Brando takes G1 glory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest

Filed on 7 Aug 2017 @ 14:37

Brando (Pivotal) led home a British quartet in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest, on Sunday at Deauville.

Third in the July Cup (Gr1), Brando kept going on Deauville's 6 1/2 furlongs straight course to score his first Group One victory. Trained by Kevin Ryan, Brando led an all English podium since both the 2nd-placed Aclaim (Acclamation) and third-placed Tupi (Tamayuz) also crossed the Channel to rally Deauville.

Here Comes When flies home in heavy Sussex Stakes

Filed on 2 Aug 2017 @ 16:18

Here Comes When (Danehill Dancer) pulled off a 20/1 shock when landing today's £1m Group One Qatar Goodwood Sussex Stakes, which was run in pouring rain.

Havana Grey makes all in the Molecomb

Filed on 2 Aug 2017 @ 16:11

The G3 Bombay Sapphire Molecomb Stakes saw Havana Grey (Havana Gold) make all under the stands' rail to triumph by a length and three-quarter for trainer Karl Burke, who, ahead of racing, had cast worries about the state of the soft ground aside.

Stradivarius outguns Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup

Filed on 2 Aug 2017 @ 16:07

Queen's Vase winner Stradivarius (Sea The Stars), with a 13lb weight allowance from the older horses, won the Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup for trainer John Gosden and owner-breeder Bjorn Nielsen on Thursday, beating the favourite Big Orange.

Breton Rock comes fast and late in the Lennox Stakes

Filed on 1 Aug 2017 @ 16:02

Breton Rock (David Simcock) came fast and very late to mow down his rivals and land the Group Two Qatar Lennox Stakes at 50/1 for trainer David Simcock and owner John Cook.

Jockey Andrea Atzeni, completing a 139/1 double initiated in the previous race on Expert Eye, overcame an outside draw by sitting in behind his rivals and then asking Breton Rock to accelerate wide in the final furlong. The response was electric as the horse went from first to last, finishing with such power that he won by half a length and a short-head from Home Of The Brave (4/1) and Suedois (25/1).

Expert Eye romps home in the Vintage Stakes for Stoute

Filed on 1 Aug 2017 @ 15:58

It is rare that Sir Michael Stoute uses such words as 'exciting' and 'promising' about one of his two-year-olds, but he slipped in a couple following victory for Expert Eye (Acclamation) in the Group Two Qatar Vintage Stakes.

Roly Poly holds on in the Prix Rothschild

Filed on 31 Jul 2017 @ 09:21

Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes winner Roly Poly (War Front) bravely held on and prevailed in a red hot renewal of the Prix Rothschild at Deauville on Sunday.

Second to her stablemate Winter in the Irish One Thousand Guineas of Ireland and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, 3yo Roly Poly (War Front) finally took the helm in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes in Newmarket and she duly confirmed her leading position over Deauville's straight mile in the Prix Rothschild.

Enable powers clear in the King George

Filed on 31 Jul 2017 @ 09:14

Nathaniel's daughter Enable (Nathaniel) emphatically won the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. In doing so, she became the first ever filly to win the Oaks, Irish Oaks & King George Gr.1 triple, gained by a combined 15 lengths.

Highland Reel and Enable head 16 remaining in the King George

Filed on 24 Jul 2017 @ 15:06

Highland Reel (Aidan O'Brien IRE) heads the 16 five-day confirmations for the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO), Britain's premier all-aged middle-distance contest which takes place over a mile and a half at Ascot on Saturday, July 29.

Unfortunately heads British 1-2-3 in the Prix Robert Papin

Filed on 24 Jul 2017 @ 15:03

Three juveniles sailing from England filled the trio in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin, the first 2yo Gr2 of the season in France, on Sunday at Maisons-Laffitte.

Unfortunately (Society Rock), trained by Karl Burke and riden by French jockey Tony Piccone, dominated Frozen Angel (Dark Angel), who had led from the start, and the filly Heartache (Kyllachy), the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr2) winner. Unfortunately had finished second to Ardenode (Hellvelyn) in the Prix du Bois (L) in a previous raid over Maisons-Laffitte's straight course.

Fahey strikes in the Super Sprint with Bengali Boys

Filed on 24 Jul 2017 @ 15:00

North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey gained his third success in the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint in the space of five years as Bengali Boys routed his opposition in the highlight of Weatherbys Super Sprint Day with Jess Glynne at Newbury on Saturday.

Roly Poly takes G1 honours in the Falmouth

Filed on 14 Jul 2017 @ 15:20

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Roly Poly (War Front) made the most of the absence of her stablemate Winter - to whom she has been second on her last two starts - to win the Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's Moet et Chandon July Festival.

Churchill's sister Clemmie wins the Cherry Hinton

Filed on 14 Jul 2017 @ 15:14

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Clemmie (Galileo), a full-sister to dual 2000 Guineas winner Churchill, won the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes - the Cherry Hinton Stakes - at Newmarket on Friday, quickening smartly under Ryan Moore to beat Nyaleti by a length and three-quarters.

Hawkbill heads Godolphin 1-2 in the Princess of Wales's

Filed on 14 Jul 2017 @ 10:36

Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy) made all of the running to deny Frontiersman as Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby had the first two in the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Stakes over a mile and a half at Newmarket on Thursday.

Lonhro's Cardsharp quickens clear in the July Stakes

Filed on 14 Jul 2017 @ 10:33

The Mark Johnston-trained juvenile Cardsharp (Lonhro) has been a consistent performer for his sire Lonhro throughout his first European campaign and on 13 July he added a well-deserved first Group win to his record when landing the 1200m July Stakes at Newmarket.

Seven time G1 winner Minding retired

Filed on 14 Jul 2017 @ 10:29

Seven-time Group One winner Minding (Galileo) has been retired from racing. The four year old has not been seen in action since winning the Group Three Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas in early May.

G1 glory for Zarak in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

Filed on 3 Jul 2017 @ 09:35

Second in last year's Prix du Jockey Club behind champion Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) and then in the Prix Ganay (Gr1) this season behind Cloth of Stars (Sea the Stars), Zarak (Dubawi) finally managed to win his Group One on Sunday in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Dubawi's Nezwaah wins the Pretty Polly

Filed on 3 Jul 2017 @ 09:33

Nezwaah (Dubawi) repaid Roger Varian‘s belief in her when stepping up to claim Group One glory in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum-owned filly had struck twice at Listed level, including last time out at Ayr but was tackling the top level for the first time in the ten furlong contest.

Capri edges out Cracksman to win the Irish Derby

Filed on 3 Jul 2017 @ 09:29

Aidan O’Brien registered a remarkable 12th victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – 20 years after his first – after Capri (Galileo) edged out British raider Cracksman and Derby hero Wings Of Eagles in a thrilling three-way finish.

The Tin Man scores in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Filed on 25 Jun 2017 @ 12:34

The James Fanshawe-trained The Tin Man (Equiano) gained his second success at G1 level with a thrilling victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ridden by Tom Queally, the five-year-old son of Equiano was held up early on in the six-furlong event but having thread a passage towards the far-side rail at the two furlong pole, the imposing gelding stayed on tenaciously despite drifting left, to score by a neck from the fast-finishing Tasleet (7/1), trained by William Haggas in second, with Henry Candy's well-supported 2/1 favourite Limato a further three-quarter lengths behind in third.

Winter shows her dominance in the Coronation Stakes

Filed on 25 Jun 2017 @ 12:32

Winter (Galileo) confirmed her superiority in the three-year-old fillies' mile division with a decisive victory in the G1 Coronation Stakes on Friday, providing trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore with a quickfire G1 double following Caravaggio's success in the Commonwealth Cup.

Big Orange wins Gold Cup thriller

Filed on 23 Jun 2017 @ 08:53

The Michael Bell-trained Big Orange showed that he had a big heart to go with his big frame, as he landed a thrilling renewal of the G1 Gold Cup under James Doyle at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

The well-backed 5/1 shot was second early on in the two and a half-mile contest behind Quest For More, but after being taken to the front by Doyle, registering his eighth victory at the Royal Meeting and second of the week, he was not for passing, as he gamely held off the challenge of last year's winner Order Of St George (5/6 favourite), trained by Aidan O'Brien, by a short-head.

Highland Reel battles to Prince of Wales's Stakes victory

Filed on 21 Jun 2017 @ 18:55

Globetrotting superstar Highland Reel (Galileo) stamped his class on the G1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes with a game performance to provide Ballydoyle handler Aidan O'Brien with his 56th victory at the Royal Meeting and his first success of the week at the Berkshire venue.

Rouget's Qemah lands her second Royal Ascot success

Filed on 21 Jun 2017 @ 18:53

The Jean Claude-Rouget-trained Qemah (Danehill Dancer) registered consecutive victories at Royal Ascot with a game success in the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday.

Le Brivido takes Jersey Stakes glory

Filed on 21 Jun 2017 @ 14:15

The Andre Fabre-trained Le Brivido (Siyouni), second to Brametot in the French Guineas last time, made giant strides in the final furlong to win the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.