02/04/2022. Mondo Ippico Internazionale: First Black Type Winner For Ulysses, Dr Zempf, Baffert (by TDN) – Racing Post, The Big Story – 1st North American Turf Sire (by TDN) – Fairyhouse Easter Festival 2022


First Black Type Winner For Ulysses As Piz Badile Prevails

Aidan, Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien were responsible for six of the nine runners in Saturday’s G3 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax S. and it was the pair of juniors who played out the finish with the… [To read this entire TDN News Story, click here.]



Newmarket Dream Closer For Dr Zempf After Trial Success

“I’d love to win an English Guineas,” Ger Lyons said after watching TDN Rising Star Dr Zempf (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) collect in Saturday’s Listed Ballylinch Stud “Red Rocks” 2,000 Guineas Trial S. at Leopardstown. Always… [To read this entire TDN News Story, click here.]


Baffert, Zedan’s Motion for Emergency Stay Denied

Bob Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables’ motion to stay Bob Baffert’s suspension has been denied in Kentucky’s Court of Appeals. The decision was filed Friday afternoon and signed by Allison Jones, Acting Chief Judge. In accordance… [To read this entire TDN News Story, click here.]


Saturday, April 2: Christian Williams gives the lowdown on his well-fancied Scottish National duo, the countdown to the Aintree Grand National continues as Jonjo O’Neill talks up the chances of Cloth Cap, and Graeme Rodway picks out his best Saturday bets. All this and more in today’s newsletter . . .

The big story


There will have been more than a few trainers casting some envious glances towards the yard of trainer Christian Williams in the build-up to today’s Scottish Grand National (3.35).


The Welsh wizard is in the comforting position of saddling the two at the top of the market for the biggest race in the Scottish calendar in last year’s luckless bet365 Gold Cup runner-up Kitty’s Light and Eider Chase winner Win My Wings.


Williams, who won the Welsh Grand National in 2019, was happy to talk up the chances of his star duo and his cause for optimism has only increased after booking talented 7lb claimer Rob James – a Cheltenham Festival winner last month – to ride Win My Wings.


Williams on Kitty’s Light: “Kitty’s Light was a bit unfortunate to bump into Cap Du Nord off 127 at Kempton last time. He ran a blinder that day and, although he has yet to win this season, has already grabbed £70,000 in prize-money. He deserves to win a race.”


Williams on Win My Wings: “I couldn’t see the mare beating Kitty’s Light off an 8lb higher mark than her Newcastle win so I thought we’d claim off her and give her a real chance of competing. She’s in great form. I was thrilled with her win at Newcastle, and think there’s a bit of improvement to come.”


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Fairyhouse Easter Festival 2022

Fairyhouse is home to the famous three-day Easter Festival which is taking place from Saturday 16th – Monday 18th April 2022.

Fairyhouse Racecourse will host the 150th running of the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday, April 18. The flagship race of the three-day Easter Festival has been sponsored by BoyleSports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, since 2014.

The race has become a truly iconic event and over the years the roll of honour includes many legendary racehorses such as the 1964 winner Arkle, trained by Tom Dreaper, Brown Lad, a three-time winner for trainer Jim Dreaper, the legendary British-trained steeplechaser Dessert Orchid, Bobbyjo, trained by Tommy Carberry and ridden by his son Paul, Commanche Court, which was ridden for trainer Ted Walsh by his son Ruby and Organisedconfusion, trained by Arthur Moore and ridden by his niece, Nina Carberry, one of the greatest amateur riders Ireland has ever produced.

Easter Monday features the BoyleSports Irish Grand National, the richest chase in the Irish calendar and one of the most anticipated dates of the Irish racing calendar.