English Oak dominates Buckingham Palace Stakes for Ed Walker
Lambourn Trainers Association
by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
3w ago
Ed Walker welcomed back his third career winner at the royal meeting when favourite English Oak reduced one of the most competitive handicaps of the week to a spectacle that had more in common with the carriage procession before racing. James Doyle and Wathnan Racing completed a bookend double on the card, leaving agent Richard Brown to hail a “magic day” for the operation with recent acquisitions aimed specifically at this meeting. “Last year he didn’t get things right for some reason, he was a bit keen in his races and he got upset in the stalls,” said Walker, w ..read more
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Nicky Henderson-trained Shishkin dies in tragic accident
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
2M ago
Shishkin has been described as a “great friend and warrior” by trainer Nicky Henderson following his shock death just days before he was due to line up in the Punchestown Gold Cup. The dual Cheltenham Festival winner fractured his hind leg after being cast in his box on Sunday evening, Henderson reported in a post on X. The shock news comes three days before he was set to take on Galopin Des Champs in a juggernaut clash at the Punchestown festival. Henderson’s post on Sunday night read: “Tragically we’ve lost Shishkin this evening after he got cast in his stable and fractur ..read more
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Jonbon stakes claim as best two-mile chaser with dominant Celebration Chase win
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
2M ago
There are few finer sights in jump racing than Jonbon in full flow over the Sandown fences and the apple of owner JP McManus’s eye silenced any remaining critics with a dominant success in the Grade 1 bet365 Celebration Chase. In his belated third clash with El Fabiolo, Jonbon was forcefully ridden by Nico de Boinville and, although he took the odd chance over his fences, he never looked likely to be headed as he took his record to 14 wins and three seconds under rules. Scratched from a Champion Chase showdown with El Fabiolo at Cheltenham in March after the wheels fell off the Seven ..read more
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Jamie Snowden eyeing one last push at breaking career-best tally of winners
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
3M ago
Jamie Snowden is set to fire plenty of arrows this week in the hope of surpassing his career-best tally of 49 jumps winners to reach the half-century mark for the first time as a trainer. The Lambourn trainer has enjoyed 47 winners this season and is set to saddle a strong team throughout the week as the season officially comes to a close at Sandown on Saturday. Although Snowden is still behind his previous best number of winners, achieved in the 2021-22 campaign, he has managed to earn more prize-money this season — an objective he set out to achieve earlier last year. Snowden said: “We ..read more
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Sir Gino could be on collision course with Constitution Hill next season
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
3M ago
When you have been champion jumps trainer six times and won almost everything there is to win, landing a mere Grade 1 juvenile hurdle might normally be small beer. But this has not been a normal year for Nicky Henderson. A cruelly timed bout of ill health in his string meant that not only did the man who has trained more Cheltenham Festival winners than any other British trainer drew a blank at the meeting last month, but also that many of his stars were not even well enough to run. Then, to make things even more grim, his brilliant hurdler Constitution Hill came down with colic and had to be ..read more
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Hopes a summer holiday for Constitution Hill will aid his return
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
3M ago
Owner Michael Buckley on Monday expressed relief Constitution Hill was back at Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows base after a colic scare and said he hoped a summer holiday could help his pride and joy return to his “out-of-the-ordinary” best next season. Buckley and Henderson saw the brilliant seven-year-old tower over his rivals last season when his unbeaten run included victory in the Champion Hurdle. Things, however, have not gone smoothly since the autumn and Constitution Hill won the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton before his campaign unravelled when he underperformed ..read more
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Mr Professor storms home in Lincoln for Ffrench Davis
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
4M ago
Racing is as much a results business as football. No wonder David Egan was so delighted to launch his new job with a big win. He has replaced the sacked Kevin Stott as first jockey to football agent Kia Joorabchian’s powerful Amo Racing and made the perfect start to the turf season by landing the £150,000 William Hill Lincoln in the team’s increasingly familiar purple colours. Like a striker shrugging off a missed chance and clinically converting the next one, Egan was undaunted by getting caught in the last 150 yards of the Irish equivalent five days earlier. Happy to hit the front well over ..read more
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Luccia boost for Nicky Henderson on opening day of Cheltenham Festival
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
4M ago
Luccia ran a blinder to finish third in the Champion Hurdle for Nicky Henderson – but there remain concerns about the trainer’s overall form after all five of his other runners were pulled up. Since Constitution Hill was pulled out of the Champion Hurdle last month, the stable’s form has been under increased scrutiny and, leading into Cheltenham, eight runners in March had comprised a winner, a second, three fifths and three pulled-up runners. There were five more runners pulled up at Cheltenham on Tuesday (Jeriko Du Reponet, Excello, Iberico Lord, Marie’s Rock and Theatre Glory), but Luccia d ..read more
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Nicky Henderson rules Constitution Hill out of the festival
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
4M ago
There will be a new name engraved on the Unibet Champion Hurdle trophy next week after reigning champ Constitution Hillwas ruled out of the race by his trainer Nicky Henderson. The participation of last year’s emphatic winner has been in serious doubt since mucus was found in his scope after he trailed home well behind two stablemates in his final serious bit of work before the defence of his Champion Hurdle title at Kempton last Tuesday. A subsequent blood test showed a “significant degree of inflammation” last week suggesting he was “definitely under the weather” in his trainer’s words ..read more
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‘Our secret weapon’ – Henderson picks his handicapper to watch at the Festival
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by Lambourn Trainers’ Association
5M ago
Nicky Henderson has a plethora of exciting young horses heading to the Cheltenham Festival but he named a handicap prospect who may not even make the cut as his “secret weapon” at the four-day meeting next month. The Seven Barrows trainer spoke particularly highly of Doddiethegreat, who is a 12-1 chance for the Coral Cup on March 13 after finishing fourth in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury earlier this month, and Henderson is excited about seeing him step up in trip. Kenny Alexander’s eight-year-old is named after Scottish rugby star Doddie Weir, who raised awareness and funding to tackle m ..read more
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