor to make Benbatl plan

PA Sport 3:47pm, Mon 18 May 2020

Benbatl has proven himself a top-class performer for Saeed bin Suroor (Nigel French/PA) Saeed bin Suroor will take his time in making plans for stable star Benbatl. A triple Group One winner on turf, the six-year-old proved his toughness and versatility earlier this year in switching to dirt, winning a Group Two at Meydan before running a huge race to be third in the inaugural Saudi Cup, the world’s richest race.

Moreira in hat-trick form to draw level with Purton

PA Sport 3:03pm, Sun 17 May 2020

Inner Flame secured a treble for title-chasing jockey Joao Moreira at Sha Tin (Hong Kong Jockey Club) Joao Moreira and Zac Purton ended Sunday tied on 117 winners apiece with sixteen meetings to go in the race for the jockeys’ championship in Hong Kong. Brazilian Moreira was in treble form at Sha Tin to draw level with defending champion Purton, who notched a sole success.

Naas to host first Irish meeting on racing resumption

PA Sport 1:00pm, Sun 17 May 2020

Minding in action at Naas racecourse (Niall Carson/PA) Naas will host the first fixture when racing resumes behind closed doors in Ireland on June 8, with the Irish 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas also set for the opening week. Horse Racing Ireland officials on Friday expressed their delight at clearance from the Irish Government to restart the sport on that date, which at one stage looked like being June 29.

Ebor pencilled in as big target for Raymond Tusk

PA Sport 11:28am, Sun 17 May 2020

Raymond Tusk has a big target of the Ebor this year (Julian Herbert/PA) Raymond Tusk’s big target for this season will be another crack at the Ebor, hopefully at York. The Richard Hannon-trained five-year-old was fourth in Europe’s richest handicap last season, having started off his campaign with an excellent second to Dee Ex Bee in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, where he also ran in the Gold Cup at the Royal meeting.

Almond Eye makes sensational return to winning ways

PA Sport 10:05am, Sun 17 May 2020

Japanese superstar Almond Eye roared back to winning ways in the Victoria Mile at Tokyo racecourse. Winner of the Dubai Turf in 2019, the five-year-old had last been seen disappointing in the Arima Kinnen at Nakayama in December, with her planned run in Dubai this year cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New York tracks cleared to resume racing from June 1

PA Sport 7:48pm, Sat 16 May 2020

Racing can resume in New York from June 1 (Andrew Matthews/PA) New York governor Andrew Cuomo has given racecourses in the state clearance to resume racing behind closed doors from June 1. Racing has been suspended in New York, which encompasses tracks such as Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga, since March 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal meeting running order to be reviewed

PA Sport 5:28pm, Sat 16 May 2020

Royal Ascot is currently scheduled to begin on June 16 (Mike Egerton/PA) Ascot’s Nick Smith admits this year’s Royal meeting will not be an “ideal scenario” as the relevant parties try to work out a rejigged running order for next month’s scheduled fixture.

HRI details new protocols ahead of racing resumption

PA Sport 2:11pm, Sat 16 May 2020

Racing will resume behind closed doors in Ireland on June 8 (PA) Horse Racing Ireland has published a 77-page document outlining the protocols for key personnel ahead of resuming racing behind closed doors on June 8. HRI has detailed the procedures for each industry group and will announce a series of webinars to further explain the changes people will encounter when returning to work on the racecourse after the coronavirus shutdown.

Ray Cochrane bows out as Frankie Dettori’s agent

PA Sport 1:34pm, Sat 16 May 2020

Ray Cochrane has called time on his career as Frankie Dettori’s agent (PA) Ray Cochrane has called time on his career as Frankie Dettori’s agent following a 20-year association. The Derby-winning rider retired from the saddle in 2000 due to back problems, five months after being involved in a light aircraft crash that claimed the life of pilot Patrick Mackey and led to Cochrane receiving the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for pulling Dettori from the wreckage.

Moreira continues title chase at Sha Tin

PA Sport 11:29am, Sat 16 May 2020

Joao Moreira continues his title challenge at Sha Tin (HKJC) Joao Moreira has another full book of 10 rides as he Zac Purton continue their fascinating tussle for the Hong Kong jockeys’ title at Sha Tin on Sunday. Moreira trails Purton by two winners and he teams up with top weight Butterfield in the feature Hoi Ha Handicap, with trainer Danny Shum hoping the three-times champion can weave his magic.

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