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BANGALORE COLTS' CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES, Gr.1

This Sunday's Bangalore Colts' Trial Stakes, Gr.1 ought to bring joy to those who love seeing a good horse in action.  More....

BANGALORE FILLIES' CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES, Gr.1

Once again we are on the threshold of the start of a new Classic year. Admittedly, three Classics for the 2011 crop have already been run at Udhagamandalam.  More....

A MATTER OF TIMING

In the article "Alaindair's Derby", the sectional timings of his race were given and they evoked an interesting debate.  More....

SPRINTERS' CUP, Gr.1

Unlike the three previous previews, we know for certain that 14 flying machines have accepted for this race and that Amelia will not be running.  More....

STAYERS' CUP, Gr.1

It was at Chennai in 1981 that Stayers' Cup became the third of Invitational races. It was, if you like,  More....

MAJ. P.K. MEHRA MEMORIAL SUPER MILE CUP, Gr.1

The Super Mile Cup was the last of the Gr.1 invitation races to be introduced and it was run for the first time at Hyderabad in 1983.  More....

INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP, Gr.1

It was during the monsoon season of 1978 that Malakpet hosted its first Invitation Cup as Manitou scrolled his name on the trophy.  More....

ALAINDAIR'S DERBY

" When most military campaigns and battles are analysed, there is an over-emphasis on what the winning side did right.  More....

MCDOWELL SIGNATURE INDIAN DERBY, Gr.1

The 72nd running of the Indian Derby is upon us and a good quality field of 15 runners will report to the Starter on Sunday.  More....

BANGALORE DERBY, GR.1

The Bangalore Derby, Gr.1 to be run on the Republic Day is the only Derby in India that is not sponsored this winter...  More....

DECCAN BOOKMAKERS' GOLCONDA DERBY, GR.1

The satchelmen of Malakpet are obviously doing well because they have come forward to sponsor three winter Classics.  More....

VILLOO POONAWALLA INDIAN OAKS, GR.1

Fourteen fillies have accepted for the Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks, Gr.1 to be run for the first time on a Saturday since 1957  More....

A BIBLICAL DERBY

It has been some time since two horses, the prime contenders in the Indian Derby, have monopolised so much attention and divided opinion.  More....

EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY, GR.1

There is no big race in India that has been won by Mr. Deepak Khaitan as often as the Calcutta Derby.  More....

SEASON'S GREETING

This is the season when people exchange greetings - cards, SMSs, tweets and so on - so it is appropriate to wish all readers - or is it viewers ?  More....

DELTIN CASINOS INDIAN 2000 GUINEAS, GR.1

Having won the fillies' version last Sunday, the Burden of Proof filly Mariinsky will be back on the Mahalakshmi track once again,  More....

A TALE OF TWO JOCKEYS

He has won over 100 Group I races in his career. His list of victories is long. It covers every racing jurisdiction.  More....

DELTIN CASINOS INDIAN 1000 GUINEAS, Gr.1

The 71st running of the Indian 1000 Guineas on Sunday sees a new sponsor and fifteen fillies are still left in.  More....

BREEDING STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 2012-13 PART-4

The Indian Stud Book started maintaining the records of horse breeding activity in India from the year 1935.  More....

BREEDING STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 2012-13 PART-3

The word 'usurps' is perhaps rather harsh because the Chettinad Stud stallion Always A Rainbow himself has done nothing wrong.  More....

THE 3-Y-O FREE HANDICAP OF 2013

Who would be an official handicapper of horses? It's a thankless job at the best of times,  More....

BREEDING STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 2012-13 PART-2

As Tennyson once said, "The old order changeth, yielding place to the new ......" What seemed improbable has happened.  More....

BREEDING STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 2012-13 PART-1

It is said that change is the only constant in life. Which is just as well because monopolies, especially in sporting fields,  More....

MYSORE DERBY, Gr.1

The Mysore Derby, Gr.1 is the last Classic of the racing year 2012-13 and for the first time in over two decades it has no sponsor.  More....

NANOLI STUD PUNE DERBY, Gr.1

The 30th renewal of the Pune Derby is slated for the coming Sunday. It is a race which has had a sponsor throughout its history with Nanoli Stud doing so for the last 18 years.  More....

VIJAY TEXTILES DECCAN DERBY, Gr.1

A field of a round dozen will line up for the Vijay Textiles Deccan Derby, Gr.1 on Wednesday with five trainers fielding a brace each while two have a solitary filly running.  More....

SIGNATURE PREMIER INDIAN ST. LEGER, Gr.1

The first shift of the Indian St. Leger, Gr.1 to Pune in 1970 can be linked directly to the institution of the Indian Turf Invitation Cup, Gr.1 in 1963.  More....

OLDIES BUT NOT GOLDIES

These days not many people listen to the radio. Just suppose you do and as you are shaving, the radio plays Frank Sinatra's 'Young at Heart'.  More....

THE PERENNIAL QUESTION

Last year, Equine Lover, a daughter Ace bred at the Poonawalla Farms, won the Mysore 1000 Guineas, Gr.3. We are now on the threshold of the 2013 running of the same race so a full year has gone by.  More....

FIRST CROP STALLIONS WITH RUNNERS IN 2013-14 - PART II

Previous stallions at Nanoli Stud: Cristofori, Storm Trooper, Black Cash, Ikhtyar.  More....

FIRST CROP STALLIONS WITH RUNNERS IN 2013-14 PART 1

Having just had a quick look at the actual performance of Freshman Sires whose first crops are racing during the current year, it is time to turn the attention to the next batch of stallions.  More....

A MATTER OF PREFERENCE

We all have our personal preferences. A man who takes his coffee black, does not like it with sugar and cream.  More....

USHA STUD'S MULTIDIMENSIONAL ALL BUT CROWNED

If you are a racing fan interested in pedigrees and breeding, November is the month which provides the greatest thrill of anticipation for that is when the progeny of new stallions starts to race.  More....

SHELAGH FOSTER

Shelagh Foster nee Shelagh Kerr was born in Kashmir in the mid 1920s to an officer William “Billy” Kerr in the British Army in India and his wife.  More....

BANGALORE ST. LEGER, Gr.2

It will surprise some people - if not many - that the St. Leger, run at Doncaster, is the oldest Classic in the world; a few years older than the Oaks and the Derby.  More....

KINGFISHER DERBY BANGALORE, Gr.1

Usha Stud's Danehill horse Multidimensional achieved a small but unique distinction when he became the first Freshman Sire to register the double of Bangalore's two summer Classics over a mile. As we move on to Kingfisher Derby Bangalore,  More....

MAHARAJA'S CUP, Gr.2

When racing shifted to Mallenahalli in the beginning of the twentieth century, Spencers had just taken over Mrs. Bronson's West End. World War I notwithstanding, racing took a firm hold. While Calcutta sent its Cup hopefuls to Pune,  More....

JOSEPH O'BRIEN - BLOOD TELLS

In Racing when we talk of being bred in the purple or having "Blue Blood coursing through his veins", we are generally talking about the Equine. The Thoroughbred to be precise.  More....

“I WOULD LIKE TO SEE BANGALORE RACING THRIVE”: DR. PAI

Every sport thrives, especially when there are healthy number of Sponsors to leverage the sport to bigger heights. Among the list of sponsors for Bangalore racing,  More....

PUNJAB ON COURSE FOR INDIA'S FIRST MODERN RACE TRACK

The approval by the Punjab Cabinet to start racing in the bread basket of India, is the first concrete step towards having a racecourse in the state. The idea was first mooted as far back as 2005,  More....

BANGALORE COLTS' CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES, Gr.1

The total eclipse of the favourite Starry Eyes in the Bangalore Fillies' Championship Stakes, Gr.1 was confounding to say the least. The form, however, was not entirely discredited.  More....

BANGALORE FILLIES' CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES, Gr.1

The 2010 crop kicked off its Classic year in Ooty last month. Those events, however, have little significance outside the state of Tamil Nadu in the eyes of most people.  More....

MAJ. P.K. MEHRA MEMORIAL SUPER MILE, Gr.1

Whichever way you look at it, the thunder of the Winter Season has been stolen by trainer L.V.R. Deshmukh, his jockey P.S. Chouhan and horses running in the colours of the late Mr. D. Pratap Chander Reddy.  More....

STAYERS' CUP, Gr.1

The Sprinters' Cup and the Stayers' Cup are traditionally run on the Saturday of the Invitation Cup week-end.  More....

OASIS STAR SPRINTERS' CUP, Gr.1

Three horses have won the the Sprinters' Cup, Gr.1 twice but only one of them belonged to the fairer sex and that was the mercurial Oasis Star who won in 2008 and 2009, both times at Malakpet.  More....

INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP, Gr.1

Those who play bridge will understand if the hand you are dealt with is compared to a pedigree of the horse. Both are indicators of potential.  More....

THE FIFTY FIRST INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP

There is a saying -- "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". For fifty years, the Indian Turf Invitation Cup withstood minor hiccups and was contested every year on the same terms and conditions.  More....

McDOWELL SIGNATURE PREMIER INDIAN DERBY, Gr.1

With 17 runners having accepted, the 71st renewal of the Indian Derby is all set to have a big field. The same number went to the post when Red Rufus (1966),  More....

THE SEVENTY FIRST INDIAN DERBY

The seventy first renewal of the Blue Riband of Indian Racing is round the corner and the first thought which comes to mind is that even after seventy runnings we feel compelled.....  More....

DECCAN BOOKMAKERS' GOLCONDA DERBY, Gr.1

During history classes in school one learned how Clive, during the Second Carnatic War, occupied Arcot while Chanda Sahib's army was away in Trichy.  More....

KIMMANE BANGALORE DERBY, Gr.1

Despite the presence of three Classic winners in the eight-strong field, there isn't an outstanding runner in the Kimmane Bangalore Derby, Gr.1 to be run on Saturday.  More....

INDIAN OAKS, Gr.1

In the last 23 years, the Indian Oaks, Gr.1 has always had a sponsor except once in 2005 when the Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 winner and the favourite won the race.  More....

EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY, Gr.1

Last year, it was the local hero Dandified taking on the invading filly In The Spotlight for honours in this race. The scenario this year is somewhat similar and the numbers are bigger.  More....

GOLCONDA OAKS, GR.2

The Golconda Oaks, Gr.2 to be run on Sunday is a sub-standard contest and it highlights the dire straits our racing is in. The average rating of the eight runners is just 54, the lowest so far this year in any Classic.  More....

BANGALORE OAKS, Gr.2

Meteorology is a science; still, the weather forecasters get it wrong every now and then. Some aspects of economics are a science and yet no one can predict with complete certainty the fluctuations of the Dow Jones and Hang Seng indices.  More....

NAKSHATRA INDIAN 2000 GUINEAS, Gr.1

The Indian 2000 Guineas, Gr.1 is a race which has seen it all. It has had a dead-heat (the only one in an Indian Classic) when the camera failed to separate Buland and Our Select;  More....

CALCUTTA OAKS, Gr.3

There was a time when the Derby was traditionally run on the Epsom Downs on the first Wednesday in June. The Oaks was then run after the Derby.  More....

GITANJALI INDIAN 1000 GUINEAS, Gr.1

Thirteen fillies have been left-in for the first Indian Classic of the year. There could be a couple or more which don't make the starting line-up for the Gitanjali Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 on Sunday..  More....

DECCAN BOOKMAKERS GOLCONDA 2000 GUINEAS, Gr.2

As of now, the Hazara Stud-bred 'got-abroad' gelding Machiavellianism (Jazil - Empress Jesse) is the highest rated member of the crop born in 2009 in India. He has five wins from 10 starts and they include the Bangalore Colts' Championship Stakes, Gr.1  More....

ANOTHER GUINEAS DOUBLE HEADER

Unlike the Deccan Bookmakers Golconda 2000 Guineas, Gr.2 which will be run the following day, neither of the two Classics scheduled for Saturday have a horse like Machiavellianism in field and that should make them both keenly contested affairs.  More....

The 1000 Guineas Double Header

Two 1000 Guineas races, one at Calcutta and the other at Bangalore will be run on Saturday. Neither has found a sponsor and while the Calcutta race,  More....

Deccan Bookmakers Golconda 1000 Guineas, Gr.2

It is the Golconda 2000 Guineas which usually kicks off the winter Classics and this year will be no exception. The race is being sponsored for the first time Deccan Bookmakers and nine fillies have accepted including Attribute.  More....

Breeding Statistics For The Year 2011-12

The racing year 2011-12 is over and the Stud Book Authority of India has compiled the various racing and breeding statistics. It behoves everyone connected with racing, punters included,  More....

In Search Of Glory (Part-2)

One of the fascinations of the sport of racing lies in anticipation. As the winter season approaches, there is always the muted expectancy surrounding the progeny of new stallions.  More....

In Search Of Glory (Part-1)

One of the fascinations of the sport of racing lies in anticipation. As the winter season approaches, there is always the muted expectancy surrounding the progeny of new stallions.  More....

Poonawalla Mysore Derby, Gr.1

Earlier this week, trainer Padmanabhan had a chance of equaling Chaitanya Chakram's record of most number of career Classics with In The Spotlight. Instead, the star filly bowed out, handing the race to her stable companion Hills and Stars.  More....

Golconda St. Leger, Gr.2

The Golconda St. Leger, Gr.2 was at the mercy of In The Spotlight. The daughter of Alnasr Alwasheek, who won the McDowell Signature Premier Indian St. Leger, Gr.1 in a hack canter,  More....

Nanoli Stud Pune Derby, Gr.1

Hazara Stud has been in existence for about two decades now but it is in recent years that it has come into the limelight. It began its operation near Ambala but it has been after the opening of its second location at Belgarh,  More....

Calcutta Monsoon Derby, Gr.3

The Calcutta Monsoon Derby was first run in 1994 making it the 'youngest' of the dozen Derbys that are run in India. Some fairly useful horses have got their names inscribed on the Roll of Honoour of the race but none of them has had an impact at All-India level.  More....

Vijay Textiles Deccan Derby, Gr.1

First run in 1971 when Red Surprise was the winner, the Deccan Derby has been sponsored 18 times since then. This year's renewal sees a new sponsor and the 42nd running is slated as Vijay Textiles Deccan Derby, Gr.1.  More....

McDowell Signature Premier Indian St. Leger, Gr.1

The 69th renewal of the Indian St. Leger, a race which was originally run as the Governor-General's Cup, is at the mercy of In The Spotlight, The daughter of Alnasr Alwasheek is indubitably way  More....

Mysore 2000 Guineas, Gr.3

Equine Lover (Ace - Free Radical), the only filly in a field of ten which will go to the post for Mysore 2000 Guineas, Gr.3 on Friday, will be seeking to emulate Nicolette (1979), Birthday Girl (1982), Golden Fantasy (1991) and Crown Treasure (1996)  More....

Mysore 1000 Guineas, Gr.3

For the last 21 years, Mysore's first Classic has always been a sponsored event except in 1999 when Artwork won. It started with UB Export in 1991, the year Golden Fantasy was victorious.  More....

Deccan Bookmaker's Colt's Championship Stakes Gr.3

The runaway Kingfisher Derby Bangalore, Gr.1 winner Borsalino heads a quartet of Bangalore-based horses heading to Malakpet this Sunday for the Deccan Bookmakers' Hyderabad Colts' Championship Stakes, Gr.3.  More....

Deccan Bookmakers' Fillies' Championship Stakes Gr.3

Only nine of the 95 fillies that had held their ground on 24 March 2012 from the original entries have accepted to contest the Deccan Bookmakers'Hyderabad Fillies' Championship Stakes, Gr.3 on Sunday at Malakpet.  More....

Indian Turf Reeks Of Mediocrity

Assuming all hands pull together, human beings can achieve great feats. Teamwork is the essential ingredient that propels excellence.  More....

Results Of Bangalore Summer Classics

The Bangalore Summer Classics for three year-olds are over. For the first time in its entire history, all the three Classics have been won by horses imported "in utero".  More....

Borsalino's Stunning Victory

Borsalino's end to end victory by a widening street in the Kingfisher Derby Bangalore, Gr.1 will be a cause for much rejoicing for those connected with it.  More....

Bangalore St. Leger Grade-II

An interesting recent tweet simply said -- " Note to all sports commentators. No result is 'destined', no 'script' exits and nothing is 'fated' or 'written in the stars'." Partially true because indeed no script exists.  More....

Kingfisher Derby Bangalore Grade-I

"A Classic is never simple". That's what a scribe wrote recently. The race he was previewing was the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Gr.1 at Curragh. There were just five runners in the race and it included the unbeaten Camelot. Ballydoyle's newest star was also the only Classic winner in the field.  More....

Bangalore Colts' Championship Stakes Gr.1

There have been quite a few renewals of this race in its 52 year-old history which appeared to be straight contests between two main protagonists. There was the confrontation between Own Opinion and Royal Tern in 1978.  More....

Bangalore Fillies' Championship Stakes Gr.1

When Rising Bell, ridden by P. Shanker, won the first Bangalore Fillies' Trial Stakes in 1959, it was just another race. It was not a 'Classic' as it became over a period of time.  More....

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

The 2011 Calcutta Oaks was previewed on this site under the heading IN THE SPOTLIGHT LOOKS HOME AND DRY. It ended with a final, PAST THE POST paragraph, which read:-  More....

Indian Turf Invitation Cup Week-End

There is little doubt that the Invitation Cup week-end's racing, featuring four Grade 1 races, represents the very best that Indian racing has to offer.  More....

2012 Indian Turf Invitation Cup Gr.1

The 50th renewal of this race will be run as AKK Entertainment Golden Jubilee Indian Turf Invitation Cup. The Sponsor's name and the Golden Jubilee prefix are understandable but what is...  More....

2012 Indian Turf Invitation Cup Week-End

In The Spotlight is certain to be the cynosure of all eyes for the main race of the week-end and will be an overwhelming favourite.  More....

Many Possibilities But No Clear Cut Choice

Thirteen runners will line up in front of the Members' Stand for the start of Mahalakshmi's race of the year. That's one more than the average of the past 69 runnings and includes three fillies - Hills and Stars,  More....

McDowell Signature Premier Indian Derby Gr.1

The 70th Indian Derby will be run this Sunday. A Derby is meant to crown the best horse of a particular crop over the classic distance and while it does succeed in that objective frequently,  More....

Vijay Textiles Golconda Derby Gr.1

In warfare, numbers count for nothing unless the conflict is long-drawn and attritional. Otherwise, sophisticated weaponry always prevails. This is very much pertinent to Vijay Textiles Golconda Derby  More....

The Bangalore Derby Grade-I

Southern Bay, who seemed to have this race at her mercy, has 'defected'. Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy's filly worked well yesterday so presumably all is hunky dory with her but she is not in the list of acceptances.  More....

Zoom Indian Oaks Gr.1

The 69th renewal of the Indian Oaks looks to be a race which in effect is a re-run of the Indian 1000 Guineas. More....

Calcutta Derby Postponed

Rains have caused the postponement of the Calcutta Derby. It will be run a week later on the 15th but the postponement does bring in an element of uncertainty and alters equations. More....

Eveready Calcutta Derby Gr.1

Nothing divides Calcutta more equally, right down the Chowringhee as it were, than Mohan Bagan and East Bengal; or, rosgollas and sandesh; or, politically, More....

Bangalore Oaks Gr.2

They say that what happens twice, must happen a third time. Some aver that things happen in threes. On Saturday, the Bangalore Oaks, Gr.2 More....

Golconda Oaks Gr.2

This Sunday, the 2008 crop turns four and eight birthday girls will contest the first four-year old Classic when the Golconda Oaks is run at Malakpet. More....

Calcutta Oaks Gr.3

The facile Calcutta 1000 Guineas, Gr.3 winner In The Spotlight (Alnasr Alwasheek - Radiate) faces six other fillies -- including four that she disdainfully brushed off in the Calcutta 1000 -- on Saturday More....

Casino Royale Indian 2000 Guineas Grade-I

The Indian 1000 Guineas and the Indian 2000 Guineas are both run over a mile, usually within a week of each other. While the former is restricted only to fillies, the latter race is open to both the sexes. More....

Golconda 2000 Guineas Grade-II

The Golconda 2000 Guineas has been won, more often than not, by outstation horses. The very first running was claimed by Aristocrat as was the last renewal by Astounding Gallop. More....

Indian 1000 Guineas Grade-I

The oldest Classic in India is the Indian 1000 Guineas and its 69th renewal is scheduled for the coming Sunday when it will be sponsored, for the first time, by Radio Mirchi. More....

Another Guineas Double Header

Another Saturday beckons with the 2000 Guineas carded at both Calcutta and Bangalore. Just a week ago, a similar arrangement promised two well contested 'matches' More....

1000 Guineas Double Header on Saturday

The Calcutta 1000 Guineas, Gr.3 and the Bangalore 1000 Guineas, Gr.2 are both down for a decision on Saturday with the former being run just a little before the latter. Both are likely to have small fields and both appear, at this stage, to be straight contests between two principals. More....

Golconda 1000 Guineas Gr.2

The winter Classics carousel will be set in motion on Sunday when the Golconda 1000 Guineas, Gr.2 is run at Malakpet. This is the Classic where the locals have had their best moments with four fillies winning in the last five years. More....

Golconda St. Leger, Gr. 2

Classics in India for any crop are spread over two years. The 3YO Classics -- trials, really, for the Winter Classics -- start high up in Udhagamandlam in April and finish with the Mysore Derby in October. There is not much of a break before the Winter Classics begin. More...

Razeen's Unique Feat

Yesterday, Razeen's daughter Hills and Stars won the Nanoli Stud Pune Derby, Gr.1 in a new track record time. That was his only winner of the day when 11 races were run. More....

Nanoli Stud Pune Derby Grade-I

The first Pune Derby, run in 1984, was sponsored by Splendour Deluxe and won by the filly Prudential Champ. In the 27 runnings so far, the race has showcased five future winners, Amorous Knight, Desert Warrior, Astonish, Indictment and Forest Fantasy of the Indian Derby/Invitation Cup. More....

Deccan Derby

Two races in India which are linked to specific dates on the calendar are the Bangalore Derby on 26th of January and the Deccan Derby on 2nd of October. However, before discussing coming Sunday's showpiece, a detour to Chinaswamy Stadium is necessary. More....

Calcutta Monsoon Derby

It was only in the 1980s that Kolkata's Monsoon Season received a boost with the introduction of two significant races, the Calcutta Fillies' Trial Stakes and the Calcutta Trial Stakes, both over 1400 m, with the latter being open to fillies as well as colts. More....

Mysore 2000 Guineas

It is difficult to say whether the Monsoon Classics at Mysore or their counterparts at Hyderabad have had a greater impact on the winter Classics. The Mysore 2000 Guineas has, however, provided the opportunity to two all time greats Elusive Pimpernel and Continual, to win their first Classic and announce their coming. More....

Who Will Win The Mysore 1000 Guineas?

Mysore Race Club inaugurated its "Classic" races in 1974, the very year Hyderabad Race Club added the Fillies' Trial Stakes and the Colts' Trial Stakes to the Deccan Derby which it had introduced three years previously. More....

Picasso is The Pick

Like the fillies' version, Hyderabad Colts' Championship (Group 3) began as a 'Trial' in 1974 when it was won by the Tyrrell-trained Zinosca colt Star of Stars. Since 1985, the satchelmen of Hyderabad have sponsored the race and just as in the case of fillies, the local colts have found it hard to ward off the outstation challengers in the last 30 years. More....

Windsor Manor Sets The Standard

The Hyderabad Fillies' Trial Stakes - as well as the Colts' version - was an even greater conundrum than its Bangalore counterparts. How a non-graded race and a 'Trial' at that was always considered a 'Classic', defied logic. More....

Hard To Oppose Xisca In The Bangalore St. Leger

The first Bangalore St. Leger was run in 1974 and was won by Nectar Queen. Nectar Queen is quite unique in that she was by an Indian Derby winner in Prince Pradeep out of Rocklie, also an Indian Derby winner. More....
No Outstanding Contender in The Kingfisher Derby Field

Sunday the 10th July will see the 50th renewal of Derby Bangalore - sponsored by Kingfisher since 1988 - and if there has been any trumpeting by authorities to highlight the historic occasion, it has been muted at best. More....

A Delicate Balance

Tesio's firm belief in the primacy of pedigree and performance found its way into a common racing adage - "Performances Make a Pedigree". Hackneyed but true enough, because if we accept the pedigree as the starting point - the scaffolding - then the performances provide the other embellishments of the structure. More....

Summer's First Classic Wears an Open Look

Bangalore's first 'Classic' of the summer season will be run on Sunday as the Fillies' Championship Stakes and it will be the 53rd renewal of this race. More....

Classier Contest in The Colts' Championship

What a significant pointer the Million race run in May has proved to be for the two mile Classics of the Bangalore Summer Season! Going back to the trend of last ten years, one - Astral Flash - did not run in the Fillies' Trial Stakes and of the remaining nine, six went on to bag either the Fillies' or the Colts' Trial Stakes. More....

The Twin Pillars

Federico Tesio, the Wizard of Dormello, is generally regarded as the greatest breeder the world has known. Tesio once said that the edifice of racing was built on the twin pillars of the Racing Calendar and the Stud Book. More....

Pat Eddery was Par Excellence on French Soil

Irishman Pat Eddery was born in 1952. While his record in Britain was admirable, it was his incredible success in France that caught the attention of one of Europe’s leading owners Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah and he was ultimately retained by the royal.  More....

Lester Piggott – a Living Legend

There was no way that Lester Keith Piggott was going be anything but a top jockey – his pedigree said so. His grandfather Ernie won the Grand National thrice, his dad Kith was a successful steeplechase..  More....

Two big stars of yesteryear

Two of the greatest jockeys of all time were Sir Gordon Richards and Willie Shoemaker. While the former is the sole member of his fraternity to be knighted, the latter had ridden his 8,700th winner before his 40th year.  More....

Walter Swinburn –A chip off the old block

Oldtimers in India may well recall the name of Wally Swinburn. He was a popular Irish rider who rode with great success in both Bombay and Calcutta in the sixties.  More....

Carson, the finest from Scotland

The stoutly built Willie Carson was one of the best that Scotland has produced – and we are not talking of their whiskey for once. Though a late starter,  More....

The Resilient Steve Cauthen

Born in the year 1960 in the heart of thoroughbred racing that is Kentucky, Cauthen rode his first race at Churchill Downs at the tender age of 16  More....

A Late Starter But Quick Learner

From a bricklayer’s assistant to a top jockey in Italy was quite a transformation for Gianfranco Dettori, a lad who had never set his eyes on a racehorse till in his late teens  More....

Malesh Narredu to Represent World Jockey Team

Indian Ace Malesh Narredu has been chosen to represent the Rest of the World jockeys’ Team for the Shergar Cup weekend at Ascot.  More....

Jockeys on Their Way to India

Here is information on English and Irish jockeys who are riding and will soon be riding in India. The numbers are taken from Racing Post.  More....

A Tribute To Jacqueline

Every once in a while, a special two year-old walks into a trainer's yard, and life, as he knows it, changes forever  More....

Silvestre Desouza Joins The "Elite Group"

Jockey Silvestre Desouza completed a rare landmark, when he rode the David Baron-trained Sheastar to an exciting victory on Saturday  More....

Razeen - A Stallion Sensation of our Times

Usha Stud's Northern Dancer horse Razeen passed away at the height of his glory.  More....

Placerville - The Great Adversary

The Northern Dancer horse Razeen passed away just as the new covering season was getting underway.  More....

Glory Of Dancer - Steady Climb To The Top Halted

Just two months ago, the deaths of Razeen and Placerville had left the Indian breeding industry reeling and the Champion Sire's crown without a head to adorn. Amongst the aspirants for that crown was the Shareef Dancer horse Glory of Dancer who, unfortunately, died in a freak paddock accident at Nanoli Stud on 13 April, 2011.  More....

Sires Of Substance (S.O.S) : Rebuttal

With three of the country’s leading stallions having passed away in quick succession, it is imperative that the void left by the three ‘giants’ be filled by the new string of stallions scattered across the country.  More....