Thistlecrack makes winning start over fences

Filed on 26 Oct 2016 @ 08:57

The Colin Tizzard-trained Thistlecrack, winner of the World Hurdle last season, made an impressive winning debut over fences at Chepstow on Tuesday, making most of the running in the Aspen Waite Complete Business Growth Service Novices' Chase to beat Aqalim by four lengths.

Cloudberry tops Tattersalls Autumn HIT Sale at 310,000 gns

Filed on 26 Oct 2016 @ 08:52

Robust trade as average rises 41%

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale continued in robust fashion on the second day with with nine lots realising 100,000 guineas or more and a packed Park Paddocks crowd pushing the average and median significantly higher. A total of 233 lots were sold for 7,390,900 guineas at an average of 31,721 guineas and a median of 19,000 guineas. The turnover rose 33% on last year’s corresponding session whilst the average and median both rose 41%. The clearance rate was an outstanding 89%.

Cue Card heads Charlie Hall entries

Filed on 26 Oct 2016 @ 08:44

Last year's winner Cue Card (Colin Tizzard, Evens favourite with bet365) heads 11 entries for the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

The 10-year-old was successful by three and three quarter lengths from Dynaste (David Pipe, 14/1) in the 2015 renewal of the Grade Two three-mile contest and went on to enjoy terrific Grade One victories in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, King George VI Chase at Kempton Park and Betfred Bowl at Aintree.

Almanzor outclasses Champion Stakes rivals

Filed on 16 Oct 2016 @ 09:38

Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) confirmed his status as the best horse in Europe with an emphatic victory in the QIPCO British Champion Stakes at Ascot.

And the good news for racing fans is that he will race on as a four-year-old next year, with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot already an intended target.

Minding sees off the colts to win the QEII

Filed on 16 Oct 2016 @ 09:36

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Minding (Galileo) became the first horse since the legendary Frankel to win four QIPCO British Champions Series races in one season when landing the £1.1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) at Ascot.

Group One success for The Tin Man and Queally

Filed on 16 Oct 2016 @ 09:34

Second British Champions Sprint winner for James Fanshawe

Tom Queally was buzzing after steering The Tin Man (Equiano) to a decisive victory in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes.

Journey dominates the British Champions Fillies and Mares

Filed on 16 Oct 2016 @ 09:30

Dubawi filly surges 4 1/2 lengths clear; to stay in training next year

Journey (Dubawi), runner-up in last year’s QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, went one better when landing the Group One race in great style.

October Book 2 concludes with record average and median

Filed on 13 Oct 2016 @ 09:13

The final day of trade at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale finished strongly with the three-day sale recording a record average of 65,545 guineas and record-equaling median of 50,000 guineas. Topping proceedings on the final day at 300,000 guineas was a son of Dubawi, one of 22 lots to sell for 200,000 guineas or more during the sale, whilst a remarkable 117 sold at or above 100,000 guineas over the three days. Turnover on the final day was 12,952,000 guineas at an average of 66,421 guineas, a median of 50,000 guineas with a clearance rate of 85%.

Rouget: Almanzor at the top of his game ahead of Champion Stakes

Filed on 11 Oct 2016 @ 11:58

Jean-Claude Rouget has issued a glowing bulletin regarding Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) ahead of the outstanding colt contesting the £1.3 million QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Shamardal colt tops October Book 2 opener

Filed on 11 Oct 2016 @ 11:53

Average unchanged from last year as clearance rate hits 84%

Five lots toppec the 200,000 guineas mark on the opening session of Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale at Tattersalls on Monday whilst 37 yearlings sold for 100,000 guineas or more. The opening session saw a total of 200 lots sell for 12,565,500 guineas at an average of 62,828 guineas and a median of 50,000 guineas.

Churchill bursts clear to win the Dewhurst

Filed on 11 Oct 2016 @ 11:44

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Churchill (Galileo-Meow, by Storm Cat) brought more Group One success for Galileo on Saturday when winning the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Rhododendron gives Galileo his third straight Fillies' Mile

Filed on 7 Oct 2016 @ 18:48

1-2 for Ballydoyle and Galileo, both out of Pivotal mares

Five days after his amazing 1-2-3 in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Galileo was the sire of the first two home from his two runners in the Group One Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Friday.

Dubawi, Galileo and Frankel in demand as Book 1 concludes

Filed on 7 Oct 2016 @ 12:38

Clearance rate dips from last year, as market polarises

The three-day Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 concluded on Thursday with a further four lots breaking the million guineas mark including a joint sale-topping 2.6m guineas sale for a Dubawi colt. The final session saw a total of 119 lots sold for 30,456,000 guineas at an average of 255,933 guineas and a median of 140,000 guineas, taking the three day total to 386 lots sold for 88,038,000 guineas, a turnover record for any European auction, breaking the record set at this sale last year. The sale average was 228,078 guineas and the sale median 130,000 guineas.

Dubawi on top again at Tattersalls

Filed on 6 Oct 2016 @ 09:31

Three lots top 1m gns as average dips by 12%

Wednesday's second day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale saw three lots sell for 1 million guineas or more. The trio were by Dubawi, Galileo and Frankel, arguably the three most in demand stallions in the world at the moment. Trade on the second day saw a total of 164 lots sell for 26,342,000 guineas at an average of 201,084 guineas, down 12% on lats year, and a median of 120,000 guineas, 8% down on last year. The clearance rate was 80%.

Dubawi colt sells for 2.6m gns at Tattersalls Book 1 opener

Filed on 5 Oct 2016 @ 08:54

Average dips 5%, as clearance rate improves to 82%

A colt by Dubawi topped a strong opening day of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Tuesday and became the highest priced yearling in the world this year when selling for 2.6 million guineas. A total of 136 lots sold for a total of 31,240,000 guineas at an average of 229,706 guineas - down 5% on last year - and a median of 145,000 guineas - down 9%. A total of 17 lots sold for 500,000 guineas or more. The clearance rate was 82%.

Found heads O'Brien 1-2-3 in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Filed on 2 Oct 2016 @ 16:44

Found (Galileo) ran out an impressive winner of the Group One Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday, leading home stablemates Highland Reel and Order Of St George in an incredible 1-2-3 for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

National Defense makes all in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere

Filed on 2 Oct 2016 @ 16:40

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained National Defense (Invincible Spirit) made all the running to win the Group One Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly on Sunday by an impressive

Dubawi's Weheida wins the Prix Marcel Boussac

Filed on 2 Oct 2016 @ 16:37

First juvenile Group One winner for Dubawi

Godolphin's Wuheida (Dubawi) stepped up from a Newmarket maiden victory to win the Group One Total Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly on Sunday, getting up in the closing stages under William Buick to beat Dabyah and Promise To Be True.

Alice Springs lands her third G1 in the Sun Chariot

Filed on 2 Oct 2016 @ 16:33

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Alice Springs (Galileo-Aleagueoftheirown, by Danehill Dancer) won her third Group One of the season when landing a decisive victory in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Postponed heads 16 in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Filed on 29 Sep 2016 @ 15:48

The Roger Varian-trained Postponed is the 2-1 favourite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and heads 16 runners after Thursday's supplementary deadline.

No horses were added to the field today, but Zarak was withdrawn to leave a field of 16.

Dubawi colt sells to Ferguson for €1.4m to top Orby Sale

Filed on 29 Sep 2016 @ 15:43

Average rises 5% at Goffs

John Ferguson’s purchase of the Dubawi colt out of Group One Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Beauty Parlour from the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal (Lot 472) for €1.4 million topped a vibrant renewal of the Goffs Orby Sale that saw increases in turnover, average and median and a clearance rate of 84% across the two days.

Galileo filly tops strong Goffs Orby opener

Filed on 28 Sep 2016 @ 08:37

The Goffs Orby Sale opened on Wednesday with a strong set of results that saw a 5% increase in turnover to €20,547,000. The average and median both rose by 8%, t0 €109,877 and €70,000 respectively. The clearance rate was 84%.

Middle Park glory for The Last Lion

Filed on 25 Sep 2016 @ 07:52

The Mark Johnston-trained The Last Lion (Choisir) made all and saw off the persistent challenge from Blue Point to win the Group One Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, giving rider Joe Fanning his first Group One victory on his 46th birthday.

Brave Anna wins the Cheveley Park as Lady Aurelia third

Filed on 25 Sep 2016 @ 07:48

Aidan O'Brien saddled the 1-2 in the Group One Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, with Albany Stakes winner Brave Anna (War Front) getting the better of stablemate Roly Poly. The hot favourite Lady Aurelia was third, having led at a blistering pace before running out of steam in the final furlong.

Best Of Days lands the Royal Lodge

Filed on 25 Sep 2016 @ 07:45

The Hugo Pamer-trained Best Of Days (Azamour) won the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, and made his stamina count under James Doyle in beating Aidan O'Brien's The Anvil by a neck.