Callback cruises to Las Virgenes victory

Filed on 1 Feb 2015 @ 10:50

Santa Anita, 31 January 2015

Exacta for Street Sense in Santa Anita Grade One

Sent to the lead, Callback (Street Sense) opened up leaving the three furlong pole under Martin Garcia and went on to a hard-fought half length win in Saturday’s Grade One Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita as she ran a mile in 1:36.92 while outrunning eight rival three-year-old fillies. Trained by Bob Baffert, lightly raced Callback ran without blinkers for the first time in her four-race career.

Mullins lands Sandown Grade One with Gitane Du Berlais

Filed on 1 Feb 2015 @ 10:44

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins made a successful raid on the Grade One Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday, with Gitane Du Berlais proving much the best under Daryl Jacob, seeing off Irish Saint with plenty in hand. The winning margin was eight lengths. Champagne West fell when making a move from the rear, and Splash Of Ginge was pulled up.

Silsol defies top weight in the Welsh Champion Hurdle

Filed on 1 Feb 2015 @ 10:41

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silsol defied top weight to win the Betway Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday, taking command before the second last flight under 7lb claimer Jack Sherwood and going five lengths clear of the pacesetting Kayf Moss.

NZB Select Sale concludes on a par with 2014

Filed on 30 Jan 2015 @ 10:06

New Zealand, 30 January 2015

Tartan Bearer colt sets new record price for sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2015 Select Sale drew to a close on Friday with three solid days of trade that posted figures to match last year’s successful Sale. There was a new record price for the sale with a colt by first season sire Tartan Bearer - winner of the Dante Stakes selling for $525,000, smashing the previous record of $300,000 set in the bumper year of 2008. Lot 610 is a half-brother to Group Two winner and multiple Group One placegetter Thunder Fantasy (Lucky Owners).

Vercingetorix continues De Kock's domination of the Al Rashidiya

Filed on 30 Jan 2015 @ 10:00

Dubai, 30 January 2015

Meydan Group Two double for Soumillon

Christophe Soumillon was in the Meydan winner’s enclosure for both the Cape Verdi and the Al Rashidiya on Thursday after landing a Group Two double in the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Cheltenham 2015 novice hurdle entries unveiled

Filed on 30 Jan 2015 @ 09:50

The entries for the three Grade One novices' hurdles at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival - the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle have been unveiled. There are also entries for the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle, which is restricted to four-year-olds.

Henderson planning strong challenge for the Betfair Hurdle

Filed on 29 Jan 2015 @ 07:55

Nicky Henderson, the most successful trainer in Betfair Hurdle history with five winners, is intending to saddle between two and four runners in this year's renewal of Britain's richest handicap hurdle at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday, February 7.

Karaka Premier Sale concludes with 4% rise in average

Filed on 28 Jan 2015 @ 08:38

New Zealand, 27 January 2015

Fastnet Rock in demand at NZB Premier Sale

The Karaka Premier Sale concluded its two day run on Tuesday with increased average and median. The top lot came late in the sale, when David Ellis of Te Akau Racing purchased the Fastnet Rock filly at Lot 429 for $800,000.

Hurricane Fly wins his fifth Irish Champion Hurdle

Filed on 26 Jan 2015 @ 08:42

Son of Montjeu beats Jezki for the third time this season

Hurricane Fly won the Grade One BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle for the fifth time at Leopardstown on Sunday, showing real grit to get on terms with his old rival Jezki, who had taken command three flights from home. Hurricane Fly winged the last under Ruby Walsh and Jezki blundered, sealing the result as Hurricane Fly came home clear, with stablemate Arctic Fire taking second.

Shamardal's Able Friend trounces Stewards' Cup rivals

Filed on 26 Jan 2015 @ 08:38

Hong Kong, 25 January 2015

Royal Ascot amongst international options for star miler

Hong Kong's leading miler Able Friend (Shamardal) trounced a top-class field for the second time in as many starts as he strode to an easy win in the Group One Stewards’ Cup at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday. John Moore’s stable star was named the co-third best horse in the world at last week’s World’s Best Racehorse ceremony thanks to a brilliant wide-margin triumph in December’s Hong Kong Mile. And the big chestnut emphasised his new found status with an easy length and a half win in the first international Group One edition of this 1600m contest.

Flatter's Upstart dominates the Holy Bull

Filed on 26 Jan 2015 @ 08:31

Gulfstream Park, 25 January 2015

Florida Derby the likely aim after Gulfstream Grade Two win

Ralph M. Evans’ Upstart (Flatter) was the victim of bad luck in his first two races in graded-stakes company, but everything went the New York-bred colt’s way Saturday as he rolled to a 5 ½-length victory in the Grade Two Lambholm South Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Saphir Du Rheu gets up in Cleeve Hurdle thriller

Filed on 24 Jan 2015 @ 16:04

Six year old gets the better of Reve De Sivola on return to hurdles

The Paul Nicholls-trained Saphir Du Rheu made a successful return to hurdles on Saturday, getting up in a thrilling finish to beat the tenacious Reve De Sivola by a neck.

If In Doubt claims the SkyBet Chase under McCoy

Filed on 24 Jan 2015 @ 15:56

Caracci Apache mugs Blaklion in the Neptune

The Philip Hobbs-trained If In Doubt ran out a gutsy winner of the SkyBet Chase - the Great Yorkshire Chase - under AP McCoy on Saturday, running on in the straight and seeing off the challenge of Baileys Concerto by three and a half lengths. Night In Milan was six lengths further back in third.

Many Clouds makes his Gold Cup case at Cheltenham

Filed on 24 Jan 2015 @ 15:19

Hennessy winner gives Sherwood his first Cheltenham win since 2000

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Hennessy Gold Cup winner Many Cloudswon the BetBright Cup Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday, jumping well under Leighton Aspell and showing resolution on the run to the line to see off Smad Place by a length and a quarter, with Dynaste taking third.

Peace And Co gallops clear in Triumph Hurdle Trial

Filed on 24 Jan 2015 @ 15:15

The Nicky Henderson-trained Peace And Co won the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham on Saturday despite pulling hard when held up in the early stages, which were run at a pedestrian pace. The pace increased after half way, and Peace And Co settled well, taking command of the race when going three lengths clear of Karezak.

Dubawi's Safety Check wins the G2 Al Fahidi Fort

Filed on 23 Jan 2015 @ 08:22

Dubai, 23 January 2015

A step up in class proved no obstacle for the Godolphin-trained Safety Check (Dubawi) as Charlie Appleby’s runner was the comfortable winner of the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort in the Dubai World Cup Carnival’s Gulf News night at Meydan on Thursday.

djakadam gives Mullins his sixth Thyestes win

Filed on 23 Jan 2015 @ 08:16

Willie Mullins recorded his sixth win in the Goffs Thyestes Chase when Djakadam showed his ability to win Thursday's renewal of the Gowran Park feature. The six-year-old had faded into eighth in the Hennessy Gold Cup on his seasonal debut, but put that behind him here with a bold display that puts him in the picture for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham novice chase entries unveiled

Filed on 23 Jan 2015 @ 08:14

Entries for the three Grade One novices' chase at the Cheltenham Festival - the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase, the RSA Chase and the JLT Novices' Chase have been unveiled. In addition, entries are also announced for the longest race at The Festival, the four-mile Listed Toby Balding National Hunt Chase (Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10) for amateur riders.

Kingman, Australia and The Grey Gatsby tied in World Racehorse Rankings

Filed on 20 Jan 2015 @ 16:20

Japan's Just A Way and Epiphaneia take the top two spots

2014 World's Best Racehorse Rankings in full

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014 have been announced, with Japanese horses taking the top two places. Rated 130, the Japanese horse Just A Way was crowned as the 2014 Longines World’s Best Racehorse. Fellow Japanese runner Epiphaneia, victor of The Japan Cup in association with Longines was rated second at 129.

2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in full

Filed on 20 Jan 2015 @ 16:19

1130MTJUST A WAY (JPN)5Naosuke SugaiJPN1Dubai Duty Free1800
2129LTEPIPHANEIA (JPN)4Katsuhiko SumiiJPN1Japan Cup2400
3127MTABLE FRIEND (AUS)5John MooreHK1Longines Hong Kong Mile1600
3127ITAUSTRALIA (GB)3Aidan O'BrienIRE1Juddmonte International2080
3127ITAUSTRALIA (GB)3Aidan O'BrienIRE2Qipco Irish Champion2000
3127MTKINGMAN (GB)3John GosdenGB1St James's Palace1600
3127ITTHE GREY GATSBY (IRE)3Kevin RyanGB1Qipco Irish Champion2000
3127MTVARIETY CLUB (SAF)6Mike de KockUAE1Champions Mile1600
8126LTTREVE (FR)4Mme C Head-MaarekFR1Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe2400

Positive progress in Italian prize money distribution

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 17:16

The European Pattern Committee is keeping a close watch on the distribution of prize money for Pattern races in Italy, having threatened to remove all black type designations from the country after prize money went unpaid in the wake of the financial crisis.

Future Champions Day move among Pattern changes for 2015

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 16:59

Tattersalls Gold Cup among Group Ones on downgrade watch

Changes have been announced to the European Pattern for the forthcoming season following last week's meeting of the European Pattern Committee (EPC).

Vautour makes all for Leopardstown win

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 08:08

The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour got his season back on track after a fall on his last start when making all to win the Leopardstown Killiney Novice Chase on Sunday, cruising through the race and jumping well under Ruby Walsh to beat Aladdins Cave eased down.

Sprinter Sacre in fine form after Ascot return

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 08:05

Sprinter Sacre is reported to be in good form after his comeback run in Saturday's Clarence House Chase, where he tired into second behind Dodging Bullets.

Trainer Nicky Henderson told At The Races: "Most importantly he's fine this morning. He's been out and looked very perky. He was great, he trotted up, was very bouncy and full of it. I think it's safe to say he enjoyed himself.

Fusaichi Pegasus colt gets up late in the G3 Lecomte

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 07:55

Fair Grounds, 18 January 2015

Owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker made it two consecutive years of Grade Three Lecomte Stakes glory when their improving colt International Star shot to an impressive 2½-length victory in Saturday’s 71st running of the Fair Grounds Race Course feature.