Tag : Horse Racing

Cause for celebration at Sandown at jumping finale

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As another jumps season draws to a close for racing fans, it’s difficult to know where attention should be focussed. Perhaps it should be on Nicky Henderson, who has beaten off pre-eminent handler Paul Nicholls and late blooming up-and-comer Colin Tizzard to surely secure a famous victory in the Trainers’ … Read More

Festival fever for racing fans as Cheltenham approaches

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Here we go again then. On Tuesday at 1:30pm at Cheltenham, horse racing’s biggest week of the year gets underway with 28 races of the highest quality to keep fans enthralled and engaged over the following four days. The 2017 Cheltenham Festival promises to be the usual incredible spectacle for … Read More

Depleted field won’t affect spectacle of The Festival

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The issue of ‘absent friends’ can often overshadow a sporting event. Regularly an injury or suspension will overshadow a major fixture to the extent that more people are bothered about who isn’t in attendance than who is. With so many superstars both equine and human for racing fans to fawn … Read More

A new King is crowned at Kempton Park

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As always it’s a been a busy few days for horse racing with the usual array of post-Christmas treats for followers of the sport up and down the country. Here The Gryphon’s resident turf enthusiast John Gibby rounds up the highlights. It’s a horrible cliche heard in all reaches of sport journalism, … Read More

Racing world pulls together for Tylicki

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Perhaps one of the most unconsidered factors about sport is the physical demand on those who take part in it, and the dangers that sportspeople face through putting their bodies through immense pressure every day. This is no truer than in horse racing, where its contestants grab on to the … Read More

Melbourne glory for Almandin and McEvoy

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Britain’s wait for a winner in Australia’s biggest race continued this week, as Almandin won the Melbourne Cup for trainer Robert Hickmott and jockey Kerrin McEvoy. The seven-year-old gelding was sent after the leaders just after the turn into the straight at Flemington, and emerged victorious over Irish challenger Heartbreak … Read More

Amazing Aidan Asserts in European Showpiece

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“It’s not a race, it’s a landmark” – the slogan of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. A pun that works in English as well as the original French, and it really does say it all about Europe’s most prestigious horse race. Also, the world’s richest race on turf, the … Read More

The Gryphon Meets Philip Hobbs

3 years ago / 0 comments

ALTHOUGH I haven’t yet met Balthazar King, one day I hope I will get the opportunity to share a carrot with a horse that epitomises the sport of National Hunt racing. Horses may all look similar, sound alike and act comparably to each other, but we know better; some of … Read More

LGBT History Month: Role Models Matter

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SPORT  has a special way of bringing people together. The Christmas Truce of 1914 is a powerful and moving image – uniting two entirely different (and seemingly irreconcilable) groups together in the most serious and high-pressured situation the human race ever faces. It’s that feeling of unity and community that sends … Read More

Finally A Queen of Melbourne

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THE Melbourne Cup, the richest race in the Southern Hemisphere, also known as the ‘race that stops the nation’, produced a huge shock on Tuesday morning when 100/1 chance Prince of Penzance stormed home to win under jockey Michelle Payne. It was the first time a female jockey has won … Read More