ARC 1 Million All-Weather Bonus Scheme Returns

The £1 million All-Weather Bonus Scheme, which runs from the winter of 2023 through Good Friday in 2024, will return this season, the Arena Racing Company (ARC) announced on Wednesday. ARC's four all-weather racecourses, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton will once again host horses to compete for a range of bonus prizes, including five 'Horse of the Month' competitions and the overall 'Horse of the Year' title, which carries a first prize of £100,000. The bonus scheme will include all races across the four ARC all-weather racecourses from Oct....

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Lingfield Offers Epsom Clues

   Sandwiched in between the Derby and Oaks trials of Chester and York, Lingfield stages its own prep races for both Epsom Classics on Saturday before Classic action unfolds again in France on Sunday. It was only four years ago that Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Anapurna (GB) (Frankel {GB}) revived the Listed Derby and Oaks Trials by doubling up on the first Friday and Saturday in June and with the major yards represented close inspection is required. In the Derby Trial, the two colts who went to...

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Lingfield's Classic Trials Switched To All-Weather Track Due To Waterlogging

Saturday's Derby Trial card at Lingfield has been transferred from the waterlogged turf course to the venue's all-weather track, the British Horseracing Authority confirmed on Wednesday. The area has been subject to heavy rainfall, with more in the forecast, which resulted in Lingfield officials and the BHA moving the races off the turf course. Carded that day are the G3 Chartwell Fillies' S. and the Listed Oaks Trial Fillies' S., as well as the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial. The latter pair will be contested over 1 1/2 miles, instead of...

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Rising Star Aimed At Oaks Trials

'TDN Rising Star' Gather Ye Rosebuds (GB) (Zoffany {Ire}), who blitzed a field by 9 1/2 lengths at Newbury will be pointed at one of the Oaks trials at Lingfield or Newbury later this month, according to handler Jack Channon. The G1 Betfred Oaks is slated for June 2. "She has come out of the race really well and she looks fantastic," said Channon, who will run Caernarfon (GB) (Cityscape {GB}) in the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday, of the Mrs. P. Shanahan and Emily Magnier-owned filly. "I'm really...

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Walking On Clouds earns £100K HOTY Bonus Prize

As part of the ARC £1,000,000 All-Weather Bonus initiative, the Horse of The Year bonus has been won by the Grant Tuer-trained Walking On Clouds (Gale Force Ten), who will receive £100,000 after accruing 48 points on the Horse of The Year leaderboard. The 4-year-old's All-Weather season included five wins, four seconds, two thirds and one fifth-placed effort. In its inaugural season, the ARC £1,000,000 All-Weather Bonus began Oct. 18 before ending on All-Weather Finals Day, Apr. 7. There are cash prizes for horses, who finish in the first 20...

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Straightforward Return For Lord North In Winter Derby

Meydan's G1 Dubai Turf calls again for the now-veteran Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) as HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing's pride and joy marked his 2023 debut with a comfortable success in Saturday's G3 BetUK Winter Derby at Lingfield. Reported by jockey Robert Havlin to be further ahead than 12 months ago when he came up against the formidable presence of Alenquer (Fr) (Adlerflug {Ger}) in this, the 8-11 favourite travelled with gusto anchored behind the early leaders. Taking time to wind up approaching the home straight, the Gosdens'...

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Lord North Returns In The Winter Derby

There is a faint scent of the approaching Flat season in the air on Saturday as the Gosdens' stalwart Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) enjoys his seasonal bow in Lingfield's G3 BetUK Winter Derby. Not seen since finishing a close fourth in the G1 Eclipse at Sandown in July, the 7-year-old is at the scene of his defeat in this 12 months ago warming up for a third consecutive G1 Dubai Turf. Robert Havlin will be on board the consistent performer and he said, "Lord North seems really well. I...

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Connolly's Red Mills Partner With C And J Equine For New Race Day Trials

The new C&J Equine Race Day Trials in association with Connolly's Red Mills will take place at Lingfield and Southwell in March. Set for Lingfield on Mar. 10 and Southwell on Mar. 24, the trials provide a race day scenario without the pressure of a competitive race meeting. Slots in the trials can be booked on the C&J Equine website. Craig Witheford, of C&J Equine, said, "The Race Day Trials provide a unique experience for unraced and experienced racehorses, with a race day scenario, without the pressure of a competitive...

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Winter Oaks Goes To Lope De Vega's Al Agaila

6th-Lingfield, £100,000, Hcp, 1-21, 4yo/up, f/m, 10f (AWT), 2:05.12, st. AL AGAILA (IRE) (f, 4, Lope De Vega {Ire}--L'Amour de Ma Vie {GSW-UAE, SW-Fr, GSP-Eng, $322,632}, by Dansili {GB}), sent off the 10-11 favourite for this Winter Oaks having won the course-and-distance Winter Oaks Trial with ease last month, tracked the leading trio throughout the early stages. Earning the advantage approaching the furlong pole, the bay held on to score by a head from Morgan Fairy (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}). Simon Crisford said, "It was a tactical race and...

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Pair Of Group 1 Winners Nominated To Winter Derby

Group 1 winners Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) and Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) are two of the 16 nominations for the Feb. 25 £100,000 G3 BetUK Winter Derby at Lingfield. Last seen winning the G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth S., the William Muir and Chris Grassick-trained 6-year-old has been on the bench since that victory. He claimed the 2021 Listed Churchill S. over 10 furlongs at that track, defeating fellow Winter Derby entry Harrovian (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}). John and Thady Gosden's Lord North was runner-up in the...

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Half To Naval Crown Debuts At Lingfield

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Saturday's Observations features a half to Group 1-winning sprinter Naval Crown (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). 1.10 Lingfield, Novice, £8,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 8f 1y (AWT) SPRING PROMISE (IRE) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) is one of two representatives of the Charlie Appleby stable and a half-sister to last year's G1 Platinum Jubilee...

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Appleby Saddles 1,000th Winner In Britain With Glory Lily

Reigning champion trainer Charlie Appleby saddled his 1,000th British winner, Glory Lily (GB) (Shamardal), at Lingfield on Wednesday. The Godolphin conditioner sent out his first winner just nine years ago in July of 2013. He recently secured his second consecutive trainers' championship on the back of taking his first G1 2000 Guineas with Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). He also enjoyed a stellar Breeders' Cup meeting, sending out three winners--Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile, Rebel's Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf...

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