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Friday 1st January 2021

Al Boum Photo: Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite wins on Tramore return

Al Boum Photo remains on course to seek a third Cheltenham Gold Cup victory after a winning return at Tramore.

The nine-year-old, ridden by Paul Townend for trainer Willie Mullins, won the New Year's Day Chase for the third year running.

Al Boum Photo was running for the first time since winning at Cheltenham in March 2020.

The 2-9 favourite, who won by 19 lengths from Acapella Bourgeois, is 4-1 favourite for this year's Gold Cup.


Enable retired from racing

Record-breaking mare Enable has been retired from racing.

The six-year-old horse finished sixth when seeking a historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory on 4 October.

Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori for Newmarket trainer John Gosden, won a record third King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

Meanwhile, leading Irish trainer John Oxx - who saddled the brilliant Sea The Stars during a distinguished career - has announced he is to retire.

The 70-year-old, who also trained top horses such as Sinndar, Alamshar and Azamour, said he will not renew his licence next year.

Enable's brilliant career yielded 11 victories at the top Group One level - including two in the Arc, Europe's richest race, in 2017 and 2018.

Her owners Juddmonte, which is headed by Saudi prince Khalid Abdullah, said she would begin a breeding career next year and her first partner will be leading stallion Kingman.


Glorious Goodwood: Fancy Blue wins Nassau Stakes for Donnacha O'Brien

Fancy Blue took the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood to give 22-year-old trainer Donnacha O'Brien a Group One winner with his first British runner.

The 11-4 shot, ridden by Ryan Moore, prevailed as Tom Marquand closed on runner-up One Voice, with Nazeef third and favourite Magic Wand unplaced.

O'Brien, son of legendary trainer Aidan, was a Classic-winning jockey who retired from riding 20 months ago.

Earlier, Moore won the Gordon Stakes on Mogul (9-2) for Donnacha's father.

Mogul, who was sixth in the Derby, beat runner-up Highland Chief with Epsom fifth English King -ridden by Frankie Dettori - back in fourth after struggling to find room.

Donnacha only sent out his first winner in February, but claimed a Classic success as a trainer when Fancy Blue landed the French Oaks earlier in July.

After watching from home in Ireland, he indicated the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe could be an option later in the season.


Epsom Derby: Serpentine stuns rivals to give Aidan O'Brien record eighth victory

Serpentine stunned Epsom with a runaway success to give trainer Aidan O'Brien a record eighth Derby win.

The 25-1 shot was sent into a clear lead by jockey Emmet McNamara and could not be caught to triumph by five-and-a-half lengths.

Khalifa Sat (50-1) was second with 66-1 chance Amhran Na Bhfiann third.

It completed a Classic double for Serpentine's Irish trainer after Love set a new record time to win the Oaks by nine lengths under Ryan Moore.


Royal Ascot 2020: 150-1 outsider Nando Parrado claims historic win

History was made at Royal Ascot as 150-1 outsider Nando Parrado became the meeting's biggest-priced winner.

Trained by Clive Cox, the horse was guided to victory by jockey Adam Kirby in the Coventry Stakes.

"The price was a shock. He is a proper horse and we loved him from the start," Cox said.

The previous record was held by 100-1 shots Fox Chapel, who won the 1990 Britannia Stakes, and 2008 Windsor Castle victor Flashmans Papers.

Victory came on the final day of the meeting where Frankie Dettori landed a 150-1 treble to finish Royal Ascot on a high as the leading rider.


Cheltenham Festival: 50-1 Lisnagar wins Stayers' Hurdle

The 50-1 shot Lisnagar Oscar caused the biggest shock of this year's Cheltenham Festival with victory in the Stayers' Hurdle on day three.

Ridden by Adam Wedge, who claimed his first Festival winner, Lisnagar Oscar was two lengths clear of Ronald Pump (20-1), with Bacardys (33-1) third.

Last year's winner Paisley Park, the 4-6 favourite and in superb form this season, was never a threat and fell off the pace with three hurdles to go.