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.

Siyouni filly tops Goffs foal sale at €775,000

Filed on 18 Nov 2016 @ 11:15

Polarised market as less commercial foals struggle to sell

A Siyouni filly from The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal, consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment, topped the Goffs November Foal Sale on Thursday when selling to Shadwell Estate for €775,000. Named A Nous La Liberte, this stunning filly is out of the Stakes placed Galileo mare Amerique who is a daughter of three time Group One winning Champion race mare Aquarelliste.

North Hill Harvey holds on in the Greatwood Hurdle

Filed on 14 Nov 2016 @ 10:50

North Hill Harvey ran out the game half-length winner in a thrilling finish to the £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday.

The Kayf Tara five-year-old was always travelling powerfully for jockey Harry Skelton and the pair took up the running as the field turned for home.

Fox Norton impresses in the Schloer Chase as Simonsig suffers fatal fall

Filed on 14 Nov 2016 @ 10:43

Fox Norton, who joined Colin Tizzard's yard from Neil Mulholland recently after being sold to Ann and Alan Potts, was a highly impressive winner of the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday.

Sprinter Sacre retired from racing

Filed on 14 Nov 2016 @ 10:41

Nicky Henderson announced on Sunday that Sprinter Sacre, winner of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2013 and 2016, has been retired.

Henderson, who trained Sprinter Sacre throughout his 24-race career, said: "He worked on Tuesday and everything was grand. We were just a bit worried on Wednesday night - he was a bit warm in one leg. We have scanned the leg, and it gave us the news we dreaded. I think knowing at his age, and where we've been, that you can't come back for another session at 11 rising 12. I spoke to Caroline [Mould] yesterday, who is going to be here today, and I said I'm afraid we've got to say the journey's over."

Taquin Du Seuil gets up in the BetVictor Gold Cup

Filed on 13 Nov 2016 @ 09:44

Trainer Jonjo O'Neill was delighted with the performance of 8/1 shot Taquin Du Seuil, who left it late to snatch today's feature race, the £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Thistlecrack wins well at Chelenham, despite novice mistake

Filed on 13 Nov 2016 @ 09:41

The Colin Tizzard-trained Thistlecrack continued on the road that promises chasing greatness when beating three rivals in a hack canter at Cheltenham on Saturday, but some guessy jumps reminded observers of his novice status.

Vautour dies after paddock accident

Filed on 7 Nov 2016 @ 10:26

Three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Vautour has been put down after breaking his leg in a paddock accident.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 2014 and the JLT Novices' Chase in 2015 before running out a dominant winner of the Ryanair Chase in March.

Arrogate wears down California Chrome in the BC Classic

Filed on 7 Nov 2016 @ 10:21

Santa Anita, 5 November 2016

Highland Reel and Queen's Trust win for the Europeans

The Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday came down to a private battle between the two favorites, but in the end it was the younger second choice who prevailed as Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate wore down 4-5 favorite California Chrome in the final yards to post a half-length victory on Saturday at Santa Anita Park before a crowd of 72,811.

Valseur Lido takes Down Royal Champion spoils

Filed on 5 Nov 2016 @ 16:47

Gigginstown Stud's Valseur Lido, second in the Ryanair Chase in March for Willie Mullins, was an impressive winner of the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday on his debut for Henry de Bromhead.

Prize Money wins the November Handicap

Filed on 5 Nov 2016 @ 16:44

The turf Flat season came to an end at Docaster on Saturday, with Godolphin's Prize Money winning the feature Betfred November Handicap, running on strongly to beat Erik The Red by three-quarters of a length.

Tylicki paralysed by Kempton fall

Filed on 5 Nov 2016 @ 16:39

T7 paralysis leaves jockey with upper body movement only

Jockey Frederik Tylicki has been told by doctors he has a T7 paralysis - meaning he has movement in the upper half of his body but not lower - after he sustained spinal injuries in a fall at Kempton on Monday.

Beholder gets the better of Songbird in the BC Distaff

Filed on 5 Nov 2016 @ 16:34

Santa Anita, 4 November 2016

American runners prevail in the turf events

The 2016 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff was billed as a classic showdown and turned out to be an epic battle of wills as the six-year-old, three-time champion mare Beholder outduelled the previously unbeaten three-year-old superstar Songbird in a spellbinding stretch duel to capture the $2 million Distaff by a slim nose.

Sir Valentino sees off Garde La Victoire in the Haldon Gold Cup

Filed on 2 Nov 2016 @ 09:45

The Tom George-trained Sir Valentino won the 188Bet Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday, showing plenty of resolution to see of the favourite Garde La Victoire, getting up in the run-in to win by a short head. Dodging Bullets faded under top weight to finish third.

Freddy Tylicki stable after horrific Kempton fall

Filed on 1 Nov 2016 @ 10:29

Jockey Freddy Tylicki is stable in intensive care after a fall at Kempton on Monday that also saw champion jockey Jim Crowley hurt. Tylicki's mount Nellie Deen unseated him on the home turn in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes. A domino effect saw a further three riders come down - Crowley, Steve Drowne (Skara Mae) and Ted Durcan, riding Sovrano Dolce. All four horses appeared to escape injury.

Monsun's Almandin wins the Melbourne Cup

Filed on 1 Nov 2016 @ 10:22

Australia, 1 November 2016

Ebor winner Heartbreak City second for Tony Martin

Lloyd Williams became the most successful owner in the 155-year history of the Emirates Melbourne Cup when Almandin (Monsun) scored a fifth win for him at Flemington on Tuesday.