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The news of the year 2013
Marinsky has best credentials in Indian 1000 Guineas

December 14, 2013: Pesi Shroff trained Marinsky has best credentials to win the Gr 1 Deltin Casinos Indian 1000 Guineas, the first classic of the Mumbai racing season, scheduled to be run on Sunday. The daughter of Burden of Proof has progressed remarkably right from the time she made her debut as a two year old last year at Pune and has recorded a hat-trick of wins.
By: Sharan Kumar

Sport of Kings will surely miss the Princely touch

December 10, 2013: The racing fraternity, Karnataka State Cricket Association and many sports organisations in the state have lost the princely touch for ever with the passing away of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar on Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday.Wadiyar, the scion of the Mysore royal family, was a keen racing enthusiast and was the Patron of the Mysore Race Club. .
By: S S Shreekumar

Bangalore winter season set to start on Saturday

October 30, 2013: The long winding Bangalore Winter Season is set to start on Saturday, November 2. The season has been cut short by two days but there is a possibility of the 30-day season being extended by two days if there is no shortfall of entries right through the season. The stake money for classics and graded races has been enhanced to make them more attractive.
By: Sharan Kumar

Southern Emperor looks good in competitive field

October 24, 2013: Trainer Ganapathy has won every big race that should be won in his impressive classic tally but surprisingly hasn’t won the Gr 1 Mysore Derby. This year Ganapathy should add this race to the list of his big wins as he has a formidable contender in Southern Emperor. Southern Emperor is the overwhelming favourite to land the spoils.
By: Sharan Kumar

BHA disciplinary Panel`s reasons for non-reciprocation

October 21, 2013: The British Horse Racing Authority on Monday released Disciplinary Panel’s reasons for non-reciprocation of a suspension imposed upon Martin Dwyer by RWITC. The Panel concluded that there were several areas where a reasonable tribunal would not have arrived at the conclusion of the majority of RWITC Stewards and felt that it was a case where no reciprocation was called for.
By: A Correspondent

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BHA not to reciprocate RWITC ban of Martin Dwyer

October 9, 2013: English jockey Martin Dwyer was successful in his appeal to BHA not to reciprocate the 56-day ban imposed on him by Royal Western India Turf Club for his ride on Ice Age. "In this particular case, it was our view that these basic principles were not upheld by the RWITC and this was reflected in the BHA`s presentation to the disciplinary panel, said a press release from the British racing body.
By: sportinglife

Dr Poonawalla outbids other buyers at Arc sale

October 6, 2013: Held at an ideal time at the heart of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend, the Arc Sale attracted a huge array of foreign investors to Saint-Cloud on Saturday, hailing from Russia as well as Australia, India, Hong Kong, the United States and Europe. Kenhope, a three year old filly was bought by Dr Cyrus Poonawalla for a staggering 900,000 Euros.
By: Our Correspondent

Treve tremendous in stunning Arc victory

October 6, 2013: Unbeaten filly Treve was simply magnificent in a five-length Prix de l`Arc de Triomphe victory on Saturday at Longchamp. Ridden by Thierry Jarnet, who took over from Frankie Dettori after his heartbreak ankle break, the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained three-year-old was in a different class even to second Orfevre and third Intello. Dr Cyrus Poonawalla owned Gordon Lord Byron was beaten to second place by the amazing race mare Moonlight Cloud in another Group I race.
By: Racingpost

Stringent measures need of the hour

September 22, 2013: The riots at Pune following the defeat of heavily backed favourite Midnight Wind highlighted the folly of not following the established rules and compromising the health of the horses, exposing the professionals to public wrath as also hurting the interest of punters who repose blind faith in the favourites who command huge betting in the ring. Midnight Wind was reported to have suffered Grade 3 bleeding. There is urgent need for administrators to address the issue of increasing number of horses returning bleeding from a race.
By: Sharan Kumar

Martin Dwyer`s suspension restored to 56 days

September 7, 2013: Epsom and Indian Derby winning jockey Martin Dwyer’s suspension has been restored to the original 56 days by the Appeal Board of RWITC at its hearing at Pune on Saturday. Chairman Adi Narielwala’s casting vote ensured that the punishment was brought back from eight months to the original 56 days.
By: Sharan Kumar

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Tazahum at Sans Craintes Stud Farm in India

August 29, 2013: The Coimbatore based Sans Craintes Stud Farm has recently imported five year old Tazahum (Redoubte’s Choice – Huja) to stand as a stallion to boost is operations. Sans Craintes Stud Farm is a leading stud farm in South India and stands among others, Lucifer Sam (Storm Cat) and Lord Admiral (El Prado) as stallions.
By: Sharan Kumar

Pradeep Chouhan joins the 1000 Club

August 16, 2013: Jockey Pradeep Chouhan reached a personal milestone in his blossoming career when he booted home Guts And Glory to achieve the landmark of 1000 winners. Chouhan can easily lay claim to the title of being the champion jockey of the country for the sheer volume of winners that he gets each year at all centers.
By: Sharan Kumar

Martin Dwyer banned for eight months by RWITC

August 13, 2013: Epsom Derby winning jockey Martin Dwyer has been suspended for eight months starting from August 31, 2013 to April 30, 2014 by the Stewards of RWITC at a meeting held at Mumbai on Monday. There has been widespread reaction on Twitter calling BHA not to reciprocate the ban.
By: Our Correspondent

Martin Dwyer banned for eight months by RWITC

August 13, 2013: Epsom Derby winning jockey Martin Dwyer has been suspended for eight months starting from August 31, 2013 to April 30, 2014 by the Stewards of RWITC at a meeting held at Mumbai on Monday. There has been widespread reaction on Twitter calling BHA not to reciprocate the ban.
By: Sharan Kumar

Livingston downs former Derby hope Telescope

August 10, 2013: Dr Cyrus Poonawalla owned David Livingston gave a blow to the lofty reputation of former Derby hopeful Telescope by lowering his colours in the Betfred Rose of Laqncaster Stakes (Group 3) over 1800 metres at Heydock on Saturday. Glenard which is owned by a syndicate which includes leading Indian owner Capt Jamshed Appoo won the Betfred Hat-trick Heaven Levy Board Handicap (Class II) over 2400 metres, which was the last race of the day,
By: Racingpost

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To our esteemed patrons

August 4, 2013: www.racingpulse.in has been existence for six years now. The website has established itself as a premier website on horse racing in India. The website has been appreciated for the quality of content, its fiercely independent editorial policies as also the depth of the data base.
By: Sharan Kumar

Police enquiry ordered into BTC affairs

July 30, 2013: The Bangalore Turf Club politics has reached the depths of despair. The internecine quarrels and faction fighting has reached its nadir with the High Grounds Police summoning the club to appear before it to enquire into the charges that Stewards were indulging in betting. The Articles of Association of BTC prohibits its managing committee members from betting.
By: Sharan Kumar

Alaindair stands a chance in intriguing field

July 12, 2013: The Gr 1 Kingfisher Derby, Bangalore has an intriguing look about it. The drama preceding the running of the event has made things complicated. We have two overwhelming failed favourites in the fray after their catastrophic performance. Every contender in this race has a place to fill and how every horse fits itself into the big jigsaw puzzle holds the key to the outcome of the race.
By: Sharan Kumar

Colts Championship at the mercy of Murioi

June 22, 2013: The Gr 1 Colts Championship, the second classic of the season, appears to be at the mercy of Ganapathy trained Murioi. The three year old son of Dubawi has been an impressive performer thus far beating a highly creditable field in the Poonawalla Multi-Million and then winning his lead up to the classic with a comprehensive win, swooping from the back of the field.
By: Sharan Kumar

Lloyd Marshall, a quiet achiever

June 18, 2013: Lloyd Marshall, who passed away in Bangalore on Monday, belonged to the old school of jockeys who showed a lot of commitment to the profession in terms of discipline and putting in long hours of work. Lloyd was more famous for his association with the all conquering Chaitanya Chakram whom he rode in his inimitable style.
By: Sharan Kumar

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Starry Eyes looks good but the field is competitive

June 15, 2013: Cooji Katrak trained Starry Eyes has an outstanding chance to win the Gr 1 Fillies Championship Stakes, the first classic of the season, to be run on Sunday. The daughter of first season sire Multidimensional, Starry Eyes won her last outing over a mile back home at Mumbai in intimidating fashion and goes into the race as an overwhelming favourite.
By: Sharan Kumar

Universal and enduring appeal of Henry Cecil

June 13, 2013: Alastair Down on the impact on the racing village of a dashing trainer Sir Henry Cecil. Sir Henry Cecil was the most cherished and totemic figure of his era, and beyond any doubt among the two or three finest and most instinctively gifted racehorse trainers of all time.

Legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil dies aged 70

June 11, 2013: Sir Henry Cecil, one of the most influential and successful racehorse trainers of all time, has died. He was 70. The trainer prepared 25 British Classic winners and reached arguably the pinnacle of his career with his flawless handling of Frankel, who he guided to a perfect record of 14 wins from 14 races.
By: Racingpost

Intello romps to French Derby victory

June 2, 2013: Intello delivered a convincing French Derby win at Chantilly on Sunday that put him at the centre of the Prix de l`Arc de Triomphe picture. The Andre Fabre-trained colt, who was third in the French 2,000 Guineas, was sent off 15-8 favourite but left those odds far behind with a commanding performance.
By: Racingpost

Ruler Of The World wins Investec Epsom Derby

June 2, 2013: Ruler Of The World ridden by Ryan Moore capitalised on the failure of hot favourite Dawn Approach to settle as the unbeaten colt provided trainer Aidan O`Brien with his fourth Investec Derby on Saturday. In what was a truly gripping Epsom spectacle, the impressive 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach became virtually uncontrollable for jockey Kevin Manning.
By: sportinglife

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BTC demands no royalty regime

May 13, 2013: The long standing, mutually beneficial and harmonious relationship between Bangalore Turf Club and Royal Western India Turf club has struck a discordant note with regard to the issue of Royalty and is headed for a crisis. The BTC has demanded immediate acceptance of no royalty regime.
By: Sharan Kumar

Showers brighten things in Bangalore

May 10, 2013: The Bangalore Summer Season is set to start on Saturday but the concern thus far had not been about any strike threat which used to be par for the start of the season but absence of good rain. However, as if to oblige the fervent prayers of racing enthusiasts for a prompt start to the season, it rained heavily on Thursday which should help the race track considerably.
By: Sharan Kumar

Nakul Stud expecting great boost

May 10, 2013: The Nakul Stud Farm in Haryana which has expanded its scale of operations is hoping for an improved presence in the Indian racing scenario. The crops of new stallion Pinson and West Virginia are ready for viewing by prospective buyers. ``We hope to make a big splash as the yearlings look impressive, says Pawan Bhatia, the promoter of the stud farm.
By: Our Correspondent

Technicality or morality: Take your pick

May 5, 2013: A big controversy has been whipped up by members of the turf club about the continuance of Zeyn Mirza as Steward of the Bangalore Turf Club following disclosure that he owned a horse for a month early this year. The controversy has side stepped the more serious and critical issues plaguing the club. The issue has now been reduced to a technicality rather than focussing on morality.
By: Sharan Kumar

Sky Lantern provides Hughes first British classic

May 5, 2013: Reigning English champion Richard Hughes finally realized his ambition of winning his first British classic as Sky Lantern edged out Just The Judge close home to win the Quipco English 1000 Guineas, the second of the five classics of the season on Sunday.
By: Our Correspondent

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Dawn Approach too formidable in English 2000 Guineas

May 4, 2013: Contrary to expectation of a stiff duel between favourite Dawn Approach and Tornado, the Quipco English 2000 Guineas turned out to be an anti-climax with the former trouncing the opposition by five lengths on Saturday. Tornado couldn`t pace with the champion and faded out in the final furlong.

BTC softens the blow on owners

May 3, 2013: The Bangalore Turf Club has sought to soften the blow on race horse owners who were hit hard by the Income Tax Department claim of 30 per cent TDS under section 194 BB which does not allow income to be set off against losses. The stake money module has been re-worked and under the new scheme that will be in force for the ensuing summer season, the race horse owners would stand to lose only Rs 1 crore as against Rs 4 crore under the old stake money pattern.
By: Sharan Kumar

HRC owners left to ride their own horses!

April 24, 2013: The Hyderabad Race Club has asked its race horse owners to pay the Income Tax Department claim of 30 per cent TDS on stake money paid over the last five years which is in excess of Rs 50 crores by May 10. The club has sent individual letters to owners detailing their dues.
By: Sharan Kumar

Tax demands likely to cripple racing in India

April 5, 2013: Either the turf authorities haven’t understood the gravity of the problem or they just don’t care. The Income Tax department has been hammering the Bangalore Turf Club and Mysore Race Club with various claims which if complied with will result in seriously impairing the finances of the clubs and crippling their activities. The same claims will reach the doors of other turf clubs in India if it has not already jolted them.
By: Sharan Kumar

Animal Kingdom roars in Dubai World Cup

March 30, 2013: Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom displayed his undoubted class on the world’s biggest stage when he swamped the opposition to win the Gr 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday. The victory by the five-year-old son of Leroidesanimaux marked the first by an American-based and trained runner in the Dubai World Cup since Meydan opened with an all-weather surface in 2010.
By: Our Correspondent

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Monterosso bids to enter record books

March 29, 2013: Godolphin’s Monterosso bids for a place in history when he attempts to win the Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, back to back when he takes on 12 rivals on the 2000 metres Tapeta track at the Meydan on Saturday. The World Cup racing day is packed with top class group races.
By: Our Correspondent

Dean`s Kitten to stand at Sohna Stud Farm

March 28, 2013: Haryana based Sohna Stud Farm has acquired Grade II winner Dean’s Kitten to stand as stallion during the on-going breeding operations. Sohna Stud Farm stood the high profile Noverre (Rahy) but unfortunately the horse died of colic during last year’s breeding operations after covering for just three years in India.
By: Sharan Kumar

Martin Dwyer given seven weeks suspension

March 21, 2013: English jockey Martin Dwyer has been suspended by the Stewards of the Royal Western India Turf Club for seven weeks starting from April 6 to May 31 for not permitting Ice Age to run on merits. Ice Age had cut an erratic course during the race and even bled after the race. The Stewards reportedly overlooked the bleeding aspect.
By: Sharan Kumar

Frustrating to source information at BTC

March 15, 2013: The most frustrating experience for any journalist is when one has to make effort to source even routine information. The Bangalore Turf Club does not have a mechanism of briefing the press whatever the gravity of the situation.
By: Sharan Kumar

Invitation package should have only three top races

March 1, 2013: With the format of the Invitation Cup having been changed after much procrastination, Toroloco who finished fourth to In The Spotlight in the last year’s edition has an excellent of winning this year’s event which will be held at India’s oldest turf club, the Royal Calcutta Turf Club on Sunday. RCTC appears to have made an all-out effort to put up an impressive show on what is the biggest weekend of racing of Indian Racing Calendar.
By: Sharan Kumar

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RCTC climbs up from a slide

March 1, 2013: Memories are precious about RCTC’s good old good days and also the club’s slide from the number one position, and climb back. Memories are still fresh about the stunning defeat of Prince Pradeep at the hands of Hovercraft, down to victories of Midnight Cowboy, Elusive Pimpernel and also of Southern Empire -- who swept the opposition in the last edition of the Invitation Cup at the RCTC’s race ground.
By: Goldie Boy

Golden sweep of Hazara Stud Farm continues

February 27, 2013: Any stud farm which has begun its breeding operations on a massive scale cannot ask for better results than the one obtained by Haryana based Hazara Stud Farm whose produce has virtually swept every big race in the country in an unprecedented golden run since last year. Owned by racing enthusiast Nirmal Singh, the stud farm produce has swept all the major races in the country in an unprecedented sweep.
By: Sharan Kumar

Invitation Cup 2013 should be a trendsetter

February 26, 2013: After several years of debate and resistance, the Gr 1 Indian Turf Invitation Cup has finally been thrown open to four year olds and over. The Invitation Cup race has always been one of the premier events of Indian racing calendar and enjoyed the pride of place though often it ended up as a repeat running of the Indian Derby. After 50 years, the Turf Authorities have finally decided to make it a weight for age without penalties race.
By: Sharan Kumar

Midnight Interlude to stand in India

February 17, 2013: The 2011 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Midnight Interlude has been sold privately to Nanoli Stud in India, owner Arnold Zetcher confirmed on Friday (Feb. 15). The 5-year-old son of War Chant is a Kentucky homebred out of the Groom Dancer mare Midnight Kiss. The Nanoli Stud Farm was looking for a suitable stallion to boost its breeding operations.
By: Claire Novak

Over production hits breeders hard

February 8, 2013: The annual sale of two year olds, the only one of its kind conducted by Royal Western India Turf Club at Pune during the week after the Indian Derby is run on the first Sunday of February was not kind to breeders this year following drastic fall in demand. The majority of breeders were forced to sell their produce way below their expectation.
By: Sharan Kumar

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In The Spotlight finishes sixth

February 7, 2013: The 2810m turf handicap produced a thrilling finish with the first four flashing past almost together with the Mike De Kock-trained Star Empire leading close home to catch Godolphin`s Ahzeemah. India’s In The Spotlight was sixth under Ryan Moore.
By: Our Correspondent

In The Spotlight gets a second chance to shine

February 6, 2013: Ryan Moore reunited with Indian Star. Indian racing star, In The Spotlight, gets her second chance to shine on Meydan’s turf tomorrow (Thursday) as she contests the 2810m Classifieds Handicap at the fifth Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting, sponsored by Gulf News.
By: Our Correspondent

What makes the horse tick in Indian Derby?

February 1, 2013: Barring the odd year when an exceptional horse has been pitched against inferior horses, the Indian Derby hasn’t favoured the public fancy. The last favourite to win this race was Jacqueline in what was a match race with Becket. The horse of proven credentials who gets everything right is the one which is going to win the Indian Derby.
By: Sharan Kumar

Romance of the Indian Derby

January 30, 2013: Annually more than 1000 two-year olds are sold carrying with them the weight of expectations of the connections whose dream is to win a classic race. About one fourth of them are deemed to have classic potential and bought with great enthusiasm. Some others are bought in the hope of bringing off a king size gamble. Only a few among are bought for the sheer thrill of owning a winning horse.
By: Sharan Kumar

In The Spotlight agonizingly close fourth

January 18, 2013: Padmanabhan trained In The Spotlight was a gallant fourth in a four horse photo finish in the 2410 metres Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises race under floodlights at the Meydan on Thursday. On a day dominated by the Godolphin horses, India’s champion five year old mare gave tremendous hopes before weakening in the final strides of the race against a high quality international field to eventually finish fourth.
By: Sharan Kumar

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In The Spotlight carries India’s expectations

January 15, 2013: The day of reckoning has arrived as India’s turf queen In The Spotlight is scheduled to take on 15 international rivals in her quest for glory beyond the shores of India on Thursday. The race is slated to start at 9.25 p.m. local time which approximates to about 10.55 p.m. IST. There is an air of expectation.
By: Sharan Kumar

   

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