Going at Cheltenham has now eased to soft

Following the unexpected rainfall of 10 millimetres of rain overnight, the official going has now changed to soft. Although the weather forecast for the week ahead is dry, the official description is now soft, good to soft in places for the start of the Festival. The Old Course, which is used on the first twoContinue reading “Going at Cheltenham has now eased to soft”

Four-month suspension for amateur jockey Rob James over video of dead horse

A 12-month licence suspension was handed out to amateur jockey Rob James. The last eight months of which were suspended, following an Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board referral hearing into a video posted on social media of him sitting on a dead horse. The IHRB concluded its investigation into the incident and a hearing took placeContinue reading “Four-month suspension for amateur jockey Rob James over video of dead horse”

Denise Foster gets off the mark since taking over the reins from the suspended Gordon Elliott

Defi Bleu gave Denise Foster a definite start by giving her a first winner since taking over at Cullentra Stables. Trainer Gordon Elliott is currently serving a suspension. Defi Bleu took the Tomcoole Farm Ltd. Beginners Chase at Wexford. Ridden by Jack Kennedy and owned by Gigginstown House Stud, the eight-year-old got the better ofContinue reading “Denise Foster gets off the mark since taking over the reins from the suspended Gordon Elliott”

Oisin Murphy to return on Friday at Lingfield

Oisin Murphy, the champion jockey, has three mounts scheduled at Lingfield on Friday. The return follows his recent three months ban and the champion will be keen to start riding winners again. He was banned for three months after a racecourse test, taken at Chantilly in July, found traces of cocaine in his system. HavingContinue reading “Oisin Murphy to return on Friday at Lingfield”

Denise Foster takes over from Gordon Elliott

It was announced on Twitter by Gordon Elliott Racing, that Denise Foster will take over as the licensed trainer at Cullentra Stables while Elliott serves his suspension as a trainer.  Elliott on Friday 5th March was handed a one-year suspension by the IHRB over the controversial photo which came out on social media, of theContinue reading “Denise Foster takes over from Gordon Elliott”

Gordon Elliott has been banned for 12 months with 6 suspended

Gordon Elliott has been banned from racing for 12 months, with six months suspended, and ordered to pay costs of €15,000, following his Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board referrals committee hearing. A photo of Elliott sitting on a dead horse appeared on social media last weekend, with the trainer admitting that the image was genuine in aContinue reading “Gordon Elliott has been banned for 12 months with 6 suspended”

Cheltenham Festival Update: Latest Exhibition favours Fairyhouse instead of Cheltenham

Latest Exhibition, who was runner-up in the Albert Bartlett at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, looks likely to bypass this years event to run at Fairyhouse instead. Paul Nolan’s stable star was beaten just a neck by Monkfish 12 months ago, but the Willie Mullins-trained gelding has been a very difficult horse to beat in GradeContinue reading “Cheltenham Festival Update: Latest Exhibition favours Fairyhouse instead of Cheltenham”