Racing

Marsha sells for record 6m gns

Filed on 6 Dec 2017 @ 16:28

The European record for a thoroughbred at auction was broken on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale when the dual-Group One winner MARSHA sold for 6,000,000 guineas to the bid of MV Magnier. It was a remarkable day at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale with ten lots breaking the million guineas barrier and the European turnover record for a day at auction also broken. The record-breaking session also included the final fillies and mares from the historic Ballymacoll Dispersal.

Douvan heads 11 in the Tingle Creek

Filed on 6 Dec 2017 @ 16:26

Brilliant two-mile chaser Douvan features among 11 entries for a superb renewal of the G1 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday, December 9.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was the highest-rated Jump horse of the 2016/2017 season after an excellent campaign that included an eight-length defeat of subsequent Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John in the G1 Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown in December.

750,000 gns Dubawi filly tops strong Tattersalls Foal Sale

Filed on 4 Dec 2017 @ 13:49

There were rises across the board at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, with the four-day sale seeing turnover rise to 32,668,200 guineas for the 742 lots sold, a rise of 7%. The average rose 7% to a record 44,027 guineas whilst the median rose 19% to a record equalling 25,000 guineas.

Total Recall gets up to land the Ladbrokes Trophy

Filed on 4 Dec 2017 @ 13:42

Irish challenger and 9/2 favourite Total Recall came out on top in Saturday's Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, the second richest handicap chase run in Britain.

Total Recall (Willie Mullins IRE/Paul Townend, 10st 8lb, 9/2 Fav) became the first Irish-trained horse since Bright Highway in 1980 to land the feature, formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, when successful in the three and a quarter-mile handicap chase.

Saxon Warrior gives O'Brien his record 26th G1 winner of 2017

Filed on 30 Oct 2017 @ 14:22

Aidan O'Brien saddled his 26th Group One winner of 2017 when Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) won the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday. The win gives the Ballydoyle trainer the record for the highest number of wins at the highest level in a calendar year, beating the previous mark of 25 set by Bobby Frankel in 2003.

Cracksman romps clear in the Champion Stakes to give Frankel first European G1 winner

Filed on 23 Oct 2017 @ 12:55

Cracksman's (Frankel) brilliant seven-length win in the QIPCO Champions Stakes will be long remembered for several reasons: the impressive way the John Gosden-trained colt pulled away from his rivals, the fact that it was his jockey Frankie Dettori's first victory in the race - and that it was a first Group One success in Europe for Cracksman's sire, Frankel, who himself took the QIPCO Champions Stakes in 2012.

Persuasive stays on to land the QEII

Filed on 23 Oct 2017 @ 12:50

The well supported 8/1 shot Persuasive (Dark Angel) provided trainer John Gosden with a second victory in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) at Ascot on Saturday.

The four-year-old daughter of Dark Angel relished underfoot conditions and kept on tenaciously to win by a length under Frankie Dettori from the 2/1 favourite Ribchester.

Enable to race on as a four-year-old

Filed on 9 Oct 2017 @ 09:22

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable (Natahniel) will stay in training next year.

Owner Khalid Abdullah had been deliberating whether to keep the daughter of Nathaniel in training as a four-year-old and the decision has been taken to press on in 2018, with an Arc bid again a likely target.

Roly Poly wins the Sun Chariot to give O'Brien his 23rd G1 of the season

Filed on 9 Oct 2017 @ 09:18

Roly Poly (War Front) gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his 23rd Group One win of the year - just two short of the late Bobby Frankel's world record - with a battling performance in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Galileo filly sells for 4m gns to Top Tattersalls October Book 1

Filed on 9 Oct 2017 @ 09:14

The highest price for a yearling anywhere in the world this year and the second highest priced yearling filly ever sold at public auction were two of the notable benchmarks set when the Galileo filly out of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup winner Dank sold for 4,000,000 guineas on the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Thursday.

Enable surges clear to win the Arc de Triomphe

Filed on 2 Oct 2017 @ 08:39

The John Gosden-trained Enable (Nathaniel) ran out a dominant winner of the Group One Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday, capping a season that has brought the daughter of Nathaniel five Group One victories.

€1.6m Frankel colt tops Goffs Orby Sale

Filed on 29 Sep 2017 @ 09:43

A son of Frankel took top billing at the Goffs Orby Sale when the brother to two Group winners from Eddie Irwin’s Marlhill House Stud (Lot 330) was purchased by agent Justin Casse on behalf of Zayat Stables for €1.6 million.

Order of St George retains his Irish St Leger crown

Filed on 11 Sep 2017 @ 09:20

Order Of St George (Galileo) became the first horse to retain the Group One Comer Group International Irish St Leger when running riot in the final Classic of the season at the Curragh on Sunday.

Dubawi sires the 1-2-3 in the Prix Vermeille

Filed on 11 Sep 2017 @ 09:19

Dubawi reached a new high on Sunday at Chantilly, even by his own remarkable standards, when siring the first three home in the G1 Prix Vermeille.

The 12-furlong contest was won by Francis-Henri Graffard’s charge Bateel, who battled all the way down the home straight with Journey (winner of last year’s G1 British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes), eventually moving clear to win by two and a half lengths. Left Hand, who won this race last year, finished fast to take third.

Ribchester lands his fourth G1 in the Prix du Moulin

Filed on 11 Sep 2017 @ 09:16

Ribchester (Iffraaj) consolidated his position as Europe’s top miler by gaining a fourth Group One victory in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Chantilly on Sunday.

The four-year-old Iffraaj colt, unlucky in the Sussex Stakes on his previous start, made no mistake this time.

Decorated Knight swoops in the Irish Champion Stakes

Filed on 11 Sep 2017 @ 09:13

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Hydrangea (Galileo) gained her first top-level success as she led home a 1-2 for Galileo when coming out ahead of Winter (3f Galileo-Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir) to take an ultra-competitive renewal of the Group One Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes on Saturday. It was another big-race success for jockey Wayne Lordan.

Harry Angel surges clear of his Sprint Cup rivals

Filed on 11 Sep 2017 @ 08:56

Harry Angel (Dark Angel) put up an outstanding performance to win the Group One Sprint Cup over six furlongs at Haydock Park on Saturday.

The three-year-old Dark Angel colt broke well and went straight into the lead under jockey Adam Kirby. He continued at the head of affairs and when asked to quicken inside the final quarter mile, showed an outstanding turn of foot to go clear of his rivals.

Enable makes all in the Yorkshire Oaks

Filed on 25 Aug 2017 @ 10:15

Enable (Nathaniel) won her fourth Group One when making all under Frankie Dettori to win the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday, forging ever further clear in the long straight to beat her stablemate Coronet. Queen's Trust was third with Nezwaah fourth.

Ulysses pounces in the Juddmonte International

Filed on 25 Aug 2017 @ 10:11

Ulysses (Galileo-Light Shift, by Kingmambo) came with a late thrust to win the Group One Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday.

The four-year-old, hero of the previous month’s Eclipse at Sandown, led home a 1-2 for Galileo in the £1 million event when finishing ahead of Churchill, who looked not to relish the rain-softened ground. Barney Roy ran a gallant race in third.

Almanzor retired to stud

Filed on 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:02

Almanzor (Wootton Bassett), last season's champion three-year-old, has been retired to stud after his disappointing run at Deauville last week.

The Wootton Bassett colt, trained by in France by Jean-Claude Rouget, won the French Derby, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes as a three year old last year.

Unfortunately and Havana Grey give Karl Burke a 1-2 in the Prix Morny

Filed on 21 Aug 2017 @ 09:59

Trainer Karl Burke saddled the first two home in Sunday's Group One Darley Prix Morny, the main juvenile event of the Lucien Barrière meeting in Deauville. A winner over 5 1/2 fulrongs in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte last month, Unfortunately (Society Rock) dominated once again with French jockey Tony Piccone up and the vizors fitted to him for the 2nd time.

Dubawi colt ex Giofra fetches €1.55m at Arqana August

Filed on 21 Aug 2017 @ 09:56

PAret I of the Arqana August Yearling Sale concluded on Sunday, with 122 yearlings sold out of the 160 offered through at a 76% clearance rate (80% in 2016). The average price reached €240,008, up 12% from last year, while the cumulated aggregate slipped 2.9% at €29,486,000, with 17 less horses sold.

Massaat returns with Hungerford Stakes victory

Filed on 21 Aug 2017 @ 09:37

Massaat (Teofilo), won on his first appearance for more than a year when storming to a decisive victory under Jim Crowley in the Group Two Betfred Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury on Saturday.

Brando takes G1 glory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest

Filed on 7 Aug 2017 @ 14:37

Brando (Pivotal) led home a British quartet in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest, on Sunday at Deauville.

Third in the July Cup (Gr1), Brando kept going on Deauville's 6 1/2 furlongs straight course to score his first Group One victory. Trained by Kevin Ryan, Brando led an all English podium since both the 2nd-placed Aclaim (Acclamation) and third-placed Tupi (Tamayuz) also crossed the Channel to rally Deauville.

Here Comes When flies home in heavy Sussex Stakes

Filed on 2 Aug 2017 @ 16:18

Here Comes When (Danehill Dancer) pulled off a 20/1 shock when landing today's £1m Group One Qatar Goodwood Sussex Stakes, which was run in pouring rain.