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Nicholls glad to be back in action

PA Sport 11:56am, Tue 30 Jun 2020

Paul Nicholls is looking forward to the resumption of jump racing at Southwell on Wednesday (Adam Davy/PA) Paul Nicholls hopes he can hit the ground running as the new National Hunt kicks off at Southwell on Wednesday. The 11-times champion trainer will send six runners to the Nottinghamshire track as jump racing returns for the first time since March 17 following the coronavirus shutdown,

Leicester officials waiting for green light

PA Sport 9:11am, Tue 30 Jun 2020

Leicester’s meeting on Tuesday has been placed in doubt (David Davies/PA) Officials at Leicester are waiting for confirmation from the British Horseracing Authority as to whether this evening’s meeting can take place after the city was placed under lockdown by the government.

Ben Curtis gets Derby call-up for Highland Chief

PA Sport 4:52pm, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Ben Curtis has been handed a first Derby ride (Dan Abraham/PA) Ben Curtis has been handed a first Investec Derby ride on Royal Ascot winner Highland Chief. Trained by Paul and Oliver Cole, the colt was ridden to victory at Ascot by Rossa Ryan but was due to be partnered by Andrea Atzeni at Epsom.

Easterby outlines weekend options for Art Power

PA Sport 4:13pm, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Art Power (right) has earned the right to tackle Group company after this convincing win at Royal Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Tim Easterby’s exciting young sprinter Art Power could step up to Group Three company at the weekend. The North Yorkshire trainer has put the progressive three-year-old in the Coolmore Sioux Nation Lacken Stakes over six furlongs at Naas on Saturday and the Coral Charge over the minimum trip at Sandown on Sunday.

Sapphire Stakes on radar for Kurious

PA Sport 2:58pm, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Kurious could bid for Group Two honours in Ireland (Julian Herbert/PA) Kurious may head to Ireland in search of Group Two glory after making her seasonal debut at Royal Ascot. The Sapphire Stakes over five furlongs at the Curragh next month is a possible target for the four-year-old filly, trained by Henry Candy.

Owners to be permitted on course from July 4

PA Sport 1:50pm, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Owners are to be allowed back on course (Steve Davis/PA) Owners will be allowed to attend race meetings from July 4, the British Horseracing Authority has announced. Tests events will be staged this week to see how well new protocols will work, but should all go smoothly, those involved in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday will be allowed to see their horses run.

Love leads Oaks contenders

PA Sport 1:37pm, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Qipco 1000 Guineas winner Love is among the entries for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Saturday (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Love, winner of the 1000 Guineas, heads 11 entries for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Saturday. The daughter of Galileo has headed the ante-post market since her impressive victory by four and a quarter lengths over the Rowley Mile.

English King heads 17 colts chasing Derby gold

PA Sport 1:28pm, Mon 29 Jun 2020

English King will aim to follow up his Lingfield success at Epsom (Megan Ridgwell/PA) Ante-post favourite English King is among 17 entries for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom. The mile-and-a-half Classic finds itself in an unusual position on the calendar this year, coming a month later than normal and after both Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby, because of the late start to the campaign.

Enable set for Eclipse clash with Ghaiyyath

PA Sport 1:28pm, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Enable and Frankie Dettori are set to defend their Coral-Eclipse title at Sandown on Sunday (Nigel French/PA) Enable is set for a stern test on her eagerly-awaited return to the track on Sunday, with Ghaiyyath one of her key rivals in an eight-strong entry for the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Mishriff one of 27 contenders for Jockey Club crown

PA Sport 11:58am, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Mishriff is set to head to France (Edward Whitaker/PA) John Gosden’s Mishriff is among 27 colts in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday. An impressive winner of a Newmarket Listed race on his return to action, beating better fancied stablemate Waldkonig, Gosden favoured keeping him at 10 furlongs rather than stepping up in trip for Epsom.

Spinner on comeback trail

PA Sport 10:30am, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Sam Spinner could be ready to return to action in the autumn (Ashley Iveson/PA) Jedd O’Keeffe is optimistic Sam Spinner will make his return from a pelvic injury in October. The former classy staying hurdler was ruled out for the rest of last season after taking his unbeaten record over fences to three at Doncaster in December.

Makin eyes Molecomb target for Muker

PA Sport 9:30am, Mon 29 Jun 2020

Muker (left) was third in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot (PA) Fledgling trainer Phillip Makin is excited to see what the rest of the season holds for Muker following his fine run in defeat at Royal Ascot. The former leading jockey announced his retirement from the saddle last year through injury, having broken a bone in his neck and hurt his back in a nasty fall at Redcar the previous August.

Universal Order edges out Archer rivals

PA Sport 5:55pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Universal Order (right) got the best of tight finish at Newmarket (George Selwyn/PA) Universal Order gave trainer David Simcock a timely boost when making a triumphant start to the British season in the Betway Fred Archer Stakes. Anchored at the rear of the field for much of the Listed race, the gelded son of Universal responded well to pressure to add to his Meydan victory earlier in the year.

Magical makes effortless return with Pretty Polly verdict

PA Sport 5:18pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Magical and Seamie Heffernan win the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh (PA) Magical made a triumphant return to action as she added another Group One to her record in the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. The five-year-old was last seen when winning the Champion Stakes at Ascot last October, with the mare subsequently due to head to the Breeders’ Cup before being covered by No Nay Never.

Speak In Colours grabs Greenlands prize in thrilling finish

PA Sport 5:03pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Speak in Colours (top) came out best in a thrilling Greenlands Stakes (PA) Shane Crosse rode the biggest winner of his career to date when Speak In Colours gamely held on in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh. Turned out again quickly by Joseph O’Brien having run respectably when fifth to Hello Youmzain at Royal Ascot, he extended his good record at the track having never finished outside the first two in six races.

Way To Paris takes Group One gold at Saint-Cloud

PA Sport 4:11pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Way To Paris (far side) just pipped Marmelo last season (Nick Robson/PA) Way To Paris registered the first Group One win of his career at the age of seven in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. The popular grey, trained by Andrea Marcialis, has a series of creditable runs at the highest level to his name, but had previously always found one or two too good.

Hudson hits the target on racecourse bow

PA Sport 3:39pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Hudson River struck gold at the Curragh (PA) Hudson River, the first foal out of top-class sprinter Mecca’s Angel, made a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden at the Curragh. Coolmore wasted no time in sending the former Michael Dods-trained dual Nunthorpe winner to their champion sire Galileo having bought her privately and it already looks a shrewd move.

Time takes Empress honours

PA Sport 3:33pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Time Scale lifted the Empress Stakes at Newmarket (George Selwyn/PA) Time Scale proved a cut above her rivals to run out a decisive winner of the Betway Empress Fillies’ Stakes. The Ralph Beckett-trained daughter of Charm Spirit continued her climb through the ranks when backing up her facile success at Chepstow last time out with Listed glory.

Henry II mission on Red Verdon’s radar

PA Sport 2:29pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Red Verdon was an easy winner at Doncaster (Steve Davies/PA) Ed Dunlop is eyeing an outing in the Coral Henry II Stakes at Sandown at the weekend for Red Verdon. Now a seven-year-old, the Lemon Drop Kid gelding appeared to retain all his old ability when outclassing his rivals on his return to action at Doncaster in Listed company.

Work continuing to allow racecourse return of owners

PA Sport 2:06pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Racing has been going ahead behind closed doors since June 1 (Steve Davies/PA) The return of owners to racecourses continues to be the number one priority for racing’s stakeholders, according to the British Horseracing Authority. While the sport made a successful return to action on June 1 following the shutdown caused by Covid-19, so far owners have not been permitted on course to watch their horses run.

Appleby and Buick strike again at Newmarket

PA Sport 1:42pm, Sun 28 Jun 2020

Eastern World won the opener at Newmarket (George Selwyn/PA) Eastern World continued the hot streak of trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey William Buick at Newmarket with success at the third attempt in the Betway Maiden Stakes. Having teamed up to claim a four-timer at the track 24 hours earlier, the pair struck again with their only runner on the card in the mile contest.

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