Newmarket to move Guineas stalls to stands' side

Filed on 27 Mar 2015 @ 08:22

Change to start intended to stop Classic fields splitting

The start for the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas at Newmarket is to be moved from the centre of the track to the stands' side. The move is intended to prevent the field splitting, as happened in last year's 2000 Guineas, when Night Of Thunder beat Kingman.

O'Brien: Gleneagles has "more than enough pace" for the Guineas

Filed on 26 Mar 2015 @ 12:07

John F Kennedy to run in Irish trials on road to Espom

Trainer Aidan O'Brien is preparing to work 2000 Guineas favourite Gleneagles after racing at the Curragh on Sunday. Speaking in a stable tour with At The Races, the trainer said: "Everything seems fine with him so far. He's a Galileo with a lot of speed and he doesn't do much once he gets to the front, which is coming through from his pedigree as a lot of them were like that.

Berkshire set for Prix Ganay return

Filed on 26 Mar 2015 @ 12:01

Connections hoping son of Mount Nelson can show his class at four

Paul Cole is hoping for great things from Berkshire (Mount Nelson) this term, with the four year old set to return to action in the Group One Prix Ganay in May. The son of Mount Nelson missed most of his classic season with a gastrointestinal problem, having won the Chesham Stakes and the Royal Lodge as a juvenile.

74 remain in the Grand National

Filed on 25 Mar 2015 @ 08:47

McCoy hoping Shutthefrontdoor can deliver his second win

There are 74 horses going forward for the £1-million Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree following today's scratchings' stage. Last year 73 went forward at this stage and 57 in 2013. A maximum of 40 runners can line up for the 168th running of the world's most famous jump race at 4.15pm on Saturday, April 11.

Stuccodor heads Irish Lincolnshire field as racing returns to the Curragh

Filed on 24 Mar 2015 @ 15:51

Bolger enters Tribal Beat for maiden won by Dawn Approach

The Dermot Weld trained Stuccodor tops the weights for the Tote Irish Lincolnshire the feature race on the opening day of the new flat season which gets underway at the Curragh on Sunday.

Sainte Amarante gives Le Havre his seventh stakes winner

Filed on 24 Mar 2015 @ 14:24

Yves de Nicolay-trained filly pulls well clear in Prix La Camargo

The Listed Prix La Camargo over a mile at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday saw the Yves de Nicolay-trained Sainte Amarante (Le Havre) pull stylishly clear to win by three lengths from Pitamore, with Nouvelle Vgue third.

Green Sweet pulls clear in the Prix Omnium II

Filed on 24 Mar 2015 @ 13:38

Son of Smart Strike sees off unbeaten juvenile Listed winner on sophomore debut

The Freddie Head-trained Green Sweet (Smart Strike) made a winning start to his three-year-old career when winning the Listed Prix Omnium II over a mile at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday, beating Jolly Good Kitten, the winner of last season's Listed Prix des Sablonnets, by a length. Grand Argentier ran on for thrird.

Vancouver gives Waterhouse her sixth Golden Slipper win

Filed on 21 Mar 2015 @ 09:31

Australia, 21 March 2015

Gai Waterhouse added to her legend when she produced Vancouver (Medaglai d'Oro) to claim a historic sixth Golden Slipper victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

The superstar colt overcame a wide barrier to present the Hall of Fame trainer with her 130th Group One success in the $3.5 million Group One event - the world’s richest two-year-old race.

Godolphin's Contributer wins the G1 Ranvet Stakes

Filed on 21 Mar 2015 @ 09:25

Australia, 21 March 2015

Second Group One for son of High Chaparral

Contributer (High Chaparral) saw off a high class field to win the Group One Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, giving Godolphin head trainer John O’Shea a second Group One success in the space of a fortnight following Contributer's success in the Chipping Norton Stakes on his last start.

Treve to return in May's Prix Corrida

Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 08:06

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has revealed that her stable star Treve (Motivator) will return to the racecourse in the Group Two Prix Corrida at Saint Cloud on 29 May. The five-year-old, whose campaign will be geared around her bid to win a record third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, had been expected to make her return in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud a month later.

OBS March Sale concludes with record turnover

Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 08:00

Florida, 19 March 2015

Bernardini colt sells for $1.4m

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training concluded its two day run on Wednesday with record turnover. For the entire sale, 326 horses sold for $55,682,000, averaging $170,804. The median price was $105,000 and the buyback percentage was 22.7%.

Chancellor confirms Levy to be replaced with Racing Right

Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 07:54

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne confirmed in his Budget on Wednesday the creation of a new Racing Right as a new funding mechanism to replace the Horserace Betting Levy, which has been in use since 1963.

Faugheen, Un De Sceaux and Douvan likely to run at Punchestown

Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 18:06

Willie Mullins' Cheltenham Grade One winners are likely to be seen in action later this season at Aintree and Punchestown.

Stable jockey Ruby Walsh told Racing UK: "As Willie says, Cheltenham is the first of the spring festivals. Most of them will go to Punchestown and a couple to Aintree, but you will definitely see them all again.

Coneygree handed mark of 172 after Gold Cup win

Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 18:01

BHA awards highest mark for a novice this century

Coneygree has been handed a mark of 172 by the official handicapper after his impressive victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, making him the highest-rated novice chaser over any distance this century.

Jockeys' title format changes meet mixed reaction

Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 10:25

Abbreviated period favours jockeys with overseas engagements early and late in the turf season

The Champion Jockey for 2015 will be crowned at British Champions' Day at Ascot in October after changes were announced to the dates between which winners will be counted.

Affaire Solitaire lands the Prix Exbury

Filed on 16 Mar 2015 @ 07:58

First Pattern contest of the year on turf falls to son of Danehill Dancer

Having his third start of the year, the Patrck Khozian-trained Affaire Solitaire (Danehill Dancer) registered his first balck type success when winning Sunday's Group Three Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud.

Luger proves best in the Hong Kong Derby

Filed on 16 Mar 2015 @ 07:53

Hong Kong, 15 March 2015

Son of Choisir successfully steps up to 2000m

The John Size-trained Luger (Choisir) won the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby over 2,000 metres at Sha Tin on Sunday under jockey Zac Purton. The Australian-bred overcame a wide passage to land the spoils by three quarters of a length from the deep-closing pair of Got Fly and Romantic Touch.

American Pharoah dominates in the Rebel Stakes

Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:35

Oaklawn Park, 15 March 2015

Champion juvenile colt shows his worth with 6 ¼ length Grade Two victory

Making his first start since Sept. 27 and his first start outside his home state of California, last season's champion two-year-old colt American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) proved why he is among the early Kentucky Derby favorites with a dominating 6 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade Two Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.

Tryster wins the Winter Derby; spearheads Godolphin four-timer

Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:30

Paco Boy's Lexington Times wins the Spring Cup

Tryster (Shamardal) scythed through the field for an impressive victory in the Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday, as trainer Charlie Appleby enjoyed four winners on the polytrack.

Spillway gives Rail Link his second G1 winner

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:31

Australia, 14 March 2015

The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Spillway (Rail Link), a three time winner for Eve Johnson Houghton in England in 2013, won the Group One Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday, prevailing over stablemate Extra Zero by the narrowest of margins.

King's Stand likely for Brazen Beau after outclassing Flemington rivals

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:26

Australia, 14 March 2015

Son of I Am Invincible wins the Newmarket Handicap

The Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) could head to Royal Ascot after the glamour colt outclassed a star-studded field in Saturday’s Group One Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

Plucky Belle lands the G1 Coolmore Classic

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:21

Australia, 14 March 2015

The Peter Moody-trained Plucky belle (Mossman) won the Group One Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill on Saturday, giving jockey Linda Meech her first Group One success. First Seal had a luckless run in second, a short half-head adrift, with with a further short-head back to Diamond Drille in third.

Haafhd's Noble Protector lands Australian Group Three

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:16

Australia, 14 March 2015

Qatar Bloodstock's Noble Protector (Haafhd), a Listed winner at Newmarket for Stuart Kittow last summer, took advantage of the firmer going conditions in Australia to win the Group Three Matron Stakes at Flemington. She beat Marianne by 4 ½-lengths with the VRC Oaks winner Set Square a close third.

Killultagh Vic gives Mullin's record eighth winner

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 18:31

Killultagh Vic's pulsating triumph in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle by a head from Noble Endeavour was trainer Willie Mullins' eighth win of the 2015 Festival. This is a new record of training wins at the meeting; Mullins has now overtaken Nicky Henderson's record of seven, set in 2012.

Coneygree makes all for historic Gold Cup triumph

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 15:29

Novice makes all to win the Blue Riband on his fourth start over fences

The Mark Bradstock-trained Coneygree (Karinga Bay) won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, making all under Nico de Boinville and staying on well to beat Irish raider Djakadam, with Road To Riches taking third.