All Eyes on Shishkin at Newbury
As trainers search for a serious Cheltenham Gold Cup contender to rival Irish ace Galopin des Champs, all attention turns to Nicky Henderson's Shishkin at Newbury this Saturday. Can he prove himself against Protektorat and Hitman?
Shishkin's Troubled Season
Shishkin, a class act with wins in the Supreme and Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival, has faced difficulties this season. A refusal at Ascot and an unseat at Kempton have raised questions. But with jockey Nico de Boinville back from injury, hopes are high for a strong performance.
Chasing the Gold Cup
Shishkin's rating of 173 and impressive record of 19 runs make him a force to be reckoned with. But he must demolish Protektorat and Hitman at Newbury to maintain confidence in his Gold Cup challenge. Can he rise to the occasion and take on defending champion Galopin des Champs?
The Betfair Hurdle
Alongside the Denman Chase, the Betfair Hurdle promises to be a thrilling race. With a strong lineup including Iberico Lord, Under Control, and Luccia, all eyes will be on the top-class contenders vying for victory. Who will come out on top in this Grade 3 race over an extended two miles?
Other Exciting Contenders
While Shishkin takes the spotlight, Emitom has a chance to shine in the Betfair Serial Winners Fund Handicap Hurdle. With recent strong runs and a liking for Newbury's soft ground, Emitom could bounce back to winning form. Keep an eye on this Alan King-trained contender.
With Cheltenham just over a month away, this Saturday's races at Newbury offer a last chance to gain insights and clues for potential Festival glory. Stay tuned for all the action and interviews on Sky Sports Racing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you describe what the “Going” is in horseracing?
The surface of a track is described as “going” on the morning of a racing event. It is an important factor that can influence the performance and outcome of a racing. The ‘Going,’ which is the surface, can be anything from very wet and soft to hard and dry. There are many grades between these two extremes, including soft, good-to-soft, good, firm to good, and hard. Trainers and jockeys should consider the “Going” when choosing racing equipment and strategy, including the type of horseshoes to use for better grip.
What are some of the most prestigious events for horse racing in the UK.
The United Kingdom has several horse racing events which are acclaimed worldwide. The Epsom Derby is the most prestigious event, followed by the Grand National, Aintree’s Grand National, and Royal Ascot. These events have a rich heritage and offer a chance to see the finest in equine performance.
How does the handicap system work in UK horse racing?
The handicap system in UK horse racing is designed to ensure that every horse has an equal chance at winning. In essence, horses are given different weights during the race depending on their past performance. Better horses carry heavier weights to level the playing field against horses with lesser past performances. The British Horseracing Authority is responsible for the handicapping process in the UK, and their team of handicappers regularly updates ratings following the results of races.
How are racehorses bred and selected for racing?
The goal of breeding racehorses is to produce horses that excel on the racing track. Breeders choose sires and mares who have proven racing pedigrees in order to produce offspring that are characterized by speed, endurance and temperament. Thoroughbreds, which are the most common breeds associated with racing in Britain, are closely tracked. Prospective racehorses often go through a selection process that includes pedigree analysis, physical conformation assessments, and performance in training before they begin their racing careers.
What does it mean when a horse is described as a ‘stayer’ in racing terms?
In racing, a “stayer” is a racehorse that excels over long distances. These distances typically exceed a mile and four-furlongs. Stayers have to be able to run fast over long distances. Renowned stayers are often seen competing in long-distance events such as the Ascot Gold Cup.
What is the role a steward plays in horse racing
Stewards ensure that racing is fair and conducted according to rules. They are responsible for overseeing the conduct of jockeys, trainers, and other racing personnel, monitoring the races for any rule infringements, and holding inquiries into any incidents or objections. The stewards can also impose sanctions, such as suspensions or fines, if rules are broken.
- There are over 8,000 active racehorse owners in the UK, ranging from royals to common citizens.
- British horse racing generates over £350 million in annual tax revenues for the UK government.
- The Royal Ascot, held annually in June, draws crowds of 300,000 over its five-day meeting.
- Horse racing contributes an estimated £3.7 billion to the UK economy directly and indirectly each year.
- The Grand National at Aintree boasts a prize fund of around £1 million, making it the most valuable jump race in Europe.
- The prize money for the Epsom Derby stands at approximately £1.5 million, with the winner taking home a substantial portion of this sum.
How to Dress at a UK Horse Racing Event
Dressing appropriately for a UK horse racing event is dependent on the racecourse and the type of enclosure you will be occupying. Dress codes are strict at prestigious events such as Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival, particularly in the premium areas like the Royal Enclosure of Ascot where formal daywear must be worn. For most enclosures and other events, smart-casual attire is acceptable. To ensure that you are in compliance with the event’s dress codes and enhance your experience, it is best to check them out beforehand. You should also consider the weather when choosing footwear. Race days can require a lot of standing and walking.