Set in the backyard of Liverpool, Aintree is home to the world’s most famous chase in shape of the annual Grand National. For the first time I got to soak up the terrific atmosphere on course, blending in with the generously (spray) tanned crowd showing […]
Sunday 26 February 2017, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup & Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup Day at Sha Tin racecourse. Hong Kong’s International Group 1 stars were out en masse, providing the crowd with racing action at the highest level. Fortunate enough to be in […]
I believe that if you have found something that you are so enthusiastic about, an industry so desperate to be a part of, you should keep trying until your opportunity arises. Because it will happen.
Having completed a BSc Psychology & Media Communication with First Class Honours at the end of 2016, I continued my journey by travelling to Hong Kong as a correspondent for Thoroughbrednews.com.au during the Hong Kong International Races, followed by a trip to Beijing, before returning to the Netherlands. However, it didn’t end there; NYC was the place to welcome 2017, before travelling to England, where I worked on my new showreel. It will provide an indication of me, and my dream job: to be a sports (mainly horse racing) presenter.
Traditions, especially those involving any new year’s resolutions, have never appealed much to me. Performing an act for the sole reason of its long-standing past, isn’t a good enough argument to persuade me. However, that doesn’t mean certain customs can’t bear a positive meaning. Perhaps I do […]
Arrival in Hong Kong will excite even the most timid: a world-class horse racing meeting, embedded in generous hospitality, hosted in Asia’s version of New York. Tradition meets modern class in a jungle that never sleeps.
Cruising along after a long haul flight, with the city lights illuminating your face along the way: bed will have to wait. Hong Kong’s allure drags you in, taking you along high-end shops and colourful Christmas light displays.
Drinks at rooftop bars, watching the harbour view from the ferry, the metropolitan adventure truly beckons. But low and behold, at a certain stage one starts wondering why the eyelids feel so heavy in the morning at track work, and why the coffee doesn’t seem to hit you up as much as it used to. Your bed, your hotel room, a couch, a flat surface, anything will do as long as you can close your eyes for a mere second.
As the old English poem goes: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”; even Lan Kwai Fong was quiet for Saturday night standards, with the racing delegation seizing the opportunity to have an early night before the big day.
Alarms went off, awakening those in even the deepest of slumbers, time to get up, this is what you came for. Upon arrival at the track it was a bustle of media setting up their stations; be careful with the coffee next to the Macbooks!
For the last three weeks a select group of yearling sale participants have been travelling across Europe; from Ireland to England, to Chantilly and back, there have been thoroughbred sales aplenty. The European bloodstock stage is renowned for sourcing superstars, and attracts buyers from across […]
Today marks the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger festival at Doncaster, featuring England’s oldest Classic: the St Leger (1m6f) . Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend as I will be travelling home (the joy!). However, I do believe it is a perfect occasion to provide a short recap of my last visit to the Doncaster sales and York racecourse; just a little hint of flavour, showcasing the horse racing culture up north.
My arrival on the penultimate day of the Ebor festival, featured by the prestigious Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, was accompanied by a solid shower. The good old English downpour reminded me of the scenes at Royal Ascot, where umbrella’s where blown up into the skies like balloons, and women were in a hurry to find shelter.
However, there was one mare that did relish the rain and that was Knavesmire heroine Mecca’s Angel. Run on ground described as good, a change from the previously declared good-to-firm going, the 2016 Nunthorpe Stakes provided a true clash of titans. Favourite Limato came as close as two lengths at the wire, but never posed a serious threat to the ‘Angel of the North’.
Since the 2nd of August well known racing pub ‘The Blowing Stone’ in Kingston Lisle has been home to an exhibition of horse racing inspired photography artworks. It provides an outstanding opportunity to have a nice pub lunch, as well as being able to […]