Latest Horse Racing News (Week 3 November 2018)

Cartier Racing Awards results announced

Roaring Lion has bagged the honour of Horse of the Year and edged past stablemate Enable. John Gosden, the trainer also had a memorable night after he bagged his Roaring Lion the top prize, and in the process helped himself achieve the feat 4th time in 5 years. Roaring  Lion bagged the three-year-old colt award, while Enable bagged the older horse award after winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the second time.


Stradivarius and Too Darn Hot were other horses who bagged honours under Gosden Horses. Roaring Lion was in fantastic form throughout the course of the year and won several accolades like the Group One mile-and-a-quarter races, Coral-Eclipse, and Qipco Irish Champion Stakes. Leaving Gosden’s horses Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri was also nominated.


Light out inadvertently blocked the third race at Chelmsford

When the Essex circuit floodlights blacked out, the third race was underway with two and a half furlongs left. The blackout eventually rendered the seven-furlong race void and further meeting was abandoned while the course remained in darkness. On Twitter the British Horseracing Authority commented that due to unclear circumstances the judges couldn’t arrive to a clear result. Tony Ennis who was leading the commentary of the racecourse gave a clear picture of what happened.

He said that as soon as the lights went out it became extremely difficult to identify who was leading the race. He thought Florencio was leading, but the margin was very tight and the view unclear. Jamie Osborne, Florencio’s trainer wasn’t very amused with the black out as he felt his horse could have won it, and the loss for his owners seemed unjustified.


Runaway Ghost slowly getting back on track

Runaway Ghost made it back to training after a fracture cannon bone forced him off the in April. He was the winner of Sunland Derby and was on a decent run, but his six-month long injury has knocked the stuffing out of him. Trainer Todd Fincher said that they brought Runaway Ghost back to breezy training sessions two-months ago, and his recovery is stable as well. Fincher said that they aren’t expecting miraculous with Runaway rather they are focused on a concrete comeback. Runaway has run three-furlong breezes clocking at 36.49 and 36.94. Fincher has also kept the weather in mind and halted Ghost from running on a weather affected track. Fincher is letting Ghost take his time before letting him compete in races again.