Latest Horse Racing News (Week 3 May 2018)

Breeders’ Cup winner Wuheida retires

Last season’s winner of Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Wuheida has retired after a flare up of her old injuries. Fans of the four-year-old were happy to see Wuheida in a good state, winning the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes, at her season return at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting that took place earlier this month. However, her trainer Charlie Appleby announced on Monday that it was her last racecourse start. He stated that unfortunately, some of Wuheida’s past injuries have resurfaced, owing to which Appleby and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed decided to retire her. Wuheida has always been seen as a talented filly and has claimed victory in four of her eight starts, which includes a stunning success at the Prix Marcel Boussac as a juvenile racehorse. Appleby said that he was happy that Wuheida ended her racehorse life with such an emphatic win at the Newmarket Guineas meeting and that she will now begin her career as a broodmare.

BHA issues warning towards racecourses after Ascot violence incident

Owing to the repeated incidents of unrest on the British tracks lately, the British Horseracing Authority fired a warning towards the racecourses. Recently at the Ascot grandstand, a major confrontation took place between two groups which resulted in two participants suffering minor head injuries along with destruction of property of the racecourse. Videos on the internet also indicated that a similar turmoil occurred on the Ascot High Street. Despite such unrest, the police were not called. The ascot incident is the second such occurrence this month, after a major fight involving over 50 men at Goodwood in Berkshire, where a man was even kicked in the head. The statement issued by the BHA claimed that the behaviour of the crowds at the racecourse is a vital element in the sports experience and happenings like the Ascot and Goodwood incidents cast the sport of horseracing in poor light. The Authority has called to attention of the Racecourse Association, the need for measures such as crowd control, alcohol policies and proper security.

Cracksman fills in for injured Enable at the Coronation Cup

Connections have disclosed that Cracksman would be participating at the Group 1 Investec Coronation Cup on Oaks day at Epsom, in the place of stablemate Enable who is currently recovering from injuries. Europe’s top-rated, the colt was initially expected to compete at the Tattersalls Gold Cup to be held on May 27 at the Curragh, but Anthony Oppenheimer changed his decision after Enable’s injury. Cracksman recently made a stunning comeback by running out a ready winner of Prix Ganay at Longchamp last month. For the Coronation Cup at Epsom, Cracksman will be running a mile and a half for the first time in 9 months.