Wetherby winds down in style

The Northern Echo: VICTORY CHARGE: At Fishers Cross ridden by Tony McCoy jumps the last on their way to victory at  Aintree last year

10:24pm Friday 31st October 2014

It's Wetherby's biggest day of the year with the Charlie Hall taking centre stage.

Weekend racing preview by Charlie McCann

8:40pm Friday 31st October 2014

HERE’S to another fantastic day of racing and we start at the Breeders’ Cup in Santa Anita this evening where, despite the late defection of last year’s winner Magician, there is a strong European challenge for the turf races, writes CHARLIE McCANN.

Johnson remains under observation

4:58pm Friday 31st October 2014

Kenny Johnson remains under observation in hospital after being knocked unconscious in a heavy fall at Sedgefield on Thursday.

Injury scare at Sedgfield Racecourse

5:20pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Jockey Kenny Johnson appears to have escaped serious injury after a heavy fall at Sedgefield resulted in him being taken to hospital by air ambulance. Johnson was partnering Lord Brendy, trained by his father Bob, in the Durham Army Cadet Force Novices' Limited Handicap Chase when his mount came to grief at the first fence in the home straight with over a circuit still to run. Johnson's mother, Ann, said: "He's had his scans and everything is looking OK at the moment, but they are keeping him in overnight. "He has a very bad head, but hopefully he's OK." Following the incident, Sedgefield's clerk of the course Sophie Barton said: "He was knocked out and has just started to come around. "He was initially carried into the ambulance, but he has now been put on a spinal board and taken in the air ambulance to James Cook (University Hospital in Middlesbrough)." There was a resultant delay to racing.  

It's National Hunt nirvana as Wetherby stages a weekend spectacular

The Northern Echo: STAR ATTRACTION: Silviniaco Conti, pictured winning at Aintree, is a leading contender for Saturday's Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby

7:02am Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, but for jump racing enthusiasts, Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase day at Wetherby is the point at which the final vestiges of summer disappear and winter officially begins.

Graham Lee still out ahead in the race to be champion jockey

12:28pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

REDCAR’S 2014 Flat season comes to a close next Tuesday with a seven-race programme scheduled to start at 1pm with a race for maiden two-year-olds.

Mile trip will see God Willing back to winning ways

2:26pm Monday 27th October 2014

THE return to a mile might be enough for God Willing to return to winning ways in the SIS Handicap at Leicester.

Champagne goes flat as Chicoria takes win

2:16pm Monday 27th October 2014

CHICORIA rallied to edge Champagne Present in a thrilling finish to the EBF Stallions “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree.

Charlie McCann of Betvictor.com on the weekend racing

6:43pm Friday 24th October 2014

THERE’S some wonderful jumps action from Aintree this weekend, where the feature race is the Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase.

Duke Of Navan to make chasing bow after impressing over hurdles

11:08am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DUKE OF NAVAN should be followed when he makes his chasing bow in the Weddings Here At Carlisle Racecourse Beginners’ Chase at the Cumbria venue.

Dynaste to skip Aintree for Haydock Betfair Chase

11:06am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DYNASTE will not run at Aintree on Saturday and will instead head straight to Haydock for the Betfair Chase on November 22.

Memorial service for Grand National winning trainer

11:05am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MEMORIAL service for Grand National-winning trainer Toby Balding will be held at Marlborough College on December 15 at 2pm.

Oscar Whisky 'absolutely bouncing' says trainer

11:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

OWNER Dai Walters says Oscar Whisky is “absolutely bouncing” ahead of his likely return to action in next month’s Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

Ascot's Leading Light

2:32am Saturday 18th October 2014

IT’S Champions’ Day at Ascot, but with heavy rain and a number of high profile defections it lacks the sparkle of Arc Day earlier in the month. However, it is still a wonderful card with three Group 1 races and a fascinating Group 2 over two miles which opens the card.

Trix weaves Trophy magic

The Northern Echo: Mattmu ridden by David Allan wins the coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes at York Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 11, 2014. See PA story RACING York. Photo credit should read Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. (11369686)

7:48am Monday 13th October 2014

MICHAEL Dods is hoping to strike while the iron is hot with Spinatrix after his game mare delivered a career-best performance in the Coral Sprint Trophy at York.

Silla to rock Windsor rivals

8:48am Monday 13th October 2014

Rocksilla can cause a bit of an upset in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Windsor. On face value, the Rock Of Gibraltar filly would appear to have little chance following a largely abject season.

Jonny Delta appeals at Newmarket

The Northern Echo:

7:50pm Friday 10th October 2014

It’s never easy picking winners, and today’s feature race, the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket, looks very tough with 35 runners galloping up the famous turf, writes NIALL HANNITY.

Charlie McCann on the weekend racing

7:10pm Friday 10th October 2014

The second leg of the autumn double, the Betfred Cesarewitch, is the big betting race of the day and BetVictor are paying five places on the marathon test due to be run on perfect flat racing ground.

Ninjago well suited to Kempton conditions

12:13pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

NINJAGO looks the sharpest shooter on display beneath the Kempton floodlights.

On the rise Jolie Blonde jumps off at Catterick

11:11am Tuesday 7th October 2014

JOLIE Blonde jumps off Catterick’s eight-race card and should be followed accordingly.

Charlie McCann on the weekend racing

8:20pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Arc Day remains the highlight of the Flat racing calendar for me and we have a wonderful weekend of racing to look forward to in Britain, Ireland but especially France. 

Hughes past Moore in race for jockey's championship title

11:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Richard Hughes finally passed Ryan Moore in the jockeys’ championship after a successful afternoon at Salisbury.

Talking Horses: Celebrating the successes of the 2014 Flat season

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

This week’s Talking Horses column looks back at the 2014 Flat campaign, and highlights the most notable equine and human achievements.

Victor Chandler weekend racing preview

7:28am Saturday 27th September 2014

The first leg of the autumn double the Cambridgeshire is the big betting race of the day and we are paying ¼ odds first five at BetVictor on the annual 35-runner cavalry charge down the Rowley Mile Newmarket.

Presburg to pick up Ayr prize

11:58am Thursday 18th September 2014

PRESBURG can make a successful return to handicap company when the doors open for day one of the Western Meeting at Ayr.

Fortune to favour Producer

10:50am Wednesday 17th September 2014

PRODUCER can make the most of a drop back to Listed level in the Fortune Stakes at Sandown.

Yes We Can wins the race for Scottish independence

10:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

YES WE CAN was an easy winner over Neigh Thanks in a specially staged Ladbrokes Referendum Race at Musselburgh.

Niall Hannity: Kingston Hill confirmed for St Leger

The Northern Echo: WINNER: Estimate ridden by Ryan Moore (second right) wins the Doncaster Cup during day three of the 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster

8:35am Saturday 13th September 2014

It's amazing how time flies by. Today, at Doncaster, it's St Leger day, the last Classic of the season. We know there is going to be a big field as 14 runners were declared on Thursday morning, however it was only yesterday afternoon that trainer Roger Varian confirmed favourite Kingston Hill as a runner.

Estimate expected to crack Cup conundrum

11:27am Friday 12th September 2014

THIS has been a week of good news for the Queen and there can be further joy in the Royal household with victory for Estimate in the Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup.

Joyeuse can get back on track in Sceptre Stakes

10:49am Thursday 11th September 2014

JOYEUSE found Group One company tough going last time but can get back on track in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes, one of the feature events on day two of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting at Doncaster.

Cloud could provide a silver lining

10:31am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Snow Cloud is rated the one to beat in the Market Cross Jewellers Maiden Auction Stakes at Redcar.

Newcastle remain committed to all-weather racing

10:26am Thursday 4th September 2014

ARENA Racing Company remain committed to staging all-weather racing at Newcastle despite the British Horseracing Authority’s decision not to grant an exemption to allow racing to take place under floodlights at Gosforth Park in 2015.

An Easy upset takes place at Leicester

10:26am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FEELING EASY caused an upset when storming from last to first to snatch victory in the Shepshed Fillies’ Nursery Handicap at Leicester.

Two decks of 54pt sport

The Northern Echo:

11:09am Monday 1st September 2014

AKTABANTAY sustained the hopes of trainer Hugo Palmer and owner Ibrahim Araci by claiming what had briefly looked an unlikely victory in the European Wealth Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Charlie McCann on the weekend racing

11:50pm Saturday 30th August 2014

The Group 3 Solario Stakes was won by the brilliant Kingman last year but we are unlikely to see as good a winner at Sandown Park this afternoon in what looks a modest renewal.

Big first winner at Ripon

9:53am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ZEBELINI gave Ilka Gansera- Leveque her first winner of the season when outrunning odds of 40-1 in the At The Races Sky 415 Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Ripon.

Charlie McCann on the weekend racing

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 30/07/2013 of trainer Mark Johnston. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday December 29, 2013. Middleham trainer Mark Johnston is hoping to top his best previous annual total after equalling his record haul when sending out his 216th

5:50pm Friday 22nd August 2014

The Betfred Ebor is the big betting race of the day and having backed Mighty Yar (3.50) antepost I am glad he has scraped into the race at the foot of the weights. Frankie Dettori, successful in the race two years ago, with Willing Foe takes the ride for Lady Cecil who saddled the winner 12 months ago.

Unbeaten record is smashed by Tapestry

The Northern Echo:

10:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

A LADIES DAY crowd on the Knavesmire was left as surprised as connections of Taghrooda as the unbeaten record of a filly that had looked little short of exceptional was ended by Tapestry in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Climb the Mountain at York

10:09am Friday 22nd August 2014

COUGAR MOUNTAIN can ensure the sponsors keep hold of the winner’s purse with victory in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, the highlight of the third day of the Ebor meeting.

Charlie McCann on Friday's action at York

7:20pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The forecast rain did reach the Knavesmire on Thursday with the ground easing to Good, although the time for the first race suggested it was still on the fast side of good.

Australia oozes class with Juddmonte win

10:59am Thursday 21st August 2014

A REPUTATION can be made easily, but real achievements have to be earned on the track.

Time to go Dutch at York

10:08am Wednesday 20th August 2014

DUTCH Connection can continue his ascension by taking the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes on the first day of the Ebor Festival at York.

Charlie McCann on Day one of the York Ebor meeting

3:50pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

The Group One Juddmonte International is the feature race on day one of York’s Ebor meeting and it is an intriguing clash of the generations with the three-year-olds represented by Derby winners Australia (English & Irish) and The Grey Gatsby (French) going head-to-head with two top-class older horses, Eclipse winner Mukhadram and King George runner up Telescope.

O’Brien’s Australia worries

The Northern Echo:

9:46am Tuesday 19th August 2014

AIDAN O’Brien has issued concerns over the potential fitness of Australia as the dual Derby winner is pitched into all-aged competition for the first time in the Juddmonte International at York on tomorrow.

O’Meara and Tudhope keep hold of the Ripon showpiece

The Northern Echo:

10:45am Monday 18th August 2014

DAVID O’Meara and Danny Tudhope won the William Hill Great St Wilfrid at Ripon for the third time in four years as Out Do prevailed in a blanket finish.

Weekend racing with Charlie McCann

12:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

The ground was soft at Newbury for yesterday’s meeting but it is likely to be holding and tacky for today’s card with no further rain forecast.

Inside Racing: big guns go head to head at Ripon

The Northern Echo: Gaz 12-08-14A
Richard Fahey with Garswood after the colts return from Deauville, where he won the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest on Sunday.
(Alec Russell photograph     Musley Bank   12/8/2014) (9192581)

5:12pm Friday 15th August 2014

Niall Hannity on Ripon's big day

Talking Horses: Raising a glass to one of the greats of North-East racing

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN DAY: Denys Smith, with a portrait of Red Alligator, the horse he trained to victory in the 1968 Grand National

7:02am Wednesday 13th August 2014

WALK into the Red Alligator pub, in South Church, near Bishop Auckland, and there’s a fair chance you’ll see him just to the right of the door.

Huge treble landed for in-form Fanning

10:05am Monday 11th August 2014

JOE FANNING lit up Haydock with a sparkling 329-1 treble that included the two feature races on Amralah and Token Of Love.

There’s a Silvanus lining on the cards at Ripon

10:53am Tuesday 5th August 2014

SILVANUS can be another decent sprint winner for trainer Paul Midgley when taking the feature event at Ripon.



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