Douvan heads 28 entries for the Champion Chase

Filed on 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:38

Douvan headlines 28 entries, the second-highest level since 2009, for the £350,000 Grade One Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on the second day of The Festival on Wednesday, March 15.

Brother to Sebring fetches $1.3m on the Gold Coast

Filed on 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:35

Australia, 12 January 2017

The full brother to Sebring was the star on a spirited day's selling on Day Two of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Thursday.

Presented at the auction by Corumbene Stud, the stunning More Than Ready colt was the subject of fierce competition before selling to the bid of champion trainer Gai Waterhouse at $1.3 million.

Thistlecrack heads 39 entries in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Filed on 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:33

Trainers Colin Tizzard and Gordon Elliott dominate the 39 entries for the Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, March 17 with five entries apiece.

The 39 horses represents the highest number of entries since 40 were engaged in 2013 and the second-highest level since 2008.

Dundeel colt ex Miss Finland tops strong Gold Coast opener

Filed on 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:13

Australia, 11 January 2016

The Dundeel colt from five time Group One winner Miss Finland, offered as Lot 232 stole the show late in the day at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale opener on Wednesday when purchased for $900,000. It capped a great day's selling with opening day records falling across the board.

Henderson and McCoy voice concern over plans to sell Kempton for housing

Filed on 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:00

Concerns over ground at replacement Sandown highlighted as London track faces closure

Jockey Club Racecourses has announced that Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury on Thames could be closed and sold for housing development.

Siren Serenade fetches $1.025m to top Keeneland January opener

Filed on 11 Jan 2017 @ 09:56

Keeneland, 9 January 2017

Market polarisation continues with strong demand for quality lots

Siren Serenade, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song in foal to 2016 leading sire Tapit, sold to Don Alberto Corporation for $1,025,000 to top’s Monday’s first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Finian's Oscar gives Tizzard more big-race success in the Tolworth

Filed on 9 Jan 2017 @ 09:44

Colin Tizzard continued his fine run of form when Finian's Oscar won the Grade One 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

The five-year-old was having just his second start over hurdles, having won at Hereford on debut, and he showed a smart turn of foot to win the race here, stretching five lengths clear of Capitaine in second.

Walsh delighted with Douvan and Min after Leopardstown victories

Filed on 3 Jan 2017 @ 14:26

Ruby Walsh is delighted with a number of his recent winners, including Grade One winners Douvan and Min.

Douvan is the hot favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase after winning at Leopardstown on December 27.

Agrapart wins the Relkeel Hurdle to give Kelly Cheltenham double

Filed on 3 Jan 2017 @ 14:21

Jockey Lizzie Kelly and her stepfather Nick Williams enjoyed a 92.5/1 double on New Year's Day at Cheltenham when Agrapart took the G2 Dornan Engineering Hurdle.

The 2015 Stayers' Hurdle winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex/Richard Johnson, 7/1) led the field along until Agrapart took the lead approaching the last. Agrapart was then headed shortly after the last by L'Ami Serge (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob, 2/1 favourite) but battled back gamely to score by a head.

Whisper likely to head to the JLT after Dipper Chase success

Filed on 3 Jan 2017 @ 14:21

The Nicky Henderson-trained Whisper won his second race over fences at Cheltenham when taking Sunday's G2 BetBright Dipper Novices' Chase. He was previously successful over the same distance at The International on December 10.

Walter Swinburn dies at the age of 55

Filed on 13 Dec 2016 @ 13:36

Walter Swinburn, one of the most renowned jockeys of his generation has died at the age of 55.

Swinburn entered the public consciousness as a 19-year-old when winning the Derby aboard the legendary Shergar in 1981.

Soul Stirring gives Frankel his first G1 winner

Filed on 13 Dec 2016 @ 13:33

Japan, 12 December 2016

Race favorite Soul Stirring (Frankel) remained undefeated in her third career win that stamped her claim as a strong candidate for the season’s champion two-year-old filly title and a Grade One winner of the 2016 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.

The New One lands the International Hurdle for the third time

Filed on 10 Dec 2016 @ 19:04

The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Richard Johnson, 13/8 Fav) won the £130,000 Grade Two International Hurdle for the third time when scoring by three and a half lengths from My Tent Or Yours (Nicky Henderson/Richard Johnson, 7/4) at Cheltenham on Saturday. Old Guard (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies, 12/1) was a further 12 lengths back in third.

Delegator dies in his paddock at Overbury Stud

Filed on 10 Dec 2016 @ 14:07

First season sire Delegator (Dansili) was found dead in his paddock at Overbury Stud on Thursday evening, victim of an apparent heart attack.

The ten year old has sired eight first crop winners so far, headed by Group Three winner Delectation.

Theatre Guide gets the better of Perfect Candidate at Cheltenham

Filed on 10 Dec 2016 @ 13:38

Theatre Guide (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan, 15/2) showed the benefit of first time blinkers when getting the better of Perfect Candidate (Fergal O'Brien/Conor Shoemark, 18/1) in a thrilling renewal of the Unicoin Group Handicap chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

December Mare concludes with record year for Tattersalls

Filed on 1 Dec 2016 @ 16:41

The fourth and final day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale on Thursday bought to a close another record year at Tattersalls with turnover topping a record 265 million guineas, the third year in a row that it has surpassed 260 millon guineas.

Coneygree heads Lexus Chase entries

Filed on 1 Dec 2016 @ 14:09

Leopardstown Racecourse has announced the entries for the seven Grade One races of the 2016 Christmas Festival. 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree heads the 28 entries for the €150,000 Lexus Chase on 28th December, which features nine British entries in total.

Replete tops Tattersalls Mare Sale day 3

Filed on 1 Dec 2016 @ 14:07

Juddmonte Farms’ Replete topped the third day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale at 775,000 guineas and in the process took Tattersalls’ annual turnover into unchartered territory, breaking the previous turnover record set in 2014. The third day saw a total of 184 lots realise 7,159,200 guineas at an average of 38,909 guineas and a median of 18,000 guineas. With one day of the Tattersalls year to go, annual turnover now sits just below 265 million guineas, 1.5 million guineas ahead of the previous record.

The Miniver Rose tops Tattersalls Mare opener at 550,000 gns

Filed on 29 Nov 2016 @ 16:23

The Tattersalls December Mare Sale got off to a buoyant start on Monday with a clearance rate of 84% and The Miniver Rose topping proceedings at 550,000 guineas. A total of 205 lots were sold for 11,521,000 guineas at an average of 56,200 guineas and a median of 40,000 guineas, figures that are on a par with the opening session of last year’s sale.

Native River lands the Hennessy for in-form Tizzard

Filed on 29 Nov 2016 @ 16:19

Native River landed the 60th running of the £200,000 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday. It was a first success in the Grade Three handicap chase, staged over three and a quarter miles, for both trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey Richard Johnson. Johnson was riding in the race for the 13th time, his best finishing position previously had been second on Spendid (1999) and Planet Of Sound (2011). It was a day to remember at Newbury for the Colin Tizzard team, with a magnificent 26.8/1 treble.

Kodiac and Toronado to the fore as Tattersalls Foal Sale continues

Filed on 25 Nov 2016 @ 10:50

Trade stepped up a level on Thursday's second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale with 17 lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more and colts by KODIAC and TORONADO sharing top billing at 190,000 guineas. A total of 211 lots were sold for 8,441,000 guineas, down 2% on last year albeit with 13% less lots offered. The average was up 9% to 40,005 guineas whilst the median rose 15% to 30,000 guineas. The clearance rate was a strong 82%.

Native River heads 20 in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Filed on 25 Nov 2016 @ 10:49

Ante-post favourite Native River heads a field of 20 for the feature £200,000 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday, November 26. The famous three and a quarter mile handicap chase is being run for the 60th time in 2016.

Kyllachy colt tops Tattersalls Foal opener

Filed on 25 Nov 2016 @ 10:46

The Tattersalls December Foal Sale got off to a solid start on Wednesday and it was a colt by Kyllachy that achieved the highest price on the opening day when selling to Kate Barclay for 48,000 guineas. A total of 260 lots were sold for 2,102,350 guineas, at an average of 11,243 guineas and a median of 8,000 guineas.

Highland Reel heads Euro entries in Hong Kong International races

Filed on 25 Nov 2016 @ 10:41

A world class array of Group 1 stars will go to war in Hong Kong for horseracing's annual year-end major, the HK$83 million LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, on Sunday, 11 December. There are 26 G1 winners among the 56 selected runners, including all four of last year's champions: Japan's outstanding Maurice and the mercurial yet brilliant A Shin Hikari, Ireland's remarkable Highland Reel, and Hong Kong's own Peniaphobia.

Cue Card and Coneygree head seven in the Betfair Chase

Filed on 18 Nov 2016 @ 11:21

A superb field of seven lines up for the 12th renewal of the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday. Cue Card (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan, 7/4 favourite with Betfair) has won the three-mile contest for two of the past three seasons, scoring by four and a half lengths from Dynaste in 2013 and defeating Silviniaco Conti (Paul Nicholls/Noel Fehily) by seven lengths 12 months ago.