Latest Horse Racing News (Week 2 April 2018)

Arena sums to exceed £35 million owing to funding commitment

Prize money at all of the 15 tracks on the Arena Racing Company (ARC) will exceed £35 million in 2018 as a result of the monetary lift obtained by extra funding. Consecutively, Arena Racing Company’s executive contribution will reach a new high as they plan to rope in £17.5 million in 2018, compared to £11.30m in 2015.As ARC have fully adopted the 3-year prize money argument which was announced by BHA back in January, they are guaranteed to receive £6000 for all races of Class 6 and above.

Martin Cruddace, the Chief Executive of ARC commented that the company is pleased with the levels of prize money in 2018. He added that he was keen to gauge the impact the significant increase was to have on ownership and field sizes in the days to come.


Clapper happy as he clinches Doncaster Mile

Happy Clapper( Pat Webster and Blake Shinn ) took another stride in challenging Winx in the popularity stakes as he triumphed in the Doncaster Mile having ended second in it a couple of times.Clapper, who was touted as the second favourite won swiftly as the favourite horse Kemantari began only to fade away.Shinn who steered Happy Clapper to victory in the Doncaster Mile said that it was a dream come true for him. He had watched the race growing up and was very happy to have won it on the fan favourite, ‘The Clapper’. He added he was glad he was able to put his name in the history books along with this ‘special’ horse. Shinn felt that Clapper deserved this win and claimed that Clapper was not only brave and honest, but also tenacious and tough.

Webster told reporters that if things went according to plan, Happy Clapper would be lined up in the Queen Elizabeth stakes against Winx, who probably is the best horse in the country.


Snitzel and Arrowfield dominate Easter Opener

As the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at Sydney’s Riverside Stables opened on Monday, things got frantic and after four hard hours of trade, Arrowfield Stud and its holding champion Snitzel led the top end of the sale.The number of horses catalogued for the launching season this year were 30 less than what they were last year and 26 fewer were offered. Despite that, figures showed improvement as 86 total horses were sold for a combined fee of A$32155000. Although the average was up to 11% to A$373895, the median stayed stagnant at last year’s Day One with A$300000. The clearance rate, however went down from 85% in 2017 to 77% this year, pointing to more selectivity.

Arrowfield’s John Messara said that he felt they had brought some glorious horses to the market and he felt gratified that the market had appreciated and accepted them. He added they are a long way from finished and that they have some nice horses to present in the coming days.