Kasseopia has Group race targets after Kempton blitz

Filed on 5 Sep 2015 @ 07:36

The Charlie Fellowes-trained Kasseopia (Showcasing) is likely to head to the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster after storming to victory in the ilnsure 365 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes at Kempton Park on Friday evening.

Guineas second Lucida retired with injury

Filed on 5 Sep 2015 @ 07:33

The Jim Bolger-trained Lucida (Shamardal) has been retired after suffering an injury.

The Shamardal filly won last season's Rockfel Stakes, and was runner up in the 1000 Guineas in May.


Clive Brittain to retire at the end of the season

Filed on 5 Sep 2015 @ 07:11

Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain has announced that he is to retire at the end of the season.

Brittain is 81, and told PA Sport of the reasons for his retirement: "Old age would probably be a hint, but I want to spend a few years looking after my wife. She's spent 60-odd years looking after me, so I think it's only fair I spend some time looking after her.

Bocca Baciata back to winning ways in the Dance Design

Filed on 31 Aug 2015 @ 08:07

The Jessica Harrington-trained Bocca Baciata (Big Bad Bob) - who beat Pleascach in the Listed Salsabil Stakes back in April - resumed the winning thread when winning the Group Three Dance Design Fillies Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Siljan's Saga lands the Grand Prix de Deauville

Filed on 31 Aug 2015 @ 07:56

Sumbal well beaten in Deauville Group Two

The Jean-Pierre Gauvin-trained Siljan's Saga (Sagamix), the five year old mare that won the Group Two Prix Corrida last year, won the Group Two Grand Prix de Deauville on Sunday, showing a fine turn of foot to quicken clear of her rivals.

Keen Ice upsets American Pharoah in the Travers

Filed on 31 Aug 2015 @ 07:48

Saratoga, 30 August 2015

Curlin colt beats the Triple Crown winner at the "graveyard of champions"

Known as the "Graveyard of Champions," Saratoga Race Course again lived up to its moniker on Saturday when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah came up three-quarters of a length short behind 16-1 longshot Keen Ice (Curlin) in the Grade One Travers.

Kodi Bear impresses in the Celebration Mile

Filed on 31 Aug 2015 @ 07:40

Son of Kodiac bests his elders in Goodwood Group Two

The Clive Cox-trained Kodi Bear (Kodiac) was an impressive winner of the Group Two Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday, quickening three and a quarter lengths clear of his rivals under Gerald Mosse.

Paco Boy filly to the fore as DBS Premier Sale closes 14% up

Filed on 27 Aug 2015 @ 08:28

The DBS Premier Yearling Sale came to a close on Wednesday with a very strong second session that pushed the sale to new heights. The average increased by 15% to £42,731, the median was up 11% to £30,000 and the turnover rose by 14% to £17,776,000. The overall clearance rate finished at 87%. This was matched by the 2015 sale achieving an equal record price of £280,000 and 31 horses making £100,000 or more, up from 21 last year.

Order Of St George favoured as 12 remain in the St Leger

Filed on 27 Aug 2015 @ 08:26

Raymond: "Storm The Stars the one they have to beat"

The latest acceptors for the Group One LAdbrokes St Leger, the final Classic of the season at Doncaster on 12 September, have been revealed, with 12 horses going forward. Order Of St George is one of six horses going forward for Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, and is now the 3/1 favourite for the Classic with Ladbrokes following a facile seven and half-length victory in the Group Three Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh on August 23.

Olly Stevens to quit training

Filed on 27 Aug 2015 @ 08:20

Family reasons behind decision to quit Robins Farm

Trainer Olly Stevens has announced that he will not renew his training licence next year and will quit his Robins Farm training base. Family reasons lie behind the decision with Stevens and his wife Hetta - who is deeply involved in the training operation - having three year old twins.

Casamento colt tops DBS Premier opener

Filed on 26 Aug 2015 @ 07:42

Average rises 3.9% as HKJC signs for top lot

The DBS Premier Yearling Sales got off to a strong start on Tuesday with buyers from around the world pushing the sale’s figures to new records and setting up an intriguing final day for tomorrow.

Shalaa continues ascent in the Prix Morny

Filed on 24 Aug 2015 @ 07:40

Dettori: "He is the best two-year-old I've sat on in my life"

The John Gosden-trained Shalaa (Invincible Spirit), winner of the Group Two July Stakes and Richmond Stakes, continued his progression with a dominant victory in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday. Richard Hannon's Gutaifan was second, ahead of Pascal Bary's Tourny in third.

Odeliz makes all in the Prix Jean Romanet

Filed on 24 Aug 2015 @ 07:19

The Karl Burke-trained Odeliz (Falco) won the Group One Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday, making all the running under Adrie De Vries, who set steady fractions before seeing off Avenir Certain and Bawina.

Herald The Dawn gives Bolger his sixth Futurity

Filed on 24 Aug 2015 @ 07:14

Brother to Dawn Approach handles soft going to show himself "a Guineas horse"

Jim Bolger landed his sixth Group Two Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday when Herald The Dawn (New Approach) ground down the long-time leader Now Or Never to win by a length and a quarter under Kevin Manning.

Ballydoyle promoted to Guineas favouritism after Debutante success

Filed on 24 Aug 2015 @ 07:11

Moyglare the target for Galileo filly

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ballydoyle (Galileo) was promoted to the head of the ante post lists for next year's 1000 Guineas after winning the Group Two Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, dictating terms throughout under Joseph O'Brien to beat her stablemate Minding by two lengths.

Ajaya wins the Gimcrack for Haggas

Filed on 24 Aug 2015 @ 07:08

William Haggas added to his stellar week on the Knavesmire when Ajaya (Invincible Spirit) won the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes on Saturday, quickening clear and holding Ribchester by a length and a quarter. The winner's stablemate Raucous ran a promising race in third.

Mecca's Angel swoops past tiring Acapulco in the Nunthorpe

Filed on 21 Aug 2015 @ 15:04

Dark Angel filly claims Group One honours at York

The Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday saw the Michael Dods-trained Mecca's Angel (Dark Angel) swoop clear for a dominant win on her first run in Group One company. The American two-year-old Acapulco had set a balzing tempo up front, but began to fade in the final furlong as Mecca's Angel flew home under Paul Mulrennan, passing the post two lengths clear. Mattmu was the same distance back in third.

Fadhayyil makes the most of drop to Listed level at York

Filed on 21 Aug 2015 @ 14:54

Sun Chariot possible for Tamayuz filly

The Barry Hills-trained Fadhayyil (Tamayuz) made the most of a drop to Listed level when winning the Sky Bet City of York Stakes at York on Friday. The Tamayuz filly took the lead from the pace-setter Salateen and found plenty in front to see off the persistent challenge of Speculative Bid by half a length.

Max Dynamite bounds clear in the Lonsdale Cup

Filed on 21 Aug 2015 @ 14:10

The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite ran out an impressive winner of the Group Two Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday, surging clear under Frankie Dettori to beat Mizzou by four and a half lengths.

Pleascach gets up in the Yorkshire Oaks

Filed on 20 Aug 2015 @ 15:02

Teofilo filly back to her best ahead of autumn campaign

The Jim Bolger-trained Pleascach (Teofilo) won the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday, getting up in the final strides under Kevin Manning to deny the pacesetting Irish Oaks winner Covert Love, who had looked like winning the race from the front until the final furlong. The improving French filly Sea Calisi was a running-on third.

Besharah wins the Lowther for in-form Haggas

Filed on 20 Aug 2015 @ 14:12

Kodiac filly surges clear of well-regarded Lumiere

William Haggas's incredible run of form at York's Ebor meeting continued when Besharah (Kodiac) ran out a dominant winner of the Group Two Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes, finding a gap and surging two and a quarter lengths clear of Newmarket maiden winner Lumiere within the final furlong.

Arabian Queen lowers the colours of Golden Horn at York

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 14:47

Dubawi filly digs deep to spring 50-1 surprise in the Juddmonte International

The Group One Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday saw the David Elsworth-trained Arabian Queen (Dubawi) spring a 50-1 surprise as she dug deep to refuse to let the odds-on and hitherto unbeaten Derby winner Golden Horn pass her in the final quarter mile.

Storm The Stars wins Great Voltigeur battle

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 14:43

Consistent son of Sea The Stars sees off Bondi Beach

The William Haggas-trained Storm The Stars (Sea The Stars) won a battling renewal of the Group Two Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Wednesday, but had to survive a stewards' enquiry after he drifter left across the track, bumping the eventual second Bondi Beach in the process. Only half-a-length separated the pair at the line. Giovanni Canaletto finished third, some four-and-a-half lengths adrift of the principals.

Recorder wins the Acomb for the Queen

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 14:02

National Stakes the possible aim for Galileo colt

The William Haggas-trained Recorder (Galileo) ran out the clear-cut winner of the Group Three Tattersalls Acomb Stakes at York on Wednesday for the Queen, quickening takingly a quarter of a mile from home to take the lead from Mohab. He idled somewhat in front, beating Bing Bang Bong by a length and a quarter.

Kendargent colt tops Arqana v.2 Sale

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 13:54

Sale of precocious types fails to match last year's highs

The Arqana v.2 yearling sale at Deauville on Tuesday saw 87 yearlings (74%) selling for an aggregate of €3,035,000, down from €3,746,000 last year, at an average price of €34,101, down 6%. Those figures failed to match the stellar trade at last year's sale, when turnover had leapt 68% from 2013, though three lots commanded six-figure prices while the highest price in 2014 was €90,000.