The business of All Weather Racing across Europe

While racing on Dirt may have always been the norm in North America, the idea of All Weather racing in Europe, as the name implies, arose from a need to save race meetings otherwise lost to bad weather. A particularly severe winter some 30 years ago saw the loss of 72 days’ National Hunt racing in Britain alone, but despite the obvious premise of switching to artificial surfaces, the first British All Weather racing took place on the Flat at Lingfield Park in 1989 and today All Weather tracks are used for Flat racing, and all year round at that

Trainer on the Up - Super Swede, Jessica Long

Jessica Long has only been training for five or six years but her pedigree (she is the daughter of Swedish trainer Caroline Stromberg) speaks volumes, with recent victory at Jägerso, with home-bred Berling victorious in the Swedish Open Mile, followed by Volatile’s terrific 3rd place in the Dubai Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket this October. Both horses were her first British runners, Berling being entered in the Darley Stakes the same day.

While several texts are available on equine orthopaedics and sports medicine, information relating to the racehorse - taking into account the practicalities of management peculiar to the racing industry - is often fragmented and contradictory. A new and hugely useful, if not indispensable, book by leading equine veterinary practitioner Pieter H L Ramzan, BVsc(Sydney), MRCVS provides a practical source of accessible information for the clinician, trainer and owner.

Greek racing - on the up?

The first racecourse located in Athens was established by William Reese, an Englishman coming from Smyrna, Turkey, following the Asia Minor catastrophe. This was a time when Greek expatriates, forced into displacement, moved to Greece – specifically, to a large extent, to Athens.