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Jockeys Recovering From ‘Awful Incident’ During Hong Kong International Races

Lyle Hewitson has been released from ICU and says he is “no pain at all” after being involved in a frightening fall which led to four horses coming down during the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday. South Africa’s three-time champion jockey was one of three riders taken to the Prince of Wales […]

Australian Jockey Chris Caserta Feared Drowned After Late-Night Swim

Queensland jockey Chris Caserta has been presumed dead after disappearing during a late-night swim off Australia’s Gold Coast. The 26-year-old rider had gone into the water with apprentice Amy Graham when they got into difficulties after being caught in a rip tide at the Surfers Paradise beach. Bystanders rushed to their aid but only Graham […]

Japan: All-White Sodashi Makes The Switch To Dirt In Dec. 5 Champions Cup

All-white cult horse Sodashi is set to try dirt for the first time on her next start in the Champions Cup under a change that could open more options for the Classic winner. Having registered two G1 wins on turf, including the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) in April, Japan’s ‘idol horse’ will switch surface […]

On The Big Screen: Jockey Frankie Dettori Stars In Documentary Depicting His Life Story

Frankie Dettori has dominated the small screen for more than 30 years – and now the superstar jockey is coming to the big screen in a new documentary that details his extraordinary life. The movie ‘Dettori’, made by Embankment Films, charts the rider’s life as he is sent to England as a teenager to follow in […]

‘It’s A Bit Strange’: Equine Hermaphrodite Faces Disqualification From Group Race

Germany’s reigning champion trainer Henk Grewe faces losing a Group race in Italy because the filly who won the race, Flamingo Girl, is actually a hermaphrodite – having both male and female characteristics. The extraordinary discovery emerged after Flamingo Girl, officially described as a 4-year-old daughter of Soldier Hollow, tested positive for the male hormone […]

‘Greatest Moment Of My Career’: Jockey Rene Piechulek Savoring Massive Arc Win With Torquator Tasso

Rene Piechulek is hoping to use his new-found fame to ride overseas over the winter after guiding Germany’s Torquator Tasso to one of the biggest upset wins in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe history. The 34-year-old Piechulek realised “the greatest moment of my career” when the Marcel Weiss-trained, Gestut Auenquelle-owned colt stunned ParisLongchamp by defeating […]

Jockey Vince Halliday Able To Walk With Assistance, Exits Intensive Care For Rehab

Jockey Vince Halliday, who suffered serious injuries in a race spill at Delaware Park in July, is set to leave intensive care and move to a rehabilitation unit. Belfast-born Halliday suffered two brain bleeds, fractures to his back, neck, shoulder and elbow, and spent two weeks on a ventilator as he was unable to breathe […]

‘I Had Big Hopes’: Moubarak Disperses British Stable, Will Return To U.S.

G1-winning trainer Mohamed Moubarak has quit as a trainer and is returning to the US frustrated at not being able to compete at the level he had hoped, despite starting his second spell in Newmarket with Zaaki in his stable. Moubarak, 55, saddled his final runner at Newmarket’s July Festival to bring an end to […]

‘Would Be A Dream Come True’: Florent Geroux Hopes To Head Home For Arc De Triomphe

Florent Geroux, the Frenchman who has become one of the top jockeys in the US, is hoping to realize a “dream come true” by riding in this year’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Geroux has no confirmed ride in France’s signature race but he has made himself available after one of the key obstacles […]

‘I Learned From My Mistake’: Mahmood Al Zarooni Returns To Training After Eight-Year Ban

Former Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is to restart his training career in the UAE with a mission to “clean my name”. Al Zarooni served an eight-year steroids ban, which he completed in April 2021, and is setting up a public stable at Sharjah racecourse. “I applied for my licence to the Emirates Racing Authority […]