Golden Horn outbattles The Grey Gatsby in the Eclipse

Filed on 4 Jul 2015 @ 14:53

Derby winner confirms his class with dominant 10f win against his elders

The John Gosden-trained Golden Horn (Cape Cross) confirmed his superstar status when running out a dominant winner of the Group One Coral Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday - but he had to battle hard in the straight to get the better of Group One winner The Grey Gatsby. The pair eyeballed each other to the furlong marker, but at that point Golden Horn had broken his rival and found another gear, stretching clear to pass the post three lengths clear.

Lady Tiana wins the Lancashire Oaks

Filed on 4 Jul 2015 @ 14:09

Second Group winner in two days for Sir Percy

The Lucy Wadham-trained Lady Tiana (Sir Percy) won the Group Two bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday, being pulled off the fence by Graham Lee to come with a pefectly-timed late run, collaring her old rival Miss Marjurie and going clear to win by three quarters of a length from Lustrous.

Waterhouse, Nicholls each go to €380,000 for Arqana top lots

Filed on 3 Jul 2015 @ 08:13

JUmping and Australia the destination for top lots at selective Summer Sale

Two lots in close succession during Thursday's second and final session of the Arqana Summer Sale achieved the same saletopping price tag of €380,000. Lot 318 Zubayr, from the ever-popular draft of the Aga Khan Studs, was the subject of a protracted bidding war involving Willie Mullins’ agent Harold Kirk, Highflyer Bloodstock and Paul Nicholls, who jumped into the fray at €330,000 bidding via agent Tom Malone.

Tattersalls to offer NH Sales after Brightwells acquisition

Filed on 3 Jul 2015 @ 08:10

Tattersalls has announced that it has agreed terms to acquire the the bloodstock sales conducted by Brightwells, in a move that will see the Newmarket-based firm offer National Hunt lots from Ascot and Cheltenham.

Abbaye winner Move In Time wins on Hamilton comeback

Filed on 1 Jul 2015 @ 08:06

The David O'Meara-trained Move In Time (Monsieur Bond), winner of the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye last October, made made a winning return to action at Hamilton Park on Tuesday, outclassing his three rivals in the EBF Stallions Soba Conditions Stakes.

Kauto Star put down after paddock accident

Filed on 30 Jun 2015 @ 10:42

Jump racing legend sustains pelvic and neck injuries

Five time King George VI Chase and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star has been put down at the age of 15. He had sustained pelvic and neck injuries in an unexplained paddock accident when turned out at grass.

Dubawi's Almanaar lands second Group win in the Prix Daphnis

Filed on 30 Jun 2015 @ 10:39

Progressive three-year-old Almanaar (Dubawi) recorded his second consecutive Group win and third straight Stakes win when landing the Group Three Prix Daphnis at Chantilly on Monday.

Soon in front under Thierry Jarnet, the son of Dubawi was in command throughout the nine-furlong contest and kept to his task superbly close to home to win in style.

Italian raider Fly On The Night wins the Prix du Bois

Filed on 30 Jun 2015 @ 10:36

Winners flowing for Equiano

Italian raider Fly On The Night (Equiano) retained her unbeaten record to comfortably win the Group Three Prix du Bois in Chantilly on Monday. The Equiano juvenuile showed a sharp turn of foot at the 300m pole to easily distance herself from the rest of the field and was not going to be caught, coming home the one and a quarter length winner.

Treve runs out a comfortable winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

Filed on 29 Jun 2015 @ 07:12

Prix Vermeille the next target after Motivator filly wins her fifth Group One

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Treve (Motivator) continued her advance towards this season's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with a comfortable win over Flintshire in Sunday's Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, quickening stylishly in the straight to collar her main rival, going clear to win by a length and a quarter.

Diamondsandrubies makes all in the G1 Pretty Polly

Filed on 29 Jun 2015 @ 07:07

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock), fourth in the Oaks earlier this month, made all to win Sunday's Group One Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. Ridden by Seamus Heffernan, the three-year-old made all and had sufficient in hand to see off the challenges of Group One winners Legatissimo and Ribbons.

Most Beautiful gives Canford Cliffs his second group winner of the weekend

Filed on 29 Jun 2015 @ 07:04

Daughter of Coolmore's freshman sire wins the Grangecon Stud Stakes

A sensational weekend for Canford Cliffs continued on Sunday when rugby legend Ronan O’Gara’s colours were carried to victory by Most Beautiful (Canford Cliffs) in the Group Three Grangecon Stud Stakes at The Curragh.

Sea Calisi gives Youmzain his second stakes winner

Filed on 29 Jun 2015 @ 06:57

Yorkshire Oaks the likely target after Prix de Malleret win

Second crop sire Youmzain recorded his second career stakes winner - and first at group level - when the Francois Doumen-trained Sea Calisi won Sunday's Group Two Prix de Malleret at Saint-Cloud.

Jack Hobbs gallops clear in the Irish Derby

Filed on 27 Jun 2015 @ 18:02

Epsom second wins in style at the Curragh

The John Gosden-trained Jack Hobbs (Halling) ran out an impressive winner of the Group One Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, allayinmg fears of unsuitably fast ground when surging into the lead in the straight under William Buick, kicking three lengths clear of the pacesetting Storm The Stars.

Painted Cliffs wins the Railway to give Canford Cliffs his first stakes winner

Filed on 27 Jun 2015 @ 17:36

Aida O'Brien trainee shows improved form to beat Rockaway Valley

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Painted Cliffs (Canford Cliffs) gave freshman sire Canford Cliffs his first stakes winner when bounding clear to win the Group Two GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, beating the favourite Rockaway Valley by two and three quarter lengths. Richard Hannon's Log Out Island was third.

Dewhurst second Kodi Bear makes stylish winning reappearance

Filed on 27 Jun 2015 @ 15:23

The Clive Cox-trained Kodi Bear (Kodiac), a lighly raced three year old who was second to Belardo in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes on his last start, made an impressive reappearance when seeing off challenges to win the Listed Unibet Midsummer Stakes from the front at Windsor on Saturday.

2014 Yorkshire Cup winner Gospel Choir returns with Newmarket Listed win

Filed on 27 Jun 2015 @ 15:00

Easy going will determine future plans for son of Galileo

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Gospel Choir (Galileo) hadn't run since winning last season's Yorkshire Cup when lining up in Saturday's Listed Marshall Maserati Supporting the AHT Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket, where he got the better of Dubday by a short head in a thrilling finish.

Magician's sister Outstanding wins the Naas Oaks Trial

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:43

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Outstanding (Galileo), an own sister to Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician, made all to record her second career win in the Listed Naas Oaks Trial on Wednesday, stretching clear under Colm O'Donoghue to win by two and three quarter lengths.

Lady Cecil to sell Warren Place at the end of the season

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:41

Lady Cecil to retire from training at the end of the season

Warren Place, the historic Newmarket training yard owned by Sir Henry Cecil, is to be sold when his widow Lady Cecil retires from training at the end of the 2015 Flat season.

New Bay set to clash with Golden Horn in the Eclipse

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:38

The Andre Fabre-trained Prix du Jockey-Club winner New Bay is set to run in the Group One Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown a week on Saturday, where he is likely to take on Investec Derby winner Golden Horn.

Gleneagles and Golden Horn head York Group One entries

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:34

The entries for the three Group One races at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August have been published, with the Juddmonte International - currently ranked as the number one race in the world by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities - attracting three of this season's Classic winners.

Sprinters are getting faster, Exeter University study finds

Filed on 24 Jun 2015 @ 07:37

Breeding gains perhaps yet to be realised for middle distance horses

A new study from the University of Exeter has found that thoroughbred racehorses are getting quicker over sprint trips, though further research is required to determine whether the increased speeds have a genetic basis or are the result of improved training, jockey tactics or other environmental factors.

Ladbrokes and Coral open merger talks

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 10:12

Rival bookmakers Ladbrokes and Coral have announced plans for a merger between the two firms. The two businesses have almost 4,000 betting shops between them, which could lead to competition concerns. Ladbrokes had attempted to buy Coral in 1998, but the deal was scuppered after trade and industry minister Peter Mandelson said the deal had to be unwound on competition grounds amid fears it would disadvantage punters.

Barry Geraghty replaces McCoy as retained rider to JP McManus

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 10:06

Barry Geraghty has accepted a retained as number one rider to leading National Hunt owner JP McManus, replacing the recently-retired AP McCoy.

Geraghty has been the principal rider for Nicky Henderson since 2008, but has ridden a number of high profile winners for McManus, including More Of That, Jezki and Shutthefrontdoor.

Oaks winner Qualify set to run in the Irish Derby

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 09:59

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Qualify (Fastnet Rock) the 50-1 winner of the Investec Oaks earlier this month, is likely to be supplemented to the Irish Derby at the Curragh later this month.

O'Brien told PA Sport: "Qualify is in good form since Epsom and John and Chantal (the filly's owners) would like to let her take her chance."

Prix Jean Prat and Juddmonte International possible for Time Test

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 09:28

Dubawi colt rated higher than Gleneagles by Timeform

Last week's Tercentenary Stakes winner Time Test (Dubawi) has been awarded a rating on 130p by Timeform, ahead of St James's Palace Stakes winner Gelenagles on 129. Trainer Roger Charlton is now mapping out a programme for the son of Dubawi, with the Group One Prix Jean Prat in France a possible stepping stone to the Juddmonte International at York.