Filed on 12 Dec 2013 @ 09:38
Something very interesting and highly unusual happened at Punchestown the other day. The 7/2 favourite Sullane Chief won the Punchestown For Events Handicap Hurdle by four lengths from Off The Charts. There is nothing special about that, but he was racing off a mark 15lb higher than the one which saw him thrash Pals Leg by twelve lengths at Cork the time before.
Filed on 12 Dec 2013 @ 08:58
A Galileo brother to this year's Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture, who became the most expensive yearling colt ever sold in Europe at public auction, headlines 409 yearling entries for the 236th Investec Derby, run over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Filed on 10 Dec 2013 @ 17:46
St Nicholas Abbey is making progress in his battle with laminitis, one of a number of complications to beset the multiple Group One winner since he fractured a pastern suffered in July.
A statement on www.coolmore.com read: "St Nicholas Abbey remains in great form despite the ongoing complications of laminitis and is walking as good as can be expected.
Filed on 10 Dec 2013 @ 17:44
StanJames.com Champion Hurdle favourite The New One and last year's winner Zarkandar headline seven entries for the £130,000 Grade Two StanJames.com International Hurdle (3.00pm) over two miles and a furlong at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Filed on 10 Dec 2013 @ 09:30
Johnny Murtagh receives the Flat award
Hurricane Fly was awarded the title of Racehorse of the Year at the 11th annual Horse Racing Ireland awards. The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old became the first horse to win the award twice.
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:22
Hong Kong, 8 December 2013
Cirrus des Aigles takes third at Sha Tin
Perennial champion jockey Douglas Whyte capped a great day for Hong Kong and redeemed himself with trainer Richard Gibson and owner Pan Sutong when his riding skills ensured a Group One Hong Kong Cup victory for Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi).
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:17
Hong Kong, 8 December 2013
Gordon Lord Byron best of the Europeans as Moonlight Cloud and Sky Lantern fail to fire
Despite what appeared ferocious opposition from Europe – and indeed Hong Kong – it was the John Size-trained, Douglas Whyte-ridden Glorious Days (Hussonet) who produced some sensational acceleration up the Sha Tin straight to win the Group One Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:13
Hong Kong 8 December 2013
Nunthorpe winner Jwala suffers fatal injury at Sha Tin
Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha) and Yasunari Iwata overcame an unhelpful draw in Gate 12 to simply destroy his rivals in scintillating style, coming away in the straight to put five lengths between himself and his toiling pursuers. In doing so he was taking the race for the second year in succession, and at the same time he surely established himself as the best sprinter in the world.
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:09
Hong Kong, 8 December 2013
Dominant (Cacique) swept from last to first to clinch a shock win under jockey of the moment Zac Purton in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday.
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:04
Japan, 8 December 2013
Stay Gold filly graduates with Grade One win
Undefeated Red Reveur (Stay Gold) marked her third consecutive win by claiming the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday. Her first win in her debut start was at the same course on June 1 when she demonstrated a good turn of foot from third position for a powerful half-length win. At the end of August in her second outing, she went on to clinch the Sapporo Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m) by a neck from racing in mid-pack in a mixed field over soft going.
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 17:59
Hollywood Park, 8 December 2013
An unraced maiden when the final Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park began one month ago, Streaming (Smart Strike) is now a Grade One winner after her 10-1 upset in the Grade One Hollywood Starlet Saturday. A little more than three weeks after winning as the 1-2 favorite in her debut at six furlongs, the 2-year-old daughter of Smart Strike stretched out successfully, winning the 33rd Starlet after a pace-pressing journey under jockey Martin Garcia.
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 17:54
The Aga Khan's Darysina sold for €800,000 to top the opening session of the Arqana December Breeding-Stock Sale on Saturday. Offered from the Aga Khan Studs' draft,, the three-year-old daughter of Smart Strike sold to Johnny McKeever, acting on behalf of owner Philip Brown.
Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 17:44
Gary Moore's charge takes Group One honours at Sandown
The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy was a convincing winner of the Grade One BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday, taking command of the two mile contest from Captain Conan at the last, staying on willingly to the line to see off the late challenge of Somersby by four lengths. Captain Conan was just over three lengths further back in third.
Filed on 6 Dec 2013 @ 08:13
Tattersalls turnover for 2013 reaches 249m guineas
The Tattersalls December Sale concluded on Thursday with a solid final session and a top price of 60,000 guineas as 146 lots sold for 963,500 guineas at an average of 6,599 guineas and a median of 4,800 guineas. The four-day December Mare Sale saw significant rises across the board with turnover up 43% to 62,998,500 guineas, and the average and median up 52% and 47% to 87,377 guineas and 28,000 guineas respectively. Turnover for the December Sale, including Foals and Yearlings was up 36% to 97,989,000 guineas whilst the annual turnover at Tattersalls rose 18% to a record 248,689,200 guineas.
Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 14:27
Hong Kong, 5 December 2013
Four-time Group One winner Sky Lantern is set to line up in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday, when there is a live chance - according to many close observers - that her stunning acceleration will lead her to victory.
Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 10:40
Star chaser likely to return in the Victor Chandler Chase
Sprinter Sacre will miss his intended return to action in the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday. The star chaser returned a dirty tracheal wash on Monday and his results are still not 100%.
Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 10:24
Major rises continue into third session of December Mare Sale
The William Muir-trained Group Three winner Purr Along became the fifth million guineas lot for the Tattersalls December Sale when knocked down to Newsells Park Stud’s Julian Dollar for 1,000,000 guineas on Wednesday. The third day of the sale saw a total of 182 lots sell for 8,863,500 guineas, at an average of 48,701 guineas and a median of 25,000 guineas. As has been the case on the opening two days, the major indicators were all up significantly, with turnover rising 20%, the average up 39% and the median up 47%.
Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 10:21
Trainer injected large doses of steroids himself
Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler has been disqualified from racing for five years following a hearing of a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority last month. The BHA announced Butler admitted to all seven charges against him relating to samples of an anabolic steroid found in horses in his care.
Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 10:17
Michael Smith hoping for a big run from Rawnaq
Dell' Arca and Sametegal, first and second in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on November 17, are among 57 terrific entries for The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday, December 21. The sponsor has installed the pair as the 12/1 co-favourites of six for the two-mile £150,000 Grade Three handicap hurdle, alongside Nicky Henderson's Blue Fashion and Rolling Star, and potential Irish raiders City Slicker and Quick Jack.
Filed on 4 Dec 2013 @ 09:04
Median rises 16% as session turnover exceeds 30m gns
Coronation Stakes winner Immortal Verse set a European auction record for a broodmare when selling for 4.7m guineas on a day of extraordinary trade at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale on Tuesday. Additionally, Rosdhu Queen and Dream Peace sold for 2.1m guineas and 2.7m guineas respectively, pushing the turnover past 30,000,000 guineas for only the second time in European auction history. In total, 190 lots were sold for 34,478,500 guineas, at an average of 181,466 guineas and at median of 76,500 guineas resulting in rises of 45% for turnover, 40% for average and 16% for median.
Filed on 4 Dec 2013 @ 08:57
Trainer Alan King notched his 1,000th winner over jumps in the UK and Ireland on Tuesday when Sego Success stayed on strongly to win the 32Red.com Novices' Hurdle at Southwell.
King said: "To be honest with you, I didn't know anything about it. Thankfully the staff had been keeping count.
Filed on 3 Dec 2013 @ 09:21
Median jumps 40% on strong opening day of December Mare Sale
The Oaks winner Dancing Rain, offered in foal to Frankel, sold for 4 millions guineas on the opening day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. On a day of extraordinary trade, a total of 203 lots were sold for 18,693,000 guineas, a rise of 64% on 2012, whilst the average and median also both jumped up significantly by 51% and 40% to 92,084 guineas and 42,000 guineas respectively.
Filed on 3 Dec 2013 @ 09:16
Star chaser returns unsatisfactory tracheal wash
The Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre is "not a certain participant" in the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday, a race for which he is the hot favourite. The seven-year-old returned "unsatisfactory figures" from a tracheal wash on Monday morning.
Filed on 2 Dec 2013 @ 08:52
Hollywood Park, 2 December 2013
Egg Drop gets up by a nose in the Matriarch
Thirty years after winning a division of the Hollywood Derby with the brilliant filly Royal Heroine, trainer John Gosden was successful again Sunday with Juddmonte homebred Seek Again (Speightstown), making his initial appearance in a group or graded stakes.
Filed on 2 Dec 2013 @ 08:45
Left-handed run at Leopardstown on the agenda to assess Cheltenham option
The Philip Fenton-trained The Tullow Tank won the Grade One Bar One Racing Royal Bond Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday, staying on strongly to reel in the long time leader Renetti, getting up to win by half a length. The five-year-old had been supplemented at the five-day stage and justified that decision in style, being cut to 16-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.