THE ASSISTANT to Joseph O’Brien – former jockey Brendan Powell – made headlines for the wrong reasons this week after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) handed him a £2,500 fine over a matter dating back almost three years to when he was a trainer in... Read more »
FANS OF The Phoenix may not have been too surprised to see the ante being upped in relation to a horseracing scandal involving a US champion colt and performance enhancing drugs (see The Phoenix 27/3/20). Although not involved in any wrongdoing, John Magnier and his... Read more »
The fascinating case between the security chief at the Irish Horseracing Regulator Board (previously the Turf Club) Chris Gordon and the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association (IRTA) continues down at the Four Courts and shines a light onto various riders in the Irish racing game. The... Read more »
There appears to have been a juggling of the ranks by the Gigginstown team of Mick and Eddie O’Leary, with Davy Russell losing out. While never officially reappointed as number one rider, Russell was the favoured pilot in a squad that included the likes of... Read more »
AIDAN O’BRIEN’S quest to win Australia’s richest race will have to wait another year after his crack sprinter, Ten Sovereigns, trailed in last of the 12 runners in The Everest – the €8.5m race recently run at Randwick in Sydney. It was far from doom... Read more »
SPARE A thought for Goldhawk’s favourite ex-employee of John Magnier’s all-powerful Coolmore Stud operation – the irrepressible William Jones. Having set out to challenge the global bloodstock giant, he has ended up in very heavy ground and it looks like his race could now be... Read more »
It’s not unusual for some of the world’s top flat jockeys, like Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori, to be riding in different parts of the world on consecutive days. They would be no strangers to being jetted between Ireland, France, America and the southern hemisphere... Read more »
FLAMBOYANT OWNER Rich Ricci had an up-and-down year last year and there were times when people were predicting his days as a free-spending owner were limited, especially after business setbacks, such as the Betbright voided bets debacle. Instead, he came out of the Betbright story... Read more »
THE FIRST barometer of how the national hunt sales market is to cope with life after Gigginstown House Stud was measured at Henry Beeby’s Goffs Land Rover Sale. And, while the top few lots may well have generated bigger prices if there had been another... Read more »
AN INTERESTING ownership alliance has emerged involving a little-known horse named Piece of Paradise. The two-year-old filly was bred by property developer Michael O’Flynn’s Rockfield Farm and, despite being listed as being sold as a yearling for £45,000 last year, the horse remains in O’Flynn’s... Read more »
WITH THREE Group 1 races on the card, the Irish Guineas Festival is of the highest class, but the newly refurbished Curragh is in danger of one of those Group 1 races – the Tattersalls Gold Cup – losing its top-level status and being demoted... Read more »
BALLYDOYLE stalwart Seamie Heffernan is having quite a lean season by his standards, having yet to get to double-figure winners, but there was definitely a case of one result that just might have gone his way recently if the circumstances had been different. Heffernan was... Read more »
MONEYBAGS Luke Comer enjoyed probably his finest moment as a trainer when Raa Atoll pulled off a well-executed plan in winning a Group 2 race in Berlin recently. There are many elements that add significance to this event for Comer, among them the fact the... Read more »
NOEL HAYES must be one of the luckiest owners in the game and has struck gold again through his Sunday Racing Club with the sale of the two-year-old Sunday Sovereign. The Paddy Twomey-trained colt holds the distinction of winning the first race staged at the... Read more »
MEMBERS OF the Association of Irish Racehorse Owners (AIRO) must be wondering if a missive from Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed this week is set to land the organisation with a hefty legal bill. The matter will be adjudicated on tomorrow (May 31) and the... Read more »
The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) introduced more stringent whip rules recently and jockeys, especially those riding on the flat have been finding it tough to adapt to the new regime. Since the first week of April, the maximum number of strikes permitted has been... Read more »
WITH CURRENT Naas Racecourse manager Tom Ryan about to head off to the Middle East to take up an advisory role within Saudi Arabia’s racing industry, the next Naas manager will be faced with an increasingly thorny issue when he or she takes up the... Read more »
DESPITE BEING crowned leading jumps owners for the fifth year in a row, Mick O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud had a rather poor Punchestown Festival, welcoming back just two winners from 42 runners over the five days. Could that have something to do with his decision?... Read more »
ONE JUMPS owner whose enthusiasm has been tested in the latest season is Barry Connell. After a disastrous performance that yielded only seven winners – his worst in 10 years – Connell seems undeterred, having just invested heavily in new blood at the Goffs Punchestown... Read more »
IT IS almost 18 years exactly since Mick O’Leary landed his first significant race as an owner, when the David Wachman (John Magnier’s son-in-law) trained Tuco won the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at Fairyhouse and since then O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud has scooped almost every... Read more »
THE TRAINER Mouse Morris has had one of the longest serving relationships with Gigginstown and Mick O’Leary, but that relationship looks like it’s being put to the test following a twitter outburst by Morris’s son, Jamie. Mouse’s Beyond The Law won a chase at Cork... Read more »
WITH THE news that Michael O’Leary has decided to bow out from National Hunt racing over the next five years, Goldhawk has been busy perusing his archives and spotted this profile of the Gigginstown supremo from back in 2011. You can view it below for... Read more »
PERHAPS IT should not come as a surprise that the manager of Dundalk’s racing track is set to lash out circa €3m to provide a replacement running surface. The question is, will it be in place for the autumn/winter season when alternatives are very thin... Read more »
THE IRISH Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has decided to up its communications strategy, announcing the Herald’s former racing corr, Niall Cronin, as its new communications manager. Read more about Cronin in the latest issue.
So what next for the greatest jump jockey of all time, Ruby Walsh? The silver fox is also a wily fox and he has been expanding his extra-curricular activities over the last few years as he prepares for a life out of the saddle. Walsh... Read more »
THIS TIME of year, as the flat season gets into full swing, a few jockeys sometimes get promoted – or vice versa – and one who is getting a rough ride is Declan McDonogh. Read more in the latest issue out now.
WITH A rejuvenated Sean Mulryan enjoying such high-profile success this year after his long hiatus, the developer’s re-engagement with the sport is being classed as a barometer for the health of the property development and construction sectors. Read more in the latest issue.
MICHAEL O’LEARY’S surprising idea of offering Don Poli and Outlander for sale two days before the Aintree Grand National certainly bore fruit. Read more in the latest issue out now. You can also read more about Mick’s cast offs here for free.
Barry Connell is not well known outside of racing circles, despite the fact that he is one of the biggest national hunt racehorse owners in the country, with only the likes of JP McManus, Mick O’Leary and Rich Ricci finishing ahead of him regularly in... Read more »
RICH RICCI has pulled off something of a PR coup after personally teaming up with BetVictor to honour antepost bets that had been voided as a result of the £15m sale of Betbright to 888. Read more in the latest issue out now. And you... Read more »
With Tiger Roll’s back to back Aintree Grand National wins confirming Michael O’Leary’s status as the premier owner in the national hunt game, Goldhawk casts his eye upon two horses he is seeking to sell. Read more in the latest issue out now. You can... Read more »
NAAS RACECOURSE welcomed the Irish flat season back recently and while there was the usual domination by the ‘establishment’, there were also examples of how the ordinary punter can mix it with the big boys. Read about how well the ordinary punter did here. You... Read more »