Sam Twiston-Davies ‘can’t wait’ to ride Big Buck’s

By Simon Jackson Sam Twiston-Davies has admitted that he “can’t wait” to ride Big Buck’s for the first time in a race when he contests the galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday. The jockey was earlier this month confirmed as the rider of the four time World Hurdle winner who returns to action for…

Double delight for Frankie Dettori at Lingfield

By Simon Jackson Frankie Dettori made a perfect return to the saddle when he won on both of his first two rides at Lingfield Park today after a three and a half month injury enforced absence. The Newmarket-based Italian had been sidelined since breaking an ankle in a pre-race fall in October that forced him…

Frankie Dettori admits surprise at speed of recovery

By Simon Jackson at Lingfield Frankie Dettori admitted that he was surprised by the speed of his recovery from injury after landing a double on his first day back in the saddle at Lingfield on Wednesday. The 43-year-old had initially been told that he would be out of the saddle for up to nine months…

Dettori booked for three rides at Lingfield comeback

By Simon Jackson Frankie Dettori resumes with three rides at Lingfield Park on Wednesday that includes last start winner Exemplary in the day’s feature race – a qualifier for the All-Weather Championship finals. The 32Red Conditions Stakes – a Class two contest over two miles – headlines a seven race card where Dettori is also…

Cirrus Des Aigles trainer applauds St Nicholas Abbey

By Simon Jackson Hundreds of people have posted tributes on Coolmore’s Facebook page to St Nicholas Abbey, who died on Tuesday after a long battle with injury and illness. The Aidan O’Brien-trained seven-year-old won almost £5million in a glittering career; his nine victories included three Coronation Cups and a Breeder’s Cup Turf, before suffering a…

Big Buck’s favourite of 29 entered in World Hurdle

By Simon Jackson The record breaking Big Buck’s heads the betting at 2-1 for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with Paddy Power after 29 entries were received today for the staying hurdlers’ championship at Cheltenham. The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding has been sidelined since December 2012 after extending his unbeaten run to 18 with an emphatic victory…