Elm Park stretches clear of Racing Post Trophy rivals

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 14:58

Son of Phoenix Reach dominant at Doncaster

The Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday saw an impressive performance from the Andrew Balding-trained Elm Park (Phoenix Reach), who made all under Andrea Atzeni, stretching easily clear of his rivals to win by an eased-down two and three quarter lengths from Aloft. The son of Phoenix Reach earned quotes of as low as 10-1 for the Derby.

Steip Amach gives Vocalised his first stakes winner

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 14:36

Smart maiden performance from Ruler Of The World's brother Giovanni Canaletto

Jim Bolger's homebred filly Steip Amach registered her first career win here when seeing off Ballydoye's Royal Navy Ship by three quarters of a length to win the Group Three Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Russian Punch another stakes winner for Archipenko

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 14:20

The James Given-trained Russian Punch won the Listed Radley Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, giving her sire Archipenko his third stakes winner. The Lanwades resident had a notable first last weekend, with Madame Chiang becoming his maiden Group One winner.

Smaih gives Paco Boy his second Group winner

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 13:32

HAnnon-trained colt could run in the Greenham

The Richard Hannon-trained Smaih (Paco Boy) burst clear from a line of five at Newbury on Saturday to win the Group Three Worthington's Whizz Kidz Stakes, better known as the Horris Hill Stakes, in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Adelaide comes from last to first in the Cox Plate

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 07:39

Australia, 25 October 2014

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Adelaide (Galileo) came from last to first with a withering late run on the outside under Ryan Moore to win the Group One the Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The favourite Fawkner finished second, with Silent Achiever third.

Rocky Bleier tops Goffs HIT Sale at €150,000

Filed on 24 Oct 2014 @ 07:13

Lope De Vega filly tops Open Yearling Sale

A strong renewal of Goffs Open Yearling & Horses In Training Sale on Thursday was topped by three time winner Rocky Bleier (Lot 187) who was purchased by Gerry Hogan on behalf of Barry Connell for €150,000. The four year old Rock Of Gibraltar gelding has displayed great form this month having won twice since the catalogue was printed, most recently at Naas last Sunday.

Arqana October Sale concludes with 8% rise in average

Filed on 24 Oct 2014 @ 07:07

The Arqana October Yearling Sale concluded its four day run at Deauville on Thusday with a final session in which 109 lots went through the ring. 86 yearlings found new homes, representing a clearance rate of nearly 79%, an average sale price of €14,337 (including private sales) and generating a turnover of €1,233,000.

Two colts pushed the bidding up to €60,000 during the session. The first was lot 554, a son of Lope de Vega out of a sister to Tulipe Royale, who finished third in the Prix Marcel Boussac. The colt, who was consigned by the Haras du Cadran, was knocked down to Rupert Pritchard-Gordon and will stay in training in France.

Just a few minutes later lot 556 consigned by Neustrian Associates posted the same price on the sales ring board. This time it was a son of the speedy Dream Ahead, a first crop sire who won five Group One races, out of Halong Bay, a young Montjeu mare who won a Listed race in Italy. It was Paul Nataf who bought the horse on behalf of a client from Monaco.

The young sire Lope de Vega was once again in the limelight at the end of the session thanks to lot 589, a filly consigned by the Haras d’Omméel who was bought by Paul Murphy for €47,000.

The 2014 renewal of the sale posted very satisfactory figures including most notably a record average for this sale of €36,247 which was up by 8.3& compared to the 2013 October sale, as well as a record median of €26,000. This remarkable increase in the average lead to an unprecedented turnover of €15,988,200 (including private sales) with the same number of horses sold as last year.

Only the clearance rate was slightly down on last year at 78 (including private sales) though it still remained very satisfactory.

The well bred yearlings proved very popular throughout the sale and 25 horses changed hands for €100,000 or more compared to 18 in October 2013 and 11 in October 2011, reflecting the strong demand at the top end of the market.

The total turnover generated by the August Yearling Sale, v.2 and October Sales this year amounts to €59,364,700 (including private sales) compared to €52,242,000 at the same stage last year which represents a significant increase of over 13.6%.

ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau, declared: "Just as it did last year the October Yearling Sale has proved very dynamic and generated a record turnover, average and median. The clearance rate of 78% also remains very satisfactory. The sale can boast having offered Trêve, Avenir Certain, The Grey Gatsby, Charm Spirit and High Jinx for sale, all exceptional horses who between them have won nine Group One races this year. These successes, combined with the improving quality of the catalogue, allow us to maintain and expand our client base which hails from all parts of France, as well as all over Europe, Qatar, Russia, the United States and Asia. We would like to thank them and wish them all every success with their purchases."

First crop son of Pour Moi leads the way at Arqana Wednesday

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 08:13

Young sires in demand as average rises 12%

Wednesday's third day of the Arqana October Yearling Sale saw 78.5% of the 149 lots offered change hands at an average sale price of €25,427, a figure which was up by nearly 12% on the equivalent day last year. The median remained stable compared to 2013 at €20,000 while the turnover reached €2,975,000.

Toronado and Flintshire among 201 horses pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 07:57

A record 201 horses, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championship at Santa Anita on 31 October and 1 November.

They include Queen Anne Stakes winner Toronado, who goes for the Mile, Arc second Flintshire, one of a host of good European chances in the Turf, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, undefeated Pacific Classic and Awesome Again Stakes winner Shared Belief, Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Tonalist, and Haskell and Pennsylvania Derby winner Bayern.

Fannaan impresses in the Houghton Conditions Stakes

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 07:48

Unbeaten son of Speightstown likely to run in a Classic trial

Two Year Olds Day at Newmarket on Wednesday saw an impressive performance from John Gosden's Fannaan (Speightstown), who earned quotes of 25-1 for the 2000 Guineas after victory in the feature AR Legal Collections Houghton Conditions Stakes.

First Group winner for Aqlaam as Moonee Valley wins the Prix des Reservoirs

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 07:34

Shadwell's late sire Aqlaam - a promising young sire who died just over a year ago - had his first Group winner when the MArio Hofer-trained Moonee Valley (Aqlaam) won the Group Three Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville on Wednesday. Fourth in the Prix d'Aumale last time, the chestnut made her move two furlongs out and stayed on well for a second win in three career starts.

Shamardal colt ex Anna Pavlova tops Arqana day two

Filed on 22 Oct 2014 @ 07:55

Steady trade in second session of Arqana October Yearling Sale

On Tuesday afternoon at Deauville, 138 yearlings went through the sales ring on the second day of the October yearling sale and 77% of them found new homes for an average sale price of €28,698, a figure slightly up compared to last year on the same day. The turnover was slightly down at €3,042,000 while the median proved stable compared to 2013 at €26,000.

Dubawi colt tops Arqana October opener at €350,000

Filed on 21 Oct 2014 @ 08:04

Average rises 16%, though clearance rate drops from last year

The Arqana October Yearling Sale got underway at Deauville on Monday with solid results and a sustained activity from both French and international buyers. Overall, 129 yearlings changed hands for an average price of €65,838, an increase of nearly 16% compared to last year on the same day, while the median was €57,000 compared to €42,000 in 2013. The turnover reached €8,559,000, a record figure for Part 1 of the October Sale, which witnessed an increase of 12% compared to last year. Demand proved particularly strong for top end of the market profiles and 21 yearlings were knocked down for €100,000 more compared to 16 last year, a phenomenon which reflects the high selectivity of the market.

Hillstar strides clear in the Canadian International

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 07:03

Woodbine, 20 October 2014

Emphatic win for son of Danehill Dancer after Brown Panther scratched

Sir Evelyn De Rothschild’s Hillstar (Danehill Dancer), brilliantly ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore, collared the leaders turning for home and went on to post a three-quarters of a length win over Big Blue Kitten in the Grade One Pattison Canadian International Sunday at Woodbine.

Just The Judge holds on in the E.P. Taylor Stakes

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 06:59

Lawman filly wins Woodbine Grade One

The Charlie Hills-trained Just The Judge (Lawman), with Jamie Spencer aboard, held off Odeliz in deep stretch to win the Grade One E.P. Taylor Stakes, part of the Pattison Canadian International card Sunday at Woodbine.

Caspar Netscher returns to winning ways in the G2 Nearctic

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 06:57

Woodbine, 20 October 2014

Caspar Netscher (Dutch Art), with jockey Andrew Mullen aboard for the first time, came flying between horses late to win the Grade Two Nearctic Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine.

The New One makes winning return at Kempton

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 06:48

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained The New One made a winning return to action when winning the Hurdle at Kempton on Sunday, travelling strongly before blundering slightly at the final flight. He picked up well from there though, and pulled two and a quarter lengths clear Hint Of Mint.

Dylan Mouth gets his Group One in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 06:40

Japan Cup the likely target after Dylan Thomas colt sees off his elders

This season's Italian Derby winner Dylan Mouth (Dylan Thomas) won at the highest level for the first time at Milan on Sunday when winning the Group One Gran Premio del Jockey Club. The son of Dylan Thomas has now won seven of his eight starts, with his sole defeat comingw hen well beaten in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot in June.

Siyouni registers his fourth stakes winner

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 06:36

Bourree wins the Preis der Winterkonigin

The Aga Khan's freshman sire Siyouni registered his fourth stakes winner - three of them Group winners - when the Andreas Lowe-trained Bo

Deep Impact's Shonan Pandora wins the G1 Shuka Sho

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 06:30

Japan, 20 October 2014

Third pick Shonan Pandora (Deep Impact) demonstrated a convincing drive down the Kyoto stretch in record time to capture the final leg of the Triple Crown for fillies, and scored her first grade-race victory with a Grade One win. The Deep Impact filly had notched the ticket to the Shuka Sho by her runner-up effort in the trial Shion Stakes after failing to meet the required conditions in earnings to start in the spring classics.

Noble Mission makes all to win the Champion Stakes

Filed on 18 Oct 2014 @ 15:29

Frankel's brother fights off Al Kazeem in Ascot showpiece

The Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday saw a thrilling battle through the final furlong between Frankel's brother Noble Mission (Galileo), who had set the pace throughout, fighting off the strong and persistent challenge from Al Kazeem (Dubawi), who showed he has returned to his best on the racetrack after a failing in his stud career.

Charm Spirit lands his third Group One in the QEII Stakes

Filed on 18 Oct 2014 @ 15:00

Son of Invincible Spirit retired to Tweenhills Stud after Ascot Group One win

The Freddie Head-trained Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) registered his third Group One win of the season when taking command of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, taking the lead a furlong out under Olivier Peslier and always having the race under control from there.

Madame Chiang gives Archipenko his first Group One winner

Filed on 18 Oct 2014 @ 14:11

Musidora winner beats Silk Sari as Chicquita throws away chance

Kirsten Rausing's lightly-raced homebred Madame Chaing (Archipenko) gave her Lanwades sire Archipenko his first Group One winner when running out an emphatic winner of the Group One British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday on her preferred soft going.

Gordon Lord Byron powers to British Champions Sprint victory

Filed on 18 Oct 2014 @ 13:39

Globetrotting son of Byron squeezes through to collar Tropics and Jack Dexter

The Tom Hogan-trained Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) ran out a spectacular winner of the Group Two British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Saturday, travelling strongly before surging through a gap that opened between the pacesetting Tropics and Jack Dexter, powering a length and a quarter clear in the following six strides.

Forgotten Rules asserts in the Long Distance Cup

Filed on 18 Oct 2014 @ 13:24

Son of Nayef wins Ascot Group Two on just his third career start

The Dermot Weld-trained four-year-old Forgotten Rules (Nayef) is unbeaten in three starts after running out the emphatic winner of the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday, travelling strongly under Pat Smullen before asserting in the straight.