PA Sport 2:11pm, Wed 25 Mar 2020
Horse Racing Ireland chairman Nicky Hartery admits the sport possibly faces its “greatest challenge” after the decision was taken to suspend racing until the middle of April. Ireland had been racing behind closed doors since March 13 as countries around the world battle to stop the spread of coronavirus.
PA Sport 1:13pm, Wed 25 Mar 2020
Doncaster racecourse has taken steps to fill the massive racing void by organising a virtual race day on Saturday – which would have been Unibet Lincoln day. The racecourse has been hit especially hard in recent months with the loss of the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy, the November Handicap card and a Peaky Blinders-themed raceday, which had significant pre-sales.
PA Sport 11:18am, Wed 25 Mar 2020
Ruth Carr has closed her yard during the current coronavirus outbreak and hopes the measure is “short-term pain for long-term gain”. Carr’s Mowbray House Farm near York would usually be gearing up for the start of the new Flat season, but she has taken the painful decision to take all of her 55 horses out of training with the backing of her owners.
PA Sport 10:33am, Wed 25 Mar 2020
From the moment Yaazer was renamed Dubai Millennium, his destiny was set – and 20 years on from his crowning moment, the memory still burns bright. Sheikh Mohammed had originally given the Seeking The Gold colt a name that translated as ‘White Gazelle’, but as it became clear he was the pick of his generation, the owner endowed the treasured moniker – which also served as a statement of intent.
PA Sport 10:30am, Wed 25 Mar 2020
Fergal O’Brien will never know how many winners he could have trained had the 2019/20 National Hunt season reached its conclusion – but he has few complaints after enjoying a record-breaking campaign.
PA Sport 10:05am, Wed 25 Mar 2020
Champ could start off his journey towards the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup in the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown in November. Trainer Nicky Henderson has earmarked the Listed prize, which he claimed last year with Gold Cup runner-up Santini, as a possible first port of call for the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old.
PA Sport 9:01am, Wed 25 Mar 2020
Racing has been temporarily suspended in Victoria until at least Friday while a participant is tested for Covid-19. The sport has been continuing under strict protocols in Australia during the pandemic, but Wednesday’s meetings at Sandown and Warwick Farm were abandoned after it emerged a party could have been exposed to coronavirus.
PA Sport 6:21pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Tougher measures were announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday evening to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, with racing quick to put this into practice on the gallops this morning. Here we look at some of the best of racing on social media:
PA Sport 5:46pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Bachasson bounced back to winning ways in the feature event on what proved to be the final day’s racing in Ireland for at least several weeks at Clonmel on Tuesday. While racing in Britain was suspended until the end of April at the earliest last week, the sport has continued to take place behind closed doors in Ireland, albeit with strict protocols in places.
PA Sport 4:48pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Racing in Ireland will not take place until at least April 19 following an announcement from the Irish Government. The sport had been continuing to stage meetings behind closed doors since March 13, as countries around the world try to limit the spread of coronavirus.
PA Sport 4:16pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Rising star of the weighing room Cieren Fallon has already given himself plenty to think about in 2020. The 20-year-old son of six-time champion Kieren arrived back from a three-month stint in America – and since then, has claimed top honours in a one-off riding competition in Italy, chalked up his first winner back in Britain and changed agents.
PA Sport 3:37pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Clerk of the course and racehorse trainer Harriet Graham is dealing with challenges brought by the stoppage of racing and restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Graham is responsible for Musselburgh and Hamilton as well – as being in charge of her yard in Roxburghshire.
PA Sport 3:12pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Farmix made it third time lucky over hurdles with a dominant display in the opening race at Clonmel. Fourth on his racecourse debut in a Punchestown bumper last December, Liz Doyle’s charge had since filled the runner-up spot twice in succession at Clonmel since the turn of the year.
PA Sport 3:02pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Ante-post favourite Patrick Sarsfield is one of 38 remaining contenders for the Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh on Saturday. After running with credit in defeat on his first three starts, the Joseph O’Brien-trained four-year-old opened his account at the fourth attempt in impressive style over the Irish Lincolnshire course and distance last October.
PA Sport 2:56pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Connections of Mister Whitaker are confident he can pick up another big prize next season, following his encouraging effort in defeat at the Cheltenham Festival. Having pulled up in the Cotswold Chase over an extended three miles, the Mick Channon-trained eight-year-old returned to something close to his best – dropped in trip and finishing a three-length third in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase.
PA Sport 1:31pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
There have been plenty of shocks throughout the history of the Lincoln Handicap – and 25 years ago Kevin Darley caused another when steering Roving Minstrel to glory in the traditional curtain raiser to the Flat season.
PA Sport 12:15pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Kim Bailey hopes Vinndication can repay his decision to adopt a patient approach by developing into a contender for the 2021 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Having long believed the seven-year-old has the ability to feature in a Gold Cup, the Andoversford trainer will tailor his next campaign to culminate in the Festival showpiece.
PA Sport 11:15am, Tue 24 Mar 2020
French star Easysland is enjoying a well-earned break in Ireland following his hugely impressive victory at the Cheltenham Festival. Having made his mark on the cross-country circuit in his homeland – and when winning at Cheltenham in December – the David Cottin-trained six-year-old was snapped up by leading owner JP McManus prior to his return to Prestbury Park for the Glenfarclas Chase.
PA Sport 9:29am, Tue 24 Mar 2020
Trainers are being advised to continue gallops exercise, and adhere strictly to social-distancing requirements, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
PA Sport 5:20pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020
Ger Lyons enjoyed a one-three in the Lodge Park Stud Irish EBF Park Express Stakes at Naas, with Lemista taking Group Three honours on the way to what could be even better things.
PA Sport 4:40pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020
David Pipe admits he has been surprised by the rapid improvement of Main Fact this jumps season. The seven-year-old completed a five-timer in less than eight weeks when scooting up by 15 lengths from 14 rivals in a competitive handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter earlier this month.
PA Sport 4:28pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020
Sir Dragonet could only finish second on his comeback behind impressive winner Numerian in the Devoy Stakes at Naas. Sent off favourite for the Derby at Epsom in June having impressed hugely in the Chester Vase, he was beaten less than a length behind stablemate Anthony Van Dyck in the blue riband, after being supplemented following his effort on the Roodee.
PA Sport 4:20pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020
Bachasson bids to provide Willie Mullins with a third consecutive victory in the feature event of the afternoon at Clonmel on Tuesday. The champion trainer has saddled the last two winners of the Download The BoyleSports App Chase, in Koshari and Acapella Bourgeois respectively, and appears to have an excellent chance of completing the hat-trick.
PA Sport 4:09pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020
With racing in Britain suspended currently due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its participants are finding novel ways to entertain themselves. Here, PA Media takes a look at a few of them: