Mark Popham

Mark Popham also writes for The Blood-Horse, sister magazine to The Horse.

Articles by: Mark Popham

Zenyatta Above Rachel in World Thoroughbred Rankings

Zenyatta has received another boost. The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner was rated one pound ahead of Rachel Alexandra in the World Thoroughbred Rankings, comprising horses that raced worldwide last year and achieved a rating of 115 or more. But Goldikova earned the top ranking of any other female.

Zenyatta was awarded a rating of 128, with her archrival at 127, by the offic

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Sea the Stars Retired

Sea the Stars, who secured his place among Thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats when he powered his way to a thrilling two-length victory over Youmzain in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 4, has been retired to stud.

The announcement that the 3-year-old son of Cape Cross will not go for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) was made just before 1 p.m. in Ireland by trainer

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Giant Thoroughbred Statue to Stand in UK

A giant sculpture of a white Thoroughbred, 164 feet tall, will dominate one of the main entrances to Britain in three year’s time after Mark Wallinger’s design for an artwork at Ebbsfleet in Kent was announced the winner of a competition.

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British Thoroughbred Sale Tattersalls Down 51%

Tattersalls’ December sale ended quietly in England with a breeding stock session in which a 3-year-old colt, sold as a jumping prospect, topped trade at 65,000 guineas. The other figures for Dec. 4 were 139 horses sold, a gross of 656,650

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British Racing Group Stiffens Medication Policy

The British Horseracing Authority announced July 21 that trainers outside Europe need to say their horses have never been trained on non-therapeutic substances, particularly anabolic steroids, or face a ban from running in British races.


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Horse Owner Liability on Trial in Britain

The legal responsibilities of being a racehorse owner in Britain have come to the fore in the wake of a multi-million dollar legal claim against the owners and trainer of a horse that severely injured an assistant trainer in a pre-race paddock

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Polytrack Cleared in Problems at British Track

Investigations by racing authorities and officials at Wolverhampton Raceocurse in Britain have determined that the Polytrack artificial surface in use at the track is not responsible for five equine fatalities and a series of recent

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Shipping Mix-Up Sends Studs To the Wrong Countries

The search for the Thoroughbred stud Dubai Excellence has turned to Ukraine. This is where the horse thought to be Samood, who was identified as the stallion believed initially to be Dubai Excellence in Australia, is meant to have gone, sources

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Stem Cell Treatments Successful on Tendon Injuries

Mr Cool’s victory in the Stanleybet Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park Racecourse, England, on Saturday, May 7 was noteworthy due to pioneering tendon treatment he had received.

After the 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury i

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Have Researchers Discovered What Makes Horses Fast?

Researchers at The Royal Veterinary College in Great Britain believe they’ve found the answer to what makes a fast racehorse.

The research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, combined data about the length, shape, and structure of horses with analysis of horses in the field to develop mathematical and computer models of horse movement.


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