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Sharjah – Guinness Galway Hurdle (2018)

What a performance – Sharjah lands the €300,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle under top-weight for trainer Willie Mullins, jockey Patrick Mullins and owners Rich and Sussanah Ricci in a thrilling contest at Galway. Sharjah has been kept busy by Mullins and this was his ninth start over hurdles since his debut for the yard in September last year. Sharjah looked a ...

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Clarcam – Galway Plate (2018)

Fair to say a big-race surprise, but what a way to do it – faiththful servant Clarcam lands Galway Plate in fine style under jockey Mark Enright for trainer Gordon Elliott and owners Gigginstown House Stud. Elliott had four runners in the race and Gigginstown six, and Clarcam was the most unheralded of those at 33/1, yet the seven-year-old ...

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Ron Thompson, the 79-year-old trainer who rides out every day

In the small village of Stainforth in South Yorkshire, 79-year-old Ron Thompson wouldn’t change his life for anything. Brought up next door to Doncaster racecourse, the trainer has spent (on and off) 65 years in the horse racing industry. He built his own yard, built his own stables and rides out every single morning. He goes to bed witha whisky ...

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Sea Of Class – Darley Irish Oaks (2018)

A thrilling finish and a masterclass ride from the winning rider – Sea Of Class lands the Darley Irish Oaks on just her fourth career start under jockey James Doyle for trainer William Haggas and owners Sunderland Holdings at the Curragh. A small but select field including Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together and runaway Chester Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes winner ...

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Alexandrova – Irish Oaks (2006)

A fantastic filly – a commanding six-lengths winner of the Oaks at Epsom the previous month, Alexandrova runs out an emphatic victor of the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh back in Juluy 2006 for trainer Aidan O’Brien, jockey Keiren Fallon and owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Alexandrova went on to win three Oaks in a stellar ...

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Roy Rocket – Cult Hero!

One of the most popular horses in training – plucky grey Roy Rocket is a cult hero and Brighton Racecourse specialist. Go behind the scenes with At The Races presenter Sean Boyce and trainer John Berry and find out what makes Roy tick…

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Latrobe – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (2018)

Thriller in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – and it’s Latrobe that lands the Classic spoils in a great story at the Curragh for trainer Joseph O’Brien, brother Donnacha O’Brien in the saddle and owner Lloyd Williams. Twice a winner of Ireland’s premier Classic in the saddle – Camelot in 2012 and Australia in 2014 – Joseph O’Brien is ...

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Montjeu – Budweiser Irish Derby (1999)

Stunning – the brilliant Montjeu saunters to Classic success at the Curragh in the 1999 Budweiser Irish Derby under jockey Cash Asmussen for trainer John Hammond and owner Michael Tabor. Winner of the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) last time out, Montjeu landed the premier Irish Classic before signing off his three-year-old campaign in Europe’s most prestigious race, the ...

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