Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:26
Dubai, 4 February 2016
Tapit colt a class apart in Al Maktoum Challenge R2
Thursday’s EGA-sponsored Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting saw Godolphin win all three Thoroughbred Group races, including an imperious performance from Dubai World Cup hope, Frosted (Tapit), who looked a class apart as he landed the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge R2 for trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin under jockey, William Buick.
Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:20
Bernardini mare fetches 145,000 gns
Tattersalls got its 250th Year off to a flying start on Thursday with a record-setting renewal of its February Sale. Turnover broke new ground with 251 lots sold realising 2,718,800 guineas, a 5% increase on last years record turnover. The average and median were 10,832 guineas and 5,000 guineas respectively with the Godolphin mare Doldrums recording topping the sale at 145,000 guineas.
Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:17
The entries for the four Grade One championship novices' hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival have been unveiled. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the first race on Champion Day, always gets The Festival off to a flying start. The triumvirate of owner Rich Ricci, trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh have taken the last three runnings of the extended two-mile contest with Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014) and Douvan (2015). They are responsible for this year's hot favourite Min (13/8 with Sky Bet), who is unbeaten in two starts since joining Mullins. The French-bred five-year-old was last seen out when sauntering to a facile nine and a half-length success in the Grade Two Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on January 9.
Filed on 3 Feb 2016 @ 18:17
Dual Eclipse and Juddmonte International winner succumbs to the infirmities of old age
Halling (Diesis), superb dual winner of both the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International, was euthanised at Dalham Hall Stud on Tuesday due to the infirmities of old age.
Filed on 3 Feb 2016 @ 18:14
A huge entry of 126 horses, the highest number since 2008, has been unveiled for the £1-million Crabbie's Grand National to be run at Aintree on Saturday, April 9.
The entries for the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National feature the previous two winners - 2015 hero Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood, 12/1 favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival), and Pineau De Re (Dr Richard Newland, 40/1) who took the spoils in 2014.
Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:58
Gulfstream Park, 31 January 2016
Unbeaten Tapit colt enhances his Kentucky Derby credentials
Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen (Tapit) opened his three-year-old campaign in impressive fashion late Saturday afternoon, enhancing his reputation as the top Triple Crown contender on the East Coast with a powerful 3 ½-length victory in the Grade Two Lambholm South Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park.
Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:56
There was an impressive performance in the £60,000 Grade Two galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle over three miles at Cheltenham on Saturday with Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore, 4/5 favourite) winning easily by 12 lengths from Ptit Zig (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies, 7/1).
Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:53
Yanworth could be the best King has trained
An incredible day unfolded for Alan King at Cheltenham on Saturday where the Wiltshire-based trainer gained a high-profile treble with Smad Place, Annacotty and Yanworth on the course's Festival Trials Day.
Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:09
The Nicky Henderson-trained Fixe Le Cap earned quotes of 14-1 second-favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after an emphatic 28 length victory in the Lighthorne Lamb Juvenile Hurdle at Warwick on Thursday.
Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:06
The entries for the four novices' chases run at The Festival have been revealed, and with strong representation from both sides of the Irish Sea, four fascinating contests are in prospect for 2016.
Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:01
Warren Place, the historic Newmarket training stable that was the home and base of the late Sir Henry Cecil, has been purchased by Godolphin.
Lady Cecil will remain in occupation for the time being, as Godolphin have no plans to occupy the stable until next year.
Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:34
New Zealand, 27 January 2016
Showcasing heads the sire averages
After Wednesday's opening day ofthe three-day Karaka 2016 Select Sale the aggregate is already over half of the final aggregate of last year’s Sale, with spirited bidding at all levels of the market. With 154 horses sold, 19 more than last year, the aggregate of $10,034,700 is tracking 43% above last year’s figure of $7,022,500.
Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:32
Rising star Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard) heads 10 entries for the Grade Two galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm), run over three miles at Cheltenham this Saturday, January 30.
A Grade Two success at Newbury in November, followed by a Grade One win at Ascot the following month has propelled the eight-year-old Thistlecrack to the head of the ante-post market for the Grade One World Hurdle at The Festival on St Patrick's Thursday, March 17.
Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:28
Strong entry for Cheltenham's Trials Day feature
Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Djakadam headlines 11 entries for the £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Trial Chase (1.50pm), the highlight of an informative card at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 30.
Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:23
New Zealand, 27 January 2016
Turnover rises 24% at Karaka - with progeny of Savabeel accounting for 20% of the total
The first yearling to be auctioned in the Southern Hemisphere by Frankel topped a strong renewal of the Karaka 2016 Premier Sale when it was knocked down for $1.3m on Tuesday.
Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 12:00
New Zealand, 25 January 2016
Savabeel colts top lists as day one average rises 22%
International buyers made their presence felt at Monday's opening session of the New Zealand Bloodsotck Premier Yearling Sale, accounting for 67% of the spend. Australia was the leading buying bench overall with 75 horses purchased for total receipts of $12,785,000. Buyers from New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Japan and China all spent at least $450,000 on a single horse.
Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:53
"Explosive" run ahead of Champion Hurdle defence
Faugheen was an impressive winner of the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday, brushing aside stablemates Arctic Fire and Nichols Canyon to win as he liked.
Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:49
Mullins: "He hurdles his fences, really, and they are no effort to him"
The Willie Mullins-trained Douvan, winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, ran out a mighty impressive winner of the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, dictating throughout under Ruby Walsh and surging effortlessly clear to win by 15 lengths from Velvet Maker. Doomsday Book was another 13 lengths away in third.
Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:34
The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux justified odds of 1-2 to win the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot in style on Saturday.
A faller at Leopardstown over Christmas, the favourite for the Champion Chase put that behind him with an accomplished display of fencing under Ruby Walsh, measuring his fences well with a long leap at the third-last fence seeing him put his rivals under pressure.
Filed on 22 Jan 2016 @ 10:54
The European Pattern Committee (EPC) held its annual meeting this week, and in considering a number of changes highlighted the staying race programme as an area of particular concern.
The EPC declared that it remains vital that Europe supports a strong programme for horses racing at the Classic distance of a mile and a half and beyond. The programme for the staying horse features some extremely historic and important races, headlined by the Ascot Gold Cup, yet in recent years there has been a worrying trend towards decline in the pool of staying horses that the EPC would not want to see continue.
Filed on 22 Jan 2016 @ 10:44
Dubai, 21 January 2016
Son of Dubawi to target the Zabeel Mile
The Charlie Appleby-trained Safety Check (Dubawi) became the first horse since Linngari to win consecutive renewals of the Al Fahidi Fort with his victory in the Group Two contest in the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday night.
Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 17:31
The Liam Burke-trained My Murphy won the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday, going one better than last year, when he was second to subsequent Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam.
Ridden by Robbie Power, My Murphy found plenty in the final stages to see off the favourite Mala Beach by a length and a quarter, with the pair having jumped the last together.
Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:29
Annie Power heads a strong Irish challenge
There are 45 entries for the Grade One OLBG Mares' Hurdle run over two and a half miles at Cheltenham next month, headed by Annie Power. The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old has been successful on 12 of her 14 starts. Her only reversals have come at The Festival - she was second in the 2014 World Hurdle and fell at the last in the 2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle with the race at her mercy.
Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:27
Walford hoping Relkeel winner Camping Ground will stay three miles
The World Hurdle, the championship race staged over three miles for hurdlers at Cheltenham on 17 March, has attracted 48 hopefuls including five of the first six horses home in the 2015 running - winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex), runner-up Saphir Du Rheu (Paul Nicholls), fourth At Fishers Cross (Rebecca Curtis), fifth Whisper (Nicky Henderson) and sixth Un Temps Pour Tout (David Pipe).
Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:24
Leading US sire Arch died at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky on Wednesday following an apparent heart attack. The son of Kris S was 21.
Arch won five races for trainer Frank Borthers, inclsuing the Grade One Super Derby, and at stud was the sire of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame as well as the likes of Archarcharch, Grand Arch, Hymn Book, Love Theway Youare, and Pine Island.